|Sun 21 Feb 2016, 7:00pm|
Thirty years after introducing a generation to the joys of soul music through their irrepressible, irresistible rendition of the Valentine Brothers’ recession-themed classic Money’s Too Tight (To Mention), Simply Red are back with a world tour and a brand new album, ‘Big Love’.
The Big Love Tour lands in Australia this February following a sold-out European arena tour, playing theatres and select outdoor venues, including what will be a very special evening ‘On The Steps’ at the Sydney Opera House Forecourt and four A Day On The Green winery dates.
“I like an anniversary, and this is a big one,” says Mick Hucknall. “30 years! It's incredible. What a great thing to celebrate!”
Natalie Imbruglia will be special guest at all Australian shows. The pop singer’s debut album, 1997’s ‘Left of the Middle’, sold seven million copies worldwide and featured the single Torn, which hit No. 1 on multiple charts around the world, including the U.S. Billboard Top 40, and was certified platinum in the U.K. and her native Australia. With her latest album, ‘Male’, just out, her first since ‘Come to Life’ in 2009, Natalie is returning to live performance, also touring Europe and the UK with Simply Red.
One of Australia’s most-loved performers, the fabulous Tina Arena will be a very special guest at all A Day On The Green shows. Tina follows up her hugely successful platinum ARIA Top Ten album ‘Reset’ and tour with a new record ‘Eleven’ set for release in November, from which the lead track I Want To Love You was released this week. With classic hits like Burn, Chains, Sorrento Moon and most recently Only Lonely, the tour is great news for Tina’s many lifelong fans.
Tickets for all shows will go on sale at midday on Monday September 14.
Telstra Thanks is bringing an exciting 48-hour pre-sale just for Telstra customers from 12pm, September 8 until 12pm, September 10. For more information on how to purchase, visit: telstra.com/music.
My Live Nation members may also be among the first to access tickets during the exclusive Live Nation pre-sale commencing at 2pm Thursday, September 10.
For complete tour and ticketing details, visit: 'livenation.com.au'.
Following a tour Australia and New Zealand in October 2010, Simply Red finished its unbroken 25-year run with a farewell concert at London’s O2 that December. Fast-forward to 2015, and buoyed by the hugely positive response to their excellent new album ‘Big Love’ (available through Warner Music Australia), Simply Red will hit the road again, and in high spirits, playing all their classic hits. Fans will also rejoice at the release of ‘Song Book’, a four CD release with accompanying 36-page booklet celebrating 25 years of the band’s music.
For the Australian tour, singer Mick Hucknall will be joined by long-serving bandmates Ian Kirkham (sax), Steve Lewinson (bass), Kenji Suzuki (guitar), Kevin Robinson (trumpet and flute) and Dave Clayton (keyboards), plus new drummer Roman Roth, confirming their reputation as one of the great British groups.
Simply Red’s music has a timeless quality that has seen the band have top ten hits through the 80s, 90s and 2000’s, with album sales exceeding 60 million worldwide.
The band’s 1985 debut album ‘Picture Book’ headed into a 60s R&B groove, featuring super hits Hold Back the Years and Money’s Too Tight (To Mention). 1987’s million-selling ‘Men and Women’ went towards funk, and the vastly successful albums ‘A New Flame’ (1989) - home to If You Don’t Know Me By Now - and the hit laden ‘Stars’ (1991) found the balance between pop and soul. When Simply Red veered into contemporary dance music with the number one hit Fairground and the 1995 album ‘Life’, they imbued it with their own, unique sound.
Now, with the band entering its fourth decade, Mick Hucknall prepares to set off on one of the biggest tours of Simply Red’s career with his sense of purpose clearer than ever. “We’re called Simply Red for a reason,” says the man with one of the greatest voices in soul music. “I want to keep it simple. Our fans know who we are. They have been loyal to us. Now I’m ready to go out there and give them what they want.”
With special guest performances by Tina Arena.
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