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So, just where did that feeling go ...?

By Damien Murray

Spring & Airbrake, Dublin Road, Belfast, Tomorrow, 7pm

Following its recent string of sell-out comeback dates, the legendary Scottish rock band has enlisted The Alarm’s Mike Peters as lead singer for its 30th anniversary tour that’s coming to Spring & Airbrake next Wednesday.

Now with a new line-up, the 80s rockers include Tony Butler (bass and vocals), Mark Brzezicki (drums and vocals), Mike Peters (vocals and guitar), Bruce Watson (guitar and vocals) and Jamie Watson (guitar).

This anniversary tour aims not only to embrace their illustrious past but also to honour the life and times of original lead singer, guitarist and co-founder Stuart Adamson, who passed away so tragically in 2001.

The nucleus of Big Country was formed when Adamson left The Skids and recruited guitar partner Bruce Watson from the band’s Dunfermline base before re-connecting with the rhythm section of Butler and Brzezicki.

The band first exploded onto the scene in 1982 with such anthemic songs as Fields Of Fire and In A Big Country, which were lifted off their classic million-selling Grammy-nominated debut album, The Crossing.

Their subsequent four albums — Steeltown, The Seer, Peace In Our Time and No Place Like Home — were all certified gold on release and took the band’s total record sales tally to five million.

They appeared at Live Aid, The Prince’s Trust 10th Birthday Party and as support to many big music acts, including two European tours with the Rolling Stones.

The band embarked on their Final Fling tour in 2002 and Stuart, who put the band on the back burner to explore new territory in Nashville with his new alt-country band The Raphaels, had fully intended to work Big Country again. Tragically, it was never to be.

Doors open at 8pm on Wednesday, April 20 at Spring & Airbrake.

Tickets at £20, plus £2.50 booking fee, are available from www.cdcleisure.net, Katy Daly’s Bar or Ticketmaster outlets.

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