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Everything is still rosy in Donovan's garden

THEY say the grass is always greener, maybe that’s why chart-topper Jason Donovan dreams about cutting his lawn.

THEY say the grass is always greener, maybe that’s why chart-topper Jason Donovan dreams about cutting his lawn.

The Aussie singer, who has notched up a string of top-ten hits, says he likes nothing better than ordinary chores and spending time with the family.

“I like to relax. I’ve worked pretty hard, 25 years of going on stage every night,” he says. “But I do love my job, so it’s about striking a balance.”

Jason is speaking to the Solihull News about the Here and Now Tour – which brings together some of the best acts from the 1980s.

He’s in Dublin this month, starring in The Sound of Music, and said that his hits have enjoyed a new surge in popularity.

“At the moment the whole eighties thing is definitely back in favour, how long that will last I don’t know.

“I suppose the 16-17-year-olds then are now in their late thirties, early forties and they like looking back on this period.

“People hear a song on the radio and it reminds them of their first boyfriend or girlfriend, that’s the strength of music.”

Jason, aged 42, will be performing with the likes of Boy George, Midge Ure and Belinda Carlisle.

“I’ve been doing some musicals, so it’s going to be great performing songs again. It’s like coming home.

“I’m very lucky doing a job where I get to practise my craft every day, there’s lots of people stuck behind desks.”

Jason got his big break on Neighbours, but moved into singing, selling over three million records in the UK alone.

“At the time I didn’t know what was going to happen in future and you never know how long these things are going to last.

“I think the most important thing for me is to be passionate about my craft, to care about singing.

“That’s the bottom line, fame is just a by-product of that.”

* Here & Now 10th Anniversary Tour kicks off its seven-city run at the LG Arena, on June 24. Tickets on 0121 780 4141.

 

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