Dono­van on song in UK

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

FOR­MER Neigh­bours pin- up boy Jason Dono­van will re- live his pop star days with a three­month con­cert tour of Bri­tain.

Dono­van will take to the stage in the UK next Fe­bru­ary for his Ten Good Rea­sons & Great­est Hits show.

It will be a nos­tal­gic time for UK Neigh­bours fans as well as the mil­lions of teens who idolised Dono­van, who shot to fame play­ing Scott Robin­son on the Aussie soapie.

In his hey­day, Dono­van sold more than three mil­lion records in the UK, and his de­but al­bum Ten Good Rea­sons was one of the high­est- selling al­bums of 1989.

His UK No. 1 sin­gles in­cluded a duet with his on- screen wife and off- screen lover Kylie Minogue in 1988.

“The suc­cess of that al­bum was the most amaz­ing 21st birth­day gift. I never meant to be a pop star. I was just so lucky, in the right place at the right time, with the best mu­sic pro­duc­ers in the world, Scott Aitken Water­man, and we cre­ated magic,” he said.

Dono­van, now 47, says his ex­te­rior may have changed but his vo­cals have never been bet­ter and there will be songs he per­forms on the tour that he has never sung live.

“I may not look ex­actly like that 21- year- old, but I don’t think I’m look­ing too bad!” he says. “Also, I feel I’m at the peak of my pro­fes­sional abil­i­ties.”

It’s not as though Dono­van fans haven’t had the chance to see him sing in re­cent years.

He’s been ap­pear­ing in stage pro­duc­tion in the UK for three decades and he won fur­ther fame as the lead in Joseph And The Amaz­ing Tech­ni­color Dream­coat in 1991.

That role pro­vided him which his third solo UK num­ber one with Any Dream Will Do.

His life and ca­reer was de­railed in the mid- 90s fol­low­ing a bat­tle with drugs, but sal­va­tion came in the form of his wife, An­gela, a stage man­ager he met while per­form­ing in The Rocky Hor­ror Show in 1998.

With her sup­port he re­nounced his wild ways, and the cou­ple now have three chil­dren.

Jason Dono­van.

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