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Simon Webbe
The last time we spoke with Simon Webbe, he was cruising down the highway and talking to us about his just-released debut solo album. Six months later, Simon has already picked up international awards and sold more than half a million copies of the top ten album Sanctuary. The Record caught up with Simon again and found out more about the man behind the music as he talked to us about his family, concerts and a mega shopping spree!

Tour Time.
When we spoke to Simon, he was on his eighth visit to Thailand (Bangkok, to be more precise) and eager to return to touring. “I start rehearsals tomorrow when I return to the UK,” he says. “I start my university tours and then hopefully be touring, hopefully a world tour.” He’s had plenty of experience touring with Blue, and Simon seems to love the thrills of live performances. “It doesn’t really matter where it is for me,” he says. “I just love entertaining. If there’s a stage and there’s a mic I’ll be there. I hope to return to India. Hopefully I’ll have the same impact as I did with Blue and I’ll come over there and do another show. That’d be fantastic.” And while this will be Simon’s first major tour as a solo artist, he recently took the stage alone for a grand live performance. “Just the other day I performed in front of 300,000 people on Queen’s Day in Holland,” says Simon. “It was the biggest crowd I’ve ever performed in front of. I was all by myself and it was surreal. It was also too quick because all the way through the performance I was thinking, ‘man, there are so many people here while I’m singing’.”

Simon Webbe fans are not easily dissuaded.
Every musician has a horde of screaming female fans, and Simon is no exception. His fans sometimes go out of their way to get a glimpse of the 27-year-old, something this down-to-earth-star finds a bit bewildering. “I don’t know, maybe they do some crazy things to meet me,” says Simon. “A lot of the fans greet me at the airport and come to the hotels, and they stay on the same floors.” While that sounds a little stalker-scary to us, there are also the tamer fans who try to get Simon’s attention at concerts and profess their love for him with posters. “You get your ‘Simon marry me’ and ‘I want to have your babies’ and stuff like that,” he says with a faint chuckle.

The family man.
He may be jet setting across the world, but Simon still has time for his family. “There’s no place like home. One of my favourite things is my mum’s cooking,” says Simon. “My family has come for concerts before and I put them out in the crowd so they can get that whole vibe. My mum just raises her eyebrows [at the fans’ proposals]. She takes it as a tongue-in-cheek kind of thing.” When he’s not on tour, Simon’s number one priority is his daughter. “Seeing my little girl,” says Simon without hesitation when we asked him what he most looks forward to doing when he gets off tour. “She’s 9 years old.” Is she a Simon Webbe fan? “I hope so,” says Simon, laughing, “She’d better be. I’m just trying to be Daddy.”

You can read the rest of our exclusive with Simon Webbe in the May 2006 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.


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