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12 March 2015

Best Years of Our Lives: 40th Anniversary Tour

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Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
‘Best Years Of Our Lives’
40th Anniversary Tour 2015

Steve Harley, the original Cockney Rebel, returns with what will be an amazing tour of the UK in November 2015. The shows go on-sale at 0900 on Friday 13 March 2015. The ‘Best Years Of Our Lives’ 40th Anniversary Tour will visit venues right across the country; with more dates to be added. 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.

NOVEMBER 2015
Mon 2nd ​Bridgewater Hall​​Manchester ​ticketline.co.uk / 0844 888 9991
Tues 3rd​​Venue Cymru​Llandudno ​venuecymru.co.uk / 01492 872000
Weds 4th ​Brangwyn Hall​​Swansea​​orchardentertainment.co.uk/ 01792 637 300
Thurs 5th ​Palace Theatre​​Southend ​southendtheatres.org.uk / 01702 351135
Sat 7th ​Bath Halls ​Scunthorpe​bookingsdirect.com / 0844 854 2776
Sun 8th ​Dome​​Doncaster ​solidentertainments.com / 01472 349222
Tues 10th ​City Hall​​Salisbury ​cityhallsalisbury.co.uk / 01722 434434
Weds 11th ​Indigo2​​London ​ticketline.co.uk / 0844 888 9991
Thurs 12th ​Assembly Theatre​Tunbridge Wells ​assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk/ 01892 530613
Sat 14th ​Corn Exchange​​Cambridge ​cornex.co.uk / 01223 357851
Mon 16th​Philharmonic​Liverpool​bookingsdirect.com / 0151 709 3789
Tues 17th ​Symphony Hall​​Birmingham ​ticketline.co.uk / 0844 888 9991
Weds 18th​Regent Theatre​​Ipswich​​bookingsdirect.com / 01473 433 100
Fri 20th​Warwick Arts Centre​Coventry​bookingsdirect.com / 024 7652 4524
Sat 21st​Leas Cliff Hall​Folkestone​bookingsdirect.com / 0844 871 3015
Mon 23rd​G Live​Guildford​bookingsdirect.com / 0844 770 1797

MOJO said simply, “Harley creates rock songs that are proud, lyrical and full of yearning.” ‘The Best Years Of Our Lives’ is a landmark Steve Harley release and the chance to hear that in full on this tour is an opportunity that no fan will want to miss.

For more information please contact Chris Hewlett on 0845 601 2833 or email chris@chrishewlett.com

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