Dean Bourne brings Roy Orbison’s music to life 25 years after the music legend’s passing in a special anniversary performance.
Bourne’s Roy Orbison Reborn – The Pretty Woman Tour hits QPAC this Saturday 9 November to celebrate the man and the music.
“As a tribute artist, I fell into Roy by accident,” says Bourne. “People had been telling me how much I sounded like Roy, and then I won a competition that I entered as Roy and it just sort of snowballed from there.”
With a seven-piece band behind him, Bourne delights in surprising audiences with his uncanny resemblance both visually and vocally to Orbison.
“I think people are sceptical of tribute artists. There’s some great tribute artists out there and there’s some not-so-great ones, so people go in with a bit of scepticism, and I think people are surprised.
“I’ve never had any negative feedback, actually. People just can’t believe they can come and see something that looks and sounds so much like the real thing.”
Touring over the last four years to sell-out houses around Australia, Bourne’s sights are now set on cracking the US market in Vegas.
“We’ve had a lot of interest from the UK and also Las Vegas… but it’s hard for an Australian tribute artist, especially for an Australian portraying one of the biggest American artists,”
So for fans that miss seeing Roy Orbison, or those that never caught him in concert, check out Dean Bourne – you might just be surprised.
“It’s the anticipation from the audience, not knowing if I will sound like Roy… then when I walk out onto the stage and sing the first line of the first song and people start clapping – that’s my favourite moment.”