Albert Hammond concerts in Johannesburg

Albert Hammond. Photo Albrecht Schmidt

CHART-TOPPING and Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, Albert Hammond, , whose hits include It Never Rains in Southern California, Free Electric Band, I’m a Train and Peacemaker, will perform two concerts at the Teatro at Montecasino on April 16 at 8pm on April 17 at 3pm.  Tickets are on sale now at Computicket.

In 2014, Hammond wowed his fans and gained many more with his three highly successful concerts staged in Potchefstroom at the Aardklop National Arts Festival, Johannesburg and Cape Town.

The resounding success of the 2014 concerts prompted local promoter, Charl van Heyningen to bring the “Peacemaker” back to this country. He added: “The previous Albert Hammond concerts had audiences dancing from the moment the curtain went up. Such was the popularity of this artist and his concerts that we had many requests for additional concert dates which we unfortunately couldn’t accommodate at the time. Now he’s back!”

The Albert Hammond Songbook Tour 2016 is a worldwide tour where Hammond’s live performances showcase his tremendous musical abilities. He’s joined on stage by his four-piece band to present a stunning two hour journey through five decades of our lives.

One of the world’s greatest songwriters, Albert Hammond has accumulated no less than 360 million records sold worldwide.

Perhaps better known for his hit recordings, Hammond is also an esteemed songwriter who has written some of the best-selling songs in music history including The Air That I Breathe for The Hollies. Hammond co-wrote many famous numbers such as To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before, a major ‘80’s hit for Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson; One Moment in Time performed by Whitney Houston and When You Tell Me That You Love Me by Diana Ross.

He collaborated with Diane Warren on Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now which became a number one hit in 1987 for Starship and for which he was nominated for an Oscar, Golden Globe and a Grammy Award.

Hammond also wrote I Don’t Wanna Live Without Your Love, a hit for Chicago that peaked at number three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1988.

Throughout his 40 year plus career, Albert Hammond worked with mega music stars including Tina Turner for whom he wrote I Don’t Wanna Lose You, Be Tender With Me Baby and Way of the World. Hammond has also worked with Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and Neil Diamond.  On June 19 2008, Hammond was inducted in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

He is one of very few songwriters of our time whose songs not only have the mass appeal to make them pop hits, but whose very same songs also have the timelessness and depth that over time turns them into standards. Few writers can successfully walk this line and deliver hits for the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and today.

With 50 years of songwriting behind him, Hammond recently received the prestigious Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Song Collection. Upon acceptance of the award he received a standing ovation from all of the attendees including Elton John, Brian May, Black Sabbath, Annie Lennox and many others.

To enjoy a memorable trip down memory lane, book now at Computicket by calling 0861 915 8000, visit www.computicket.com or your nearest Computicket service centre. Tickets range from R400 to R700.

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