Thanks and Happy (21st Century) Christmas!!December 19th, 2006
Well, the good intentions were there but Im afraid I didnt quite manage the occasional blog Id hoped for during the UK tour! Its surprising how little free time there actually is when Im on the road.
But the tour was fantastic; all of us on stage loved it and, from what Ive seen of your reactions, you did too. We were sad to lose Richie Lund, our new guitarist, so early in the tour, due to illness, but are glad to know that surgery was successful. Unfortunately he wont be fit enough to join the overseas tour, but we all send him our love and best wishes for a full recovery.
Since returning home from the tour, my feet have hardly touched the ground. As you will know, I flew up to Manchester on 11 December to the Variety Clubs tribute event for Daniel ODonnell. That was a fun evening and I enjoyed it hugely - though getting up early the next morning to fly back to London in time for my 2.30 pm call-time on The Paul OGrady Show was a bit of an effort!
As youll know, during the last week, I also did a Radio 5 Live interview with Eamonn Holmes, pre-records for the Saturday Show and Radio 2s Steve Wright Show, an interview for Emap TV, the This Morning show, Strictly Come Dancing, an interview for a Radio 2 documentary on the Bee Gees, and several telephone interviews for radio.
It was a shame that I didnt quite make the No 1 slot in the week leading up to Christmas but I think the opposition was just too great. Interestingly, over-the-counter sales of 21st Century Christmas were almost half as many again as Take Thats, but they beat me hollow on downloads - about 14,000 to my 700-odd! However, thank you so much for all your efforts to get me my sixth-decade No 1 - I really appreciate your enthusiastic support. And, to be honest, a Top 3 position in six decades isnt to be sneezed at - especially as Im apparently the only artist ever to have achieved it!
And now its the countdown to Christmas. Ill be joining my office team for a Christmas lunch this week, and then the family will get together for the actual day. Later in December I take off for a well-earned (in my opinion!) break before heading to Dubai for the first part of my overseas tour.
Ill be blogging again in 2007, but meanwhile wish you all the happiest of Christmasses, and a peaceful and fulfilling New Year.