Roll out the red carpet for punk rock royalty
The Skids due to play Dumfries on comeback tour
Scottish punk royalty is heading to Dumfries tomorrow when legendary band The Skids visit as part of their UK comeback tour.
The Dunfermline band produced five Top 10 singles at their peak in the late 1970s and early 1980s – including Into the Valley, which reached number 10 in 1979, and Masquerade, which got to number 14 later the same year.
The Dumfries gig sees three of the original quartet take their place on stage with the late Stuart Adamson’s Big Country bandmate Bruce Watson stepping in on guitar duties, alongside Jamie Watson.
It all takes place at The Venue, with the doors due to open at 7pm.
It’s part of a tour visiting venues up and down the UK as the band celebrate the release of their fifth studio album – Burning Cities – 37 years after their last album hit the charts and the 40th anniversary of the band’s first gig and maiden EP No Bad which launched them into the national eye courtesy of legendary DJ John Peel.
Burning Cities has been produced alongside Verve and Primal Scream collaborator Youth and features 11 new tracks, including A World on Fire which is already available as a single online.
Lead singer Richard Jobson said: “I’m excited about this album. This music is at the heart of everything our band is about: truth, revolution, loud guitars and a refusal to keep quiet as the establishment tries to smother chances for anyone other than its own.
“In 1977, we were singing songs about what we saw as a world in crisis. Today that message is more relevant than ever.”
Flashback Jobson, left, meets fans in 1980