Disco diva for Sydney
It’s been more than 30 years since Boney M danced their way into the hearts of people across the globe with classic hits like Sunny and Rivers of Babylon.
One of the band’s former lead singers, Liz Mitchell, is coming to Australia in October to perform and relive some of those great moments in disco history.
“My show is going to be even more exciting this time because I have my live band with me,” she said.
“All the other times I came to Australia with the music on playback. This time we will be able to really have a good jam.”
As with the Little River Band, the history and copyright issues for Boney M are steeped in politics. It means Mitchell will be limited in what she can perform, but she insists that won’t mean a second-rate show.
“I will be doing some songs from the Liz Mitchell repertoire and also some of the other hits.”
Given the band’s popularity in the gay community, some might be alarmed to hear Mitchell has very conservative views about homosexuality – views shaped by her born-again Christian beliefs.
“I find it quite amazing,” Mitchell said. “Everywhere I go I meet so many gay people who literally love the music, find comfort and enjoy listening to it. They all know I’m a born-again and how much I believe in God.
“Homosexuality is a choice. You feel that this is the way you have to live and this is the way you have to go. It’s very difficult to say to anybody this is how you must live your life. You have to be happy in yourself and soul.
“For my gay fans I’d like to thank you very much for the support over the years and loyalty. It’s not just for me but for the music of Boney M.”
Mitchell plays the Evan Theatre at Penrith Panthers on 19 October and Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL 27 October. Details: www.lizmitchell.com.