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AUSSIE ANTHEMS AND SHOEYS: SHANNON NOLL MAKES A TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO PARKWOOD TAVERN
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, oztix.com.au 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.