Local muso to support Joe Cocker

2008-02-23 00:00

Local muso of note Niell Solomon will open for Grammy Award-winner Joe Cocker at the ICC Indoor Arena next Friday night, said East Coast Radio and BIG Concerts.

This week’s announcement adds a new dimension to Cocker’s World Tour visit to South Africa. Cocker is a veteran of gritty rock. Solomon, regarded as one of this country’s finest singer/ songwriters, has a definite leaning towards folk and this should offer an interesting contrast.

The biggest issue is that Solomon, whose most notable recent appearance in Durban was with the Song Riders at the Catalina last year, brings a pedigree that all but closes the gap between the aspiring local back up act and the slick international performer. Solomon is simply one of those quality performers who has earned and deserves international recognition in his own right.

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