PETER CUPPLES is the former lead singer and songwriter of ˜STYLUS“ the Australian blue-eyed soul band who became the first all white band to be signed by the US Motown label, Tamala. Peter first came to prominence with Stylus in 1975, releasing four albums with hits such as ˜Summer Breeze” and ‘World of Make Believe’. He has also had success with a top 20 hit for his first release, ‘Fear of Thunder’, and success with the song ‘Blame It on the Weather’.
STEVIE WONDER is one of the greatest artists of all time. Sometimes referred to as the eighth wonder of the world, Stevie was a true musical virtuoso and complete all-rounder. Featuring some of the hottest musicians in Australia, this show celebrating the music genius of Stevie Wonder will absolutely delight Wonder fans and all those who love great music.
The Show will be celebrating 50 years since the release of Stevie Wonder’s hit, ˜For Once In My Life’ and the entire show will be recorded live for a future DVD release!
PETER CUPPLES (Lead Vocals, Guitar)
SCOTT GRIFFITHS (Keyboards, Guitar, Backing Vocals) is well known in the music industry not only as a musician but also for his music arrangements and studio recordings. He has worked with renowned artists such as The Little River Band, Errol Brown (Hot Chocolate), Mark Seymour, Daryl Braithwaite, James Reyne, Christine Anu, Tina Arena and Anthony Callea.
RON PEERS (Guitar) is a session musician and studio recording engineer, and has worked live his entire guitar playing life. His musical prowess ranges from Blues, R&B, Funk, Country, Rock, Metal, Soul, Pop, Fusion and Jazz, playing each with equal enthusiasm and dexterity. He has worked with Stylus, George Benson, Lee Ritenour, Ike & Tina Turner, Tina Arena, Kool and the Gang, Russell Morris, Ross Wilson, Daryl Braithwaite, Vanessa Amorosi just to name a few!
DARRYN FARRUGIA (Drums) has performed live with many artists including Leo Sayer, Hugh Jackman, Mary Wilson, Ian Moss, Jimmy Barnes and has played drums on albums for Harrison Craig, Anthony Callea, Rachel Beck, The Daryl McKenzie Jazz Orchestra, and The B# Big Band amongst others.
As a singer he possesses one of the most distinctive voices ever heard, his tone, control and range being second to none. As a musician he could play piano, drums, harmonica and bass by the age of 10, and now he is proficient on so many instruments he’s regarded to be in a league of his own.
As a writer he’s penned and produced over 30 top ten singles, picked up 25 Grammies along the way and left us with some of the all time classics: ‘You are the Sunshine of my Life’, ‘Superstition’, ‘For Once in my Life’, ‘Sir Duke’, ‘Lately’, ‘I Just Called to Say I Love you’, ‘All is Fair in Love’ just to name a few.
You may wonder why there hasn’t been a Stevie Wonder tribute show done before. Well, it’s quite simple. There are very few people with the quality of voice, musicianship, sensitivity and sheer foolishness to try! But now, Australia’s very own Motown recording artist, PETER CUPPLES has embarked on such a challenge. Some people say, ˜if anyone can do it, it’s Cupples”, others shake their heads and call it “vocal suicide”. I guess we will have to let you be the judge of that.
Sat 3 Feb, 7:30pm MEMO Music Hall, 88 Acland St Kilda
Doors Open 7.30pm, Showtime 8.40-11.00pm (with intermission)
Tix: www.memomusichall.com.au Premium Reserved Seating $40+bf, A-Reserved Seating $35+bf, General Admission $25+bf, GA at the door $27 (if still available)