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Legend Returns With His Rock Classics

Legend Returns With His Rock Classics

Who: Max Merritt
Where: Western Suburbs Leagues Club
Author: Michael Gadd
When: Friday April 6, 2001

New Zealand born rock and roll legend Max Merritt will re-create some of the industry's greatest moments when he performs his classics at Wests Leagues Club. Max Merritt and The Meteors, part of Australian rock and roll folklore, will join Doug Parkinson as part of their Heart and Soul of Rock and Roll tour.

Merritt came to Australia from New Zealand and stamped his mark on his new home almost immediately, landing a support slot for the Rolling Stones on their Australian tour.

What followed was a constant stream of what have now become legendary hits.

Merritt will perform songs such as Fanny May, I Can't Help Myself, Western Union Man, and the Otis Redding classic Try a Little Tenderness, which he performed at the Sunbury 1972 Rock Festival.

That performance to this day, stands as one of the most talked about moments in Australian rock history.

When Max Merritt and The Meteors moved to London and signed to Arista records, the album A Little Easier spawned their first worldwide hit Slippin' Away. The band toured with Fleetwood Mac, The Doors, Black Sabbath, The Moody Blues and Leo Sayer. After living in London for about 10 years, he moved to Los Angeles, where he has remained for the past 20 years.

On Friday night they will open and close together but will also perform individual sets.

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