Upcoming dates include: Friday January 7, Portsmouth Guildhall; Tuesday January 18, Guildford’s G Live; Thursday January 20, Eastbourne Congress Theater; and Tuesday, January 25, Crawley’s Hawth.
Music director James Cole said: “It has been difficult. When this tour takes place, it will be two years since we managed to get out and tour. It was January / February 2020 and we were lucky to have managed to get 26 shows during that time. We traditionally tour in January and February in the UK and our last gig was February 26th and who would have known what was going to happen after that? Luckily we filmed this show for DVD and you watch it and you watch it back and you watch this sold-out show at the end of February 2020 and you just think about what happened after that.
“When the lockdown came, we had just finished the tour and we were considering tours in Europe and the US later, but of course that didn’t happen.
“We looked at doing shows in 2021 and we’re still trying to tour in the UK at the start of the year, but there were so many shows that were being postponed to 2021 from 2020 that there wasn’t just not really the space available to us, so we missed a whole year.
The ramifications were enormous.
“There were 30 to 40 independent musicians and teams, from lighting to sound to everything, people who relied on these types of shows. I just really, really hope that it’s safe for us to be able to continue this tour.
“And of course it’s tough mentally. We jumped on the bandwagon, like everyone else, to do home recordings. We have fantastic musicians based all over the world and we have managed, thanks to modern technology, to always play together in one way or another and for us it was good for the soul, just to keep going. to be creative.
“From a mental health perspective, the impact is really huge. It plays so much with your mind. You can’t plan anything.
“All you can do is hope, but I believe the thirst and hunger for live music has never been greater from an audience perspective. Life is about trust, so let’s hope there is some trust there.
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“The 2022 show is the most ambitious set list I have ever released. All we want is for people to come and watch and remember and come back to when they heard those big hits for the first time and just celebrating with us this great music. Much of it is music that you can’t hear live anymore because either the musicians are no longer with us or they are no longer touring, and there is no nothing like hearing this music live, it’s a fantastic experience.
“We’re actually talking about music from the late ’60s to the late’ 70s, but over time other artists like Guns N ‘Roses and Aerosmith fall into that category.
“I like to challenge musicians every year. There is also an element of education.
“It would be really easy to play the 20 best songs you’d expect, but I also like to try to include… well, I wouldn’t call them the more obscure, but I want to go beyond the more obvious. We did the 15 minute Telegraph Road from Dire Straits once.
“I like to balance the set with the big, well-known songs that we obviously have to do and some that will surprise the audience more.”