The 90's & Beyond
For the next 25 years Judith, Athol, Keith and Bruce found fulfilment individually, while the “spirit of the group” grew more and more legendary around the world; fans of all ages continually begged The Seekers to perform “one more time”. Many new young fans hoped all their lives they might see their idols one day in the flesh. So in 1993, causing unprecedented excitement, Judith, Athol, Keith and Bruce announced they were reuniting for ‘The Silver Jubilee Tour’ and under the guidance of manager John Kovac, the magic continued with CD and video releases (videos were an Eighties invention!); the '25 Year Reunion Celebration - Live In Concert' CD went platinum; and the quadruple-platinum video was the biggest-selling music video in Australia's history knocking Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' from No.1!!
In the UK, overwhelmingly emotional sell-out concerts followed in 1994 and 1995 at London’s 'Royal Albert Hall' and 'Wembley Arena', and in 1995 The Seekers were inducted by Peter Asher into Australia’s 'ARIA Hall Of Fame'… the group that first put Australia on the international music map.
The Seekers toured extensively again: in 1997 to celebrate their first studio album in 30 years, 'Future Road' including a ‘making of’ video, in 2000 ‘The Carnival Of Hits’ world tour, and in March 2003 the Never Say Never Again tour to round out the decade. Their audiences still included fans as young as 3 years old to 23, 53, and 93 years young, all joining in the rhythms and singing all the words with gusto - just like it always was in the Sixties.
In the new Millennium, further significant albums were released: the first-ever Seekers’ Christmas album 'Morningtown Ride To Christmas' in 2001; the group’s first-ever double CD ‘Night Of Nights…Live’ in 2002; and 25 timeless and uplifting tracks were chosen by the group themselves in 2003 for the Australian compilation ‘The Ultimate Collection, executive produced by Graham Simpson. They included Bruce’s iconic composition “I Am Australian”, and the newly-recorded "Massachusetts", thereby fulfilling an early dream of The Bee Gees … in 1969, Maurice Gibb had told an astonished Judith that when The Bee Gees first arrived in London they tried in vain to get "Massachusetts" to The Seekers to record as an early Seekers hit!
Seekers videos were then released on DVD including ‘25 Year Reunion Celebration - Live In Concert’ (with bonuses ‘Future Road’ and the rare film clip ‘Far Shore’), ‘The Seekers At Home And Down Under’ and ‘The World Of The Seekers’. But fans of all ages were not ready to say goodbye to the group yet, and in July 2004, The Seekers once again bowed to public demand and undertook their ‘Four Decades Of Gold’ Australia and New Zealand tours.
In 2006, The Seekers were given the “Key To The City” of Melbourne and in 2008, The Seekers’ 1965 No.1 hit 'The Carnival Is Over' was named No.30 in the 'UK Official Top 100 Best-Selling Singles Of All Time'.
The Seekers (with ‘The Carnival Is Over’) now rank No. 6 in the official BBC Radio 2 chart of the “Biggest-Selling Chart Stars of the 1960s”, placing them above The Rolling Stones (with “The Last Time”; No. 36), Elvis Presley (with “It’s Now Or Never”; No. 9), Tom Jones (with “Green, Green Grass Of Home”; No. 10) and Cliff Richard & The Shadows (with “The Young Ones”; No. 14). The Beatles, of course, rank No’s. 1, 2, 4 and 5, but The Beatles (with “Hey Jude”) ranks at No. 20!
In 2010, The Seekers were surprised and delighted to be invited by Andre Rieu to join his tour and, putting their individual projects on hold for the extravaganza, they reunited to tour Australia and New Zealand as special guests of Andre and his Johann Strauss Orchestra.
In 2012, The Seekers went back into the recording studio to record two new tracks – “Silver Threads And Golden Needles” and “In My Life” – to take pride of place on their newest compilation, ‘The Golden Jubilee Album – 50 Tracks For Fifty Years’… And now … the world can truly celebrate with The Seekers’ milestone as December 3 2012 marks 50 years since the four original members - Judith Durham, Athol Guy, Keith Potger and Bruce Woodley - first met and performed together in a little coffee shop called ‘Treble Clef’ in Melbourne…