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The Shadows to tour for one last time


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.1’s, 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 Queen’s Brian May to take up the guitar.

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

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