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Steps retraced as band's comeback begins in Belfast

By Maureen Coleman

They were the first pop act to play the newly opened Odyssey Arena in Belfast in December 2000.

Now, 11 years on and after a headline-grabbing, acrimonious split, Steps are to kick off their reunion tour back at the Odyssey next April.

Following a 10-year hiatus, the multi-million-selling, Brit-nominated pop act announced this week that they are to return to the live circuit for the ‘Ultimate Tour’. The five — Claire Richards, Ian ‘H’ Watkins, Faye Tozer, Lisa Scott- Lee and Lee Latchford Evans — reunited for an explosive television documentary series on Sky Living, which saw them sit down for the first time and discuss what had led to the split.

And according to band members H and Faye, the documentary proved “therapeutic” and enabled them to leave past hurts behind.

The pair, who are currently starring together in Rhinestone Mondays at the Grand Opera House, took time out yesterday to talk to the Belfast Telegraph about the forthcoming tour.

H said: “It feels right that we should launch our reunion tour in Belfast, when we were the first act to actually play the Odyssey Arena after it opened. Being back together feels natural, like it was meant to be.”

Faye added: “We are so excited. Though it's very daunting to be doing it again, we are so overwhelmed that the tickets are almost sold out.”

Steps announced their split on Boxing Day 2001 after H and Claire decided they wanted to leave the band. The pair went on to form a duo and released several singles before going their separate ways.

The Ultimate Tour will feature all the hit singles like Tragedy, and Deeper Shade Of Blue.

Steps play the Odyssey Arena on April 2, 2012. Tickets, priced £38, are on sale from today

Background

Steps were one of the biggest pop bands of the 1990s and were known for their cheesy tunes, colourful costumes and high-energy dance routines. They sold millions of albums and notched up 14 top five singles as well as a Brit Newcomer nomination in 1999. The band announced their split in December 2001, but reformed recently.

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