HE has topped the charts but now Black Lace singer Dene Michael is having a change of pace and swapping life on the road for life behind the bar.
Dene, 54, has been with the band –best known for hits including Agadoo and Superman – since 1984.
The Leeds-born singer started as a backing singer before taking centre stage next to Alan Barton.
He still performs as Black Lace with Ian Howarth but now Dene will be running Long Can Hall pub in Ovenden Wood Road, Halifax.
Partner Karen Andrew, 49, will join him behind the bar at the picturesque pub, which they hope to make into a local celebrity haunt.
Friends including Coronation Street star Bruce Jones, panto leading light Billy Pearce and Pop Idol’s Danny Tetley will all drop by.
“You never know who will be here behind the bar,” said Dene.
He and Ksaren, who got engaged in Las Vegas over the New Year, have plenty of plans for the historic pub.
“We’re going to open the field up and in the summer we’re going to do festivals, barbeques and hog roasts,” he said.
They also want to get a wedding licence so ceremonyies can be performed at the pub.
Dene said: “We want to cater for everybody.” Their ambitious plans include turning one of the neighbouring fields into a car park and adding a children’s play area. They want entertainment to be top of the bill and have already booked Showaddywaddy for a performance and Dene expects Black Lace to headline some summer gigs.
“We just want to bring a bit of sparkle to the place,” said Dene.