Tony Christie on his way to Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 18:48 05 February 2011

Tony Christie

Tony Christie

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SINGER Tony Christie may not know the way to Amarillo, but he will certainly know the way to Hertfordshire come the end of the year.

For the veteran crooner will be appearing at venues in St Albans, Stevenage and Potters Bar over the coming months as part of his 50th anniversary tour.

Hit (Is This The Way To) Amarillo single sold more than one million copies when it was re-released in 2005 for Comic Relief and it is still the biggest selling single of the century so far.

The chart-topper came about in bizarre circumstances.

He’d already booked a rare British tour and was about to release a greatest hits album when one of the funniest moment of Phoenix Nights saw Max and Paddy singing (Is This The Way To) Amarillo to some bemused Asian elders.

Christie said: “I nearly fell of my chair laughing. Then the phone started ringing…”

The tour sold out, The Definitive Tony Christie album reached number three and then (Is This The Way To) Amarillo – the unadulterated, original 1971 version, not a remix or a re-recording – found itself as that year’s Comic Relief anthem.

After seven weeks at number one – one of which was spent with the triple-platinum Definitive Tony Christie also topping the album charts – everyone remembered Tony Christie’s name.

He recalls: “It was mental, but nice mental.”

Christie will find his way to The Alban Arena in St Albans on Saturday, April 30 and then Walk Like A Panther into the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage on Tuesday, May 10.

He will make a third visit to the county on Saturday, May 28, when he appears on stage at the Wylloytts Theatre in Potters Bar.

Check the respective venues’ websites for ticket details (click on the links above right).


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