Next year, Randy Newman returns to The London Palladium.
Randy Newman: To be honest, it feels good to be going anywhere. I remember loving The London Palladium when I played it. The audiences in London have always been good for me. They’re a pretty smart bunch.
And what’s one thing he’s learnt from the past year?
RN: I learnt how much I love my children and grandchildren. I missed physical contact with them very much.
So what can we expect from the show at The London Palladium?
RN: I think I’ll play a few songs from each of the studio albums and I’ll play a few movie songs as well.
Speaking of ‘a few movie songs,’ You’ve Got a Friend in Me became a hit when it featured in Toy Story many years ago, transcending generations of fans beyond the film it was from.
RN: It’s gratifying that I’ve written something that children like so much. I guess it’s not just children. Most of what I write is a long way from being Disney-appropriate material. One thing I’ve always been proud of is that I write well when given an assignment. If I had to write a song about an Albanian zoo keeper, I can do it.
With a career spanning decades, how do you maintain the creative process? Do you find it gets easier or tougher to produce records?
RN: I don’t know. If I haven’t been listening to much pop music, I listen to some. Even if what I end up doing doesn’t sound anything like what other people are doing. The last time I listened I heard two things I liked: Lizzo and Billie Eilish.
It’s always good to know what’s going on. I’ve said earlier that I was confident about writing to assignment but writing for myself is the most difficult thing I do.
Randy Newman plays The London Palladium on Tuesday 22 March 2022. Get tickets here.