Keatingon comeback trail
HE HAS spent more time this year on our TV screens than gracing our stages, but Ronan Keating says that disparity is going to change in 2012.
The former boy band member is hitting the road early next year and is intent on doing things his way.
By that, he means he will be playing smaller venues, taking time out to enjoy each stop and bringing an ‘‘ old friend’’ along for the ride – Sharon Corr, of former Irish supergroup The Corrs.
‘‘ This is a different approach mostly; it’s going to be in more intimate venues,’’ he says. ‘‘ I’ll be able to spend a few more days in the cities.’’
After completing another series of Channel 7’ s The X Factor and starring in his first feature film, Aussie flick Goddess, this year, Keating admits he is keen to get back to his first love.
‘‘ It [ music] is how I breathe,’’ he says. ‘‘ Without it I can’t get through the day.
‘‘ I really am excited [ about the tour] . . . I’ve been doing all these other jobs, I’ve been acting, have had The X Factor.
‘‘ My last tour was a couple of years ago when I did A Day on the Green.’’
Keating has spent more time this year in Australia – a total of nearly eight months – than he has in his native Ireland.
Not that the upcoming tour is going to ease that disconnect. Luckily, Keating says he has warmed to his adopted home.
‘‘ I love this place, I’ve met some great friends . . . they are very genuine and honest people,’’ he says.
On the tour Keating will showcase hits from his 2011 album release When Ronan Met Burt, which he recorded with Burt Bacharach, as well as older material.
But Bacharach won’t be joining him on the road.
‘‘ He’s coming out in April. That [ a combined tour] would have been good,’’ Keating says, with a laugh.