22 Nov 2006
OMD European Tour 2007 
Details of a short European tour by OMD in 2007 have emerged (thanks to omd.uk.com). It kicks off in Dublin on 13 May, then Glasgow, Liverpool and London before moving on to Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and France. The shows will feature the original "classic" line-up of Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys with Martin Cooper and Malcolm Holmes playing Architecture and Morality in its entirety along with other material.

May 2007 tour dates

13 - Dublin, Olympia, www.ticketmaster.ie
15 - Glasgow [venue tbc]
16 - Liverpool [venue tbc]
18 - London [venue tbc]
21 - Stuttgart,Theaterhaus, www.eventim.de
22 - Brussels, Ancienne Belgique, www.abconcerts.be
23 - Hamburg, Grossefreiheit, www.eventim.de
25 - Paris, Olympia, www.fnac.com
26 - Cologne, Ewerk, www.eventim.de
27 - Utrecht, MCV, www.ticketmaster.nl

Andy McCluskey, talking to Scream City (3rd issue soon come), earlier in the year, said "it would be nice to kind of remind people where we came from: 'Architecture and Morality', the Arts, The Factory, and Peter Saville" That's where we started. That's our history. We did some pretty radical, yet successful stuff. Also, this Autumn is twenty-five years since 'Architecture and Morality' was released."

On that last note, a special reissue of 'Architecture and Morality' is also planned for release.


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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."

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