Roll out the red car­pet for punk rock roy­alty

The Skids due to play Dum­fries on come­back tour

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - THE TICKET - Stu­art McFar­lane

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

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