Jack’s back ... and he’s hungry
JOHN Farnham has a simple message for those people who thought he had retired: ‘‘I’m back.’’
Farnham’s national By Demand theatre tour will see him play the Palais in St Kilda on October 19, 20, 22, 23 and 24.
‘‘I’m really up for this,’’ Farnham said yesterday. ‘‘I’m tired of being retired. I’m over it. I missed making music. That’s what I do.
‘‘I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who has retired who’s glad they’ve retired. Most people I know say they wish they hadn’t.
‘‘I’m lucky. I know a lot of people are out of work. I’m lucky I can go back to work, so I’m going to.’’
The singer is already prepared for the critics and their comments about his many comebacks.
‘‘The cynics are going to be cynics, that’s how they are,’’ he said. ‘‘I know there’ll be people out there going: ‘Oh not another bloody Farnham concert’. But the people I’m concerned with are the people who’ve supported me the past 40-odd years.
‘‘I’m going to go out and have some fun and I’m looking forward to it like you wouldn’t believe.’’
F a r n h a m a l s o a d d r e s s e d rumours the two-month tour was designed to help long-time manager Glenn Wheatley out of a financial hole.
‘‘There’s no truth in that at all,’’ he said. ‘‘I’ve never been motivated by what I’m going to make out of it, that doesn’t hold my interest. I do make a living out of it, that’s a fact. But that’s not the motivation.’’
He joked about Wheatley’s 15-month jail term for tax fraud.
‘‘Work did drop off there for about 15 months,’’ Farnham laughed. ‘‘But we’re back, he’s back, he’s paid his debt. The team’s back together.’’
Farnham will embark on a health regime to get in shape vocally and physically for the extensive tour.
‘‘I’m not match fit but I will be by the time the shows start,’’ he said. ‘‘I am 60, the skin is a little bigger than it used to be, but that’s fine.’’
Farnham, who is working on an album, said he would not tour arenas: ‘‘It’s nice to be able to work at these smaller places. I can touch people, I can eyeball everyone in the room and enjoy that part of it.’’
Tickets, priced at $99-$169, go on sale on June 15.