The Best of Richard Clapton


After a sold-out debut performance at Melbourne Recital Centre two years ago, Australian national treasure Richard Clapton returns to celebrate his 45th year in music at Elisabeth Murdoch Hall on Friday 12 October 2018.

‘I enjoyed playing at Melbourne Recital Centre last time – the acoustics are designed really well and the sound was fabulous. Although I consider my career the version of the never-ending tour, I am planning to introduce some new songs into my performance at the Melbourne Recital Centre and of course sing my classics,’ said Richard.

Performing songs that are touchstones on the Aussie rock landscape, such as ‘Girls on the Avenue’, ‘Capricorn Dancer’, ‘The Best Years of Our Lives’ and ‘Goodbye Tiger’, fans will be treated to the full Richard Clapton experience.

For over four decades Richard has been on the road with songs that go right to the heart of the Australian psyche that bring the house down every time. Richard loves Melbourne and performing to its crowds.

‘When I lived in Melbourne in the late ‘70s there was a real community of musicians down there. I’d been living in Europe for over six years and when I left Australia it was a bit of a cultural wasteland,’ said Richard, adding, ‘When I came back it was a thriving hotbed of creativity; it was kind of what I’d describe as the birth of Australian rock. I found a lot of bands from that period really inspiring, a lot were from Melbourne.’

One of the standouts with any Richard Clapton tour is the band he assembles – this year is no different, with Danny Spencer on guitar and vocals, Michael Hegarty on bass, John Salerno on drums and Paul Checcinelli on keyboards.

Richard’s bestselling memoir, The Best Years of Our Lives, brought back so many great stories of high times and sheer beauty. Many of these crazy and emotional stories have worked their way back into Richard’s live show and add an extra dimension to his live performances. You never know exactly what you’ll experience at Richard’s shows, but you do know that every gig will be different. It’s constantly evolving in front of your eyes and ears.

Known for his incisive lyrics, Richard’s spiritual home is in front of an amplifier on 10 with an electric guitar around his neck. Audiences leave Richard’s shows sweaty, singing and blissed out. This is still true today. Welcome to the party that never ends! Click here to view the full event details.


Friday 12 October 2018, 7.30pm
Elisabeth Murdoch Hall
Richard Clapton
Tickets $69/$59
Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre in arrangement with Premier Artists


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