Olivia Newton-John admits she never wanted to perform again – before she had the chance to sing with John Farnham at Fire Fight Australia
Olivia Newton-John takes the stage on Sunday evening to do a duet with John Farnham at Fire Fight Australia.
But the 71-year-old has revealed it The Daily Telegraph that until the charity concert in support of bushfire relief, there was no intention of ever giving concerts again.
“I haven’t done a show in two years and was not going to do it anymore, but for this event and to sing with John, it will be a phenomenal day,” she said.
“Music can uplift you”: Olivia Newton-John, 71, admitted that she never wanted to perform again – before she was persuaded from her retirement by the chance to sing with John Farnham at the Fire Fight Australia concert
Olivia was persuaded from her retirement to act during the charity event, which will raise money for those affected by the recent bushfire disaster.
“Music can lift you, take you to a place of joy, and the concert will show those people in regional places that yes, we care about you and do what we can to raise money for recovery,” she said.
The 10-hour show plays more than 20 local and international acts at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney and is hosted by Celeste Barber.
Duet: Olivia goes on stage on Sunday evening to do a duet with John Farnham (shown together in 2014) at Fire Fight Australia to raise money for bushfire help
The line-up consists of 5 Seconds of Summer, Michael Buble, Alice Cooper, Amy Shark, Baker Boy, Conrad Sewell, Daryl Braithwaite, Delta Goodrem, Illy, Grinspoon, Guy Sebastian and Queen with Adam Lambert.
Viewers from all over the world can watch the charity event, which is broadcast live from 1 p.m. on Foxtel’s Fox8 and Channel V and Network Seven.
Olivia’s decision not to perform anymore comes after the shock phase four of the Grease star diagnosis with breast cancer in 2017.
Great line-up: the 10-hour show plays more than 20 local and international acts at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney, including Queen with Adam Lambert (photo)
Olivia, who appeared on The Project with her daughter Chloe Lattanzi on Thursday evening, insisted that she feel ‘fantastic’.
“I am doing very well … Thank you for your love and support, I really appreciate it,” she told the audience.
Olivia told the panel – consisting of Peter Helliar, Waleed Aly, Lisa Wilkinson and Em Rusciano – that her recovery was going in the right direction.
“My last MRI, an exam where they look inside, things shrink and disappear or stay the same, and I live well with it and feel great,” she said.
Triumph: on Thursday Olivia revealed that she will win her battle with stage four breast cancer on the project