Jeff Duff has always been compared with David Bowie, even before he knew David Bowie.
The colourful Australian Glam Rock performer fills Bowie’s shoes in touring show British Invasion which will showcase the best of British Rock from the 70s and 80s in a spectacular stage show featuring many of the most beloved and favourite songs of all time.
He says there are a lot of similarities.
“Ever since the 70s and I was on Countdown and doing all those television shows I was always compared to David Bowie. In the early comparisons I’d never even heard of David Bowie,” says Duff, who fronted early 70s jazz-rock fusion band Kush.
“When I was at Swinburne Art College I was wearing make-up and designing my own clothes, I guess I had this androgynous look, which I still have today I can’t help how I was born, so there’s been a few incredible similarities.
“David Bowie lived next door to be here in Elizabeth Bay for 10 years and David Bowie used to come and watch me perform when I lived in London as well.”
Duff, a singer-cabaret performer who has used various personae and vivid wardrobe, has released dozens of albums and appeared in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby and 1989 Australian science fiction film Sons of Steel.
In British Invasion, he shares the stage with Las Vegas performer Rob Caudill, who delivers a powerful Rod Stewart show, and Lance Strauss, known for his world-wide hit tribute show Elton Jack.
Caudill has spent 15 years in Las Vegas performing his high energy, critically acclaimed, international tribute act.
All his life people told Caudill he looked and sounded like Rod Stewart so when it was suggested to him by Joe Walsh of The Eagles that he give it a shot, he did and has never looked back.
Elton Jack is the world’s best known Elton John Tribute act and has been wowing his international audiences for more than 25 years.
Millions of people all around the world have been entranced by Strauss’ tribute to the music and lyrics of Elton John and Bernie Taupin – which started from an appearance on Hey Hey It’s Saturday as Elton John back in late 1980s.
“It’s amazing. Rob comes over here from the States and does shows and fills the room, and Lance has been doing Elton Jack for many years, he fills the room,” Duff says. “Those two guys live Rod Stewart and Elton John ... for fans this music would have been the soundtrack to the happy times of their lives, before mortgages.”