Jack is back. Veteran Australian entertainer John Farnham – whose 1986 release “Whispering Jack” is regarded as the best-selling domestic album in this country’s history – is hitting the road for another tour.
The iconic singer, who scored a global hit in the mid ’80s with “You’re the Voice,” will embark on a 20-date national trek, beginning Sept. 3 with a six-date run at the Lyric Theatre in Sydney.
The Lyric Theatre served as the setting for a media gathering today (May 27), where Farnham joked that he was lured back to the stage because he was “tired of being retired.”
The singer, who will turn 60 in July, enjoyed a well-deserved break from showbiz after his “The Last Time” tour wrapped in June 2003. Four years later, he was back treading the boards for his so-called final tour before retirement.
Farnham proved he still had the voice when he teamed with Coldplay for a rousing rendition of his signature track during the March 14 Sound Relief bushfire benefit concert at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
This year’s tour reunites Farnham with his longtime manager Glenn Wheatley, who was jailed for tax fraud in 2007 and has since re-emerged as CEO of digital radio service Stripe. An album of new Farnham material is in the works, and is expected for a release before the end of the year via Sony Music.