Presented by the renewable energy provider that is David Sly, drummer of the TinMen, this night of musical wonder is just around the corner…
MAD DOGS: The Full Cocker recreates the huge, urgent sound of Joe Cocker in full flight. This pulsating 18-piece superband band captures the intensity of the incredible 1970 Joe Cocker Mad Dogs & Englishmen concerts, honouring musical director Leon Russell’s incredible Wall of Sound arrangements to surround the greatest rockin’ soul voice of that generation.
Led by singer Steve Brown ahead of a nine-voice choir, the red hot MAD DOGS superband captures the massive sound of Cocker’s finest anthems in all their wild splendour – The Letter, Cry Me A River, Space Captain, Delta Lady, With A Little Help From My Friends and more.
The desire to rekindle the best moments of Joe Cocker’s live performances has long burned within dynamic father-and-son drumming team David and Miles Sly. Pointing to Cocker’s legendary 1970 Mad Dogs & Englishmen as their favourite live album, they found the perfect ally in Adelaide blues stalwart Steve Brown, whose voice authentically revives Cocker’s finest performances.
They first pulled together Mad Dogs: The Full Cocker for the 2018 Adelaide Fringe, playing to a sold-out crowd at The Gov; they returned the following year for a further two capacity performances.
Now, 50 years since Cocker’s mighty performances were released on vinyl, the MAD DOGS are taking their big show to the big stage at Thebarton Theatre, with full concert production.
Featuring many of Adelaide’s finest musicians – including renowned vocalists Jacqui Yeo (Supernova) and Peter White (Lost Woods) – MAD DOGS spans generations yet is united by the passion to proudly revive the enduring legacy of Joe Cocker’s finest songs.