Leo and Lulu together at last
HAVING been friends for more than 40 years, it may surprise many people that British pop stars Leo Sayer and Lulu are only now about to embark on their first tour together.
“We’ve known each other since the start of my career,” Sayer said. “Lulu was well on the way to the middle of her career by the time I started, but the funny thing is we’re both the same age.
“She got discovered very young so she was already established when I was leaving art school and becoming a graphic designer, so I didn’t get to meet her until about 1972-73.”
“Adam Faith, my manager, who was a big pop star in those days, introduced me to Lulu and we got on like a house on fire straight away.”
Last year, promoters suggested to Sayer and Lulu they should tour together.
“Somehow they got talking to Lulu and they realised that Lulu and I were really good friends so they offered the tour to me and I thought it was great,” Sayer said.
“So Lu and I got together in London. I was actually doing a concert and she came down and jumped on stage during You Make Me Feel Like Dancing and we started singing together.
“We had a meeting the next day and said ‘we’ve got to do this’.”
Sayer said while he and Lulu would sing many of their own songs, the show would be mostly duets.
“We’re cherry picking from both of our live shows, the most famous hits of course,” he said.
“I’m also singing a couple of songs that are not usually in my live shows but they’re songs I’m very well known for and there’ll be a couple of surprise numbers that people don’t associate with the two of us but things we love singing, soulful things.
“We both have the same energy as well; I’m famed for my energy and she’s famed for hers, so look out world.”
The Leo and Lulu tour starts at Sydney’s State Theatre on June 23 before heading around Australia, including Perth Concert Hall.
British pop star Leo Sayer will join Lulu on stage at Perth Concert Hall as part of a national tour.