This week, Camilleri will play at Norwood Live and Hahndorf Old Mill, showing crowds that his blend of rock, blues, gospel and country can still rock the house.
The singer, songwriter, saxophonist and producer is best known for his work in The Black Sorrows and Jo Jo Zep and The Falcons.
He spoke to Glam Adelaide from The Big Red Bash in Birdsville and said he is looking forward to returning to Adelaide, particularly to Hahndorf.
“I’ve been to Hahndorf many times. I like it. It gives you that feeling of an era gone by. And whether you do or not, it makes you feel like you have to slow down. I love that,” he said.
“I love going there and I love coming here [to Birdsville]. This gig in Birdsville is going to be great. There’s one thousand people in their tents in the middle of nowhere and I wouldn’t change it for the universe.”
The upcoming tour will celebrate the release of The Black Sorrows’ new album, Certified Blue which is a mix of blues, ballads, rock, country, gospel, swing and honkytonk.
Certified Blue is the 17th release by The Black Sorrows and commemorates their 30th Anniversary; Camilleri said he is particularly proud this album.
“I like the first track [‘Roarin’ Town’] because I like the cinematics of it. I knew I had a pretty good track in “Certified Blue”. I like the way it handles itself. Some songs are bad hair days but, you know, I don’t have those anymore,” he laughed.
“The ballads are the best but my favourite song is ‘Wake Me Up in Paradise’. We really got something out of that song that unfolded in a beautiful way. I can listen to it, I can play it and I can grow in it. It’s bigger than me,” he said.
Easy going, good humoured and clearly passionate about his music and his fans, Camilleri said he has learned many lessons in his 50 year career.
“What have I learned? Keep your powder dry, more than anything else. Expect the unexpected and you won’t be disappointed. And don’t believe your own publicity!” he laughed.
Audiences can look forward to hearing the likes of ‘Harley and Rose’, ‘Hold on to Me’, other favourites and some new music.
“I do the old favourites but it’s about the night and it’s about celebrating. When the gig starts it’s all in! Let’s go! We’re doing this and if I fall over, you’re falling over with me, so pick me up!” Camilleri laughed.
Certified Blue is now available on iTunes and The Black Sorrows are playing Norwood Live on the 17th July and Hahndorf Old Mill on the 18th July.
More information at www.theblacksorrows.com.au
Interviewed by Libby Parker