Lionel voices sup­port for Saints ahead of gig

Perth: Amer­i­can singer will per­form at team’s McDiarmid Park sta­dium in June

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS - Jake keiTh jkeith@the­

Good luck to St John­stone FC for the rest of the sea­son! LIONEL RICHIE

Pop su­per­star Lionel Richie has pinned his foot­ball colours to the mast ahead of his much-an­tic­i­pated gig in Perth.

The Amer­i­can singer has shown his sup­port for St John­stone FC be­fore his per­for­mance at the team’s McDiarmid Park sta­dium on June 3.

The 68-year-old, who has sold more than 100 mil­lion records world­wide, also wished the team luck for the re­main­ing post-split fix­tures.

The Hello and Danc­ing on the Ceil­ing singer said: “Good luck to St John­stone FC for the rest of the sea­son!

“Look­ing for­ward to per­form­ing at the leg­endary McDiarmid Park in June.”

The Lionel Richie All The Hits tour will run from Fri­day June 1 un­til Sun­day June 24 with the Perth ap­pear­ance his only Scot­tish date.

It will be his first UK shows since he re­ceived rave re­views for his per­for­mances at the O2 in Lon­don and since launch­ing his Las Ve­gas res­i­dency show in 2016.

Richie be­came a world­wide su­per­star in the 1980s, but saw his ca­reer rein­vig­o­rated af­ter a tele­vised Glas­ton­bury Fes­ti­val per­for­mance in 2015.

His De­fin­i­tive Col­lec­tion al­bum hit the top of the charts and pro­vided his first num­ber one in the UK for al­most a quar­ter of a cen­tury.

Pop singer and 2016 Strictly Come Danc­ing TV star Anasta­cia was re­cently an­nounced as the sup­port act for the Mo­town leg­end’s ap­pear­ance in the Fair City.

With thou­sands of fans due to flock to McDiarmid Park see the star, the lo­cal econ­omy is ex­pected to be given a huge boost, with the city’s ho­tels, restau­rants and bars likely to see the big­gest in­crease in foot­fall.

Around 16,000 fans flocked to McDiarmid Park for El­ton John’s show in 2008, gen­er­at­ing a £50,000 wind­fall for the club.

There had been out­rage over ticket touts at­tempt­ing to sell briefs for the Richie show at three times the face value just days af­ter they went on sale – de­spite it not even be­ing sold out.

Tickets are still avail­able li­onel­ from

Pic­ture: Alan Sil­fen.

Pop star Lionel Richie holds up a St John­stone strip.

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