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Tina Arena is cel­e­brat­ing 40 years in the mu­sic in­dus­try. blessed that they all ac­cepted.

“A great­est hits thing for me is a con­cept that doesn’t re­ally go any­where apart from stuff peo­ple al­ready know, which is great, but then the reimag­ined side of it re­ally al­lows you the priv­i­lege to get a lit­tle bit cre­ative and go ‘Wow, how do other peo­ple read these songs? What does it mean to them?’

“I hate go­ing through the bull **** mo­tions of any­thing; I find it re­ally mun­dane and bor­ing.

“I think that’s got to do with 40 WHAT: In­no­cence to Un­der­stand­ing Great­est Hits tour Crown Theatre Perth Oc­to­ber 6 years and be­ing nearly 50 years old where you go ‘OK, what do I want to do now?’ After 40 years, if you haven’t earned it, you’ve prob­a­bly taken the wrong freak­ing turn.”

Arena said she left the song choice up to the artists who all had the cre­ative free­dom to rein­ter­pret how­ever they wished.

The re­sult was as­tound­ing to her as the tracks were sent in one by one.

“I loved ev­ery­thing be­ing so stripped back and raw,” she said.

“It en­abled you to lis­ten to what’s re­ally im­por­tant which is a beau­ti­ful melody, the story it tells and what it makes you feel.”

Fans can pre­pare for a trip down mem­ory lane, with sto­ries and re­worked favourites, when Arena tours later this year.

“It’s a bit of cre­ative work to do but it’s get­ting there and tak­ing a nice shape,” she said.

Tanya MacNaughton



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