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`Don't be expecting too much," said Ure as he took the stage. "We've only had one rehearsal, and this is the second." He needn't have bothered, for we were all too busy craning forward to see if those legendary sideburns still ended in their trademark point, which, unfortunately, they didn't. Once upon a time, the spirit of the age resided in the rakish angle of Ure's facial hair. Way back when, a generation had watched enraptured as the sideboards had grown from the bum-fluff of teeny-bop combo Slik (remember those baseball jackets?), to the punkish edge of the Rich Kids (Ure plus ex-Sex Pistol Glen Matlock), and onwards to the finely honed point of New Romantics Ultravox, dry-ice kings of the early pop-video age. Then, Midge was rock-bloke No1, aide-de-camp to General Geldof in the Ethiopian campaign, fond uncle to troubled youngsters Boy George and Marilyn and provider of sensitive trouser advice to Spandau Ballet. "They said there'd be a young audience," Ure said to the respectably full house of fans from his bygone days. "You're not, so why should we be?" replied a wit in the audience, as the pomp and circumstance of the opening number, "Fade to Grey" (a hit for Steve Strange's Visage), began to rattle over the PA.

LEST WE FORGET SAM BROWN

With parents like 1960s popsters Joe and Vicki Brown, there was always a good chance that Sam Brown would find the music biz too enticing to resist. And so, after years of backing work with acts as varied as The Small Faces and Spandau Ballet, as well as becoming a Womble, she released a best-selling album whose title track, "Stop", topped the charts around the world. That was a decade ago and, though a successful follow- up appeared shortly afterwards, she grew disenchanted with certain aspects of the industry. She released a tribute album to her mother, who died from cancer in 1991, on her own label before retiring to Scotland to raise a family. But she could not stay away. Lured back as a featured singer with Pink Floyd, she went on to work with Jools Holland and Fish (from Marillion). Now, independent label Demon is about to release a new album, Box, which shows off her powerful vocal talents to the full - particularly on the title track and the arresting "I Forgive You", the new single co-written with Maria McKee.

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