When one-time pop chart-toppers Bros announced that they were to get back together again for a nationwide reunion tour, many a former female fan’s heart was set aflutter.
For back in 1988 twin brothers Matt and Luke Goss, along with former schoolboy mate Craig Logan, got the girls screaming with songs such as When Will I Be Famous and I Owe You Nothing.
On the back of their chart success, Bros toured throughout the UK – including a concert at the Arbeia Roman Fort, here in South Shields on June 4, 1988 – performing 19 consecutive nights at Wembley alone – to date they are still the youngest group to play there.
Then in early 1989, due to several bouts of illness, Craig Logan left the band, though it didn’t stop Matt and Luke garnering even greater success.
The group’s popularity was such that when they turned up for a record signing session at HMV in London, more then 130,000 fans flocked there, prompting the Metropolitan Police to close off Oxford Street for up to six hours.
Indeed, when Brosmania was at its height, Bros (the only group to have appeared in every issue of Smash Hits from 1988-1990) had more than six million fans worldwide. And when Bros called it a day in 1991, they had achieved 11 top 40 singles and three top 20 albums in the UK and Europe.
Going back to that Shields show, Ross Robertson told Gazette readers: “Bros were kings of the pop world when the show came to South Shields, performing Liar on a stage styled like a colosseum balcony, featuring columns. Free tickets to be part of the show’s audience were like gold dust, with the town’s teenage population begging friends and relatives who had been given the passes through their schools or community groups.”
So it was with a real sense of excitement that the twins announced that they would be performing again this year, with a show pencilled in for Newcastle.
Sadly, most of the summer dates were pulled, with just London and Manchester concerts remaining. As a consolation check out these photos of the band when they visited Shields. What do you remember of the visit and the show?