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