Keatin­gon come­back trail

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Music - JES­SICA LEO Ro­nan Keat­ing plays the Re­gent The­atre, Mel­bourne, Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 6 and 7. Tick­ets at www. tick­et­mas­ter. com. au

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.

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