‘The Opera House is a much a must do for any solo tour’

Michael Ball

Michael Ball

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He’s a West End star, famed for roles in some of the world’s most famous musicals.

But Michael Ball is happy to be back in Blackpool next week, a place he talks about with genuine affection.

The Opera House is pretty much a ‘must do’ for every solo tour, which is the cause for his return on Tuesday.

Michael said: “I always look forward to coming to Blackpool, it’s brilliant there. I always enjoy it and have a lovely time.

“My career started in the north, in Manchester, so the north is always somewhere I love to come, it’s important to me. Everybody is so friendly.”

Even our tempramental weather doesn’t put him off - having experienced the downpours first hand in headlining the final night of Lytham Proms last summer.

“I really enjoyed the Proms event,” he said.

“The orchestra was fab, I worked with them before on That Day We Sang.

“I absolutely loved it, it was such a great experience. Bit of a shame about the weather... But there’s not much you can do about that.”

While fans can expect plenty from his latest album If Everyone Was Listening, his 19th release, with a mix of classics, award winners and contemporary songs, and covers ranging from the Everly Brothers classic Let It Be Me to a reworking of Bad Things - the theme to the TV vampire drama True Blood.

But there will be a few surprises in-store at his concert too.

“I like to have a few things in there people wouldn’t really expect,” he laughs.

“I think you have to have songs in there which are familiar to the audience, but also have a few surprises in there too. I think the show is a great mix.”