An Evening with Randy Newman
Cancelled (from Friday 18 March 2022)
Original date: Tuesday 9 June 2020
Due to an extended recovery from neck surgery, Randy Newman’s European tour due to start in March 2022 had been postponed. Unfortunately we have not been able arrange a new date for Randy Newman to perform at Sage Gateshead, this performance has therefore been cancelled and will not be rescheduled. All tickets will be refunded.
A messgae from Randy Newman:
Recently, I noticed I was shrinking. People over whom I had towered now towered over me. Could this be payback for having written Short People? Turns out, my neck was broken. They operated on me successfully, I think. For even now, I look less like an anteater and more like a folk rock artist from the early sixties. But the doctor said I’m not quite ready to tour. I was really looking forward to coming to Europe to perform. I miss performing a great deal and I look forward to a time when I can come. I’m sorry I won’t see you this time but I will see you soon.
Randy Newman has announced a series of international ‘An Evening With Randy Newman’ tour dates for 2020 including a Sage One gig in June.
“Few songwriters can cut to the quick the way Newman does. He remains a great American songbook unto himself.” Guardian
Newman began recording in 1968 with a self-titled album. Throughout the 1970s, he released several other acclaimed albums such as 12 Songs, Sail Away, and Good Old Boys. He began composing and scoring for films in the 1980s, and his work includes all four Toy Story pictures, A Bug’s Life, Cars and Cars 3.
“In Newman’s best music he leaves you wondering where you stand, what you think, what you believe, how the world works.” Pitchfork
In addition to Dark Matter, most recently Nonesuch released The Randy Newman Songbook, comprising solo recordings of songs from throughout Newman’s five-decade career. His many honours include seven Grammys, three Emmys, and two Academy Awards, as well as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013 – the same year he was given an Ivor Novello PRS for Music Special International Award.
“Newman has a knack for writing songs that are so attuned to what’s going on in the U.S. that they become predictive, articulating uncomfortable thoughts that are in the air but had theretofore gone unarticulated.” Vanity Fair
Newman also was presented with a PEN New England Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award in 2014. In 2018 he collaborated with Rex Orange County on his version of Newman’s ‘You’ve Got A Friend In Me’, and in 2019, in addition to Toy Story 4, he collaborated with Chance The Rapper on ‘5 Year Plan’ for the album The Big Day.