Singer Petula Clark to go on new world tour aged 85
Singer Petula Clark is going on a world tour at the age of 85.
In recent years she has released two studio albums: Lost In You in 2013, and From Now On in 2016 but hasn’t toured globally for a number of years and last toured the UK in late 2016.
A spokesman at Petula’s management office near her main home in Switzerland told the Mirror: “Petula will be touring the US this Fall/Winter and then Australia next Spring.
"There are more proposals coming through but nothing definite yet.
“We are planning to release a fully restored version of her complete 1974 Royal Albert Hall concert as a numbered Collector’s Edition, through the United Music Foundation in Geneva.”
Dates on the tour include gigs at the Rivera Theatre in New York in November and The Saban in California.
Petula first rose to fame after began as an entertainer on BBC Radio during World War II.
Her career has now spanned over seven decades thanks to popular upbeat hits like “Downtown”, “I Know a Place”, “My Love”, “A Sign of the Times”, “I Couldn’t Live Without Your Love”.
In an 2016 interview she said she would continue to tour and was unfazed by her advancing years.
She said: “I just don’t think about my age.
“Then again, sometimes I realise my oldest child is 54 and I think, ‘How did that happen?’
“Being on stage is invigorating. People have the impression I’m a workaholic when I’m really not. I’ve been doing concerts here and there, and making a record.
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"Mostly I’ve just been living. Watching television – I love quizzes or a good drama, although I think I’m the only person in the world who hasn’t seen Downton Abbey – doing a bit of shopping, a lot of walking.
“I travel a lot to see my children. I have a daughter in New York, where my two grandchildren are, a son in California and another daughter based between Paris and Brussels. We’re a gypsy family.”
One day Petula may hope to emulate her old friend Charles Aznavour who recently performed at the Royal Albert Hall at the age of 94.
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