Melbourne Observer - Wednesday, September 26, 2007 - Page 9
● André Rieu: thousands of fans at Eastland on Saturday
■ Thousands of Melbourne fans
gathered on Saturday at Eastland
Shopping Centre, Ringwood, to
greet Dutch violinist and showman
Fans had started to arrive at
Eastland as early as 5.30am, to
catch a glimpse of the entertainer,
who will stage a spectacular show at
Telstra Dome in November next year.
3AW weekend overnight host Alan
Pearsall was master of ceremonies
for the stage appearance in which
André Rieu played My Way and
It was a whirlwind tour of Mel-
bourne, with André giving interviews
to Ernie Sigley, Ian Maurice and
Keith McGowan on Friday.
McGowan’s interview will be replayed
on the Overnighters program
(12.05am-5.30am) each morning
On Thursday, André appeared on
television with Kerri-Anne Kenner-
ley, on her morning show on Chan-
Journalist Paul Nicholson says
the performance was brief, but André
Rieu spent an hour signing auto-
graphs - at the rate of about 16 per
The appearance was a bonanza for
JB Hi-FI who had some of Rieu’s
DVDs and CDs on special.
His DVDs are consistently in the
Top 10 sellers around Australia,
through Universal. His work has
been chiefly promoted in Australia
by Keith McGowan on 3AW, and the
Ovation channel on Foxtel.
Sydney radio personality Alan
Jones has also just ‘discovered’
Rieu, who celebrates his 58th
birthday on Monday (Oct.1), was in
Australia for a brief visit, before fly-
ing to Japan for three shows in To-
kyo, starting tomorrow (Thurs.).
It is no wonder that with his de-
manding airline schedule he is known
as ‘The Flying Dutchman’.
In a deeply personal radio inter-
view that he shared with McGowan,
André Rieu reveals that he was given
a violin at the age of five ... but as he
took lessons the teenager was more
interested in his female instructor!
André’s father was a conductor,
and there was an abiding interest