Steeltown anniversary tour for boys from Big Country

Big Country at Wavendon.
Big Country at Wavendon.

The boys from Big Country have been taking their 30th anniversary tour of Steeltown around the UK and are heading this way.

The band will be performing songs from their classic multi-million selling album at The Stables, Wavendon, on Monday, December 15.

Steeltown is the second studio album and was recorded at ABBA’s Polar Studios in Stockholm with Steve Lillywhite producing and was released in 1984.

Band member Bruce Watson remembers the time very well, amid the nationwide strife back in the UK, fully in the grip of the Miners Strike.

He said: “We started work on Steeltown back in June 1984 at Abba’s studio. We worked alongside Steve 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.”

Regarded by many as a classic, the multi-million selling Steeltown went straight to the Number 1 slot in the album charts.

The band will perform songs from the album as well as the classic hits and live favourites including Harvest Home, Fields of Fire, In A Big Country, Chance, Wonderland, Look Away, The Teacher and many more.

The band are Bruce Watson on guitars/vocals, Mark Brzezicki on drums/vocals, Jamie Watson on guitars/vocals, and former Simple Minds’ bassist/vocalist Derek Forbes. They will be joined on stage by Simon Hough, ex-front man for Denny Laine (Wings) and Eric Bell (Thin Lizzy).

The show starts at 8pm and tickets are £25 from 01908 280800.

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