Richard Jobson, Bill Simpson, Mike Baillie, Bruce Watson & Jamie Watson.
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40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR – and new stuff!
“Memories fade, but some linger for a reason. The Skids was the definitive part of my early life. A brilliant adventure into the world of creativity and adulthood”, reflected Richard Jobson recently, “ I was a kid when I joined the band in 1977 – 16 years old. By the time the adventure had run aground, I was a dazed and confused young man. We were fearless in the beginning, always trying new things and not afraid to be different in a musical world that was beginning to sound very derivative and safe. Contrary to the reports from people who were never near the centre of the band, Stuart Adamson and I got on very well – in fact for a long time we were very close. I enjoyed writing with him – he was generous and incredibly adaptable to my unmusical ideas. The Skids were not just another punk band – we were creatively ambitious as well as being close to the core beliefs of our hard-won fans. But most importantly we loved playing live. Taking these memories and replanting them into 2017 has not been easy. How do you do it? How should it sound? Are we little more than a heritage band? These were the questions rattling around my head as I tried to find a way to celebrate the bands 40th anniversary. The answers ended up being very simple – Don’t over think it – Just do it. Enjoy every minute of it. Play the songs like it might be the last time. Give it everything. And then…….there’s the new stuff!!! The beginning of something new rather than the end of something old.”
Something new: Burning Cities.
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SOMETHING OLD… The Skids formed in 1977 in their home town of Dunfermline, Scotland by Richard Jobson, Stuart Adamson, Bill Simpson & Tom Kellichan. After releasing an independent single the band were played by John Peel, supported The Clash in concert and then were signed to Virgin Records in 1978. Their first singles were ‘Sweet Surburbia’, ‘The Saints are Coming’ and ‘Into the Valley’ – the latter reaching the UK Top Ten in early 1979.
Their seminal debut album ‘Scared to Dance’; came out in 1979 and was quickly followed by two chart singles – ‘Masquerade’ and ‘Working for the Yankee Dollar’. Both singles were taken from the Bill Nelson (Be Bop Deluxe) produced second album ‘Days in Europa’. The album also featured new member Rusty Egan of Rich Kids & Visage fame after the departure of Tom Kellichan. The band released two more albums ‘The Absolute Game’ (1980) and ‘Joy’ (1981) before splitting. Stuart Adamson went on to have worldwide success with his new band Big Country.
Skids briefly reformed in 2007 to celebrate the band’s 30th Anniversary with concerts in their native Scotland at T in the Park and in their hometown of Dunfermline.
The 40th Anniversary Tour will feature Richard Jobson, Bill Simpson, Mike Baillie, Bruce Watson & Jamie Watson.
Friday 26th The Academy, Dublin 57 Middle Abbey St Dublin 1 Dublin +353 18 779 999 http://www.theacademydublin.com 7pm 18+ / €28
Saturday 27th The Limelight, Belfast 17 Ormeau Avenue, Belfast BT2 8HD 028 9032 7007 http://www.limelightbelfast.com 7pm early show 18+ / £20+bf
Thursday 1st The Picture Dome, Holmfirth Market Walk, Holmfirth HD9 7DA 01484 689759 http://www.picturedrome.net 7.30pm £22.50 G/A
Friday 2nd The Ritz, Manchester, Whitworth St West, Manchester M1 5NQ 0161 236 4355 https://www.academymusicgroup.com/o2ritzmanchester/ 6.30pm £25.75 inc B/fee
Saturday 3rd Leeds, 02 Academy, 55, Cookridge Street, Leeds LS2 3AW £25.31 (inc fees) http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/ZDH0306S?brand=o2academyleeds&camefrom=AMG_LEEDS_skds&_ga=1.27132541.1908822931.1485433830 6.30pm
Sunday 4th Northampton, Roadmenders, 1 Ladys Lane, NN1 3AH £22.50 +b/f http://www.theroadmender.com/event/the-skids/
Thursday 8th The Bierkeller, Bristol The Pithay All Saints Street, Bs1 2Na, Bristol BS1 2NA0117 930 4264 http://www.bristolbierkeller.co.uk 7.30pm £22Adv
Friday 9th The Academy, Oxford 190 Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1UE 01865 813500 https://www.academymusicgroup.com/o2academyoxford 7pm £28.12 inc B/fee
Thursday 15th The Junction, Cambridge : Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7GX 01223 578000 http://www.junction.co.uk 7pm £27.50 adv
Friday 16th The Roundhouse, London Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8EH · 0300 678 9222 http://www.roundhouse.org.uk 7pm From £30 + b/fees
Saturday 17th Concorde 2 Brighton Madeira Drive, Brighton BN2 1EN 01273 673311 https://www.concorde2.co.uk 7pm £25+B/fee
Wednesday 21st 1865, Southampton Brunswick Square, Southampton SO14, UK 7pm £22.50 Adv+ B/fee http://www.the1865.com
Thursday 22nd The Robin 2, Bilston 20-28 Mount Pleasant, Bilston WV14 7L J 01902 401211 http://www.therobin.co.uk £25 Adv £30 door
Friday 23rd The Academy, Newcastle Westgate Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne https://www.academymusicgroup.com/o2academynewcastle 0191 260 2020 6.30pm £25.31inc fees
Saturday 24th Stone Valley Festival, Stanhope, County Durham THE CASTLE PARK, STANHOPE, CO. DURHAM, DL13 2LU http://www.stonevalleyfestival.co.uk
Thursday 29th The Town Hall, Montrose Scotland Melville Gardens, Montrose DD10 8HG 01674 662666 http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/the-skids-tickets/251555 7pm £29.81 inc fees
Friday 30th The Glen Pavillion, Dunfermline, Scotland The Glen Pavilion, Pittencrieff Park Dunfermline KY12 8QH 0345 155 5555 http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/the-skids-tickets/248581
Sunday 6th Rebellion Festival, Blackpool http://www.rebellionfestivals.com/
2nd Midfest, Dalkeith, Scotland http://www.midstockfestival.com/
Wed 4th The Iron Works, Inverness 122B Academy St, Inverness IV1 1LX 0871 789 4173
Thursday 5th Beat Generator Dundee 70 N Lindsay St, Dundee DD1 1PS http://www.beatgenerator.co.uk/
Friday 6th Warehouse 23, Wakefield 23 Smyth St, Wakefield WF1 1ED 01924 724523
Saturday 7th The Great British Alternative Festival Skegness https://www.bigweekends.com/your-break/165797#ico=MN_Afestival