Farewell Tour for Simply Red
Since their establishment in 1985, Simply Red has gained popularity and stardom through hit releases such as Money’s Too Tight To Mention, Holding Back The Years and Stars. Albums such as Picture Book and A New Flame saw to it that millions of copies flew off the shelves and secured the band’s position within the entertainment industry. Now, twenty-five years later, the band has decided to call it a day, with the Simply Red Farewell Tour being the last time they will be performing live in front of audiences.
Simply Red have sold over fifty million albums and have always managed to surprise fans with new sounds by incorporating genres such as reggae, blue-eyed soul, jazz, rock and new romantic into their music. It is the uniquely smooth voice of lead singer Mick Hucknall that delivered the lyrics to audiences, and which was recognized throughout the world. Sadly, Simply Red has already embarked on their Farewell Tour, bringing their sound and popular songs to fans in South America, which will be followed by Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Appropriately, this British phenomenon will host their final shows in the United Kingdom.
The last nine shows by Simply Red will be held at the Belfast Arena (8 November 2010), London O2 Arena (8 December), Nottingham Arena (9 November), Glasgow SECC (10 December), Manchester MEN Arena (12 December), Birmingham NIA (14 December), Sheffield Arena (16 December), London O2 Arena (18 and 19 December). Mick Hucknall commented that the years with Simply Red have been an extraordinary adventure, and went on to say: “I could never have imagined my career would bring me so far. We want to share this closing anniversary with all the people who have enjoyed our sound throughout the years. Celebrate it and gently move on to the second half of a musical story. We all hope to see you at a show somewhere soon.” Closing the chapter on Simply Red is a sad moment for all involved. However, fans can look forward to hearing from Mick Hucknall as he sets off on a solo career next year.