FLEETWOOD’s own opera star Alfie Boe will duet with rock legend Robert Plant on his new album.
And the nation’s favourite tenor is also planning an autobiography to be published next autumn.
Alfie has a love of classic rock and when he bumped into the former Led Zeppelin man in a bar it led to them recording the duet – a cover of Tim Buckley’s Song to the Siren.
Live appearances by the pair could follow – possibly as a surprise in Alfie’s forthcoming tour.
Alfie, who used to work at now defunct Bispham sports car maker TVR, said: “There are many people in the music business I would love to collaborate with, but top of the list has always been Robert Plant.
“I’m a huge fan of classic rock.”
He said of his meeting with Plant: “I just bumped into him in a pub and we got chatting. We hit it off and became great mates and I asked him if he would be interested in singing with me – and he did.”
Alfie is currently starring in Les Miserables in the West End and is to embark on a nationwide tour including a date in Blackpool on December 17. His album – Alfie – will feature another duet Empty Chairs and Empty Tables with Michael Ball.
A battery of classic songs will include Maria, When I Fall in Love, Someone to Watch Over Me, Music of the Night and a potential Christmas hit Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.
The autobiography, from publisher Simon and Schuster, will give Alfie’s version of the familiar story about how his talent was spotted while he was working at TVR.
His talent was harnessed by initial work with the D’Oyly Carte Company and study at the Royal College of Music.
Alfie said: “My book will give an insight into the crazy mind of Alfie Boe and how it all began from childhood days in Lancashire to my time in London, trying to make my way as a singer.”