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we were watch­ing Glitter come on stage in those great big plat­form boots and I swear no­body had re­alised. “He came on and went whoosh on the water from the melted ice and sprained his an­kle. Any­way b ****** s to him now.” Bradley hit the big time af­ter supporting singer Leo Sayer in 1985. He was spot­ted dur­ing a sum­mer sea­son in Black­pool and was in­vited on The Des O’con­nor Show, where Shirley Bassey, Robin Wil­liams and Julio Igle­sias were also on the bill. From there he toured with Dame Shirley, in­clud­ing four nights at the Al­bert Hall. Af­ter that he did the Royal Va­ri­ety per­for­mance. He looks back on his first Royal Va­ri­ety with af­fec­tion as it was in 1993, just be­fore his fa­ther died. He re­called his dad’s re­ac­tion when he said he was go­ing to be a co­me­dian. Bradley said: “He said, ‘You what? Are you mad? A comic? What?’ I told him I was go­ing to learn to do comedy, do im­pres­sions and go on the road.

“He told me, ‘Comics are ten a penny, son. What is the mat­ter with you? Stay in the fac­tory, the air­craft in­dus­try’s the fu­ture. That’s the way.’”

Bradley also re­mem­bers how his first Royal Va­ri­ety left him in stitches af­ter comedy le­gend Frank Car­son drunk­enly urged the Queen “to get a move on” at the post-show re­cep­tion.

He said: “Car­son’s p***ed and sway­ing across the line. It is now 11.30pm. He has been stand­ing there since 8.30pm or 8.45pm drink­ing brandy and is ab­so­lutely smashed.” To­day, Bradley hosts the hit ITV se­ries Tonight at the Lon­don Pal­la­dium. And it was a rare spot singing on the fa­mous stage that led him to record his 2016 solo al­bum Chas­ing Dreams, which topped the charts. He re­called: “Two days af­ter the show at the Pal­la­dium we were sit­ting hav­ing a cup of tea on The Strand and Sony said “Would you like to make an al­bum?” We shook hands and that was a three al­bum deal.” Fu­ture al­bums may be on the cards but Bradley ad­mits his next step in mu­sic could be to open a jazz club near his home in Ep­ping, Es­sex. “It will be close to pals Sir Rod Ste­wart and his old mucker Ray Win­stone.”

Gary Glitter sprained his an­kle on stage on ice from my act

STREET LIFE: In Cor­rie with Jane Dan­son AD­VICE: Win­stone and Brad at match CUT TO CHASE: With five chasers on his hit ITV teatime game show

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