BON­NIE ROCKS

It’s al­most that time when Broad­beach is trans­formed into a blues-lover’s par­adise, with boom­ing beats and, this year, Bon­nie Tyler

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - NEWS - LOUISE RICHARD­SON

Eight­ies Welsh rocker Bon­nie Tyler’s lilt­ing ac­cent is in my ear and one could be for­given for pic­tur­ing the 65-year-old as a kindly woman head­ing into her golden years.

But that im­age is com­pletely shat­tered when I ask her what it is that drives her and her band to con­tinue per­form­ing, 40 years into a stel­lar ca­reer.

“It’s be­cause we rock,” she says with con­vic­tion. “We’ve still got loads of en­ergy.”

Tyler, best known for smash hits It’s A Heartache, Hold­ing Out For A Hero and To­tal Eclipse of the Heart, first hit the charts in 1976 with the sin­gle Lost In France.

Since then she’s recorded 16 al­bums, 4 EPs, 83 songs and con­tin­ues to per­form around the globe with the husky voice she’s known for.

“This year so far I’ve been to New Zealand, Is­rael, Ger­many, Aus­tria, so many places,” she tells me from her home in Por­tu­gal. “I just love it.” Next stop, Aus­tralia. Tyler will head­line the Gold Coast’s free-en­try Blues on Broad­beach Fes­ti­val this month and is ex­cited to bring a set list of hits to her Aussie fans.

“I’m so lucky that the songs I’ve had have been ev­er­green. I love singing them,” Tyler says.

“I ac­tu­ally en­joy tour­ing more now. When I was younger and I was in the charts there was so much go­ing on. Now I’m just do­ing the tour­ing and tak­ing in the at­mos­phere.

“The world is chang­ing and it’s lovely to re­lax and go on stage and for­get about it for a while.”

Tyler says, while most peo­ple may best recog­nise her for It’s A Heartache, still a pop­u­lar karaoke choice, her pick would be To­tal Eclipse of the Heart.

The first time she heard it she was stand­ing by a pi­ano played by song­writer Jim Stein­man, as Canadian singer Rory Dodd sang it through.

“I just thought, ‘this is an amaz­ing song and he’s want­ing to give it to me’,” she says. “I couldn’t believe it.”

It went on to top charts around the world, in­clud­ing in Aus­tralia, and re­mained at No.1 in the UK for four weeks in 1983. She’s keen to sing it for fans at Broad­beach.

Blues on Broad­beach kicks off May 18. Bon­nie Tyler plays May 21 on the Surf Pa­rade stage from 6pm.

Bon­nie Tyler will head­line the Blues on Broad­beach Fes­ti­val this month.

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