17 Dec 2003
Definitive Durutti Dates 
This in from Phil Jones Presents Management: "Durutti Column to play the following UK dates in April:

Saturday 3rd April 2004, King Tut's, Glasgow
Tickets available from Ticketmaster (Tel: 0870 169 0100)

Thursday 8th April 2004, Islington Academy, London
Tickets available from Ticketweb (Tel: 0870 771 2000)

Support in London will come from Litmus, a string quartet who perform their own unique versions of songs by Mancunian legends such as Joy Division, The Smiths and The Stone Roses. This support slot has been confirmed after the rapturous reception Litmus inspired at their recent gig with Durutti Column at Manchester University.

Further dates to be announced in the New Year. The Durutti Column are to play a tour of the UK in support of the release of the 32 track "Definitive Durutti Column" to be released on London Records."

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"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

- intro to ACR Biography by James Nice (LTM)

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