Musical legend, Leo Sayer, celebrates an incredible 40 years in music with the release of a landmark 40th Anniversary boxset, ‘Just A Box – The Studio Recordings’ released on 28 October, alongside a special anniversary ‘Silverbird’ tour of the UK throughout November. Spanning four spectacular decades, the ‘Just A Box’ boxset comprises an astounding 162 tracks across 14 discs, traversing recordings from 1973 – 2005; a classic album collection worth owning. As a tribute to this musical legend, the British Music Experience (Britain’s Museum of Popular Music at The O2), will also be holding a special Leo Sayer ‘In Conversation’ session on Saturday 26 October – an intimate Q&A event for fans of the artist.
Step back 40 years to 1973…..Leo Sayer releases his debut album entitled, ‘Silverbird’. The cover of this iconic record pictured Leo posed as the character Pierrot (the sad clown). During a tour with Roxy Music in October that year, Leo performed on stage with this image. Silverbird went to No.2 in the album charts, as did the single “The Show Must Go On”.
The 2013 tour celebrates the anniversary 40 years later of that moment and the global success Leo has achieved since then. This success includes international No. 1 songs ‘You Make Me Feel Like Dancing,’ ‘When I Need You’ and ‘Thunder In My Heart,’ as well as a Grammy award, Platinum selling albums, all the hits he’s written for other artists, and a net total of 27 Top Forty singles.
Going back to where it all started, Leo takes his 2013 Silverbird tour to key locations from his past – Belfast, Dublin, Cork, Warrington, Southampton, Holmfirth, Wolverhampton, London, Dartford, Watford, Buxton, Newcastle, Glasgow, and finishes in Worthing – close to where it all began in Brighton. Brighton is where this young artist changed his name from Gerard to Leo, met co-songwriter David Courtney and his dynamic first manager Adam Faith.
“This tour is like a homecoming for me. I grew up in all these places. In Ireland, and particularly in Belfast and Dublin, I still have a lot of family. It’s where I spent a lot of my childhood, so I’ll always feel at home. In the English cities and towns I learnt all I know by progressing from the little halls to the big ones, and although I live far away now, time stands still whenever I play the U.K., for my musical heart is still here.”
As well as the core of Silverbird, Leo will be performing the songs he is renowned for, the songs that have described a brilliant career.
Leo Sayer is a showman, a great singer, an entertainer and a storyteller, with a big catalogue full of wonderful songs. Catch him live in November on tour, meet him face-to-face at the BME and cherish the memories forever in the mammoth ‘Just A Box’ boxset.
For more information on Leo Sayer visit: www.leosayer.com