The Tour Kicks Off Tomorrow
The short tour will see the iconic band in equally iconic venues
The Undertones emerged in the 1970’s, and as with many bands, can thank John Peel for a help with their success. An early versions of their cover of ‘Teenage Kicks’ was picked up by Peel and played twice in a row on his radio show.
The Undertones signed with Sire Records and ‘Teenage Kicks’ was re-released, resulting in the band’s first appearance on Top Of The Pops. Over the next five years, John O Neill, crafted further pop gems such as `Here Comes The Summer`, ‘Jimmy Jimmy`, `You’ve Got My Number (Why Don’t You Use It)’ and ‘Wednesday Week’ whilst Damian O’Neill and Michael Bradley contributed ‘My Perfect Cousin. They also recorded four highly acclaimed LPs. Indeed, they almost enjoyed the life of professional musicians. In 1983 Feargal Sharkey left the band to pursue a solo career and the remaining members decided to call it a day. The Undertones were to remain silent for the next sixteen years.
In 1999 The Undertones reconvened, without Fergal Sharkey, to once again perform their two-minute, three and a half chord songs to a new generation of fans in Derry. Fellow Derryman Paul McLoone replaced Sharkey on vocals and his vocal prowess and electric onstage presence soon convinced any doubters that he was more than capable of doing the job.
2018 marked the 40th Anniversary of the release of their most influential and famous song, ’Teenage Kicks’. On 21st April for Record Store Day 2018 the band released a Vinyl Singles Box Set containing the 13 x 7” original Undertones singles from the classic early period: 1978-1983.
March 10th – Sheffield, Leadmill (Neville Staple Support)
March 11th – Northampton, Roadmender
March 12th – London, Electric Ballroom
March 17th– Brighton, Chalk
Friday 18th– Frome, Cheese & Grain
March 19th– Cardiff, Great Hall
March 31st – Lincoln, Engine Shed
April 1st– Manchester Academy