GRITTY: The Joe Cocker Experience will hit the Brothers Leagues Club on September 13.
GRITTY: The Joe Cocker Experience will hit the Brothers Leagues Club on September 13. Contributed

Musical tribute to rock legend

IPSWICH music lovers have a unique opportunity to relive the world-renowned sound of the late Joe Cocker with a new tribute show appearing at Brothers Leagues Club this month.

The Joe Cocker Experience will be performed by a seven-piece band consisting of diverse and talented musicians from across the local blues and rock scene, including Bruce Bird, Paul Rea, Steve Turner, Ian Lock, Simon Spencer, Gillian Kristensen and Ellie Jane Gibbs.

The band is led by Bruce Bird, a singer widely regarded as having a Joe Cocker-like voice like no other.

"Ever since I started singing, I knew I had a voice like his," he said.

"Ipswich fans can expect a replication of Joe. We cover all the songs that made him famous like You Are So Beautiful and upbeat songs that people can get up and dance to."

Mr Bird said the group's mission to honour Joe Cocker's music became more important to the band after the singer passed away last year.

"Everyone in the band grew up as huge fans of Joe Cocker's gritty sound and passion, and we view him as one of the most iconic musicians in rock history," he said.

"We've worked very hard to create a show that celebrates this passion and honours Cocker's legacy."

The Joe Cocker Experience show will appear at Brothers Leagues Club on Sunday, September 13, at 3pm.

Phone 3817 2999 for tickets.


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