The A to Z of Us: With a cast of original members and even the original crew, Del Amitri return from a ten year sabbatical to wheel out every hit from every era of their lengthy recording career. Justin Currie and Iain Harvie will once again be joined on stage by Andy Alston, Kris Dollimore and Ashley Soan.
It’s been thirty years since Del Amitri’s debut single, ‘Sense Sickness’ – their contribution to all things early 80s and jangly. “The A to Z of Us will take a retrospective sweep of our entire output, from indie art-pop through folk-tinged balladry to hairy Brit-rock chuggery”, says front man Justin Currie. Formed in Glasgow in 1983, during their distinguished career Del Amitri had four Top 10 albums and a string of memorable hit singles. Their million selling breakthrough album ‘Waking Hours’ (1989) included the hits ‘Nothing Ever Happens’ and ‘Kiss This Thing Goodbye’. The follow-up, 1992’s ‘Change Everything’, featured the massive radio single ‘Always The Last To Know’ and reached No.2 in the albums chart, only being held off the top slot by the might of ‘The Bodyguard’ soundtrack. 1995’s ‘Twisted’ charted at No.3 and included their biggest ever single ‘Roll To Me’, which reached No.10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Del Amitri’s most recent album was 2002’s ‘Can You Do Me Good?’, and the band have been on hiatus since finishing the subsequent tour. “Whenever anyone asked if Del Amitri would ever re-form,” says guitarist Iain Harvie, “our standard response was ‘We never broke up – the phone just stopped ringing.’” It has started ringing now and Del Amitri are picking it up from where they left off.
Wed 22nd Dublin, Vicar Street
Sun 26th Newcastle, City Hall £45/£35 from www.gigsandtours.com
Mon 27th Leeds, O2 Academy £35 from www.gigsandtours.com
Tue 28th Cambridge, Corn Exchange £45/£35 from www.gigsandtours.com
Thu 30th Bournemouth, O2 Academy £35 from www.gigsandtours.com
Fri 31st Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall £45/£35 from www.gigsandtours.com
Sat 1st Manchester, O2 Apollo £45/£35 from www.gigsandtours.com
Sun 2nd Liverpool, Empire £45/£35 from www.gigsandtours.com
Tue 4th Bristol, Colston Hall £45/£35 from www.gigsandtours.com
Wed 5th Oxford, New Theatre £45/£35 from www.gigsandtours.com
Thu 6th Wolverhampton, Wolves Civic £35 from www.wolvescivic.co.uk / 0870 320 7000
Fri 7th London, Hammersmith Apollo £45/£35 from www.gigsandtours.com