When are we going to see some more Cliff Richards concerts?

With a career spanning more than sixty years, Cliff Richard has long since established himself as one of the best loved names in British music and, while his style may have passed its sell-by-date in the eyes of modern culture many years ago, it is clear that he still has an army of dedicated fans longing for him to hit the road for yet another tour.

His last came at the end of 2010 as he headlined the Night Of The Proms tour that took place around twelve German cities. The eighteen concerts took in prestigious venues such as the Lanxess Arena in Koln, where the tour's opening two shows were attended by a sell-out crowd totalling more than 50,000 people.

Those numbers, coupled with the fact that Cliff Richard's last album, Bold as Brass, managed to sell an impressive 60,000 copies in the first two months of its release at the end of 2010, clearly show that there is life in the old dog yet.

Famed for his clean-cut image, Richard (whose real name is the slightly less celebrity-like Harry Webb) has always attracted a dedicated crowd of followers. His complete rejection of the traditional rock and roll lifestyle, often assumed to involve the consumption of copious amounts of drugs and alcohol, as well as reckless casual sex, has often resulted in him being held up as the perfect example of how to act in the spotlight.

Despite the fact that he receives practically no support from the premier commercial radio stations, and that he is often on the receiving end of teasing from the mainstream media thanks to his clean-cut image, there can be little doubt that his popularity still endures, and it will hopefully be quite some time before we see the last of Cliff Richards concerts and live shows.

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