Sir Cliff Richard doesn’t do long tours because of the “strain” on his vocal cords.
The 82-year-old music legend will embark on ‘The Blue Sapphire Tour’ next November, eight shows beginning with a mini-residence at London’s Eventim Apollo between November 6th and 12th.
He said: “It’s not a very long tour. Heavy touring takes a real toll, especially on the vocal cords. You wake up in the morning hoping your voice will be ok for tonight, so it’s a stressful thing, so next year I’ll only do about eight shows and it’ll be fun. I like it and it’s nice to be in front of the public. It’s a mutual love.
“You have to be a bit dignified at 82.”
Cliff would never “retire” from music because he doesn’t want to make a “comeback” if he decides to make a U-turn.
He explained: “Stop is a good word. Maybe one day I’ll stop. I don’t want to retire. Once you retire you feel like you have to stay away and if you want to do something it’s called a comeback. And every time I hear that someone has made a comeback, I think they’ve run out of money.
“Recording is so much fun, if I could record every day of my life I would. It’s always a challenge, because every time you make an album there’s something different.”
The ‘Devil Woman’ hitmaker released his first celebratory album in almost 20 years today (11/25/22) and he was thrilled to be recording it in the same studio as his idols, the Bee Gees.
He told Ken Bruce on BBC Radio 2 about his latest Christmas collection, Christmas with Cliff: “It’s a fun album and I hope people like it. Unusually, I used two producers because I wanted a dynamic… and they gave it to me. They were fantastic producers – different styles of music but connected because of Christmas.
“The backing tracks were done in LA and I did my vocals in Miami. I found a studio that the Bee Gees used to use, and I’m a huge Bee Gees fan, so I said, ‘Yeah, let’s do it there’.”
The record was released in magazine format to get CDs back into supermarkets.
It comes with the full 13-track CD and a 20-page magazine “dedicated to the album and Cliff’s love of Christmas” and is chart-selectable.
Cliff said: “I’ve had a lot of firsts in my career, but I’ve never had an album released in magazine format. It’s like Christmas came early for me. Music means so much to all of us and making sure it is available to everyone, no matter who they are or what age they are, is important. This format has allowed me to share my love of Christmas and some personal memories, so I’m delighted to be able to share them with you in such a beautiful way.”