Tony Christie: Amarillo star fears he’s developing dementia amid bad Pointless appearance

 Tony Christie has revealed his dementia fears after suffering some forgetful moments while on tour The (Is This The Way To) Amarillo legend, who has a family history of the condition, said he needed autocue for his song lyrics  The 76-year-old said he forgets his bandmates’ names and what city he is in, as he revealed a “particularly embarrassing moment” recently  The singer’s son Sean said he now declines quiz show appearances on his behalf after Pointless Celebrities went “really badly”  Tony went on the BBC quiz show back in 2015, and has since been seen on the likes of Weekend, Celebrity Antiques Road Trip and Impossible Celebrities  In a new interview with the Daily Mirror, he commented: “I’ve noticed for a few years now that my memory has been getting worse, which is a serious concern especially as there’s a history of dementia in my family   READ MORE Louise Minchin: BBC Breakfast star reacts to fans brutal swipe  “It’s got to the point where I have to have the lyrics to all the songs I perform live written on autocue, and most of them I’ve been singing for half a century  “I also need to look at the screen to check the names of my bandmates before I introduce them – even though some have played with me for over a decade ” He said he was going to have a health check-up when he returns to the UK later this month, after touring in Germany  Speaking of his “embarrassing moment”, Tony said he walked on stage telling the crowd it was great to be in Hamburg when he was actually in Leipzig  He continued: “I tried to laugh it off, but it’s actually no laughing matter for me  “I’ve not yet gone to be tested as, to be honest, I’d rather not know if I have got dementia ” Tony added: “If it is bad news I’m expecting jokes from people saying they always suspected as much, seeing as I clearly still don’t know the way to Amarillo 48 years after that song was first a hit  “Fortunately I have a good sense of humour and I’m probably going to need it.”  The star spoke of his concerns in his new autobiography The Song Interpreter, out now  Tony’s best known songs include I Did What I Did for Maria and Avenues and Alleyways, and he last topped the charts in 2005  He teamed up with comedian Peter Kay for a new version of Amarillo and it stayed in he number one spot for seven weeks  The crooner has been married to his wife, who helped him write the book, for 51 years and they have three children Trending READ MORE Claudia Winkleman: Strictly host’s bizarre move amid husband admission  Meanwhile, it comes after Sir David Attenborough revealed that he was “coming to terms” with memory loss  The naturalist spoke to the Telegraph after struggling during shooting for Blue Planet II for the BBC  He said: “There were these searing yellow fields and I can’t think of the damn name  “I wanted to say something about it but I couldn’t and it wasn’t until we got quite close to Geneva that I thought, of course, oil seed rape ”

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