Canned Heat drummer Adolfo ‘Fito’ de la Parra estimates he’s been to Australia about 15 times over the past 45 years. Fito has been here so often he jokes, that he’s probably seen more of Australia than most Australians. Canned Heat first toured Australia in early 1971, 18 months after the band’s triumphant appearance at Woodstock.
‘We played the Mulwala Pop Festival in Victoria, which was the first Australian pop festival – Steven Stills was there as well, and Billy Thorpe and the Pirates represented Australia. That was part of Australia’s musical history, it was great to be part of that event,’ Fito recalls. ‘Canned Heat are looking forward to returning to Australia not only for the sensational Bluesfest 2018 which we played at their very first festival in 1990, but also for the sideshow at Melbourne Recital Centre, which will be the first time we have played this venue. We anticipate a great show and want to encourage as many of our Australian fans as possible to come along,’ said Adolfo ‘Fito’ de la Parra.
Blues ‘n’ boogie, boogie ‘n’ blues, no matter which way you phrase it only one name rises to the top: Canned Heat. Some say they invented the genre that made them a global phenomenon some 40 plus years ago. Now gracing the stage of Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, this legendary act brings their unique blend of roadhouse electric blues, rock and boogie to Melbourne. Securing their niche in the pages of rock ‘n’ roll history with performances alongside Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and The Who at Monterey Pop Festival (1967) and the original Woodstock Festival in ‘69, their legacy has influenced many aspiring guitarists and bands throughout the decades. Their Top 40 tunes ‘On the Road Again’, ‘Let’s Work Together’ and ‘Going Up the Country’ quickly became rock anthems across the globe with the latter being adopted as the unofficial theme song for the film Woodstock. The music and attitude of Canned Heat afforded them a large following and established them as one of the most popular bands of the hippie era.
With an incredible 32 studio albums, 10 live albums and countless releases, collaborations with John Mayall, Little Richard and John Lee Hooker, they have truly become a one of a kind band and are still going strong. Anchored by the steady and leadership of founding member, drummer and band leader Adolfo ‘Fito’ de la Parra, Canned Heat is well on track to carry the boogie-blues it made famous, well into the 21st century.
Monday 26 March 2018, 7.30pm
Elisabeth Murdoch Hall (Two hours & 30-mins incl. interval)
Canned Heat (with support)
A reserve $75
B reserve $65
Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre by arrangement with Bluesfest Touring
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