BRINGING the 60s to life, not just through radio but on stage as well, is Tony Blackburn.

The radio legend set sail on his broadcasting career when he boarded the offshore pirate stations Radio Caroline and Radio London in the 60’s before joining BBC on Radio 1 when it launched in 1967. He was in the chair for the first show and opened it with Flowers in the Rain by The Move.

Since then he’s been on Capital Gold and Classic Gold Digital.

Now he’s juggling many plates as he hosts shows on Radio 2, Radio London, Radio Berkshire and KMFM West Kent - all while touring the UK bringing BBC Radio 2’s Sounds Of The 60s to the Wyvern on Saturday.

Tony, 77, said: “We’ve been doing it since last year and we’ve done 24 shows and now we’re going to be doing 24 more.

“We’ll be starting the second lot of shows in Swindon and we’ll be doing those until Christmas.

“It’s just a fun evening and everyone has the best time. I’m back doing what I used to do, but this time I can see the audience and it’s nostalgic for us all.”

He’ll be bringing back the Motown and Flower Power era of music and he will be telling the stories of his time in the host's chair during the decade as the night goes on.

He said: “It’s like reliving my 20s, it was a very exciting time especially with the Beetlemania, the opening up of Radio 1 and pirate ships.

“I get to have fun with the audience and interact with them all. You get to interact with them in a way people often don’t bother with anymore. Times have changed, we only really listen to the radio in our cars and nobody watches live TV it’s now on Netflix.”

Tony discovered his love for soul music when he was four-years-old.

But his passion for music in general was built in his bones.

He told the Adver: “My main love in life is soul music, ever since I heard Jackie Wilson. My dad Kenneth was a doctor and he was the one who introduced me to soul.

“It’s just something to be enjoyed, but right from my early days, ever since I can remember I’ve loved music.”

Although the passion to get the ball rolling with the show was there, it wasn't a smooth process.

“When we first started we had no idea what we were going to be doing. We knew what we wanted to do but it was about putting it in place and I hadn’t done this sort of thing since BBC Radio 1,” Tony said.

“But we’ve made it work and it has gone really well and that’s why we’ve decided to go on until Christmas.

“We might even go on for longer if the second round goes well. I just love what we’re are doing it’s all a lot of fun.”

The radio presenter hasn’t had to spend all his time away from his family while he’s been juggling everything.

He’s taken his wife, who he has been married to for 26 years, along with him to the cities and towns he’s visited as part of the tour.

He said: “We still get to spend that personal time together because she enjoys coming with me and I have to travel for that and for all the stations I present for.

“We’re hoping to get some dates up north but it’s a bit difficult with presenting because I have to be there early in the morning and so I won’t make it if I travel too far.”

The tour will be going to Bradford, Leicester, Leamington Spa and Northampton.

“I’m absolutely thrilled that the Sounds of the 60s live tour has proved so popular and that we’re in a position to extend the run well into 2020. It’s proof that the music of the 60s is as loved now as it was back then,” he said.

It will be in Swindon on January 11. Tickets can be bought on the Wyvern Theatre Website.