He may be more popular with middle-aged housewives than twentysomething pop fans, but here at Time Out we’re not ones to scoff at a man who’s sold more than 50 million records – that’s more bits of vinyl and plastic than the combined population of the UAE, Oman, Saudi and Lebanon.
After more than 35 years in the business, the balding balladeer is still going strong, with some in critical circles spouting the phrases ‘timely reinvention’ and even ‘comeback’. Much hope is pinned on his yet-to- be-named forthcoming album (number 22 – count ’em), which will feature a collaboration with Mr Slumdog Millionaire, AR Rahman (who is coming to Dubai in December).
Last seen on screen larking about as Jack Sparrow, Forrest Gump and Tony Montana in a music video parody alongside comedy troupe The Lonely Island, the former actor was recently named People magazine’s best-looking man in his 50s. So expect a throng of middle-aged ladies to be enraptured by all the hits on this leg of his 115-city world tour.