GUY SEBASTIAN SET TO STOP IN TO THE GOLD COAST ON A DRIVE DOWN MEMORY LANE
Guy Sebastian has accrued many an accolade since winning the first season of Australian Idol all the way back in 2003. Unlike many reality show pop stars, he’s proven his longevity with four ARIA awards, internationally charting songs, a judging gig on X-Factor, eight gold certifications and many more achievements.
Despite this success, his upcoming Then and Now tour will be reminiscent of one of the times he was driving around to little towns in a motorhome.
“When I get asked what my favourite time was over the past 15 years it was the last regional tour,” he says. “I did like 53 shows. “We’d just had Hudson, so he was really young, we had this pimpin’ motorhome bus thing we took on the road.
“It’s just such a great time of life, a new family. It was a really beautiful time on the road.
“I find going to these towns so gratifying as you get so much back from the audience because they do get overlooked.
“You’re not retiring by playing 400-seat venues. I wanna share music and share experiences.”
Of course someone from a country town Guy knows quite well is a fellow by the name of Shannon Noll.
He came runner up in that first season of Australian Idol and since then has become somewhat of an Aussie icon for being a little rough around the edges.
It’s an absolute pleasure to write that Guy and Shannon are still great mates.
“Yeah. we talk all the time!” Guy exclaims, surprised it’s even a question.
“We’ve been through something pretty special together so we’ll always have a bond. He’ll always be a mate.
“There’s never been this rivalry that has been in the public. We’ve never cared about that.”
In fact, on the show a curly haired Guy and fresh faced Shannon popped the champas before they knew who won.
“At the end of the day, we were like ‘all we want to do is sing, we want to make music’,” Guy says. “We didn’t care about winning.
“So at the Opera House they told us ‘you’ve both got a record deal’, at that point we started drinking and hanging out and just having a good time. Once we knew we were both set we honestly didn’t care who won.”
It’s fine to bring up Nollsie and Australian Idol and even the ’fro with Guy, but don’t mention Coconut Love.
Hamish and Andy fans will know that Guy was part of an elaborate prank on radio station execs where the comedy duo wrote a nonsensical song in 15 minutes, got Guy to make it sound like a song and pitched it to the board for radio play.
The lyrics were so bad it was basically an insult to Guy’s musical genius.
“People ask for it at my shows now,” he says, laughing incredulously.
“On my last tour I performed it as the last performance ever of Coconut Love, kind of like a farewell, so that’s done.” Guy Sebastian visits the Gold Coast on his Then and Now tour July 6 at The Star. Tickets from star.com.au
Guy Sebastian visits the Gold Coast on his Then and Now tour on July 6 at The Star.