Jimmy Webb - 14 September 2005 SKYCITY
Take the opportunity to see this highly recommended performance.
Jimmy Webb launched his celebrated songwriting career with his ‘Up, Up And Away’ topping the charts for The Fifth Dimension. His songbook includes the classics ‘MacArthur Park’, ‘By The Time I Get to Phoenix’, ‘Wichita Lineman’, ‘Galveston’, ‘Didn’t We’. ‘The Highwayman’ and ‘The Moon’s A Harsh Mistress’.
The list of artists who have performed or recorded his songs is spectacular including Richard Harris, Glen Campbell, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash, Tony Bennett and R.E.M.
Webb’s music has never fitted into a single category: it
somehow spans pop, country, musical theatre and vaudeville.
Tonight (live), he linked his pieces together with some
well-polished yarn spinning. He could have played for twice
as long and nobody would have left.”
Adam Sweeting The Guardian
What: Jimmy Webb
When: Wednesday 14 September 2005
Where: SKYCITY Theatre
How: Tickets from Ticketek.
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Webb’s mix of melodic resplendence,
arrangement sophistication and vocal
vulnerability now permeates indie rock,
even if the master remains nearly
invisible.” - Rolling Stone
"When I was
starting out as a
songwriter, I looked to Jimmy Webb
as one of the most innovative and
musically proficient songwriters of
our generation"- Billy Joel
"His songs have 17-layer emotions and sophisticated chord
that are absolutely dazzling."- Linda Ronstadt
"...an important American tale teller, our best raveler
of the blind
spots of the heart."- Jay Cocks, Time Magazine
“It’s clear one of the greatest songwriters
of the modern era drinks from a source as deep as it is rich”
- Stephen Fitzpatrick, The Australian
Jimmy Webb, one of the truly great songwriters popular music has produced, is touring major Australasian cities in September 2005. Performing his enviable back catalog of ambrosial masterpieces, Webb will play solo at the piano; an experience his devoted audiences around the world know is second to none.
Less known for his solo career, Webb’s articulate live presence and depth of delivery at the piano, while performing the original repertoire made famous by others, is nothing short of breathtaking. The classic renditions may have made you smile wistfully, but the wondrous effect of Webb’s own versions is incurable and terminal.
Webb’s live outing is in support of his new album Twilight of the Renegades (Sanctuary / Shock), his first solo album since 1996’s Ten Easy Pieces. The new record, made up of new songs and live classics never before recorded, houses a rich set of tunes to be cherished and replayed again and again.
The reception greeting Twilight
of the Renegades will see it go down as one of the year’s
finest. Newspaper The Australian’s five star review says,
“It’s clear one of the greatest songwriters of the modern
era drinks from a source as deep as it is rich. There is so
much to discover and to ponder here: his ode to Marilyn
Monroe (Just Like Marilyn) or the beautiful She Moves and
Eyes Follow; the pained Skywriter and the epic Driftwood.
Mojo Magazine’s four star appraisal says, “Webb is a painter
whose palette is filled with words. Songs for the
International Gallery no less.” Raised in Oklahoma and west
Texas, Jimmy Webb launched a celebrated songwriting career
while still in his teens, his “Up, Up And Away” topping the
charts for The Fifth Dimension in 1967. His lush, romantic
pop songs – “MacArthur Park” for Richard Harris and “By The
Time I Get To Phoenix” for Glen Campbell followed to
tremendous acclaim. His songbook includes the classics
“Wichita Lineman”, “Galveston”, “Didn’t We”, “The
Highwayman” and “The Moon’s A Harsh Mistress.”
The list of artists who have performed or recorded his songs is a spectacular and varied one including such luminaries as Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Tony Bennett and R.E.M Webb has consistently impressed critics and the public while his peers have always recognised his genius, bestowing a large number of prestigious songwriting awards upon him. In the Grammys department Webb remains the only artist to be awarded in all three categories of music, lyrics, and orchestration.
JIMMY WEBB – TWILIGHT OF THE RENEGADES –
Friday 02 The Tivoli Brisbane
Saturday 03 Tilley’s Devine Café Canberra
Sunday 04 Tilley’s Devine Café Canberra
Tuesday 06 The State Theatre Sydney
Wednesday 07 The Athenauem Theatre Melbourne
Thursday 08 The Gov Adelaide
Sat 10 Fly By Night Perth
Wed 14 September
SKYCITY Theatre Auckland
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