Steve Hillage Band have announced further live dates for his November 2019 tour of the UK. The band, who are about to play their first live dates concentrating on what Hillage has said will concentrate on his classic 70 material, have added a further ten dates.
“The last gig the Steve Hillage Band did was on November 17, 1979 at Hammersmith Odeon in London,” Hillage explains. “So next year is a significant anniversary for me. And when someone suggested this, it made sense. This isn’t the first time it’s been proposed, but now it is all coming together.”
Hillage will have Gong as his backing band. “I need musicians of the highest calibre to make it all work properly. The people in Gong fit the bill. I know them well, have guested with the band on a number of recent occasions and they’re all keen to do this.”
The set will be based around Hillage’s first four solo albums, namely Fish Rising (1975), L (1976), Motivation Radio (1977) and Green (1978), all of which were UK Top 40 successes.
“I haven’t yet worked out what songs I am going to do. Some are obvious, and I will also look to feature some deep cuts from these albums”, Hillage said in a statement. “What I could also do is include one or two tracks from later albums like Open (1979) and And Not Or (1982). Remember that last band tour was at the time when Open was released. My aim is to put together a stonking set list that truly shines.”
It seems almost inevitable that at least one of the gigs will be filmed and recorded.
“Nothing has been discussed as yet. But it would be crazy not to do it. We’ll have to work out the logistics of whether we do one or more shows, and how we release this. That puts more pressure on me to ensure this is all top class.
“I think we’ll end up playing for between 90 minutes and two hours. I am not going to do a very long performance, which is split into two sets the way some bands are doing these days. There will be a good support act, and I’ll want to give them as much time as possible onstage.”
Steve Hillage Band will play:
June 6: Cambridge Junction
June 7: Manchester 02 Ritz
June 8: London Shepherds Bush Empire.
The newly-announced dates are:
November 14: Southampton Engine Rooms
November 15: Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
November 16: London Islington Assembly Hall
November 17: Glasgow SWG3
November 18: Sheffield O2 Academy 2
November 20: Bristol O2 Academy
November 21: Birmingham O2 Institute 2
November 22: Cardiff Tramshed
November 23: Liverpool O2 Academy
November 24: Brighton Concorde 2.
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