Jason Donovan has announced that he's recorded his first new album for 15 years and will release the first single "Dreamboats & Petticoats" on 3 November, 2008 on Decca.
Having sold a staggering 13 Million albums worldwide, Jason Donovan, who celebrated his 40th Birthday this year, has returned after a 15-year break from music with a brand new album inspired by the music of the late 50's and early 60's.
The single "Dreamboats & Petticoats" is taken from the forthcoming album 'Let It be Me' released on 10th November, 2008.
Let It Be Me on amazon.co.uk
For his first recordings in 15 years, Jason has drawn on the iconic imagery and sounds of the late fifties and early sixties to create an album full of romantic memories and replicated feelings.
Written by Jason Donovan and Henry Priestman (The Christians) and produced by Brian Rawlings (Lemar / Cher), "Dreamboats & Petticoats" is an upbeat, sunny rock and roller, that strives for an authentic sound. To obtain the bona fide feel to the track, it was recorded entirely live with guitars provided by the legendary Hank Marvin.
It was a period that that first made him a musical icon in the late 1980's, and as well as reworking firm favourites like "Sealed With A Kiss" (originally number 1 in June 1989) and "Rhythm Of The Rain" (hit number 9 in September 1990), the album is set to feature new interpretations of classics such as "Blue Velvet", "Love Hurts" and "Smoke Gets In My Eyes".
"Dreamboats & Petticoats" is a brand new song written for the album and recorded in the style and influenced by the nostalgia of the period.
In keeping with the mood of the album, Jason Donovan will be touring the UK during November and December 2008, with his Pictures & Postcards tour of British seaside towns.
Jason Donovan 2008 tour dates:
With Support by Estonian singer Hannah
(Dates and information subject to change.)
27 November - Pavilion, Rhyl
28 November - Broadway Theatre, Peterborough
30 November - Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
1 December - St David's Hall, Cardiff
2 December - Regent Theatre, Ipswich
3 December - Derngate, Northampton
5 December - Caird Hall, Dundee
6 December - Preston Guildhall, Preston
7 December - Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow
9 December - The Sage, Gateshead
11 December - City Hall, Sheffield
12 December - Symphony Hall, Birmingham
13 December - Apollo, Manchester
14 December - International Centre, Harrogate
16 December - Victoria Concert Hall, Stoke
17 December - Colston Hall, Bristol
18 December - Southampton Guildhall, Southampton
19 December - Apollo Hammersmith, London
Jason's popularity in the UK has sustained throughout the years with his stage appearances in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, as Frank N Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show and as Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
First coming to the public's attention in Neighbours in the mid 80's, Jason Donovan returned to the UK's screen in 2006 when he took part in I'm A Celebrity get Me Out Of Here and most recently alongside Martine McCutcheon in ITV1's docusoap Echo Beach.
With a brand new album, a UK tour and a regular networked Sunday Radio Show, Jason Donovan once again proves that life does begin at 40.
"Dreamboats & Petticoats" is released on 3 November 2008.
Jason Donovan Official Website