FOUNDING lead vocalist Dennis Locorriere will front a reformed Dr Hook at Canberra Theatre on Saturday, October 31.
The singer disbanded the original band in 1985. Throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s, Dr Hook had enjoyed global success with six singles each selling a million copies, huge album sales, sold-out world tours and a little controversy.
Following the recent Top 10 success of the Dr Hook retrospective album “Timeless” in the UK, Dennis embarked on a world tour to celebrate the band’s legacy.
“There was quite a long period of time when I shied away from performing many of the classic Hook songs,” he says.
“Although the band and our music was popular all around the world, those days weren’t always the happiest of times for us and I felt I needed to put some distance between my past and the present.
“Now the years have flown by and several of the original band members have sadly passed away. I’ve since come to understand and appreciate just how much these songs still mean to so many people.”
After Dr Hook, Dennis lived in Nashville and carved out a career as a much sought after songwriter, penning songs for performers including Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Helen Reddy, Crystal Gayle and Southside Johnny. He has released three studio albums and, after moving to the UK in 2008, toured the UK as a member of Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings.
In Australia, Dr Hook achieved two number one singles (“Sylvia’s Mother” and “Walk Right In”) amongst eight Top 10 singles including “Girls Can Get It”, “Wild Colonial Boy” and “Only Sixteen”.
Dr Hook, Canberra Theatre, Saturday, October 31. Bookings to canberratheatrecentre.com.au