Del Amitri today announce two very special hometown shows to conclude their 2018 tour, with the celebrated Scottish five-piece due to play Glasgow Barrowlands for the first time since 2002 on July 28th & 29th.
“In 1990, after eight years of slogging to build a Glasgow following, Del Amitri played Barralands for the first time,” says frontman Justin Currie. “It was as if everybody had turned up all at once. We’d never heard noise like it, never seen every hand raised and clapping on the snare beat, never been so overwhelmed by a crowd. It was the confirmation of our arrival in our own hometown. We did Barralands on every UK tour from then on. We did multiple nights, had Santa descend from the roof, covered Thin Lizzy and finally the Sex Pistols in the dark as we bowed out in 2002. We missed it madly on the reunion tour of 2014. We’re overjoyed to be able to announce our return to the greatest rock venue in the world.”
The tour will feature original band members – Justin Currie (vocals, guitar), Iain Harvie (lead guitar), Andy Alston (keys), Kris Dollimore (guitar) and Ashley Soan (drums) – and will see Del Amitri headline Edinburgh Castle for the first time in 25 years. The band will also return to London’s Hammersmith Apollo, where they played a sold-out show in January 2014 on ‘The A To Z of Us Tour’, their first UK dates for more than a decade.
Formed in Glasgow in 1983, during their distinguished career Del Amitri released 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 UK Album 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. After promoting their fourth album, 2002’s ‘Can You Do Me Good?’, Del Amitri went on an indefinite hiatus until 2014, when they reunited for ‘The A to Z of Us Tour’.
“From ‘Nothing Ever Happens’ to ‘Jesus Saves,’ there is a catalogue of Del Amitri songs that seem even more relevant now than when we wrote them,” adds Iain Harvie. “In this new millennium where everything changes and everything stays the same in an increasingly disorientating gyre of social and personal atomisation, the chance to lean against the bar and play our songs again to audiences around the UK just seems like something too right.”
DEL AMITRI UK TOUR 2018
July 20 Newcastle City Hall tickets
July 22 Manchester Apollo tickets
July 23 Birmingham Symphony Hall tickets
July 25 Nottingham Royal Concert Hall tickets
July 26 London Hammersmith Apollo tickets
July 28 Glasgow Barrowlands NEW SHOW
July 29 Glasgow Barrowlands NEW SHOW
Tickets for both Glasgow Barrowlands shows go on general sale Friday 26th January fromwww.ticketmaster.co.uk/Del-Amitri-tickets/artist/734899 Tickets for all other dates on sale now