Fans, both new and old, will be struck with the nostalgic sounds that Scottish punk-rock and new-wave band The Skids will be rocking when they traverse across the border and into Newcastle’s O2 Academy this month.
The Skids was formed in Dunfermline, Fife in 1977 by Stuart Adamson, William Simpson (bass and backing vocals), Thomas Kellichan and Richard Jobson (vocals, guitar and Keyboard.) The band has gone through a change in members due to Thomas’ leave in 1979, and the sorrowful passing of Stuart Adamson in 2001, of which a tributary gig was played in his honour. The members today consist of William, Richard, Mike Baillie (drummer), father-and-son Bruce Watson and Jamie Watson (guitarists).
The band’s largest success is with their 1979 single, ‘Into the Valley’, which got to UK Number 10, and their 1980 album, ‘The Absolute Game’, which found its way into UK Number 9. However, what solidified the band’s comeback other than their 40th-anniversary return tour last year, and the tour this year, was their latest album released in January, ‘Burning Cities’.
Described as being more than just a comeback album, it has been compared to being equal to and even surpassing their previous works. Furthermore is its high stance over albums released by bands that were influenced by The Skids such as Manic Street Preachers, Green Day and U2. The album is of high and influential success and is the band’s first album for 36 years.
The Skids will be playing at the O2 Academy in Newcastle on Saturday 16th June. Tickets, priced at £25.85 in advance, are available from seetickets.com.