4 Feb 2012
The boys are back in town 
The original line-up of Happy Mondays (plus backing vocalist Rowetta) has reformed for a UK tour in May 2012. Bez, PD, Cow, Horse, X and Gaz play major cities with support for all dates coming from Inspiral Carpets. Tickets went on sale yesterday and Glasgow has sold out but all other dates are still available.

May 2012

Thu 3 - O2 Academy, Newcastle 19:00
Fri 4 - O2 Academy, Glasgow 19:30 [Sold Out]
Sat 5 - Manchester Arena, Manchester 18:00
Sun 6 - O2 Academy, Sheffield 19:00
Wed 9 - O2 Academy, Bournemouth 19:00
Thu 10 - O2 Academy, Brixton, London 19:00
Fri 11 - O2 Academy, Brixton, London 19:00
Sat 12 - O2 Academy, Birmingham 19:00
Thu 17 - O2 Academy, Leeds 19:00

Ticket available from gigsandtours.com and Ticketmaster

More info at happymondaysonline.com

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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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