THE TEST OF TIME
It’s been 40 years since Julio Iglesias first toured Australia. Still seducing audiences at 73, the Spanish casanova has lost none of his charm
We’re excited to have you playing on the Gold Coast soon – are you looking forward to your visit?
I love to be in Australia. The country is beautiful and big and the people are very giving. When I come to Australia my family want to come too because it is a beautiful country. So I bring my wife and kids and because they come I can’t have Australian girlfriends. No, no I am only joking, but even though I am not so young I look pretty good. I can send you a picture.
Do you ever think you’ll be ready to retire?
A champion doesn’t have an age. People who make others happy don’t have an age. I am surviving as an artist, it’s because I am a natural and it’s nice to tell you that. At 20 years-old I couldn’t say that because I was modest. But now I am 73 years-old and I am one of the best-selling artists in history all over the world. You can say what you think and what you feel when you get older because you have done so many things and that’s also a privilege.
So you still enjoy touring?
If I don’t tour I die. It’s not a question of money. To go to Australia costs me a fortune. I love to sing and if I don’t sing, I die. I’ll tell you something very important: the day I’m not happy is the day I die. Singing for me is an exercise of my heart, my blood and my brain. My brain and heart get younger when I go on stage.
With such a large repertoire of songs, how do you choose what you’ll share in your show?
I’m going to sing the songs that people expect me to sing. The people of Australia know my songs and I’ll do those songs. Why? Because I don’t want to invent anything anymore, I’m done with that. So I’m going to do those.
What response do you get from your fans ... and how has your audience changed over your career?
When I look at women I don’t look at an age. I have eight kids, so my view of women is the respect and love and learning I have from them. But the 55-70 year-old fans they look at me and like my music and go home and say to their husbands, “I love you more than ever”. There are many ways to cheer for an artist. Goosebumps is the most important type of cheering. It means you get inside people – you can scream easily but for goosebumps to happen that is very special.
Julio Iglesias, Jupiters Gold Coast, December 3
Julio Iglesias is set to woo local audiences when he arrives on the Gold Coast next month