Sir Cliff Richard, who turns 71-years-old today (14th October 2011), has insisted he will "never retire", but admits trying to "slow down" in recent years. The singer begins his 'Soulicious' UK tour in Nottingham this weekend, reports the Press Association.
Sir Cliff claims nobody is tired of the old favourites and insists he'll continue to perform the likes of 'Living Doll' and 'We Don't Talk Anymore' for years to come. He said, "While I won't ever retire - it sounds so serious, that word - I have tried to slow down. I mean, I could stop tomorrow, not announce anything officially and just work when I want to". Cliff joked he is happy to play for his fans as long as he doesn't require the aid of a Zimmer frame. On the state of the music industry, the singer explained, "We sold millions of records in those days. People are getting to number one with 50,000 sales these days, but at least when I get on stage and sing a hit, it really was a hit.It's amazing how many people know my songs". The veteran's new record 'Soulicious: The Soul Album' features collaborations with Freda Payne, Candi Staton and Roberta Flack.
The 'Soulicious' tour will see Sir Cliff head to Nottingham, Manchester and Birmingham before performing at London's O2 Arena on Wednesday 26th October 2011.