Who can he be now? 

Twenty-two years later Colin Hay still a Man At Work

Who: Colin Hay

Where: MY (Millennium) Place

When: $17 - $20

The lead singer of Men At Work, who became a world-wide rock star when he sang Down Under, is coming to Millennium Place on March 26.

Colin Hay is the man who first sang the words "I come from the land downunder" in 1982 and that melody is still heard in pubs and bars around the world and is known by most Australians as their unofficial national anthem.

Down Under and other hits such as Who Can It Be Now were apart of Men At Work’s debut album, which went multi-platinum and won the band a Grammy for Best New Artist.

Now, 22 years later, Hay will be in Whistler to perform songs from his latest solo album Man At Work .

Man At Work is Hay’s eighth solo album and he’s planned an almost year-long tour to promote it.

Hay is revered for his musical talents but audiences have also consistently warmed to his story telling ability.

"I just play the songs and if something strikes me funny, I’ll tell the folks," Hay told The Associated Press.

"This way if you're telling a story, and you think, ‘Forget this, it’s not funny at all,’ you can just say, ‘All right, let’s play a song, thank God for that’, as opposed to just going on to the next gag."

Hay said an audience should expect a mix of some of his new and old songs in his performance.

"The idea is to bring the past up to the present and then we can move on from there, hopefully," he said.

"I have very good relationships with those old songs. They've been very good to me. We look after each other very well," Hay said.

Many of those "old" songs to which Hay refers were written when he was part of Men At Work, which was a five-man pub band from Melbourne that wrote brisk pop tunes combining quasi-reggae rhythms with rock-n-roll.

In the early ’80s Hay was quoted as saying that the band was not presenting anything new by Australian standards except that in the U.S., and in a lot of other places, many people hadn’t heard music like that before.

The result of this new sound was that Men At Work’s debut album, Business As Usual , sold 10 million copies and brought the band alongside other big-name groups such as The Police.

From Business As Usual, Who Can It Be Now topped the charts in Canada, Australia, numerous European countries, Japan and the U.S.

The single Down Under flew to No.1 in too many countries to mention and Business As Usual reached No.1 on the American billboard charts and remained there for 16 weeks until it was finally beaten by Michael Jackson's Thriller .

Colin Hay takes the stage at MY Place next Friday after an opening set by Whistler resident and Aussie songstress Tessa Amy. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for students, seniors and Aussies. G’Day!

Call 604-935-8410 for more information.


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