Not only is Peter Andre kicking off his 25-year celebration tour of the UK in Aberdeen…he is also promising that north-east fans will see him in his prime.
“I start my tour a week before my 46th birthday, so that means when I’m performing in Aberdeen, I’m still 45 so you’re getting me in my prime – as of 46, I might not be in my prime any more,” Peter joked.
His Music Hall gig on Monday is a welcome return to the Granite City for the singer, performer and presenter, who last played here some 10 years ago.
“I have so much love for Aberdeen,” he said. “It is such a beautiful part of the world and I don’t get there often enough…and you do the best steaks in the world.”
Peter, who became an overnight sensation in the UK with his hit Mysterious Girl in 1996, is quick to point out that his new show marks 25 years of touring, having actually been signed to a record company in his native Australia 28 years ago.
That said, his first tour was a fairly spectacular debut.
“I was actually the opening act for Madonna on her Girlie tour – a stadium tour in Australia. Normally people who start in the industry start in small venues and build up into stadiums. I’ve kind of done it the other way around,” he said, laughing.
“But I’m going to love this new tour as it is going to be so intimate. It’s going to be a celebration tour.”
When he does settle into the intimate setting of the Music Hall, Peter – who in recent years has released two swing albums, “a tip of the hat to greats like Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra” – plans to take his many fans through the varied aspects of his career.
“I want to make it more like a theatre-style show, where it’s more narrated,” he said.
“I want to take everyone from the very beginning with the Australian hits that weren’t released in the UK. I’ll even talk about the clothes of that era to where I end up in 2019 in suit and tie, doing some swing numbers.
“It’s not a concert of just R ’n’ B music, or just swing music or just pop, I want them to look at it like going to see an experience with a variety of music.
“I grew up listening to everyone from the Rat Pack to Elvis, then Prince and Michael Jackson to punk, jazz and blues. I loved all of that.”
And Peter, who has also appeared presenting on Good Morning and with Loose Women – as well as Strictly Come Dancing and I’m A Celebrity – does hope to see quite a mix of people in the audience. Four generations, no less.
“It’s the most incredible thing,” he said. “The people who are my age, grew up in my era, we were listening to the same kind of music and they will come to the show because of that. They might bring their kids along because they brought their kids up on the music they like.
“Now their kids have also got kids and they are coming along but not for the music. I meet the little young ones because I’m a character called Ace in Thomas The Tank Engine. For them, I’m Ace.
“Then the grandparents come along because they’ve seen me presenting on This Morning, they’ve seen me on Loose Women, so they come because of the TV side.
“So you have four generations who are there but not for the same thing. That’s why the show can’t just be song after song after song. You have to talk and interact with the audience and make them laugh.”
Peter counts himself lucky to have had such a long and varied career… and puts his longevity down to the advice his mum and father – who inspired his love of swing music and the Rat Pack – gave him.
“Always be respectful to people, always be polite,” he said. “If you are not grateful, it shows.
“And if you are not grateful, people are not so bothered when you are not at the top of your game.
“But if you are grateful and appreciative, you will still fall but people will give a helping hand when you are coming back up.
“When you are rude, arrogant and treat people badly, you are still going to fall, like the ones who are nice but when you are on your way back up again, people aren’t going to reach their hand out to you.
“When people who do fall who are rude and arrogant, you see they never get back up again.”
Peter admits he never dreamed when he started touring that he would still be going strong to legions of fans some 25 years later.
“I was at Number 10 Downing Street with Gary Barlow to do something for Children In Need together and I said to him: ‘Can you believe we are here 20-something years later, doing what we love?.’ “Who would have thought that, when you hit the pop market. If you look back at that era, there are a lot of artists you have never heard of since, which is sad. I’ve got to diversify quite a lot but look at Gary, and at PJ & Duncan who are now Ant and Dec.”
For all the different strands to his time in the spotlight, Peter says his tour is putting him back to the thing he loves most – performing live.
“One thing that has never stressed me, ever, is performing live on stage,” he said. “Performing live on TV petrifies me. You are just looking at a camera with a red dot and I find that very daunting.
“Whereas when you are on stage, there’s an atmosphere. It’s a very different feeling. You can feel the atmosphere from the crowd, so your performance goes up many levels. I find the thing I enjoy the most is being on stage, and it’s always been that way.”
So he has one simple message to his fans in the north-east.
“I’m so excited I’m finally getting to come back and see you all,” he said. “I’m grateful you are even interested in listening to me ramble on and I’ll be even more grateful if you come to the show and have a great night with me.”
Peter Andre Celebrating 25 Years is at the Music Hall on Monday.
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