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The Black Sorrows – Lover I Surrender

In the wake of multi-talented musician and producer Joe Camilleri’s 49th album, Citizen John, prolific Australian roots group The Black Sorrows will bring their ‘Lover I Surrender’ tour to Cairns in March next year on top of national and international touring.

Released in March this year, Citizen John debuted at #2 on the AIR Chart and #11 on the ARIA Album Chart in April, and their European shows, which initially consisted of ten shows in twelve days from London to Copenhagen, expanded to another 13 dates in Germany.

Australian fans will have their opportunity to witness the band at a new peak of performance as The Black Sorrows embark on the Lover I Surrender Tour, which reaches almost every state, from Tasmania across to South Australia and Queensland.

“Sometimes you hit a purple patch and you can do no wrong,” Joe says of the UK Scandinavia leg of the tour, which found the Sorrows digging deep into the past as well as claiming new ground.

“I know I’ve gotta do Harley & Rose, Joe said. I’ve gotta do Chained To The Wheel. I’ve gotta do Hit & Run or Shape I’m In – and I do. I do those songs in a really heartfelt kind of way,” he says.

“But some of the songs on Citizen John are really hitting home in the live environment. Wednesday’s Child, Silvio and Worlds Away are working really well and the band loves playing them. If the band loves playing them, you feel good about it and that shows.”

Another song that has found a life of its own on the road is Lover I Surrender, the newest single from the album.

“It’s a simple love song, a soul song,” says Joe.

“Citizen John was a difficult record to make because some of the songs didn’t like each other. Most were kind of dark and every now and then, you got a sweetheart. This is one of those.”

With more than 50 years of road behind him, the next gig is never something Joe takes lightly.

From Fremantle to Melbourne to Townsville and dozens of shows in between, on their upcoming tour The Black Sorrows will showcase a live chemistry that’s never been more potent.

“It’s not very often the band text you to say what fun they had at a gig,” Joe says.

“Normally it’s the opposite. You’re stuck together in the van for five hours and it’s “get me out of here. We come to play. And that’s what I still look forward to. It doesn’t matter what happens during the day, it’s all about getting up there, doing what you like to do and hopefully people pick up on it and come on the journey with you.”

The Black Sorrows play the Tanks Arts Centre on Friday 20 March 2020. Tickets cost $45/ $40 for concession, Tickets available through Ticketlink

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