Darius braced for his Big Band show after lucky escape

PUBLISHED: 21:44 10 September 2010 | UPDATED: 08:02 11 September 2010

Darius Campbell

Darius Campbell

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POPSTAR to Operastar winner Darius Campbell talks to the Welwyn Hatfield Times ahead of his Alban Arena concert this weekend following his recent brush with death.

Darius Campbell

BARELY a month has passed since Darius Campbell was just three millimetres from death after a horror car crash.

The Popstar to Operastar winner broke his neck in the 70mph smash – suffering injuries similar to those of the late Superman actor Christopher Reeve.

Just weeks later, Darius – who first found fame on ITV1’s Pop Idol – is, in his own words “as fit as a fiddle”.

And he is about to star in the forthcoming extravaganza tour of The History of the Big Bands at The Alban Arena in St Albans on Saturday.

Darius Campbell

Of the show, which Darius co-produces, the star says he is extremely excited about working with a 16-piece orchestra, and performing Big Band songs from artists such as Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Dean Martin and Andy Williams.

Darius, 30, told the WHT: “It really is exciting to be fronting this show as a co-producer and starring in it. I am looking forward to performing at The Alban Arena.”

Darius says the idea for the show came up a year ago when he was visiting his grandad.

He said: “A song came on the radio by Michael Buble and I said it was great.

"I am lucky to be alive and walking but I am hoping to avoid the nasty operation. I am feeling strong and as fit as a fiddle."

Darius

“My grandfather said he loved the original and started telling me about the history of big bands.

“Big Band music is so captivating. It was the music to transfer to the troops in the war and was the pop, rock and hip hop of the era.”

Having been listening to Big Band music throughout his life, Darius says he hopes the audience will like his take on the genre.

“I love all Big Band music for different reasons but my most favourite song is Nat King Cole’s Let’s Face the Music and Dance – it’s a classic.

“I am singing in a deeper and richer sound of voice so hopefully I will do them [the songs] justice.”

Following his shocking accident, Darius – formerly known as Darius Danesh – has to have daily physiotherapy and is trying out alternative medicines.

Doctors have advised him to have surgery but the star is worried it may damage his vocal cords.

Darius said: “I am lucky to be alive and walking but I am hoping to avoid the nasty operation. I am feeling strong and as fit as a fiddle.

“Over the weeks I have had incredible support from my fans, friends and family and I look forward to seeing everyone and thanking them on tour.”

He gleefully added: “The neck brace is off and the Big Band is on!”

The concert starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £18; concessions get £2 off that price.


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