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Find the Latin rythms in Men At Work
Scottish born singer-songwriter Colin Hay has announced he is returning to Australia with his band for an east coast tour commencing on 31 January at the Tivoli in Brisbane. Hay, best known as the frontman for the iconic Australian band Men at Work, has received renewed acclaim for his troubadour-style solo career with the release of his new album, Fierce Mercy.
Fierce Mercy, Hay's 13th solo album, was recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville and mixed by Vance Powell and Gordon Hammond . The album explores themes of love and loss, mortality - and even the odd UFO sighting - but always with the singular perspective and insight that define Hay's work.
Hays returns to Australia with his US Band. On guitar, tres and vocals is San Miguel Perez, with Yosmel Montejo on bass and vocals. Scheila Gonzalez plays keyboard, flute, sax and vocals and Cecilia Noel, has percussion and vocals. The line up is complete with Jimmy Branly on drums. This smorgasbord of international influences, added to Men at Work and Colin Hay songs, will delight us with Latin-infused rhythms and sweet harmonies.
2016 was something of a breakout year for Hay and included performances on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and ABC's Greatest Hits, sharing the stage with Of Monsters and Men and Kings of Leon. He also completed a documentary film about his career entitled Waiting for My Real Life named for one of his best known solo recordings. Alongside the thoughtful storytelling in his songs, Hay's shows are peppered with hilarious anecdotes from his often surreal experiences in the world of rock music.
Fans seeking tickets for Hay's shows are reminded to only buy tickets from the official ticket agents so as to avoid reselling sites such as Viagogo who typically advertise heavily online and often mislead consumers into paying much higher prices than necessary.
Fierce Mercy is an epic, cinematic step forward for Hay who is most beloved for his intimate, confessional live shows. He is most widely known for being an influential and celebrated frontman.
The range of artists who have chosen to cite him as a muse or who have found themselves on stage with him in the past year spans the genre landscape from heavy metal, to Americana, to Cuban rhythms and beyond. His inclusion as a playlist favourite from the likes of Metallica to The Lumineers reflects his continuing relevance and broad appeal.