Saturday, November 5, 2011

THE GOSPEL SONGS OF BOB DYLAN FEATURING THE 80 VOICE MELBOURNE MASS GOSPEL CHOIR


MEDIA RELEASE
THE GOSPEL SONGS OF BOB DYLAN
FEATURING THE 80 VOICE
MELBOURNE MASS
GOSPEL CHOIR


2 SHOWS ONLY
SAT 19th NOV @ 8PM AND SUN 20th NOV @ 3PM
CHURCH OF ALL NATIONS

180 Palmerston St, Carlton, corner Drummond St.

For the first time ever in Melbourne, Bob Dylan’s Gospel Songs will be performed by the 80 voice Melbourne Mass Gospel Choir with guest singers Suzannah Espie, Tracey Miller, Lisa Shergold, Timothy Slater and others. They’ll be backed by a crack band featuring some of Melbourne’s finest musicians James Black and Peter Luscombe from the Rockwiz Orchestra, Ross Hannaford (Daddy Cool), Steve Hadley and Damian Smith.

This is a unique opportunity to hear this truly amazing body of work featuring songs from Dylan’s 1979 album ‘SLOW TRAIN COMING’ and the follow up ‘SAVED’.

When first released, these powerful songs of conversion and salvation created a critical uproar and fan backlash reminiscent of the 60’s when Dylan went electric. Thirty years on, these songs are now rightfully acknowledged as amongst the best Gospel songs ever written. In 2003, America’s top gospel singers including Shirley Caesar, Rance Allen and Aaron Neville recorded a tribute album of these songs ‘Gotta Serve Somebody’, realizing Dylan’s original vision for how his compositions should sound.“After hearing the tribute album of Dylan’s gospel songs a few years ago I knew these incredible songs could be made into something quite special with the power of 80 voices combined with brilliant soloists and a top band” said Phil Heuzenroeder, Melbourne Mass Gospel Choir. Phil has written the original arrangements of the
songs for these shows.

Melbourne now gets a chance to hear these wonderful songs performed by Melbourne’s best communitybased gospel choir along with some of Melbourne’s finest singers and musicians. It’s a unique experience definitely not to be missed. To avoid disappointment book online now!

BOOKINGS : www.trybooking.com/VEE
$25 full/ $20 concession/ $15 children under 15 (under 5 free) Family ticket $65 (2 adults 2 child)At the door (if available) $30 full/ $25 concession
mmgc.net.au
youtube.com/melbmassgospelchoir

MEDIA ENQUIRIES
Phil Heuzenroeder: 0402 812 428 phil@mmgc.net.au
Ian Lovell: 0419 502 917 imlovell@bigpond.com Poster image attached. High Res images are available on request.
“The highest form of song is prayer.”
-Bob Dylan

STOCKHOLM 04.05.2002


Just a few days after performing at the 2002 Grammy's, Bob Dylan recorded a new re-write of "Gonna Change My Way of Thinking" for "Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan" with longtime friend Mavis Staples. One month later he would kick off a new tour in Stockholm Sweden and perform Solid Rock (what many consider the theme song to his gospel era concerts) for the first time in 20 years. Dylan would continue to perform this rousing song as well as other gospel era songs at numerous concerts across Europe and beyond. The two-time Grammy nominated compilation would be released on Sony/Columbia one year later on April 1, 2003.



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