Peter Andre Interview - Celebrating 25 Years
Graham Clark, Features Writer
In 2019 Peter Andre will be celebrating 25 years in the music industry and in honour of this he will be going out on tour next February playing 25 concerts. He has been fortunate enough to have had a sustained career that has seen him endure all the changes that have taken place in the pop charts over the last two decades. Here he talks about the tour and his career to date.
So much has changed over the last 25 years in the music business for you
When I started out there was Top of the Pops, CD:UK, Smash Hits but they have all gone now which is sad. One thing that has not changed is that I like to go out and entertain people. I have had a lot of success over the last 25 years, most people know me for Mysterious Girl but I had other Number Ones too such as Flava that a lot of people do not know about.
In the show though I will be doing songs too from people who inspired me when growing up. Artists such as Michael Jackson and Prince, these artists were an inspiration to me and people of our generation.
What else can we expect on the tour?
It will be a celebration of my success over the last 25 years, I have had 3 UK Number 1's and 9 U.K Top Ten hits over these 25 years. The last big thing tour I did was the big band tour a few years ago, it was fun doing it but I didn't want to get pigeon holed doing just that so this tour will be completely different.
The tour also visits towns that some artists do not always visit such as Grantham and Scarborough
Yeah, that's true but it is important to reach out to as many of my fans as possible, not all my fans are just in London and the major cities so it's good that I play these other towns so that as many of my fans get to see the tour.
Will there be any new music released for the tour?
There will be 3 or 4 new songs in the show but mainly the show will be songs from my career so far, it will be 25 years since my first single was released in Australia. Gimme Little Sign was a bigger hit in Australia than Mysterious Girl was.
Your Angels and Demons album was very under rated by the critics when it was a great album, did that bother you?
No, it didn't bother me as I've had more success than I could ever dream of. The album was going to have Chris Brown on there and Usher too but then managers got involved and it never happened. On the whole though I've no regrets, I have worked with some great people over the years such as Diane Warren, Brian McKnight.
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I do and it's very nice, they are wonderful, you cannot have success without them and I am so grateful for that and the success they have given me.
Did you have to tone yourself for your 2019 calendar?
You know what?, my sister phoned me up and said did you starve yourself to get like that? The night before the shoot I had a curry and naan bread, basically I can eat what I want though if I don't exercise I can put weight on, it's good though because then when I exercise I can eat well and not put weight on.
You are due to star in the musical Grease later next year, how did that happen?
I was approached a few years ago to play Danny in Grease but it was going to be for 6 months of the year, 7 days a week with matinees some days so they said to me we may be able to offer you a part in the show that is not as gruelling. I am not going to be in the show every night on the tour, I can literally fly in and fly out as the role I play is Teen Angel. The show opens up in Yorkshire in Leeds in June.
The producers have been very understanding as I have my own tour coming up and I also have to think of my family too.
What have been the highlights for you over the last 25 years?
Growing up on Australia's Gold Coast I always dreamed of playing Wembley Arena which I sold out, then it was playing the o2 which I did and sold out so now I would like to play Wembley Stadium - you never know I'm still young and have plenty of time.
Peter Andre Celebrating 25 Years tour visits
Hull Arena 16 February
Sheffield City Hall 17 February
Scarborough Spa 8 March
Peter Andre Interview - Celebrating 25 Years, 6th November 2018, 10:00 AM