Andy PeeblesThe last British person to interview John Lennon, broadcaster Andy Peebles, is visiting Newport as part of a speaking tour.

Andy, who was a DJ on BBC Radio 1 for 13 years, will entertain by talking about some of the hundreds of music, sport and political personalities he has interviewed. More than just a music radio presenter, Andy has interviewed three British prime ministers, commentated on cricket for the BBC and regularly presented shows on national radio for four decades.

This year Andy is celebrating 40 years in broadcasting with a tour which will be visiting the Medina Theatre on Friday 4 October. He will be sharing memorable moments of his career including excerpts from the interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono conducted two days before the former Beatle was murdered in 1980.

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Andy said:

“Of course I’ll be talking about the momentous interview with John Lennon but I’ll also be telling the audience about my conversations with hundreds of other world-famous figures. I interviewed Elton John several times who I got on with really well due to our shared enthusiasm for soul music. I’ll also be telling the audience about my meeting with Margaret Thatcher and what it was like to come face-to-face with executioner, Albert Pierrepoint, who saw more than 400 people to their deaths.”

In 2011 Andy was inducted into the Radio Academy’s Hall of Fame. This highest honour in broadcasting pays tribute to people who have made a significant impact on the UK radio industry and British culture. Andy still broadcasts nationally and can be heard every Saturday evening on Smooth Radio which has revived his “Soul Train” show which he presented on Radio 1 for eight years.

Andy added:

“I’m excited about going on tour. Although I’ve been broadcasting for decades this is my first talking tour.

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“After 40 years of broadcasting I decided to share my experiences. The talk will appeal to more than music fans – there’ll be something for sports fans and anyone with an interest in politics.”

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