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Eighties icon Jason Donovan will visit Edinburgh’s Usher Hall next year as part of a 52-date UK and Ireland tour.
To mark the 30th anniversary of his hugely successful debut album, Ten Good Reasons, the Australian singer is returning with the Even More Good Reasons Tour, which comes to the Capital next September.
Tickets for the tour go on sale on Monday 30, September at 9am via www.jasondonovan.com.
Speaking about the tour, Donovan said: “The EMGR tour is a real opportunity to make people feel good. You can’t beat a live band, and the interaction with an audience.
“I like to create a show which is not just about singing songs, I like people to come into my world through the music, the stories the visuals and feel they’ve got to know me a little more personally.
“The music becomes a sentence in which my life is the complete story. My shows are almost autobiographical in a way.”
After years of successful touring the country in huge productions like Priscilla, Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds, and with a triumphant return to Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in London’s West End this summer under his belt, the Aussie singer feels the time is right to get back to basics and return to straight-up performing, with the spotlight on his back catalogue – just him and the audience.
Even More Good Reasons will be the first time in four years he’s performed his own material to a live audience.
“From my Doin Fine tour in 1990 to Ten Good Reasons in 2016 and throughout my musical stage career, performing live has been a pivotal part of my professional growth,” says Donovan.
“I get such a rush, and energy from a live audience – it’s like a drug – it’s something that inspires me and even today, sometimes scares me.
“The anxiety before going onstage is palpable and it’s this energy alone that is almost addictive in a way and keeps me coming back for more.”
Full tour dates
|Fri 18 Sep||The Centaur, Cheltenham|
|Sat 19 Sep||Cliffs Pavilion, Southend On Sea|
|Sun 20 Sep||Theatre Royal, Norwich|
|Tue 22 Sep||De Montfort Hall, Leicester|
|Wed 23 Sep||Sheffield City Hall|
|Wed 25 Sep||York Barbican|
|Sat 26 Sep||Carlisle Sands Centre|
|Sun 27 Sep||Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow|
|Wed 30 Sep||Usher Hall, Edinburgh|
|Thu 1 Oct||Sage Gateshead|
|Sat 3 Oct||Grand Hall, Scarborough|
|Sun 4 Oct||Darlington Hippodrome|
|Tue 6 Oct||Bonus Arena, Hull|
|Wed 7 Oct||First Direct Arena, Leeds|
|Fri 9 Oct||Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham|
|Sat 10 Oct||Royal and Derngate, Northampton|
|Sun 11 Oct||Oasis, Swindow|
|Wed 14 Oct||Eventim Apollo, London|
|Fri 16 Oct||Winter Gardens, Margate|
|Sat 17 Oct||New Theatre, Oxford|
|Sun 18 Oct||Bristol Hippodrome|
|Tue 20 Oct||St David’s Hall, Cardiff|
|Wed 21 Oct||Plymouth Pavilions|
|Thu 22 Oct||Bournemouth Pavilion|
|Sat 24 Oct||Portsmouth Guildhall|
|Sun 25 Oct||Reading Hexagon|
|Tue 10 Nov||Orchard Theatre, Dartford|
|Wed 11 Nov||Regents Theatre, Ipswich|
|Fri 13 Nov||King’s Lynn Corn Exchange|
|Sat 14 Nov||The Baths Hall, Scunthorpe|
|Sun 15 Nov||O2 Apollo, Manchester|
|Tue 17 Nov||Villa Marina, Douglas|
|Fri 20 Nov||Liverpool Philharmonic Hall|
|Sat 21 Nov||Blackpool Opera House|
|Sun 22 Nov||Venue Cymru, Llandudno|
|Tue 24 Nov||Birmingham Symphony Hall|
|Wed 25 Nov||Bath Forum|
|Thu 26 Nov||Westlands Ent Venue, Yeovil|
|Sat 28 Nov||Princess Theatre, Torquay|
|Sun 29 Nov||Theatre Royal, Brighton|
|Tue 1 Dec||The White Rock Theatre, Hastings|
|Wed 2 Dec||Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone|
|Fri 4 Dec||G Live, Guildford|
|Sat 5 Dec||Brangwyn Hall, Swansea|
|Sun 6 Dec||Watford Colosseum|
|Tue 8 Dec||Cambridge Corn Exchange|