Jack’s back ... and he’s hun­gry

Herald Sun - - Pig Flu Epidemic - Cameron Adams

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.

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‘‘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.

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