Pete Murray tours solo but he's far from alone
IT'S being marketed as his first solo tour since his early days, but Aussie crooner Pete Murray will be far from alone.
The music icon's Blue Sky Blue - The Byron Sessions tour will see him joined intermittently on stage by muso friends while fans cheer him on in sell-out shows.
It's been a while since Murray made a stop in Gladstone, but the Harvey Rd Tavern is where he'll be on Thursday, April 19 - his 37th show of 45.
"I didn't do many tours in the independent days; did some solo stuff but I haven't done that for years now. I do it overseas, because it's a lot more affordable," Murray said.
"It's a lot of fun. I'm actually really enjoying it heaps myself because you're getting the crowd involved. They're part of the show, rather than just watching the show."
Murray's two boys, Charlie, nine, and Pedro, five, may come along for the ride to Central Queensland.
"They're both at the same school now (in Byron), so they're loving it," Murray said.
"They've got some great mates here and I've just been taking Charlie, the eldest one, surfing here, so he's getting the hang of that."
It's been more than 20 years since the ex-rugby player started his music career and became a household name with songs Feeler and So Beautiful.
Murray said as his children got older they were getting used to having a famous dad.
"Charlie, he was in Grade 3 last year," Murray said. "The kids were going 'Your dad is Pete Murray'. It's kind of weird for a kid when that happens.
"He tries to understand it while the other kids make a big deal about it. I just say, 'Look mate, it's not a big deal; it's going to be fine'.
"Soon as the kids start to get to know you a bit, you're nothing special after a few weeks."
It's a lot of fun. I'm actually really enjoying it heaps myself because you're getting the crowd involved. They're part of the show, rather than just watching the show.
The boys are showing similar traits to Murray in music and sport.
"Charlie, he's pretty good. He can sing pretty well and he wants to play guitar," Murray said.
"Pedro, the other one, he'll probably do security for me I think. He's a tough little Terry."
Murray has some fresh songs in the making, but it may be some time before we hear them.
"The songs are there but I'm not quite ready to release them yet,'' he said.
"I didn't want to do a greatest hits album, so I thought let's just do a remake of the album (Blue Sky Blue)."
The Byron Sessions album features musicians such as Rockhampton's Busby Marou and singer Katie Noonan.
"The response with this one has actually been way better," Murray said. "It's kind of amazing because it was done just as a bit of fun."