Big Country to tour classic debut album

BIG COUNTRY ... Crossing The Country.
BIG COUNTRY ... Crossing The Country.

ONE of the biggest rock bands to come out of Scotland in the 1980s are hitting the road to tour their classic debut album.

Big Country, who formed in Dunfermline in 1981, will play 13 dates around the UK, including the O2 Academy in Newcastle on Wednesday, February 8.

They will be playing their 1982 album The Crossing, which sold two million copies in the UK alone, in its entirety.

Sadly, they will be without frontman Stuart Adamson, who died tragically in 2001, so Mike Peters, from contemporaries The Alarm will fill in.

The Crossing The Country Tour is to mark the release of a special 30th anniversary deluxe edition of the album, containing a wealth of previously unreleased demos and mixes.

Bassist Tony Butler said: “It’s typical to write an album and only play a few songs from it, so to get the opportunity to play an entire album is very cool.

“This tour will give us the chance to play songs never performed before alongside the well-known ones, songs that were written, but didn’t make it onto the album, and the associated ‘B-side’ material. We can’t wait.”

Big Country reformed last year for two sold-out UK tours and main-stage festival appearances, including The Isle Of Wight Festival, T in The Park, Oxegen and the V Festival.

They also reunited with Steve Lilywhite, producer of The Crossing, to release their first single in 12 years, Another Country.

The tour will also precede a new studio album, scheduled for release in the autumn.

Until then, fans can get all nostalgic and enjoy classics like Fields Of Fire, In A Big Country and Porrohman all over again.

Tickets for the O2 gig are £22.50 from (08444) 772000.