“The songs that are universal, there’s six or seven songs that everybody knows everywhere – The Gambler, Island In The Stream, Lady, Ruby Don’t Take Your Love To Town a bunch of the ballads - those are like artillery for me.
“I get out there and I know that at the end of the show I’m going to have five or six songs that most people will know. You try to encourage them to singalong with them and you have some fun with the audience.
“I’ve been extremely lucky. I think longevity gives you stature, you know, the fact that I’ve been around so long doing this means I get respect wherever I go. I have to earn the applause, but I get respect for being around for this length of time.”