Variety is alive

Whoever said variety is dead hasn't seen Brian Conley - live.

Thursday, 10th March 2016, 1:12 pm
Updated Thursday, 10th March 2016, 1:16 pm
Brian Conley

You get your chance tonight at Lytham’s Lowther Pavilion (tickets £23) and Viva, Blackpool (£22.50) on April 8.

It’s a double whammy for a stretch of coast he’s come to regard as an adopted home from one of the Fylde’s favourite all round entertainers.

The TV and stage star owns up to having ‘done them all - North Pier, the Grand, Winter Gardens - over the years with Cannon and Ball, the Grumbleweeds’.

And he’s revisiting the good old days on the latest stop on his tour Brian Conley: Alive and Dangerous.

“Comedy and music, it’s what I do, “ he said.

“There will be a nod to the musicals and a big video screen showing highlights of my career.

“I look at it like a marathon not a sprint and I’m chuffed to have survived.”

The consummate entertainer was said to be the highest paid male TV personality in the UK at the peak of his TV career.

But he still gets the biggest buzz from playing to live audiences and when he’s not touring or recording in his own right he loves to go and see his youngest daughter Lucy, 14, in school productions.

He admits the big summer seasons of Blackpool’s halcyon days have lone gone. “I’m honoured to have been part of it and find it a real shame that it’s disappeared.”