Peter Andre: "I'll be getting closer to fans when I visit Bristol"
His last trip to Bristol drew thousands of screaming women, many of whom queued for hours to catch a glimpse of their idol. Peter Andre tells Liz Webster how he'll be getting even closer to his fans when he visits next year.
WHETHER you've watched him tame 'bad boyfriends', seen him roughing it in the jungle, or have memories of his toned six-pack, it would be hard to forget Peter Andre.
The Australian musician, once married to glamour model Katie Price, has had a rollercoaster career dating back to the early Nineties when he was a special guest performer for the Madonna and the Bobby Brown concert tours.
Since then, and with the help of singles like Mysterious Girl and Flava he has sold millions of records, played to packed arenas, and had his life documented in several reality series.
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Now as he prepares to turn 40 he is planning to go back on the road with a 31-date tour.
Bristol's Colston Hall is one of the places he will perform at before he takes on the O2 Arena London, and he is already planning one or two surprises for audiences.
He says: "I always like to do something different. I don't like to follow everyone else. This tour is called Up Close and Personal and I'm doing lots of different things in it.
"I've got lots of tricks and stunts planned. I might be stood next to you in the audience and you wouldn't know it – that's what I mean by getting up close. I'm working with some illusionists and I'm really looking forward to it."
Bristol is a city with happy memories for Peter who always attracts a huge following whenever he visits.
"Of course my brother Andrew used to live in Bristol and my girlfriend Emily studies there so there are lots of happy memories," he says. "I've been to Bristol many times and it's great. I'm always surprised by the support of the fans and I really hope to see so many on my next trip. Everyone knows I love my fans and I've worked hard to make this show good. I want people who know my songs to come along and love it but also bring something for new fans. It's all guy dancers this time too so I think that will please the girls."
As well as trying something new on tour, Peter has also aimed to do something different with his latest album Angels and Demons. He has spent the last eight months working on new material that includes deep, rich ballads, electronic/dance sounds and punchy pop.
He says: "I wanted to try a lot of different styles with this album. I opened my own record label so I could be in control of what I did and this album is a joint venture between DMI and my record label.
"I loved putting it together and trying new things. For the first time I mixed two different genres. What A Girl is a mix of old and new. It starts off with Seventies disco groove and then it flips to modern dance and then flips back. I reckon it's going to be a smash.
"One of the other songs, Fly Away, is dedicated to Junior, Princess and Harvey. The album theme is all light and shade. Angels and Demons is pretty self-explanatory. We all have our own angels and demons. When things are good it's a vision of light and when life is bad it is really bad."
Recorded and produced on both sides of the Atlantic, Peter collaborated with a variety of legendary hit writers and producers including; Nasri, Rich King, Simon Britton, Ronnie Wilson and Mushtak & Black.
"There are some dark RnB sections to the album as well as a lot of electro-dance," he says. "I also think this album is lyrically strong. It is like nothing that I've ever made before. I've explored new genre territories and my voice has matured and strengthened. Fans and industry should prepare to hear something very different from me."
As well as being a devoted dad and spending time working on his music Peter found time this year to launch a new series of his reality show Peter Andre: My Life and a new series on ITV2 called Peter Andre's Bad Boyfriend Club where the loveable Aussie gives out relationship advice to 'bad boyfriends'.
His television career proving as successful as his music he has also dipped his toe into children's writing, and fashion designing.
"Finding a balance is something I find easy," he says when I ask him how he juggles his various commitments. "As soon as I go home I get into my trackies and I act like everyone else. I switch off and it's as easy as that. I don't know where I get the drive to do all of things I want to do though. I suppose I'm always thinking that this might not last forever and I'm so lucky with what I'm doing.
"Performing at the O2 Arena has been the highlight of my career so far but I've set myself a new goal to play Wembley Stadium.
"People laughed when I first said that but if you don't think big you'll never get there."
â Peter Andre plays Colston Hall on Saturday, January 12, 2013. Ring 0117 922 3686 for tickets.