Story: Jack Foley
2004 heralds the return of the legendary Shadows Hank
Marvin, Bruce Welch and Brian Bennett together and on tour
for one last time!
Kicking off at Scarborough Futurist Theatre, on April 30, the
tour spans the entire UK, over a massive 37 dates, and culminates
at the London Palladium, on June 14.
It was during a hot summer day, in June 1960, that The Shadows
entered Abbey Road's Studio 2 to record Apache, the track
that was to become the instrumental hit of the decade.
It shot to No. 1, became an instant classic and saw the start
of a string of over 30 hits including another four No.1s,
Wonderful Land, Kon-Tiki, Dance On and Foot Tapper
- for the group who pioneered the now familiar band line up of
two guitars, bass and drums.
Apache was also responsible for inspiring a new generation
of artists such as Eric Clapton, Dire Straits Mark Knopfler,
Pete Townshend of The Who and Queens Brian May to take up
The Shadows quickly became instrumental heroes; they developed
a polished, crisp sound and had a unique knack for drawing out
the sweetest melodies in their most haunting form.
To coincide with this unmissable tour, Universal are to release
Life Story The Very Best of The Shadows, a special
edition double CD featuring 45 classic Shadows tracks which celebrate
the 45th year of their existence.
The essential collection is named after the title track, Life
Story, which was the last tune written by Jerry Lorden
composer of Apache - and the most recent to be recorded
by the band.
The final tour dates in full
May 15 - NORWICH Theatre Royal
May 16 - NORWICH Theatre Royal
May 17 - BRENTWOOD Leisure Centre
May 19 - LEICESTER De Montfort Hall
May 20 - OXFORD New Theatre (Apollo)
May 21 - CROYDON Fairfield Halls
May 22 - BRIGHTON Centre
May 24 - SOUTHEND Cliffs Pavilion
May 25 - CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange
May 26 - NORTHAMPTON Derngate
May 27 - NOTTINGHAM Royal Concert Hall
May 29 - BLACKPOOL Opera House
May 30 - BIRMINGHAM Symphony Hall
May 31 - BIRMINGHAM Symphony Hall
June 2 - PLYMOUTH Pavilions
June 3 - BRISTOL Colston Hall
June 4 - BRISTOL Colston Hall
June 5 - CARDIFF Arena
June 6 - SOUTHAMPTON Mayflower
June 8 - DUBLIN The Point
June 9 - BELFAST Waterfront Hall
June 11 - BOURNEMOUTH International Centre
June 12 - LONDON Carling Apollo, Hammersmith
June 13 - EASTBOURNE Congress Theatre
June 14 - LONDON Palladium