Alfie brings the musicals home

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As the song title predicted, the magic of the musicals has helped bring Fleetwood’s international opera singer Alfie Boe home.

His headlining solo tour sees him at Blackpool Opera House on December 17 and, he says, he couldn’t be happier.

“I’m very excited about the entire tour, but I’m thrilled to be coming to Blackpool with it,” he admits.

He’s also quick to note the irony of topping the bill at the theatre where he once worked as a stage hand.

“I watched in the wings when people like Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, The Everly Brothers and Status Quo were there, and it never occurred to me that one day I would be following in their footsteps,” says Alfie.

He’s not sure if any of the former back stage personnel are still there, but reckons he was actually sacked at least once so “maybe I can get some revenge” he laughs.

The tour comes in the wake of his Bring Him Home chart hit album and he’s currently recording another.

He says there will be material from both of them featured in his show.

“I can promise a few surprises,” he says. “I don’t like to categorise myself into any one genre of music – it limits your opportunity.

“I think of myself as “a singer” not “an opera singer.”

“I don’t like being put in a box or pigeonhole.

“I’ve never been scared because it’s what I’ve wanted to do for a long, long time,” he says.

“It’s not as if I’m an overnight success – I’ve been singing for 18 years, and while the last six have been quite intense, I’ve always worked as hard as I possibly can to get where I am.”

With major record label Decca behind him, he says some of the pressure has been taken off.

“There’s a collaboration there because the label knows what sells and I trust them on that,” he says.

“They know that I want to broaden my scope but equally they know I’m not going to ask to do a Metallica medley on my next release.”

Maybe not, but his personal tastes do include the likes of Elbow, Kaiser Chiefs, Robert Plant, Dave Gilmour and the Rolling Stones.

“I’m actually a rock man through and through,” he confides. He also admits that there were times when he thought fame and recognition were going to elude him.

“Oh yes there were times when I thought it was never going to happen. It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster.

“There have been disappointments, especially when people haven’t taken me seriously.

“With Decca there’s a real love of music. It’s been such a relief to find someone who believes in me.”

The partnership has resulted in a gold disc.

“I’m proud for that for my whole family, who have been so wonderfully supportive,” he says.

“I keep in touch, but it doesn’t get any easier getting back to Fleetwood, because time just flies by when there’s so much to do.

“I just hope that everyone sees I haven’t changed – and my little girl – who will be three in May – helps keep my feet on the ground and makes me realise why I’ve done things my own way.”

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