Australian actor, singer, popstar, 80s icon and musical lead Jason Donovan is planning to go back to his musical roots on the road with a 20-date UK tour next year which will take him to Aberdeen’s Music Hall.
And his Ten Good Reasons and Greatest Hits tour will be his first return to the Granite City since he played the same venue back in 2007.
And tickets for the one-night show on Tuesday, March 8, go on sale to APA Friends tomorrow Thursday) and to the general public on Friday (May 15) online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.
“We are delighted to have a major star like Jason in the Music Hall for what is sure to be a spectacular concert,” said Aberdeen Performing Arts press manager Joyce Summers.
"He is a real showman and one of the best known faces on television and the stage - it is going to be a show-stopping night.”.
The biggest selling album of 1989, Ten Good Reasons remains a massive fan favourite with two solo No1 singles Too Many Broken Hearts and Sealed with a Kiss, plus his Especially for You duet with Kylie Minogue which also reached Nol.
The tour is his first as a solo artist for six years and the first time he has ever toured the Ten Good Reasons album.
“You know, I've never played some of these songs live ever before!,” said Jason. “Music has a wonderful opportunity to put you in a time and place, an emotional connection that no other creative medium can.
“Ten Good Reasons was a defining moment for me and my fans. It was the perfect marriage between music and personality. I was 21 at the time ... Wow.
“The opportunity to work with Stock Aitken and Waterman, who were the hottest producers at the time was a dream come true for me. I was a big fan of Rick Astley’s album and absolutely loved Never Gonna Give You Up and couldn't believe my luck when working with SAW became a reality. The melodies, the production, the whole package was like a first class ride.
“Hearing the completed versions of Too Many Broken Hearts and Especially for You in particular, were moments in my professional life that I will never forget, the door was wide open and I was at the centre of this incredible moment in time.
“You just knew that something magical was happening. It was very exciting. Only when I realise now that these are distant memories, do I appreciate how lucky I was. The great thing about this tour is, I can re-live those feelings and share it with the fans who were there with me. They will have their own stories of firsts and growing up too.”
The actor originally became famous for his role as Scott in the Australian soap opera Neighbours – his onscreen wedding to Charlene, played by Kylie Minogue, more than 25 years ago is still considered one of the most iconic weddings in television history.
His singing career was launched in 1988, and last year he and Kylie reprised their Especially for You duet for a televised Sports Relief sketch with David Walliams.
Neighbours celebrated 30 years in production this year and Jason appeared alongside Kylie in a special edition Neighbours 30th: The Stars Reunite, as cast members past and present looked back on the years of Ramsay Street.
He also became an honorary member of EastEnders when the soap's cast paid tribute to the antipodean show's 30th anniversary.
Now equally famed for his acting roles, Jason has appeared in hit musicals in leading shows from The Rocky Horror Show, to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Sweeney Todd, Festen, Joseph, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds, the Here and Now Tour, The Sound of Music and Annie Get Your Gun.
He also presents a radio show on Heart every Sunday, consistently releases albums and has played the celebrity game in I’m a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here! and Strictly Come Dancing. Jason’s schedule is non-stop and he is currently touring the UK in the highly acclaimed play The King’s Speech, taking on a role of speech therapist Lionel Logue made famous in the acclaimed film by fellow Aussie, Geoffrey Rush.