BRUSH WITH FAME: Emmanuel Anglican College music teacher Andrew Keppie, third from right, gets up close and personal with Delt
BRUSH WITH FAME: Emmanuel Anglican College music teacher Andrew Keppie, third from right, gets up close and personal with Delt

Andrew rocks after hanging with Delta

By BREE PRICE

bprice@northernstar.com.au

ANDREW KEPPIE is suffering from rock star withdrawal syndrome.

The 26-year-old music teacher at Ballina's Emmanuel Anglican College has just returned home from a two-month tour of Australia as the guitarist in Delta Goodrem's backing band for her Visualise tour.

"I had so much fun hanging out with Delta and the other guys in the band, I miss them a lot," the Broken Head resident said.

"We spent every day for two months together, we were living in each other's pockets.

"Being home is a big change, but it's where I've come from and the it's the people here who wished me the best of luck and support."

But returning to work has turned Mr Keppie into a rock star of his own.

"The kids asked a lot of questions, everything from can we have Delta's email and phone number to what does she have for breakfast," he said.

"The biggest crowd we played was 15,000 in Sydney and they shot the DVD that day too, it will be out in a month."

Mr Keppie said after spending two months with the Delta crew he now classed them all as close friends, including Delta.

"She's so down to earth and we messaged each other yesterday," he said.

"She's in New York at the moment and I'm hoping to go over there in the New Year to hang out with her."

And Mr Keppie also rates Delta's boyfriend, Irish lad Brian McFadden.

"He's very funny ? riotous," he said.

"It's his wit and delivered with an Irish accent, you just cack yourself."

But has his stint as a music star given Mr Keppie a taste of the good life?

"I love playing music, but I also love teaching. I need to balance the two," he said.



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