Leo Sayer onward and upward tour at 70
FANTASTIC, wonderful, the best, no fears looking forward, proud to be 70; Leo Sayer enthuses on the eve of his tour of Australia and New Zealand.
He's just a boy. It's always been his thing; his song and now his tour, Just a Boy at 70. "I think I am boyish in my ways," Sayer said. "Everyone looks on me as this eternal youth. Michael Jackson took the title first, but I am the real Peter Pan."
Well, if you take the crazy hair, the lively music, his energetic stage presence, a wardrobe of loud jackets and a youthful attitude - yes, for him being boyish even at 70 is just fine. "I never grow up," he jokes.
He's been working up a storm in his barn-sized studio at his home in Sydney's southern highlands, readying himself for up to two hours of music, if the management allows him to go over time, with a medley of everything old that remains in the memories of the 'forever young' as still exciting, entertaining and evocative.
"People really come to see me because of the music of the past more than the music of today," Sayer said.
He has 13 albums to choose from. In there are plenty of songs audiences know and will be singing along too. You couldn't help yourself when you hear Sayer lead with You Make Me Feel Like Dancing, More Than I Can Say, Train, Dancing The Night Away, and the song he wrote for Roger Daltrey, One Man Band.
"Things that weren't the biggest hits, but at the same time, things that the audience know already and songs which are all part of the story," Sayer said. His story - and ours. "A song like Moonlighting, or Thunder In My Heart or Orchard Road will trigger memories for people about what they were going through at that time. We have shared experiences of that time."
In between preparing for his tour, Sayer has been scribing his memoir. "I am writing it by myself," he said. "I tend to be the kind of person who does everything by himself."
His career launched in 1972. He has got as far as the end of 1978. "It's already 77,000 words," he said. "It's going to be quite a tome.
"There is so much work going into it. I have had such a busy life.
"I get to a point when I am talking about a particular moment like when I did my first TV series in England, and during that time there a little marks in the diary that I kept and some postcards that I wrote to my mum and dad. Then more events come out.
"Suddenly, oh my god, there I was the night Keith Moon of the WHO died. My god, we were together that night and then I saw him off after a party we were at. He gave me a hug and said, 'I will see you in a couple of weeks'. The next thing he was dead. I was one of the last people to speak to him."
Sayer swears he is on the home run to getting the book finished. There is also new album in the works, but it won't be out before the tour starts.
He is living a busy life, but Australian highland life in a sleepy village surrounded by English foliage and where he says, "you don't need to know how to reverse park", suits the 70-year-old who has blended into his little community. Since moving to Australia in 2005, he has taken to eating organic foods and enjoying a life with his Italian wife Donatella, free of city pressures.
When he is on tour he is ridiculously fit. "Every day that you are doing this and really mobilised and you are motivated, it's just fantastic," he says. "Standing still is the most dangerous thing for me, so I keep moving."
Just a Boy at 70 tours across Australia and New Zealand during February through to April before heading to the UK.
Leo Sayer's Just A Boy At 70 tour dates and ticket purchase locations:
- Friday 15th February - The Cube, Campbelltown NSW
- Saturday 16th February - Venue 114, Bokarina QLD
- Sunday 17th February - Twin Towns Services Club, Twin Towns NSW
- Thursday 21st February - Anita's Theatre, Thirroul NSW
- Friday 22nd February - Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra ACT
- Saturday 23rd February - Castle Hill RSL Club, Castle Hill NSW
- Thursday 7th March - Swan Hill Town Hall, Swan Hill VIC
- Friday 8th March - Horsham Town Hall, Horsham VIC
- Saturday 9th March - Ulumbarra Theatre, Bindigo VIC
- Saturday 16th March - Live at the Foreshore, Newcastle NSW
- Thursday 4th April - Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Mandurah WA
- Friday 5th April - Astor Theatre, Perth WA
- Saturday 6th April - Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide SA
- Friday 12th April - Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre, Wonthaggi VIC
- Saturday 13th April - Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts, Ballarat VIC
- Sunday 14th April - Bunjil Place, Narre Warren VIC