Don't look away - it's Big Country!
The 80s music trend is set to continue in Telford this autumn as Big Country bring their Steeltown 30th anniversary tour to Oakengates Theatre @ The Place on Thursday 13 November.
The Scottish band will be performing songs from their classic multi-million selling album Steeltown, which went straight to number one in the UK album charts when it was released in 1984. The audience will also be treated to classic hits and live favourites including Look Away, Harvest Home, Fields of Fire, In A Big Country, Chance, Wonderland and The Teacher.
Steeltown was Big Country’s second studio album and was recorded at ABBA's Polar Studios in Stockholm. Guitarist Bruce Watson remembers the time well, amid nationwide strife back in the UK, which was fully in the grip of the miners’ strike: “We started work on Steeltown back in June 1984 at ABBA’s studio. We worked alongside Steve Lillywhite in Studio One as Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber worked on Chess next door in Studio Two.
“Stockholm felt like the most expensive place on earth – it’s as if we were on a different planet to how things were back home – my Dad was a miner, so what we did was knuckle down to hard work for six weeks.”
The band’s efforts paid off and their success continued into the 90s when they supported the Rolling Stones on two tours, prompting Mick Jagger to say that Big Country were “one of the best opening bands we ever had.”
Big Country’s Bruce Watson, drummer Mark Brzezicki, guitarist Jamie Watson and former Simple Minds bassist/vocalist Derek Forbes will be joined on stage by Simon Hough on vocals and acoustic guitar for the Steeltown 30th anniversary tour.
Tickets to see Big Country are £20 and there is a special group offer – buy five tickets, get the sixth free. Tickets are available from http://www.theplacetelford.com/, by calling the ticket office on 01952 382382 or in person at the theatre and Southwater One.