Amarillo star Tony Christie finds way home for golden concert - HIGHLIGHTS VIDEO

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CHART-topper Tony Christie didn’t find his way to Amarillo to celebrate 50-years in showbusiness - he returned home to the South Yorkshire working men’s club stage where he launched his career, writes Digital Editor Graham Walker.

For one night only he was the headline act at Conisbrough Ivanhoe Working Men’s Club, between Doncaster and Rotherham.

Christie, aged 67, gave proceeds from the £25 tickets to repair the vandal-hit local St Peter’s Church and the other half to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Proud mum Iris, aged 89 next month, brother Neal and other family and friends were amongst the lucky 200 or so fans who heard him belt out songs from new album Now’s The Time and all his hits, including Avenues And Alleyways, Las Vegas and, of course, his signature tune, Is This The Way To Amarillo?

For full report and photos see The Star on Friday, March 18, 2011.

VIDEO: Press the play button to watch our exclusive show highlights video.

Back in 1961 Norman Collier, the legendary ‘faulty microphone’ comedian and a young female singer called Lynne Perrie, who went on to play Ivy Tilsley in Coronation Street, were top of the bill with Tony as main support.

Christie’s 19th studio album picks up from where critically acclaimed 2008 offering Made In Sheffield left off and sees Tony re-discovering his soulful, musical roots.

Now’s The Time features collaborations with Jarvis Cocker and Roisin Murphy amongst others, and was produced by friend, fan and one time collaborator Richard Barrett from The All Seeing I.

Tickets are available to buy from www.alt-tickets.co.uk or call the Box office on 0845 413 4444

For more visit www.tonychristie.com

Full Tour schedule:

APRIL

20/04 – Southampton The Brook – Buy tickets – Box office 02380 555 366

21/04 – Chelmsford Civic Theatre – Buy tickets – Box office 01245 606 505

23/04 – Lincoln Theatre Royal – Buy tickets – Box office 01522 519 999

26/04 – Buxton Opera House – Buy tickets – Box office 0845 127 2190

28/04 – Harlow Playhouse Theatre – Buy tickets – Box office 01279 431 945

30/04 – St Albans Arena – Buy tickets – Box office 01727 844 488

MAY

01/05 – Selsey (Bunn Leisure) The Embassy – Buy tickets – Box office 01243 606 080

02/05 – Shrewsbury Theatre Severn – Buy tickets – Box office 01743 281 281

03/05 – Kings Lynn The Corn Exchange – Buy tickets – Box office 01553 764 864

05/05 – Lichfield Garrick Theatre – Buy tickets – Box office 01543 412 121

06/05 – Porthcawl The Grand Pavilion Theatre – Box office 01656 786 996

07/05 – Bradford St George’s Hall – Buy tickets – Box office 01274 432 000

08/05 – Rhyll The Pavillion Thearte – Buy tickets – Box office 01745 330 000

10/05 – Stevenage Cordon Craig Theatre – Buy tickets – Box office 01438 363 200

11/05 – Lowestoft The Marina Theatre – Buy tickets – Box office 01502 533 200

14/05 – London Leicester Square Theatre – Buy tickets – Box office 0844 873 3433

15/05 – Ipswich Regent Theatre – Buy tickets – Box office 01473 433 100

17/05 – Leicester De Montfort Hall – Buy tickets -Box office 0116 233 3111

18/05 – Cheltenham Town Hall – Buy tickets – Box office 0844 576 2210

19/05 – Yeovil Octagon Theatre – Buy tickets – Box office 01935 422 884

21/05 – Skegness The Tropicana – Buy tickets – Box office 01754 874 444

22/05 – Chatham Central Theatre – Buy tickets – Box office 01634 338 338

26/05 – Barrow In Furness The Forum – Buy tickets – Box office 01229 820 000

27/05 – Basingstoke The Anvil – Buy Tickets – Box office 01256 844 244

28/05 – Potters Bar Wylloyts Centre – Buy tickets – Box office 01707 645 005

29/05 – Christchurch Regents Centre – Buy tickets – Box office 01202 499 199

JUNE

02/06 – Stockport The Plaza Theatre – Buy Tickets – Box office 0161 477 7779

03 /06 – Rochdale Gracie Fields Theatre – Buy tickets – Box office 01706 716 689

04/06 – Glenrothes Rothes Hall – Buy tickets – Box office 01592 611 101

07/06 – Hull City Hall – Buy tickets – Box office 01482 226655

09/06 – Falkirk Town Hall – Buy tickets – Box office 01324 506 850

10/06 – Carlisle Sands Centre – Buy tickets – Box office 01228 625 222

11/06 – Ayr Citadel Leisure Centre – Buy tickets – Box office 01292 269 793

12/06 – Aberdeen Music Hall – Buy tickets – Box office 01224 641 122

14/06 – Northampton Royal & Derngate – Buy tickets – Box office 01604 624 811

16/06 – Swindon Wyvern Theatre – Buy tickets – Box office 01793 524 481

17/06 – Basildon Towngate Theatre – Buy tickets – Box office 012268 465 465

18/06 – Derby Assembly Rooms – Buy tickets – Box office 01332 255 800

19/06 – Blackpool Opera House – Buy Tickets – Box office 0844 856 1111

21/06 – Pocklington Arts Centre – Buy tickets – Box office 01759 301 547

23/06 – Truro Hall Of Cornwall – Buy tickets – Box office 01872 262 466

25/06 – Bromsgrove Artrix – Buy tickets – Box office 01527 577 330

26/06 – Tunbridge Wells – Buy tickets – Box office 01892 530613

28/06 – Aldershot Princess Hall – Buy tickets – Box office 01252 329 155

29/06 – Western Super Mare The Playhouse – Buy tickets – Box office 01934 645 544

30/06 – Barnstaple Queens Theatre – Buy tickets – Box office 01271 327 357

JULY

01/07 – Cannock Prince Of Wales Theatre – Buy tickets – Box office 01543 578 762

02/07 – Worthing Assembly Hall – Buy tickets – Box office

03/07 – Grays Thurrock Hall – Buy tickets – Box office