Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Bonnie Lass of the Big Voice

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Bonnie Lass of the Big Voice

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WHEN Welsh songstress Bonnie Tyler does things - she always does them in a big way. In the 80s it was big hair and big ballads and now? Now it's still big ballads but it's also big tours of the world, big Christmas parties and the odd karaoke.

The woman that brought us the classics Total Eclipse Of The Heart, Holding Out For a Hero and Lost In France starts her tour in Melbourne this week before heading up here to Twin Tows on Friday, October 31.

"I'm really looking forward to coming to Australia - I think it's about 24 times now," she laughs, as we chat down the phone line from her second home in Portugal. Her sing-songy Welsh accent is thick, despite years of travelling the world and of living in Europe, but her voice has that husky quality that we all know from her music - I'm unmistakably talking to Bonnie Tyler.

"I came there the year before last and I was there in '70s and '80s."

"I've just done a tour of America. I get back to Wales on December 22 - I have 200 people coming for Christmas - neighbours and friends.

"Luckily I'm not doing the cooking!"

But the trip home will be short - she will be back on the road by new year and is tossing up playing a New Years Eve show in either Germany or Romania.

"I live to work New Year's Eve - it's an anti-climax for me if I don't," she said.

"I like to be with my band and my husband (they have been married 35 years)."

Life is busy for Bonnie Tyler, born Gaynor Hopkins near Swansea in 1951.

Her musical career started in a local talent show in 1969 - she performed Mary Hopkin's Those Were The Days and came second - winning a pound for her efforts. But even though the reward was small it was the victory that spurred her on.

She recorded her debut single, My My Honeycomb in 1975 using her stage name Sherene Davis and was talented spotted in 1976 singing in Swansea. …

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