Ipswich: Regent-bound Peter Andre talks new tour and new baby

Peter Andre

Peter Andre - Credit: Archant

What a year it’s been for Ipswich favorite Peter Andre, with new TV shows, a new tour planned and a new baby with partner Emily MacDonagh on the way.

“I’m so excited, it’s all been such a blur, it all happened so quick, it’s just madness, I can’t believe we’re actually going to have a baby in three months or less even. We don’t know (the sex of the baby) yet.

“It’s quite amazing, I do pinch myself. I can’t believe I do have all these things and I know very few in the industry get to have these opportunities, so many different things so thank you to everyone,” says the singer, coming to the Ipswich Regent next year.

His first major UK tour in two years, it’ll see him and his band performing all of his hits including Mysterious Girl and Behind Closed Doors plus songs from albums Revelation, Accelerate and Angels and Demons.

Andre can’t wait to get back out on the road again and says audiences need to get ready for his best tour yet.

“Everyone knows touring is my absolute favourite thing and I am so lucky that I get to do it all over again in 2014. It’s the first tour in a while; basically we want to do something different, I want to make the band bigger, much more sophisticated, suited and booted, make it all about the show,” she says.

“I’m working on some (new material) at the moment and will keep you all posted. I wanna do a new album... I want to it for the tour specifically.”

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Expect some surprises too; including his take on the songs he loved growing up which could include everything from a big band version of The Eagles’ Hotel California to Toto’s Africa.

“We’re going to break it right down and do a lot of acoustic stuff... it’s always a journey on our shows.”

As well as filming two series of his hit reality show Peter Andre: My Life, he’s donned a toolbelt to host ITV1’s Peter Andre’s 60 Minute Makeover and co-host Sunday Scoop.

“It’s absolutely great; 60 Minute Makeover is so exciting - it’s all madness but it’s all good. It’s just so much fun but the reality is you’ve got people who really do deserve changes in their lives and so you see the humility of people and just how wonderful they are.”

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“Either that or ‘why couldn’t it have been David Beckham’, I’ll just take second best, I’ve got no worries about that,” he laughs.

Has he picked up any DIY tips for the nursery?

“I have, not necessarily for the nursery but just DIY stuff at home but I’m just still no good at it, it’s as simple as that. DTY - disaster to yourself.”

Andre’s also been busy with The Peter Andre Foundation, set up in April with Cancer Research UK as a way for him and his family to remember his brother Andrew, who died of kidney cancer in late 2012.

He recently launched Pete’s Champions, an initiative to raise funds for the leading charity’s Cancer Awareness Roadshow which gets information about cancer out to people in their own communities.

“We’re trying to fund two mobile cancer units to go around the country. They’re like little mobile buses and it’s encouraging people to go and ask anything they’re not sure about, they can see a consultant on the bus and it’s really getting people to realise early detection is key.”

Back to the tour, any message for the fans?

“I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, I’ve the best fans in the world and I’ll tell you why; true fans are not people who like you when things are going well, they also like you when things aren’t going well.

“True fans are people who, when your career isn’t doing anything, they’re still there supporting you and they’re the kind of fans I’ve got and I love them for that.”

Peter Andre - Live 2014 comes to the Ipswich Regent next September 28.

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