Former Neighbours star, Jason Donovan, is returning to his roots for a solo tour of his debut 5 X Platinum, 1989 album ‘Ten Good Reasons’ and ‘Greatest Hits’.
Ten Good Reasons’ became the biggest selling album of 1989 and remains a massive fan favourite with two solo No.1 singles ‘Too Many Broken Hearts’ and ‘Sealed with a Kiss’. It also featured a duet with Kylie Minogue, ‘Especially for You’, which reached No.1.
Jason will play 20 dates on a UK-wide tour with tickets going on sale tomorrow (Friday 15 May). The tour will be the first time Jase has toured as a solo artist for six years and the first time he has ever toured the ‘Ten Good Reasons’ album .
The West End regular shot to superstardom as the blue-eyed, blonde-haired heartthrob in the Aussie soap Neighbours which, in the late 80s, was watched by 20 million viewers in the UK alone. As soap’s golden boy, the offers rolled in. Described by the Guinness Book Of Hit Singles as “the top teen idol of the late 1980s”, Jason Donovan was signed to the Stock Aitken Waterman production team and Pete Waterman’s label PWL in the wake of the huge success of Kylie. Jason’s pop career took off when his debut single Nothing Can Divide us hit No.5 in the UK in 1988. His follow-up 1988 duet with Kylie, Especially For You, topped the UK charts and was the first of four No. 1 singles for Donovan.
Talking about re-living ‘Ten Good Reasons’ Jason said: “You know, I’ve never played some of these songs live ever before! Music has a wonderful opportunity to put you in a time and place, an emotional connection that no other creative medium can. Ten Good Reasons was a defining moment for me and my fans. It was the perfect marriage between music and personality. I was 21 at the time … Wow !
The opportunity to work with Stock Aitken and Waterman, who were the hottest producers at the time was a dream come true for me. I was a big fan of Rick Astley’s album and absolutely loved Never Gonna Give You Up and couldn’t believe my luck when working with SAW became a reality. The melodies, the production, the whole package was like a first class ride.
Hearing the completed versions of Too Many Broken Hearts and Especially For You in particular, were moments in my professional life that I will never forget, the door was wide open and I was at the centre of this incredible moment in time. You just knew that something magical was happening. It was very exciting. Only when I realise now that these are distant memories, do I appreciate how lucky I was. The great thing about this tour is, I can re-live those feelings and share it with the fans who were there with me. They will have their own stories of firsts and growing up too.”
The tour will see Jason play Ten Good Reasons in it’s entirety alongside some greatest hits. Check out the tour dates below:
Fri 26 Watford Colosseum 0845 075 3993
Sat 27 Guildford Glive 0844 770 1797
Sun 28 Northampton Royal & Derngate 01604 624 811
Tue 1 Cambridge Corn Exchange 01223 357 851
Wed 2 Leicester de Montfort Hall 0116 233 3111
Fri 4 Leeds Town Hall 0113 224 3801
Sat 5 Carlisle Sands Centre 01228 633 766
Sun 6 Gateshead The Sage 0191 443 4661
Tue 8 Aberdeen Music Hall 01224 641 122
Wed 9 Kilmarnock Grand Hall 01563 554 900
Fri 11 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall 0141 353 8000
Sat 12 Salford The Lowry 0843 208 6000
Sun 13 Oxford New Theatre 0844 871 3020
Tue 15 Blackburn King George’s Hall 0844 847 1664
Wed 16 Sheffield City Hall 0114 2789 789
Fri 18 Birmingham Symphony Hall 0121 345 0602
Sun 20 London Eventim Apollo Hammersmith 0844 249 4300
Tue 22 Southend Cliffs Pavilion 01702 351 135
Wed 23 Brighton Centre 0844 847 1515
Thu 24 Bristol Colston Hall 0844 887 1500
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