Tony Christie on his way home for 50th Anniversary Show - LISTEN TO INTERVIEW

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TONY Christie isn’t on his way to Amarillo... he’s coming home to the South Yorkshire working men’s club where it all began for him 50 years ago.

Christie has topped the bill at the Royal Albert Hall and entertained 60,000 fans at the V Festival.

Tony Christie: Pictured back at the Ivanhoe WMC in Conisbrough, on the front of his 2008 album Made In Sheffield.

Tony Christie: Pictured back at the Ivanhoe WMC in Conisbrough, on the front of his 2008 album Made In Sheffield.

But, for one night only, to launch his 50th anniversary tour and new album Now’s The Time, he’s returning on March 16 to the stage where he made his first paid appearance, at Conisbrough Ivanhoe Working Men’s Club.

Back in 1961 he was support to top-of-the-bill comedy great Norman Collier and girl singer Lynne Perrie - who went on to become Ivy Tilsley in Coronation Street.

Half a century later he’s back as one of Britain’s biggest international stars to showcase a lifetime of hits and some new songs from latest album, Now’s The Time.

Born in Conisbrough, between Rotherham and Doncaster, the 67-year-old these days lives in Lichfield but he hasn’t forgotten his roots.

He was pictured leaning on the Ivanhoe concert room stage on the cover of his 2008 album, Made In Sheffield, produced by Sheffield singer songwriter Richard Hawley.

And he returns regularly to see family including proud mum Iris, who turns 89 in April. Proceeds from the concert will go to the local St Peter’s Church, where his brother Neal is church warden, and the Teenage Cancer Trust, of which Tony is a patron. 

In an exclusive phone conversation with The Star - hear it all online at www.thestar.co.uk/video - Tony says it’s going to be an emotional night of memories.

He said: “I’ll be wondering how many of my old school mates will be in the audience. It’s going to be a big family and friends reunion.

South Yorkshire singing legend: Tony Christie.

South Yorkshire singing legend: Tony Christie.

“It feels strange going back. The club probably only holds 200 people. Working men’s clubs were the heart of the community. It’s where I learned my trade.”

Tony says he would be lynched if he didn’t perform Amarillo. The 2005 re-release for Comic Relief, with Peter Kay in the video, relaunched his career and the single went to number one in the UK for the first time.

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

Tony Christie

Tony Christie

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