City dates for two major band annniversary tours

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Aberdeen’s Music Hall is to host anniversary gigs by two major British bands – Deacon Blue and The Charlatans – later this year.

English alternative rockers Charlatans take to the city centre stage on Friday, August 24 to play their Tellin’ Stories album in its entirety, marking the 15th anniversary of its release, while one of Scotland’s most successful bands Deacon Blue are to play the venue on Saturday, October 6, as part of their 25th anniversary tour.

Tickets for both Music Hall gigs go on sale tomorrow (Friday) online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.

Tellin’ Stories was The Charlatans’ sixth album and included the final contributions of founder-member and keyboard player Rob Collins who died in a car accident midway through recording.

It was their most commercially successful album, having three top ten singles, which remain their career’s highest charting.

All of the band’s 11 studio albums have charted in the Top 40 in the UK Albums Chart, three of them being number ones, and they have also achieved 17 Top 30 singles and four Top 10 hits in the UK Singles Chart.

Their name inspired by a Steely Dan song and fronted by the instantly-recognisable Ricky Ross, Deacon Blue achieved a string of top five albums, including two numbers ones and 18 top 40 singles later, before deciding to go their own ways.

And 2012 is set to be a very promising year, as they celebrate their 25th anniversary and reunite to work on original material for a new studio album, set for release in September alongside a re-release campaign of their entire catalogue, as well as their anniversary tour.

The band consists of vocalists Ricky Ross and Lorraine McIntosh, keyboard player James Prime and drummer Dougie Vipond.