The Zutons are back after a ten-year lay-off, celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of their debut studio album ‘Who Killed……. the Zutons?’.
Liverpool rockers The Zutons have reformed to enjoy a celebratory run-through of their first record. The band, led by guitarist / singer Dave McCabe, are playing an extensive UK tour throughout March to commemorate the album, including a date at Birmingham’s O2 Institute on Friday, March 26.
Produced by Lightning Seeds shaman Ian Broudie, Who Killed the Zutons? established the Liverpudlians as one of British rock music’s most exciting new talents, with nifty guitar riffs balancing alongside the strident saxophones of Abi Harding. It spawned a raft of hit singles, including the jaunty ‘Remember Me’, the stop/start stomp of ‘You Will You Won’t’ and the dour ‘Confusion’.
The Zutons initially split in 2009, with an intended reformation to celebrate their debut’s tenth anniversary scrapped in 2014. After enjoying a one-off reunion at a charity gig three years ago, McCabe and co were reminded just how special a thing they had and sought to reform for a longer period. Sadly, though, original bassist Russell Pritchard will not be part of the comeback, due to his commitments as a full-time member of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.
Their Birmingham date, which kicks off the tour, looks set to sell out so book now to avoid disappointment. Those attending will be hoping The Zutons dust off a few other classics, especially the smash hit ‘Valerie’ (which, lest we forget, enjoyed further fanfare when covered by Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse).
Tickets are on sale now, though a number of dates are already sold out. The Zutons play:
26 – Birmingham, O2 Institute
28 – Glasgow, Barrowlands
29 – Manchester, Albert Hall
30 – London, Roundhouse
01 – Bristol, O2 Academy
02 – Nottingham, Rock City
04 – Leeds, O2 Academy
05 – Liverpool, Eventim Olympia
06 – Liverpool, Eventim Olympia
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