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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In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

Then came Tony Wilson's Factory Club (at the Russell Club in Hulme) offering an open invitation to experiment that was taken up when Ken Hollings, Howard Walmsley, Eddie Sherwood and a few others decided to make some noise to accompany their 16mm silent epic Biting Tongues. A further performance followed a few weeks later, when Colin Seddon and Graham Massey disbanded their Post Natals project and joined up. The film itself, a flashing series of negative images, became a memory; the name remained.

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