MY RETURN TO THE WIGGLES
Posted: 5th February, 2012
I mentioned that there would be a new website coming this year, and that is taking a little longer than I had planned, but I think it is important to put a message up in the meantime to clarify the events of the past two weeks or so and the announcement about my return to The Wiggles.
The Wiggles announced nearly three weeks ago (Wednesday 18th January) that I was rejoining as the Yellow Wiggle. The Wiggles approached me on the basis that Sam would not be continuing and intended to move on, so the yellow skivvy would therefore be available when he left. That was the reason for my acceptance of the offer. Sam's departure was entirely a matter between him and The Wiggles.
Speculation that I asked The Wiggles to return is completely untrue. This approach was a huge surprise, as I had been out of the group for 5 years and had not seriously ever thought that the group would approach me to return.
Both the group and I had moved forward in rather different directions since my own departure. Apart from anything else I had a new wife and two babies, as well as business commitments to take into account. That is why the proposal from The Wiggles which is only for a specific period of time - not forever, or for the long term - was acceptable to me and my family.
My time with The Wiggles did end rather abruptly and, since then, I have not been able to use my skills in children's entertainment - writing and performing songs that are based on educational philosophies that I learned at University. So their offer of an opportunity to do that in a productive way again, and work once more with the guys to recapture the spirit on which we founded The Wiggles 21 years ago, were the only reasons for me accepting their offer.
My focus now is purely on the creative and performance side of things, and I do not have any involvement in management or business decisions. Whilst that is different from my time there in the past, I am very comfortable with the present arrangements. The Wiggles will continue to steer their own ship.
Naturally my health had to be considered; it was the reason why I left The Wiggles in the first place. My health is much better now due to having a greater understanding of the disorder (Orthostatic Intolerance) and how to manage it appropriately. It is not a curable condition and will always be with me, however, arrangements have been made for it to be managed, to the best possible extent, throughout my period with The Wiggles in a way that will enable me to Wiggle once again and deliver quality children's entertainment for audiences all over the world.
Of course, I am 5 years older now too, as is everybody since I left the group, but there are no age restraints to prevent people from delivering quality entertainment for children - in fact, experience in this field is something which grows and matures over time - those to benefit from that will be the children.
On the morning of the announcement, Sam and I met for a photo to hand back the Yellow Skivvy. He greeted me with a big hug and wished me all the best, and vice versa. I asked Sam how he was with the whole thing and he told me that he was happy and comfortable with the opportunity to now focus on other aspects of his career and life. We parted with our long-standing friendship intact.
I look forward to this new era of my Wiggles life and being able to once again entertain children with my friends, so I hope to see some of you at a concert very soon!