Jon English in Mackay for New Year's Eve celebrations in 2015.
Jon English in Mackay for New Year's Eve celebrations in 2015. Contributed

Mackay may have been one of English's last performances

JON English sang in Mackay on New Year's Eve last year in what may have been one of his last performances.

English did have a tour planned for April/May this year, he told Daily Mercury reporter Lucy Smith last year.

He reportedly died after surgery complications and was surrounded by his family.

It is with the deepest sadness and the heaviest of hearts that we confirm the passing of Jon English.Jon died...

Posted by Jon English on Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Here is Lucy Smith's chat with English before he sang at the Bluewater Quay on December 31, 2015:

Iconic Australian stage and television star Jon English will headline Mackay's biggest New Year's Eve River Party at Bluewater Quay.

Daily Mercury reporter Lucy Smith spoke to English ahead of his arrival in Mackay.

Have you performed in Mackay before?

I have. I think we did Pirates of Penzance there, and we played there a couple of years ago with a show called Rock Revolution.

What have you done the last few New Year's Eves?

Last year we were at the Crown Casino in Melbourne.

What was your most memorable NYE?

They used to have this thing on the steps of the Opera House, all through the 70s. I think it was about '79 when there was a bit of bother going on. It wasn't well run, the city council used to run it and they did stupid things like have The Angels on and Humphrey B. Bear. They sold a lot of alcohol to kids, and it became quite violent and they decided to can it. They were the great ones.

Have you ever had a NYE off work?

I have. Mostly we perform when we're asked, but it's kind of nice occasionally to have one off and catch up with family. Mostly I'm working. I usually get to do the countdown, so I've got myself a brand new smart watch which tell exactly the right time.

What else are you up to at the moment?

We've got a new show we're starting in April or May, it's a rock show. I'm going to go to Sweden and make an album in March. Then I've got all sort of gigs. It's a pretty busy time coming up. It'll be nice to be up there in Mackay, and hopefully we'll get good views of the fireworks, that's the main thing.

What will the band play on the night?

We'll be doing bits of my hits, and bits of some of the songs we like playing.

Any favourite song in particular?

We're torn between doing a song called She Was Real, which is a kind of ghost story song, which I like a lot. But I'm not sure. We'll have to get there and check the layout of the land, see what the audiences wants.

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