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Shan­non Noll could be one of Aus­tralia’s most re­lat­able blokes. About to head back on tour for his new al­bum Un­bro­ken, Nollsie says his favourite song from the record is one called In­vin­ci­ble.

“It’s a real per­sonal song that one,” Shan­non says.

“It was dur­ing the time I had my back op­er­a­tion in 2012. That’s the whole part of get­ting older and you don’t hit the ground run­ning like you used to.

“It’s not about be­ing in­vin­ci­ble, it’s about re­al­is­ing you’re not.”

This is the Nollsie we know – al­ways the un­der­dog, South­ern Cross tat­toos, writ­ing a song about a typ­i­cal mid­dle-aged dad ex­pe­ri­ence.

On July 14, the orig­i­nal Aus­tralian Idol alum­nus will per­form at the Park­wood Tav­ern as part of a re­gional Queens­land tour pro­mot­ing his first al­bum in seven years.

He says pun­ters can ex­pect a lively pub rock show with mostly orig­i­nal ma­te­rial, with only one cover in the set list – well, make that two cov­ers, if you count his 2003 Aus­tralian Idol break­through ren­di­tion of What About Me, which Shan­non doesn’t, re­ally.

“We’ve sort of re­ar­ranged the set and put a lot of sin­gles, and less cov­ers,” he says.

“We used to have a bit of fun with a few cov­ers in there but there’s only re­ally one in the set now.

“Oh – What About Me, that’s a given. The other cover is For­tu­nate Son, which is on the al­bum too.

“There’s songs I wrote on there years ago and songs from last year.

“To be able to play them fi­nally is re­ally great.”

While the al­bum was a long time com­ing, Shan­non had to wait un­til he’d re­turned home from film­ing I’m A Celebrity . . . Get Me Out Of Here to find out how it’d be re­ceived, be­ing re­leased while he was sur­viv­ing the South African jun­gle.

“We only knew what day it was through count­ing the days, no con­cept of time (in the jun­gle),” he says.

“There’s no com­mu­ni­ca­tion with any­one. You can ask them (pro­duc­ers) to send emails for you. I asked a cou­ple of times just how my fam­ily was go­ing, back home with teenage boys, that was al­ways on my mind.

“I just wanted to wait. And I learnt Un­bro­ken de­buted re­ally well, I’m pretty happy with the re­sults.”

Upon his re­turn to civil­i­sa­tion, a photo of Shan­non posted to his In­sta­gram of him look­ing ripped sent Aus­tralia in to a bit of a spin, earn­ing him the nick­name “Swollsie”.

Shan­non ad­mit­ted his time in the jun­gle set back years of hard work on his mus­cle mass.

“I lost way too much weight,” he says.

“Thank God for mus­cle mem­ory. I’m work­ing on get­ting that mus­cle back and I’m get­ting there.”

Speak­ing of his on­line pres­ence, Shan­non says he doesn’t mind his so­cial me­dia posts be­com­ing a play­ground for out­ra­geous mil­len­nial Aus­tralian ban­ter.

“Peo­ple say I’m get­ting trolled. I think it’s just ev­ery­one hav­ing a joke,” he laughs. “There’s no dark­ness in it. (It’s) tongue in cheek, you can’t laugh at any­one else un­less you laugh at your­self.” Shan­non Noll plays Park­wood Tav­ern on July 14. Tick­ets are $39.80, Doors open 8pm, ages 18-plus with photo ID

Shan­non Noll will per­form at the Park­wood Tav­ern on July 14 as part of his lat­est tour.

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