ZOOT add Perth date to reunion tour dedicated to late lead singer Darryl Cotton

And in celebration of their debut album, 'Just Zoot', which turns 50 this year

Influential Australian pop rock band ZOOT have added a Perth date to their reunion tour, which will mark their first shows in nearly 50 years. Find the full list of dates below.

Today (March 5), the band added a Perth date at the Astor Theatre on November 16. It joins other previously announced shows in Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne.

The tour was prompted by and is dedicated to their late lead singer Darryl Cotton’s memory who passed away in 2012 from liver cancer. The ZOOT reunion also celebrates the 50th anniversary of their debut album, ‘Just Zoot’.

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The lineup that will tour in November comprises ‘60s ZOOT members Rick Springfield, Beeb Birtles and Rick Brewer, with the addition of Russell Morris.

Morris played with Cotton in several groups outside of ZOOT, including Burns Cotton & Morris and Cotton Keays & Morris.

“I am not trying to be Darryl,” Morris said in a statement. “But as I worked with Darryl for so long, he is a part of me. And I know how much he cared about ZOOT, so I will give it my very best.”

Birtles added, “Who would have thought we’d still be performing ZOOT songs 50 years after the release of ‘Just Zoot’. Nevertheless, here we are with ZOOT in 2020!”

ZOOT formed in Adelaide in 1966 under the first name Down The Line. They moved to Melbourne two years after, and their singles began to gain traction on the Melbourne and Brisbane charts. Their biggest hit was their cover of The Beatles’ ‘Eleanor Rigby’, which they released in 1971.

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Pre-sale for the Perth date has started. No code is required for pre-sale. General sale begins tomorrow, Friday 6 March at 9am. Tickets for all other shows are on sale now via DRW Entertainment, with VIP packages available.

Zoot’s 2020 Australian tour dates are:

Brisbane, Fortitude Music Hall (November 12)
Adelaide, Thebarton Theatre (13)
Perth, Astor Theatre (16) – NEW

Sydney, Enmore Theatre (20)
Melbourne, Palais Theatre (21) 

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