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Leo Sayer photo by Ros OGorman

Leo Sayer photo by Ros OGorman

Leo Sayer Plays Stadium Sized Setlist For Intimate Club Audience

by Paul Cashmere on March 7, 2015

in Live,News

In terms of hitpower, the Leo Sayer setlist matches arena sized show by Rod Stewart or Lionel Richie. Rarely will you see so many original hits performed back to back for an original artist in such a small venue.

Leo Sayer is on tour around Australia. Tonight he gave the audience at The Palms @ Crown Casino in Melbourne a 23-song setlist featuring 19 songs you know by heart and an extra four you should get it know.

The Restless Years tour is promoting the new record ‘Restless Years’ with the new songs introduced in the second set after fans are first given the opportunity to gasp at the sheer number of hits this guy has actually had.

In the 1970’s Sayer released albums in ’73, ’74. ’75. ‘76’, ’77, ‘78’ and ’79 with the next in 1980. Throughout the 70s he was a relentless hit-making machine. The career of Leo Sayer travelled at such a fast pace in the 70’s that it wasn’t until last night that I even realised that he had also written Cliff Richard’s top 10 hit ‘Dreamin’.

Leo’s initial success came as a songwriter. He wrote nine of the 11 tracks of Roger Daltrey’s debut solo album, two of which he recorded for his second album ‘Just A Boy’ a year later. ‘One Man Band’ and ‘Giving It All Away’ represent the earliest works of Leo Sayer on the current tour.

The new album ‘Restless Years’ comes a decade on from the previous record ‘Voice In My Head’. Now in his 60s Leo has a lot to say through the lyrics on ‘Restless Years’ and showcases the album in a four-song set in part two of the show. ‘Restless Years’ tackles topics like someone from the 60s suddenly confronting what is happening now with abuse of power, corporate greed and obscene government.

Leo Sayer, Melbourne, March 6, 2015 SETLIST

Leo Sayer photo by Ros OGormanThe Show Must Go On (from Silverbird, 1973)
One Man Band (from Just A Boy, 1974)
Moonlighting (from Another Year, 1975)
More Than I Can Say (from Living In A Fantasy, 1980)
Train (from Just A Boy, 1974)
Orchard Road (from Have You Ever Been In Love, 1983)
Pop Life (from Voice In My Head, 2005)
Raining In My Heart (from Leo Sayer, 1978)
Have You Ever Been In Love (from Have You Ever Been In Love, 1983)
Giving It All Away (from Just A Boy, 1974)

Beautiful Year (from Restless Years, 2015)
To The River (from Restless Years, 2015)
Restless Years (from Restless Years, 2015)
How Did We Get So Old (from Restless Years, 2015)
Dreaming (written by Leo for Cliff Richard, 1980)
Thunder In My Heart (from Thunder In My Heart, 1977)
You Make Me Feel Like Dancing (from Endless Flight, 1976)
When I Need You (from Endless Flight, 1976)
Long Tall Glasses (from Just A Boy, 1974)
How Much Love (from Endless Flight, 1976)

Let It Be (from All This And World War II, 1976)
I Can’t Stop Living You (from Leo Sayer, 1978)
Endless Flight (from Endless Flight, 1976)

Leo Sayer dates

March 7, Geelong, The Playhouse
March 11, Dubbo, Dubbo Regional Theatre
March 12, Tamworth, Wests Leagues Club
March 13, Newcastle, West
March 14, Wollongong, Anitas Theatre
March 19, Brisbane, Tivoli
March 20, Redland, Redland Perform Arts Centre
March 21, Ipswich, Civic Centre
March 22, Caloundra, Caloundra Events Centre
April 9, Sydney, York Theatre Newtown
April 10, Canberra, Canberra Theatre
April 11, Launceston, Country Club
April 12, Hobart, Wrest Point

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