There’s to be no winding down for Mick Hucknall who has just announced a Simply Red 30th anniversary world tour.
The Big Love Tour kicks off next October in Denmark and will reach the UK in December via Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
North East fans will be most excited by the news that the band will play the Metro Radio Arena on December 4 next year with tickets going on sale this Friday at 8am (online at the venue, in person from the box office or via hotline 0844 4936666).
The band notched up 25 years with a concert at London’s O2 Arena in 2010 and that might have been that, with Hucknall declaring: “I’ve kind of decided that the 25 years is going to be enough”.
But it seems he has kind of changed his mind. “I like an anniversary and this is a big one,” he says. “It feels like the right time.”
Simply Red – named, according to legend, by mistake after Hucknall told a venue manager the band’s name was “Red, simply Red” – released its first single, Money’s Too Tight (To Mention), in 1985. It reached the UK Top 20 and was followed soon afterwards by debut album Picture Book.
The band’s heyday came in the early 1990s after the release of Stars which became the best-selling album two years running in the UK and Europe.
Simply Red have sold 60 million albums and have a back catalogue including Holding Back the Years, Stars, Fairground, The Air That I Breathe and Sunrise.
The current line-up features Hucknell along with Ian Kirkham (sax), Kenji Suzuki (guitar), Steve Lewinson (bass), Dave Clayton (keyboards), Roman Roth (drums) and Kevin Robinson (trumpet and flute).