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Jason Donovan has Ten Good Reasons to return to the stage
Tuesday 20th December, 2016 - Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
By Warwick Lane
Jason DonovanJason Donovan performs at the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, on Tuesday, December 20.
Australian pop star Jason Donovan said he was looking forward to taking people back in time when he plays in Nottingham on Tuesday.
The 48-year-old is at the Royal Concert Hall with his Ten Good Reasons and Greatest Hits Tour.
Having starred in a series of musicals, Jason is returning to his pop roots celebrate his 1989 five-times platinum debut album.
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Ten Good Reasons was the biggest selling album of that year and remains a big fan favourite. It included two solo number ones and a duet with Kylie Minogue that also topped the charts.
The former Neighbours star has been in high demand and extra shows were put on for the tour.
“The response, as ever, has been overwhelming. A lot of people seem to enjoy re-living a particular time in their lives for a short while,” Jason said.
“A lot of the material will be from the album but as it’s getting near Christmas it only seems right that it’s festive as well.
“The further I get in years since the success, the more you appreciate how much it means to you and what it meant to people at the time.
“You get all these rewards at the time, but now I’m a bit older I’m still getting to reap those rewards.”
Jason said he had been fortunate to have a sustained period of success in the UK since his appearance in the Australian soap.
“I’ve been very lucky in this country with the success, firstly of Neighbours, and I have been coming back to the UK since the late 1980s,” he said.
“Now I have made England my home and have a family here. Australia will always be my first home but I have a really strong connection here.
“I have a lot of other projects like my radio show. I’ve grown more and more comfortable here as time has gone on.”
Jason has appeared twice in Nottingham in the past year in Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, and most recently in Million Dollar Quartet.
He said he had a strong affinity with the city and had plenty of happy memories from his time there.
“Nottingham has been great to me in the past and the show has definitely struck a chord with the fans there,” he said.
“The crowds are really generous and it always amazes me how we manage to fill out all of these shows.”
The past year has seen Jason perform in a number of shows in a different mediums.
“At the moment I’m looking to keep my life as varied as possible but performing my music is my favourite thing,” he said.
“I don’t necessarily love eight shows a week but it certainly keeps you on your toes and there’s no greater feeling than playing.
“Music has a wonderful opportunity to put you in a time and place and trigger an emotional connection that no other creative medium can.
“I would love to do more musical theatre-type projects but I realised I couldn’t be one of those people who dedicated their entire life to one medium as others can.”
Making another return to the concert hall on Wednesday is folk singer Kate Rusby.
The Barnsley-born singer will be performing tracks from her three festive albums, including the latest, The Frost Is All Over.
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