This February, some 44 years after the original line-up of Ultravox! supported their Island Records label mates, Eddie And The Hot Rods live at the Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park, London, Island/UMC will celebrate with a series of video and audio drops recorded during the 1977 concert. This will premiere at 8pm on Monday, February 15 with a video drop of “I Came Back Here To Meet You.” From then on HD restored videos and tracks will be delivered weekly until a full track EP release on March 19.
Comprising the original line-up of John Foxx on vocals & harmonica, Billy Currie on keyboards & violin, Stevie Shears on guitar, Chris Cross on bass and Warren Cann on drums, of the 7 songs featured in the concert footage, only “Slip Away”, “Wide Boys” and “Satday Night In The City Of The Dead” made it on to the group’s debut album, Ultravox!
The fan favourite “Modern Love” appeared on a limited edition 7” single, which was given away with the initial copies of their second album, Ha!-Ha!-Ha!, whilst the remaining three featured songs, “T.V. Orphans”, “I Came Back Here To Meet You” and “I Won’t Play Your Game” are previously unreleased and exclusive to this concert.
A digital audio-only EP version of the concert will be released on Friday, March 19. This features a further two songs from the concert, which were not filmed at the time, “The Wild, The Beautiful and The Damned”, which originally appeared on the Retro (Live) EP plus “Dangerous Rhythms”, an exclusive to this release.
The digital EP edition of ‘Live At The Rainbow – February 1977’ is out on March 19. Scroll down to read the full tracklist and pre-order it here.
Live At The Rainbow – February 1977:
“I Came Back Here To Meet You”
“I Won’t Play Your Game”
“Satday Night In The City Of The Dead”
“The Wild, The Beautiful And The Damned” (bonus track)
“Dangerous Rhythms” (bonus track)