Nine Below Zero reform classic line-up for autumn tour.
To mark the re-release of their two critically acclaimed A&M studio albums from the 1980s, Nine Below Zero have reformed their classic ‘Young Ones’ line-up for a special UK tour this autumn.
Nine Below Zero tour with the classic line-up of all four original band members; Dennis Greaves (guitar/vocals), Mark Feltham (harmonica), Mickey ‘Stix’ Burkey (drums) and Brian Bethell (bass). Mickey played live with the band for the first time since the 80s in November 2012 at the 30th Anniversary gig in Islington and now rejoins the band on permanent basis.
Speaking about the tour, front-man Dennis Greaves said “We are only performing songs from the first three albums – Live At The Marquee, Don’t Point Your Finger and Third Degree – all of which have now been re-released by Universal. To be back on tour with all the guys is incredible….the energy, enthusiasm and the magic are back.”
Mickey and Dennis co-wrote many of the songs on Don’t Point Your Finger and Third Degree. These two classic albums were re-packaged, re-mastered and released through Universal Music earlier this year. Don’t Point Your Finger, originally released in 1981, was Nine Below Zero’s second album. Recorded in 12 days at Olympic Sound Studios in Barnes and produced by the legendary Glyn Johns.
Dennis says, “We were walking in the footsteps of some of the all-time greats. Led Zeppelin’s first album was recorded there, along with Who’s Next and Beggars Banquet by The Stones. It was the most inspiring experience.”
The double CD also includes a live performance recorded for BBC Radio One’s In Concert series in 1981 at The Granary Club in Bristol. Third Degree, originally released in 1982, included the single ’11+11′, which was performed on the first episode of cult TV show, The Young Ones. This album spent six weeks in the album chart. David Bailey, renowned photographer of The Beatles, The Stones and the Kray Twins (to name a few), took the photograph for the album front cover artwork.
Nine Below Zero originally recorded Third Degree, again with Glyn Johns, at his studio in Sussex. However, with its raw sound, A&M wanted to hear the record with a more clinical production and the band went on to re-record it with producer Simon Boswell. Now available for the first time, Johns’ original recording is on the re-release along with the more familiar version of the album.
“We never had a hit single, but we became a cult band with an almost fanatical following. It will be great for us all to reconnect with the fans” Dennis concludes.
RED SKY JULY to appear as special guests of 10cc on their upcomingUK tour in October and November
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Alongside recently announced support slots with multi-Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow, an announcement of their very own headline tour and straight off the back of hitting the road with the legendary Steve Earle, alt-country trio Red Sky July have just received the honour of appearing as special guests to iconic rock troupe 10cc. The band – which is formed of husband and wife Ally McErlaine (formerly of multi-million selling band Texas) and Shelley Poole (one half of million-selling duo Aisha’s Attic), along with former model and member ofThe Alice Band, Charity Hair – will accompany the influential four piece on 15 dates of their October/November tour.
Both critically lauded and commercially popular, 10cc are one of the most successful and innovative bands in the history of UK music. With stratospheric hits such as the classic ballad of ‘I’m Not In Love’, the reggae grooves of ‘Dreadlock Holiday’, ‘Rubber Bullets’ and ‘The Things We Do For Love’, they’ve sold 30 million records in their 40 year career and are regarded as one of the most important groups to ever come from these shores.
Red Sky July released their latest album Shadowbirds on the 15th September 2014 to widespread critical acclaim, showcasing lush harmonies, melodic brilliance, carefully crafted songs and an Americana-inflected alt-country twang. Americana UK commented on the album’s ‘seamless female harmony vocals riding high on gentle, flowing country melodies’, Glasswerk reviewed it as a ‘beautiful collection of ten melodic and emotional songs’ and Renowned For Sound stated that Shadowbirds has ‘all the magic of Nashville with added soul’.
In addition to Red Sky July’s own previous headline national tours, support slots with the likes of Deacon Blue, James Walsh (Starsailor) preceded them joining Jools Holland as special guests on his UK summer tour and his sold out performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Most recently the trio toured with renowned Nashville singer/songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman on her UK tour, both opening for her and performing as her band. Red Sky July also performed at the Scottish Music Awards where they were presented with a prestigious Tartan Clef award by Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy. Don’t miss them at a venue near you!
RED SKY JULY – TOUR DATES
* – With 10cc
# – With Sheryl Crow
|Saturday||4th October||*||Aberdeen Music Hall, Aberdeen||http://bit.ly/Zc0B64|
|Sunday||5th October||*||Eden Court Theatre, Inverness||http://bit.ly/1rtobpw|
|Monday||6th October||The Maze Forest Tavern,Nottingham||themazerocks.com|
|Tuesday||7th October||The Musician, Leicester||themusicianpub.co.uk|
|Wednesday||8th October||Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall,London||royalalberthall.com|
|Thursday||9th October||*||Derngate Auditorium||http://bit.ly/1C4xTlh|
|Friday||10th October||*||Stevenage Concert Hall,Stevenage||http://bit.ly/1ym1b0g|
|Sunday||12th October||*||Orchard Theatre, Dartford||http://bit.ly/1mBCFn6|
|Monday||13th October||*||Ipswich Regent, Ipswich||http://bit.ly/1pLm1ya|
|Tuesday||14th October||*||Colosseum, Watford||http://bit.ly/ZCaN7K|
|Tuesday||21st October||*||Southsea Kings Theatre||http://bit.ly/XNmHKu|
|Wednesday||22nd October||St George’s Hall, Bradford||http://bit.ly/1qmVepC|
|Thursday||23rd October||Opera House, Buxton||http://bit.ly/XWT9uh|
|Monday||27th October||#||Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow||http://bit.ly/ZCfm1H|
|Tuesday||28th October||#||Sage, Gateshead||http://bit.ly/ZCfKxr|
|Wednesday||29th October||#||Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham||http://bit.ly/1wFYBO1|
|Thursday||30th October||#||The Ritz, Manchester||http://bit.ly/1ym494Y|
|Friday||31st October||#||London Bluesfest, Royal Albert Hall||http://bit.ly/1sX05W6|
|Saturday||1st November||*||Doncaster Dome||http://bit.ly/ZCdar4|
|Sunday||2nd November||The Atkinson, Southport
(With Mary Gauthier)
|Monday||3rd November||*||Crawley Hawth Theatre||http://bit.ly/1rhLpOY|
|Tuesday||4th November||*||Reading Hexagon||http://bit.ly/XMWBqY|
|Thursday||6th November||*||Chatham Central Theatre||http://bit.ly/1shKTTr|
|Friday||7th November||*||Margate Winter Gardens||http://bit.ly/ZCeMkC|
|Thursday||13th November||St Donat’s Arts Centre, Cardiff||www.stdonats.com|
|Friday||14th November||The Forge, Basingstoke||www.anvilarts.org.uk|
|Sunday||16th November||The Torphichen Inn West Lothian||http://bit.ly/1rtnM6C|
|Monday||17th November||Backstage at The Green Hotel, Kinross||www.green-hotel.com|
|Tuesday||18th November||Cottiers Theatre, Glasgow||www.cottiers.com|
|Friday||28th November||Swiss Cottage, Twyford, Hampshire||swisscottagetwyford|
|Monday||08th December||The Stables, Milton Keynes||www.stables.org|
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