Steve Harley + Cockney Rebel
Steve Harley, the original Cockney Rebel, returns with what will be an amazing tour of the UK in November 2015. The shows go onsale at 0900 on Friday 13 March 2015 and tickets are available from venue box offices and select authorised agents. The ‘Best Years Of Our Lives’ 40th Anniversary Tour will visit 10 venues around the country. The show will comprise one set of tracks compiled from Fans’ Requests, submitted via a special online link, plus a performance of ‘The Best Years Of Our Lives’ album itself in its entirety, for the first time ever.
Released in March 1975, this album contained the monster hits ‘Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me) and ‘Mr. Raffles (Man It Was Mean)’ and for many marked the true arrival of Steve Harley as a songwriter of true verve and sophistication. Steve Harley said, “Fans have been urging me to play ‘The Best Years’ album straight through for some time, and now is the time! We’ll play some out-takes and B-sides of the period, too. I’m really excited by the prospect of tracks like ‘Back To The Farm’ getting an airing after so many years…I might play a slow, bluesy ‘Make Me Smile’, as I presented it to the band originally, as track six, then the full-blown version at the end of the night. It’s a tough one to follow!”
For these dates, Steve is hoping to recruit original ‘Best Years’ band members, Jim Cregan (guitar), Stuart Elliott (drums) and Duncan Mackay (keyboards) for the tour, with long-standing Cockney Rebel member Barry Wickens on violin and guitar. Also in the line-up will be young Austrian musicians, the twins Lisa and Mona Wagner, playing second lead guitar and percussion respectively.
10 November – City Hall, Salisbury
12 November – Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells
14 November – Corn Exchange, Cambridge