21 August 2012

Then Jerico The Big Area tour - O2 Academy and O2 ABC venues

Rockers THEN JERICO have announced a reunion tour with all original band members to mark the 25th anniversary of their debut album, First (The Sound Of Music), which is also being digitally re-released by Warner’s on the Rhino Music label, as is their second album, The Big Area.

Mark Shaw (vocals), Steve Wren (drums), Rob Downes (guitar), Jason Stainthorpe (bass) and Scott Taylor (guitar) are re-uniting for eight UK shows, and will perform The Big Area in its entirety, as well as selected tracks from First.

“I’m REALLY excited to be going out on tour with the guys after so many years,” says Mark Shaw.  “The songs we will be playing are a big part of our lives, and of other people’s too – it will be great to reconnect with our fans who have been so loyal, and to perform the songs they are dying to hear. The show will be in two parts – the first will feature the singles and some favourites from our first album, the second will be the whole of The Big Area!”

Then Jerico first found fame in 1986 with the release of their debut album, First (The Sound Of Music), which featured hit singles Muscle Deep and The Motive, the latter remaining in the UK Top 40 for three months, and becoming the most-played song on BBC Radio 1 in 1987.  The album brought Then Jerico worldwide recognition, and saw them touring with the likes of Iggy Pop, INXS and Propaganda, and the band also headlined The Albert Hall and Hammersmith Odeon many times, as well as packing out huge concert halls across the UK, Japan and Europe.

Their second album, The Big Area, cemented them as one of the biggest acts of the 80s: selling over 100,000 copies in just forty minutes, the album immediately achieved gold status, and went on to reach platinum sales.

In recent years Mark Shaw has enjoyed a successful solo career, releasing four more albums: a solo album, Almost, on EMI, and three more albums as Then Jerico - Orgasmaphobia, and two live albums, Live & Exposed and Radio Jerico – and has branched out into stage and film acting. Also, as a member of the SAS Band, Mark has performed all around the world alongside Tony Hadley, Paul Young, Fish, and Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen.  Mark also headlines the monthly club night The Kitsch Lounge Riot in London’s West End, and is currently in the studio writing new material – Warner’s/Rhino will release a Best Of album later this year.

Thursday, September 20th      NEWCASTLE O2 Academy2 (£18.50 adv.)
Friday, September 21st           GLASGOW O2 ABC2 (£18.50 adv.)
Saturday, September 22nd     LIVERPOOL O2 Academy2 (£18.50 adv.)
Monday, September 24th        SHEFFIELD O2 Academy2 (£18.50 adv.)
Tuesday, September 25th       BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy2 (£18.50 adv.)
Thursday, September 27th      BRISTOL O2 Academy2 (£18.50 adv.)
Friday, September 28th           OXFORD O2 Academy2 (£18.50 adv.)
Saturday, September 29th      LONDON Islington O2 Academy (£22.50 adv.)

Tickets available via / 0844 477 2000

The album First (The Sound Of Music) will be available on October 1st on Rhino/Warner / / / /  

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