Simply Red’s “farewell” concerts in 2010 turned out to have been a hiatus. Mick Hucknall is to revive the soul-pop group for a 30th anniversary reunion tour next year.
The Holding Back The Years hitmakers bowed out with a “finale” show at the O2 Arena in December 2010 but will return to the venue next Christmas at the completion of a 14-date UK tour.
Hucknall, the only member who survives from the original line-up, said: “I like an anniversary, and this is a big one. It feels like the right time.”
Breaking into the charts in 1985 with their cover of Money’s To Tight To Mention, Simply Red have sold 60 million records. Mancunian singer Hucknall became a Labour donor and a prominent supporter of Tony Blair.
Hucknall, 54, went solo after the split and released a collection of American soul covers in 2012. The band will now play 35 European dates in 2015 starting in Denmark on 20 October.
Refunds are not available for purchasers of tickets to the 2010 concerts or the Simply Red Farewell – Live in Concert DVD released in their wake.
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