Joe Cocker at the Nikaia
Joe Cocker is playing Nice’s Palais Nikaia on April 6th. He’s one of the greats of rock and soul – a voice of great power and sensitivity. From his early hit, a rendition of the Beatles’ “With a little Help from my Friends”, through his emblematic song, “You can leave your hat on”, and right to the present, Cocker has been a storming success since the sixties.
Cocker is one of those stars that French audiences seem to love even more than the rest of the world. He puts great energy and passion into his performances. He’s a helpless dancer whose arms seem to wobble around while he pumps out the notes.
Woodstock was the making of many stars, and Cocker’s career really took off after his stunning delivery of “With a little help from my friends”, among others. After that he released a hit album, and formed a new band of celebrities, “Mad Dogs and Englishmen”.
His career has seen depths of alcohol, drugs and mental instability – he was famously thrown out of Australia, and twice threw up over the audience in shows in the States.
But perhaps it’s better to think of his great song “You can leave your hat on”, and the strip teasing Kim Bassinger in the movie “Nine and a Half Weeks”, or his duet with Jennifer Warnes – “Lift us up where we belong”.
In 2002 Cocker sang for the Queen’s golden jubilee party at Buckingham Palace, backed by Phil Collins on drums and Brian May on guitar. Five years later he was honoured with the OBE.
It’s going to be a fine concert from one of the true greats of Rock history – don’t miss it!