Former Radio 1 DJ Gary Davies back to top of his game 30 years after BBC exit

Legendary radio DJ and heartthrob Gary Davies appears to be truly back at the top of his game, as he prepares to embark on a tour of his 'Sounds of the 80s' show, some 30 years after being ousted from BBC Radio 1.

The 65-year old was one of the most prominent voices on the airwaves between 1982 and 1993 and his popularity was compounded by regular appearances as a television presenter on Top Of The Pops.

Following his shock departure from the Beeb, Gary later joined Virgin Radio and later Century Radio, but by this time his name was no longer synonymous in the world of Pop.

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Gary made a triumphant return to BBC in 2017, however, taking on the role of Sounds of the 80s host on BBC Radio 2, whilst occasionally filling in for colleagues including Zoe Ball, Steve Wright and Dermot O'Leary.

Discussing his return to form, he told the Daily Mirror: "I never thought I’d be back on radio. When I left in 1993, I thought that was it, time to do something else. The gap between Radio 1 and 2 was huge back then. I felt too young to go to Radio 2."

And with a grin he added: "In fact, I’m still a little bit too young for Radio 2!"

Now, with his fame soaring once more, Gary, who has emerged as one of the favourites to take over Ken Bruce's coveted mid-morning slot, will be hosting his tour in a similar vein to Chris Moyles' Radio 1 Roadshow of yesteryear.

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"We plan to go all over the UK. Don’t worry, Scotland and Wales – we’ll get to you! We’ll have specially compiled master mixes and dancers recreating scenes from the classic 80s movies, think Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Ghostbusters and Dirty Dancing.

"I love that people dress up, but it’s not compulsory – just come and have a great time."

And speaking on Instagram earlier this week, Gary told his followers: "ON SALE NOW! I’m so excited to be taking this tour to Birmingham, Portsmouth, Frome, London, Derby, and Nottingham. let’s relive the 80s in style."

BBC Radio 2 Sounds of the 80s The Live Tour begins in Birmingham in March through to September.


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