OH Productions present “DONOVAN performs SUNSHINE SUPERMAN with the London Contemporary Orchestra” Royal Albert Hall
Tickets available 9am (GMT) Friday 5th November 2010
On 3 June 2011, poet and folk-psych-pop legend Donovan will be performing his classic 1966 album Sunshine Superman and a selection of his phenomenal hits at the Royal Albert Hall. The special event will see the celebrated singer-songwriter teaming up with The London Contemporary Orchestra and some very special guests. It’s the centrepiece of a full week of Donovan-related events in London. More information to follow on these.
Donovan says“This year of 2010 Linda and I celebrate our ruby anniversary and when I asked my muse what she wanted to do, she said.. ‘Perform the complete Sunshine Superman album at the Royal Albert Hall’. Her wish is my command! I wrote the album for Linda, and Queen Victoria built the Albert Hall for you know who, so come and celebrate two love stories next June 3rd and dress for the occasion!”
It’s a long overdue celebration for Donovan’s defining ’60s psych albums as it hits its 45th birthday. While The Beatles were recording Revolver and Dylan was plugging in, Donovan was exploring new territory, transforming himself from guitar-toting troubadour to psychedelic popstar, fusing classical, jazz, world music, poetry and switched-on pop to form one glorious whole.
The beginning of a hugely successful three-year collaboration with pop impresario Mickie Most, Sunshine Superman came along like an explosion of colour, capturing the mood of the late ‘60s before they’d even begun. Before Pet Sounds, before Sergeant Pepper, there was Sunshine Superman featuring the huge hit single of the same name, which features Jimmy Page on guitar.
Donovan wrote Sunshine Superman for Linda when they first met in 1965. They married in Windsor five years later. She’s the Linda of Legend of a Girl Child Linda (plus the subject of so many more of his songs) and the reason the album sounds so fresh and inspired some 44 years later.
In September 2010, Donovan was nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Hall cited his importance to the world of rock ‘n’ roll, saying, “He virtually single-handedly initiated the psychedelic revolution with Sunshine Superman.” Come and see why at The Royal Albert Hall, where he will perform Sunshine Superman the album with full orchestra, under the baton of his early arranger and conductor, the British maestro, John Cameron.
General tickets and VIP packages are available from http://www.royalalberthall.com