WIZARD of rock Roy Wood really wishes it could be Christmas every day – because he still loves belting out his almost 40-year-old festive classic, writes Graham Walker,
And it may only be the start of December but that’s enough excuse for him to begin the sing-a-long at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena tomorrow, Sunday, December 4.
Though Wood, appearing on a legends concert with Status Quo and Kim Wilde, admits his festive classic is both a blessing and a curse.
That’s because many people don’t realise the enigmatic grandfather of glam rock has written so many other smash hits, not least of all See My Baby Jive.
Now he’s hoping to educate the next generation with a new album, Music Book, featuring him and other icons singing 36 of his greatest hits.
Nancy Sinatra is one of them, singing Flowers In The Rain – which made the history books for Roy and his early band, The Move, as the first to ever be played on Radio One, back in 1967.
I Can Hear The Grass Grow, another smash, is performed on the album by Status Quo,
And the 65-year-old will be joining Quo, plus eighties pop star Kim Wilde, when his latest nine-piece The Roy Wood Rock and Roll Band take the spotlight at QuoFestive, billed as the ultimate Christmas party, at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena.
Former Move, ELO and Wizard star Roy, now living just down the road from Sheffield in Derbyshire, said: “They would probably boo me off stage if I didn’t do I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day. Fans will be getting it, in some form or another, definitely.
“I don’t play my own material at home, or if it comes on the radio I probably turn it down. If I’m in the car and it comes on, well... for its time it was OK. I still quite like it. We had a good time making it.”
In an exclusive phone chat – listen in full below – he revealed how he decked up the recording studio with a Christmas tree and all the trimmings to record the song in the middle of summer 1973.
“I told the band to turn up with overcoats and bobble hats, which they did. It was like the middle of winter. But around five o’clock we went out for a sandwich and walked into red hot, boiling summer. It was weird. Like coming out of a dream.”
Four decades of hits later he’s still going strong.
“Fortunately I’ve still got all my hair, which is a bit of a miracle because I’ve dyed it all colours of the rainbow. That’s still there. I don’t do the make-up any more. They wouldn’t let me on public transport with it!”
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