‘It’s great to get back to in­ti­mate con­certs’

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - MUSIC SCENE - By Sean Wal­lace

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.

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