Big Country to play best hits

Big Country are playing in Wellingborough
Big Country are playing in Wellingborough

Following the success of their 30th Anniversary Steeltown tour, Scottish rock band Big Country are on the road and return to the county next week with a greatest hits show.

Originally formed in 1981 by guitar playing founder members Stuart Adamson and Bruce Watson in Dunfermline, the band broke massively worldwide with the release of their 1983 debut album The Crossing.

It featured the singles Fields Of Fire, Chance and A Big Country which went on to become massive worldwide hits.

The album received three Grammy nominations, sold more than two million copies and went platinum in the UK.

Big Country’s run of success continued throughout the 1980s and 1990s with the band scoring 17 top 30 UK singles achieving five gold and platinum status albums along the way.

Their 1984 LP Steeltown topped the charts in the UK while their latest LP, The Journey, was released in 2013.

In December 2001, Adamson took his own life and while the three remaining had no real thoughts of performing as Big Country again, they re-united in 2007 to celebrate the band’s 25th anniversary.

In 2010 Mike Peters joined as singer for the following three years.

Big Country currently comprise of guitarist and singers Bruce Watson and Jamie Watson, drummer Mark Brzezicki and former Simple Minds’ bassist Derek Forbes.

They will be joined by Simon Hough, Denny Laine and Eric Bell.

They play the Castle Theatre in Wellingborough on Saturday, June 13.

Doors open at 8pm, tickets cost £22 before fees.

Leading exponents of New Orleans jazz headline the venue tonight.

New Orleans Heat play in the style of the late great, Bunk Johnson, George Lewis and Kid Thomas bands.

Tickets cost £12.50 before fees. For more information about all forthcoming shows at the venue and to book, call 01933 270 007 or visit www.thecastle.org.uk