John Farnham & Olivia Newton-John Announce New Album ‘Two Strong Hearts Live’

Following on from their incredible Two Strong Hearts Live Tour, comes the announcement of their new album – a collection of the magical moments from their tour.

With a 60-piece orchestra behind them, Farnham and Newton-John recently sold out houses around the country. With Chong Lim leading the orchestra, alongside Farnham’s core band and singers, audiences were treated to a thrilling series of gigs that saw each artist dig into their own personal songbook with stunning results.

Highlights on the album include Two Strong Hearts’, ‘Let Me Be There’, ‘Xanadu’, the Peter Allen penned I Honestly Love You’ and a sublime Tenterfield Saddler’, ‘Dare To Dream’ (first heard at the Sydney OLYMPICS 2000), ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’, Burn For You’ and the jazz/blues hybrid of Hit The Road Jack’ and Fever’.

“Olivia and I opened the show together,” explains John, “we finished the show together and there was lots of interaction in between. It’s terrific singing with Olivia.”

“It’s a perfect blend of songs,” continues Olivia. “The show just flowed so well. We do duets and sing parts of each other’s songs as well as our own. It was a wonderful experience.”

Throughout the album the hits keep coming. Hearing Farnham and Newton-John work through Youre The One That I Want’ and Summer Nights’ from the Grease soundtrack
is joyous, funny (thanks to JF’s build up to the high notes) and downright brilliant.

In the final furlong you’ll hear Hearts On Fire’, If Not For You’ and a re-working of John’s hit with Human Nature, Every Time You Cry’. Physical’ had every room the
pair played whilst on tour on their feet. Throw in a powerhouse Youre The Voice’ and a stunning cover of AC/DCs ‘It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock And Roll)’, where the mix of rock n’ roll electricity and orchestra absolutely rocks, and you’ve got a night that will remain burned into the memory banks.

The album is out June 26, and available to preorder now at iTunes, Sanity and JB Hi-Fi.

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READ: News.com.au’s Two Strong Hearts Concert Review

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NEVER let it be said John Farnham does not fully commit when it comes to singing Grease hits with Olivia Newton-John.

It was Farnsey, not ONJ, who donned the trademark leather pants for their joint tour, which charmed Rod Laver Arena last night.

And in a night which was full of extreme joy, the Grease songs upped the fun factor to 11.

Farnham fans disappointed by the interaction-free joint tour with Lionel Richie last year get double happiness this time around.

These long-time friends quite clearly love each other’s company and spend around half of the concert singing together. And it is wonderful each time.

Farnham steps in for Cliff Richard on ONJ’s Xanadu duet Suddenly and it’s better than the original.

Livvy subs in for all of Human Nature on Every Time You Cry and the song takes on a whole new dimension.

They turn his ballad Burn For You into a duet which brilliantly changes the dynamics and both lose themselves in the moment singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow and it’s a reminder how neither has lost any vocal power.

But it’s those Grease anthems that see the crowd finally stretch their legs — particularly Summer Nights. Farnham’s loving channelling his inner Danny Zucco so much he forgets a key lyric at one point — he’s one of the few artists whose audience actually applaud that. He even busts out a few dance moves.

As any joint tour should, they bring out the best in each other.

She’s there to clean things up when Farnsey’s working a bit blue (a saucy dad joke about not being able to get up), he’s there to loosen her up as he unexpectedly jumps up behind her after their sassy mashup of Fever and Hit the Road Jack.

When another dud dad joke sees Farnham lose his spot in their stunning interpretation of Peter Allen’s Tenterfield Saddler, Livvy quickly gets him back on track (as does his trusty teleprompter — he’s the first to make jokes about having too many words to remember).

Most importantly, you’re watching two people having immense fun on stage and it’s infectious.

There’s just enough time for them to sing separately to make you miss the interactions.

We don’t get to see Olivia sing live on stage in Australia enough, and you’re truly spoiled when she’s got a huge orchestra behind her breathing new life into classics like Magic, Xanadu, Have You Never Been Mellow, I Honestly Love You, Hopelessly Devoted to You and the underrated A Little More Love.

And the trimmed-down Farnham is in his element with his mighty band (and that orchestra) powering through choice album cuts (No One Comes Close, Love to Shine) and national treasures (That’s Freedom, Pressure Down, Playing to Win andAge of Reason).

The concert ends with three things you never expected to see. There’s John Farnham, still in his leather strides, grinding against Olivia Newton-John as he takes the dirtier lines in Physical. And Livvy shines with her a cappella kick off to the national anthem You’re the Voice.

It speaks volumes about the lack of ego of these two superstars that they turned arguably their biggest individual hits into duets. And they provided the once-in-a-lifetime moments this show promised on paper.

The third surprise? Seeing Olivia Newton-John singing Bon Scott’s words on the final duet, John Farnham’s favourite rock song of all time, AC/DC’s It’s a Long Way to The Top. You can see in his face he lives for singing that song — he has always had good taste in music.

Farnham’s role as the Pope of Australian pop continues with a string of fans (politely) rushing the stage to get their hand kissed by The Voice, which he impressively manages to do while using said voice.

Forget what happened last year, this three hour hitfest may well be the most enjoyable joint tour you’ll ever see on our shores.

news.com.au

John at River4Ward

Sony Music artist JohnFarnham will bring serious star power to the banks of the Yarra on Thursday,
April 23 as Sony Foundation launches its inaugural ‘River4Ward’ charity lunch.

John will be joined by Sony
Music artists Jessica Mauboy and Nathaniel to entertain the 450 guests,
performing from a custom-built stage on the Yarra River.

“River4Ward is going to be
a great event,” John said. “I’m so pleased I can lend a hand, and
help raise funds for Sony Foundation’s new youth cancer centre in
Melbourne.”

River4Ward is raising funds for
Sony Foundation’s youth cancer program, ‘You Can’. All funds will be directed
to the building of a specialised youth cancer centre in Melbourne for 16-25
year olds with cancer.

The You Can Centre is
currently under construction at the new Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre site in
Parkville.

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#2StrongHearts Tour!

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JUST ANNOUNCED: The Two Strong Hearts Tour presented by TelstraThanks!

John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John will perform together with the Farnham band and a 60 piece orchestra in a co-headlining tour across Australia in April 2015!

All details here: bit.ly/2StrongHearts

Telstra Thanks is running a special pre-sale for its customers from Wednesday 15th October at 10:00am local time. Go to www.telstra.com/musicto register.

Tickets & Official VIP Packages will go on sale to the General Public on Monday 20th October at 10:00am local time.

See you there! #2StrongHearts

Dates are:

April 4 Margaret River Sandalford Estate

April 8 Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne

April 11 Adelaide Entertainment Centre

April 14 Brisbane Entertainment Centre

April 18, Hunter Valley Tempus Two Winery

April 19 and Sydney’s Qantas Credit Union Arena

The Reviews Are Rolling In

The John Farnham and Lionel Richie Tour has officially kicked off and the reviews are rolling in! 

Two 64-year-old legends of the music biz, Lionel “Tap King” Richie and John “The Last Time Tour” Farnham showed they’ve both still got what it takes during last night’s performance at the picturesque Sandalford Winery in the Swan Valley. –News.com.au

Read the full review here

The West Australian also enjoyed the evening at Sandalford, writing – Popular touring artists often struggle to strike a balance between rattling off their biggest hits night after night and testing out new material, but put two of the biggest hit makers of the past 40-odd years on one stage and the outcome is inevitable. The concert billed as “all the hits, all night long” was exactly that.

Read the full review here

If you are enjoying the concerts, be sure to head over to John Farnham’s Facebook and share your experience!