WIN Entertainment Centre
The irreplaceable Judith Durham will join The Seekers back on stage as they resume their Golden Jubilee tour.
The super pop group with a folk feel, which has sold around 50 million records globally, will kick off its comeback in Perth on November 2.
The Seekers’ planned May performance at Wollongong’s WIN Entertainment Centre has been rescheduled for November 19.
Singer Durham, 70, is still receiving some rehabilitation treatment after spending three months in a Melbourne hospital.
She suffered a brain haemorrhage in May during the Golden Jubilee tour.
‘‘I believe with what happened to me, which was a cerebral haemorrhage, there is a 30 per cent chance that you can die,’’ Durham said.
‘‘So that came as a bit of a bombshell when I realised that.
‘‘Just to be able to walk on stage again will be astonishing.’’
Durham was joined by fellow Seekers Athol Guy, Keith Potger and Bruce Woodley in Melbourne for the announcement.
The group had a dress rehearsal a few weeks ago and Woodley says Durham’s voice is better now than before the haemorrhage.
‘‘The Seekers have a legacy to protect and if we thought for an instant that there was any risk to Judith in doing this, we wouldn’t do it,’’ he said. ‘‘We know in our hearts that she is ready to do this now.’’
Guy says anything can happen in life, reflecting that he was nearly ‘‘wiped out’’ in a car crash last year.
‘‘Would you replace any of us? They’re irreplaceable to me and I’m sure it’s reciprocal.
‘‘We’re all very different but (we’re) bonded together, unbreakable now in so many ways.’’
Guy met Durham at J. Walter Thompson advertising agency where she was working as a secretary in 1962. He was in a folk group called The Seekers that sang at Melbourne’s Treble Clef coffee lounge. Learning Durham was a singer, he invited her to join them.
The Seekers were the first Australian music group to make it big both in Britain and the US. Hits included I’ll Never Find Another You, Someday One Day and Georgy Girl.
They disbanded in 1968 and their televised farewell concert was watched by 10 million people.
They reformed in 1993 for their Silver Jubilee tour and last year recorded two new tracks, Silver Threads And Golden Needles and In My Life for The Golden Jubilee Album.
Tickets for the show are on sale from today. AAP