Jordie Lane to star in the Australian premiere of Grievous
Angel: The Legend of Gram Parsons Room 8 and AT Management are proud to announce that the acclaimed theatrical concert, Grievous Angel: The Legend of Gram Parsons, will premiere at Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre on 20 July.
Celebrated Australian performer Jordie Lane is set to tackle the role of the man who, to this day, is hailed as the patron saint of alt-country and roots.
“Gram was everything you wanted in a singer and a songwriter” Keith Richards, The Rolling Stones
Tickets are on sale now via Ticketek. Grievous Angel: The Legend of Gram Parsons tells the fascinating story of the original cosmic cowboy who lived fast and died young.
The creative force behind some of the most important recordings of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, Parsons pioneered country rock with The Byrds’ Sweetheart of the Rodeo, schooled the Rolling Stones in American roots music, created The Flying Burrito Brothers and recorded two classic solo albums, GP and Grievous Angel, with his musical protégé, Emmylou Harris.
Gram Parsons was just 26 when he died, overdosing on morphine and tequila. His death, and the bizarre theft of his body by his road manager and its subsequent burning in the desert turned Parsons’ life and music into a legend.
Jordie Lane’s connection to Gram Parsons runs deep. He wrote much of his latest album in Room 8 where Parsons died, and even released one of Gram’s songs I just can’t take it anymore.
“Gram Parsons has been a huge influence over my journey as a musician,” says Jordie Lane. “He inspired me to not let genre stereotypes get in the way of making good music. It’s a great
honour and privilege to be playing him on stage.”
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Australian songstress Clare Reynolds has been cast to play Emmylou Harris. With an empathetic band behind them, they will enact the story of Gram’s life, punctuated by his heartfelt songs including Love Hurts, That’s all Right Momma, Streets of Baltimore, and over a dozen more hits.
Grievous Angel: The Legend of Gram Parsons is written and directed by Michael Bate, the last man to ever record an interview with him (in March 1973, six months before he died). The theatrical concert gives a unique insight into Gram’s thoughts and passions on life and music, as expressed in his final interview.
“All the Gram Parsons books, films and tributes have been told from the outside looking in. We never heard Gram’s voice, his version of events,” says Michael Bate.
“So I decided to write a theatrical concert and tell the story through Gram’s own bloodshot eyes. Some of the script is based on the interview from ’73, some is an imagining of events in Gram’s life.”
After a successful tour of Canada and the East Coast of America, Michael is thrilled to be working with Jordie Lane and Clare Reynolds on an Australian production.
What: Who: Where: When: Bookings: Tickets:
A theatrical concert about the life and music of the legendary Gram Parsons Jordie Lane stars as Gram Parsons and Clare Reynolds plays Emmylou Harris Athenaeum Theatre, 188 Collins St, Melbourne 20-29 July, 2012
ticketek.com.au or 9650 1500 from $39.00; 27-28 July from $49.00
“Grievous Angel: The Legend of Gram Parsons is a triumph from its first moment to its last,” Montreal Gazette
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