Wyndham City Council is sponsoring the return of Glenn Shorrock, lead singer of the Little River Band, to the little town that inspired the name of the iconic Australian band back in the 1970s.
This year marks the 45th anniversary of Glenn Shorrock’s first performance under the name Little River Band and he is set to rock Little River at its annual fair in March.
Wyndham City Arts, Culture and Heritage portfolio holder Cr Tony Hooper said it was a major coup to attract the talented Shorrock to the town that named his infamous band.
“Everyone is welcome to attend this free Wyndham City event and all money made at the Little River Fair will fund resources and equipment for the 150 students of Little River Primary School,” said Cr Hooper.
Back in the 1970s, lead singer, Shorrock, was driving past Little River while on tour and decided to call the band The Little River Band.
“We were driving down to a gig—one of the first gigs we ever did and I saw the Little River Exit in one mile. I said it sounds like a song, and a good name for a band. One of the guys was in a band called Mississippi and that was a bit American. I wanted a more egalitarian name,” said Shorrock.
From there, the three-piece band went on to tour Australia and the US, and topped the charts in several countries and sold more than 30 million records.
“Shorrock will be joining his old touring friend the spectacular Wendy Matthews, whose expressive voice and infectious energy stuns audiences across the globe,” Cr Hooper said.
Shorrock, who has played to audiences of 80,000, has also played to audiences of 80 people and is excited to return to where it all began.
Back in 1976, The Little River Band filmed a video at the Little River railway station and he fondly remembered a group of children claiming they were in fact the original Little River Band.
“I look forward to saying hello to the town that inspired the name of the band and we put Little River on the map as well. I started off little and end up little in little River,” said Shorrock.
Cr Hooper said this historic performance signified a great moment in Little River’s rich history but now also in the town’s future.
- Event Date: Friday, 20 March
- Time: 4pm to 9pm
- Location: Little River Primary School, Little River
- Entry free