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Simply Red to split after next tour

Simply Red

Story by Jack Foley

SIMPLY Red will split in 2009 after their next tour, according to lead singer Mick Hucknall.

The decision comes almost a quarter of a century after they formed and means that last album Stay, which was released last March, will be the group’s final studio album.

Announcing the decision on the Gold radio network, Hucknall said that he’d decided that “25 years is going to be enough” and said he intended to concentrate more on a solo career.

He has just completed an album on his own which he described as a tribute to Bobby Bland, a blues and R&B artist.

“It’s a solo project and I’ve really enjoyed it,” he continued. “So much that I feel the time has come now to just put a book-end to the Simply Red story.”

If Hucknall has his way, the new material will help to “invent a new form of music” that’s heavily influenced by R&B tracks from the ’60s.

Simply Red’s final album Stay was the third to be released under the group’s own label, simplyred.com, and reached number four in the UK charts.

Recent single The World & You Tonight will also be Simply Red’s last – and is currently available to download.

In their prime, Simply Red sold more than 50 million albums world-wide and topped the charts with hits including Something Got Me Started, It’s Only Love and Fairground.

But Hucknall has decided that the Simply Red name and sound will not lend itself to his new material and announced the decision to call it a day following the next world tour in two years’ time.