Big Country end their UK tour with Academy gig

Big Country play in Newcastle on Saturday night as part of their 'best of' tour. Pic: Paul Green.
Big Country play in Newcastle on Saturday night as part of their 'best of' tour. Pic: Paul Green.
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One of the best-loved bands of the 1980s will wind up their latest tour this weekend with a North-East date.

Big Country, who sold millions of records around the world with their brand of distinctive celtic-tinged rock, are at the O2 Academy in Newcastle on Saturday night.

It is the final date in their ‘Best of Big Country’ tour, where they will celebrate more than 30 years of anthemic songs.

Fronted by former Skids guitarist Stuart Adamson, they were formed in the Scottish town of Dunfermline, and rose to prominence on the back of four Top 10 albums.

They split in 2001 after Adamson’s tragic death, but his former bandmates Mark Brzezicki, Tony Butler and Bruce Watson reunited six years later to mark the band’s 25th anniversary.

With The Alarm singer Mike Peters stepping into Adamson’s shoes, they released a new single, Another Country, in 2011.

In 2013 they released The Journey, their first new album of original music in 14 years, and fans showed they hadn’t forgotten them by helping it reach the Top 75.

Bass player Butler has now retired, and his place has been taken by Derek Forbes, formerly of Simple Minds.

Original members Watson and Brzezicki are still very much involved though, along with Watson’s son Jamie on guitar and vocalist Simon Hough.

The tour has seen them perform classics like Harvest Home, In A Big Country, Fields Of Fire, Chance and Look Away, alongside crowd favourites such as Porrohman and Steeltown.

Tickets are still available for the Academy gig, priced £22.50, from (0844) 477 2000. Support comes from local band The Longsands.