‘It’s great to get back to intimate concerts’
MIDGE Ure has long accepted that he will forever live in the shadow of Live Aid. The former Ultravox singer was the mastermind behind the global charity event in the 1980s alongside Sir Bob Geldof. Yet Midge is relieved the shadow cast by Live Aid is not so long as to kill off his musical career. Midge, who headlines an intimate show at the Lemon Tree tomorrow, said: “Live Aid was a momentous occasion and there was a seismic shift in the record industry. “Suddenly everyone gave up their profits and worked together. That is something I am very proud of. “However since then Bob has been seen as almost a saint, a politician and a spokesman for youth. “It has annoyed Bob because on the back of that his entire musical career has evaporated. “Thankfully I was allowed to carry on being a musician, but Bob wasn’t as he is forever linked to Africa.” He added: “Music is my lifeblood and I am so glad I am still recognised for the songs I write and sing.” Now 58, Midge has continued to record and release solo material over the last two decades. His concert at the Lemon Tree will be a retrospective of his career, both as a solo artist and with Ultravox. Midge is set to release a new album this year with Ultravox to celebrate the 30th year of their formation. He said: “Ultravox had such a great time performing our old songs over the last two years that we just didn’t want it to end. “When we sat down to attempt to write some new songs we found that the ideas just kept coming. “A new Ultravox album became inevitable.” Midge will take to the stage tomorrow to perform not only his back catalogue, but a selection of favourite covers. They will include songs by Fleetwood Mac, Queen and Travis. “It is great to get back to basics, to get near to the crowd with these small, intimate concerts,” he said. “I do not go in for the rock star stuff, I much prefer to be close to the crowd.”
SINGER: Midge Ure is to perform at the Lemon Tree.