Guy Sebastian wants everyone to 'Get Along' on new tour
THERE'S no slowing Guy Sebastian down.
The Australian Idol winner turned chart-topping recording artist and X Factor judge is hitting the road in March for a massive three-month national tour.
The 31-year-old has just announced an extensive addition of 35 regional tour dates to his Get Along Tour, which starts with 10 capital city shows in March and April.
"I don't think you sort of feel like you're properly on tour until you're on a tour bus and cruising around regional parts of Australia," he said.
"That's when you really feel like you're on the road."
But Sebastian admits he nearly didn't commit to a regional tour because of his busy schedule between the X Factor and promoting his album Armageddon in the US.
"I was looking at the year and how it was panning out," he said.
"There are the various things I do with TV and it was looking really tough, but I sort of managed to make some room. I'm pumped."
Luckily for regional fans, he'll be working out his early-tour jitters in Perth and Melbourne.
"Just before a tour I really freak out," he said.
"I think 'oh my gosh people have bought tickets'. The first few shows I'm just petrified. I want people to enjoy their shows. It's like doing a massive dinner and inviting all your mates around.
"But then by the third or fourth show in it just becomes second nature."
Sebastian speaks to me on the phone from LA, where he's getting ready to attend the Grammy Awards and perform some pre-awards concerts with rapper Lupe Fiasco, with whom he sings on his hit single Battle Scars.
Last year was a busy one for Sebastian, between becoming a new dad, releasing his sixth studio album and coaching Samantha Jade to her X Factor win.
"There were so many things I did last year and I did a massive renovation as well, which was just a nightmare," he said.
"It's the first one I've project managed. I highly recommend against it, unless you know what you're doing, which I didn't (laughs). It was just silly; I shouldn't have done it. It was such a crazy year to top it off with a crazy reno, but it's unreal now. We have a yard for Hudson to play."
Sebastian is excited to introduce Australia to singer songwriter David Ryan Harris, who will be touring with him.
The pair co-wrote Sebastian's hit songs Battle Scars and Like It Like That.
"People are going to lose it when they hear him," he said.
"He played guitar and sung for John Mayer for years. John used to be his support act back in the day. He's a soul singer and a ridiculous guitar player. His voice is one of the best voices I've ever heard, and as a songwriter he will melt you."
Guy Sebastian's Get Along Tour plays the Ipswich Civic Centre on May 28, the Caloundra Events Centre on May 29, Mackay's Bluewater Quay on June 1, Rockhampton's Pilbeam Theatre on June 2, Maryborough's Brolga Theatre on June 4, the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre in Bundaberg on June 6, Toowoomba's Empire Theatre on June 7 and Jupiters Theatre on the Gold Coast on June 8.