A veteran musical act announcing they’re about to perform a new song live can often be the cue for many punters to head to the bar.
“Or straight to the loo for the ladies,” Leo Sayer joked.
“Absolutely. But if you can work it in properly, you can work in new, or new-ish material very well.
“It’s just got to be representative of you. So you can’t do anything that’s too radically different; you’ve got to pick the things that fit into the rest of your story.”
Sayer is renowned for hits such as Thunder In My Heart, More Than I Can Say, Moonlighting, The Show Must Go On, One Man Band, I Can’t Stop Loving You and Orchard Road, as well as the transatlantic number ones When I Need You and You Make Me Feel Like Dancing.
The Grammy-award winning, British music mainstay is touring with his band to celebrate his 70th birthday on the ‘Just A Boy At 70’ tour.
“They seem to want me to be 70 forever,” he laughed.
“I was actually 70 last May, but ‘Just A Boy At 70’ seems to be lasting and lasting. It’s probably because it doesn’t sound very good (to say) ‘Just A Boy At 71’.”
The English-born Sayer became an Australian citizen in 2009, and now resides in the Southern Highlands.
The singer-songwriter has both a new album (titled Selfie; “mostly because I did it all myself”) and a memoir (Just A Boy) in the works.
Even now in his seventies, Sayer maintains a busy touring schedule, both in Australia and overseas.
“Last year I was four months away based in the UK, and from there we did gigs in Spain, Holland, all over England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. It was fantastic fun.”
He retains separate bands for touring activities; an English band and set-up, as well as an Australian one.
“The crazy thing is we end up doing a similar show,” he told the Mercury.
“The two bands approach it in slightly different ways, but we end up doing the same songs and (experience) the same popularity.
“It’s always been the extraordinary thing for me, is that my music has travelled so well all over the world.”
-Sayer will perform at Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul on Thursday, February 21.