Legendary 80’s rockers Big Country are all set to return to the stage and have announced a UK tour next year. They have enlisted The Alarm’s Mike Peters as lead singer for their 30th anniversary tour.
They will play Spring & Airbrake on Wednesday 20th April 2011.
The band exploded onto the scene in 1982 with anthemic songs which as Fields of Fire and In A Big Country which were culled from their classic debut album The Crossing which sold several million worldwide.
They followed up with a number one album Steeltown and released 8 studio albums all of which entered the Top Ten. Big Country released 28 singles 5 of which were also Top Ten.
Approaching their 30th anniversary, the band are lining up concerts for a period of celebration that will not only embrace their illustrious past but also honour the life and times of original lead singer, guitarist and co-founder Stuart Adamson, who passed away so tragically in 2001.
Taking on the mantle of lead singer and joining the band for these dates and more will be Mike Peters of fellow celtic rockers The Alarm.
I first met Stuart on stage at a U2 concert in Hammersmith Palais back in 1982 says Mike Peters. Bono introduced us to his audience as being part of the new breed and Stuart was literally passed up onto the stage by the glance and I shook his hand as I handed him a guitar an unforgettable entrance.
The last time I saw him was also on stage with Big Country at Glasgow Barrowlands for the last night of the Final Fling tour in 2000, when we sang Neil Young’s Rockin In The Freeworld together.
When Bruce Watson called and asked me to sing for Big Country, it was something I didn’t need to think twice about. I’m looking forward to meeting all the fans again and playing a part in keeping the spirit of Stuart Adamson alive and celebrating the music of a band I have loved from near and afar for the whole of my adult like.
Bass guitarist Tony Butler says To play again as Big Country was something that was only going to happen if we could find someone who could compliment the band and sing the songs in the way they need to be sung with heart and soul. Mike Peters from The Alarm has stepped in to fill the premise. It’s about time the songs got another airing, and we think Stuart would be pleased too.
The new line up consists of:
Tony Butler Bass Guitar and Vocals
Mark Brzezicki Drums and Vocals
Mike Peters Vocals and Guitar
Bruce Watson Guitar and Vocals
Jamie Watson – Guitar
Big Country are set to play Spring & Airbrake on Wednesday 20th April 2011. Tickets are priced £20 plus £2.50 booking fee and are available from Friday 12th November.
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