Right then, just to repeat: the band that will be touring Europe and South America in September, October and December is a familiar one. I know that everybody who saw them in 2006 will be happy about that.
Phil Manzanera will again be on guitar, Guy Pratt on bass and Stevie DiStanislao on drums and percussion.
(I left a brief pause there, expecting cheers all round. Whoops and whistles are also accepted.)
Jon Carin (loud cheers for him, too) will be joined on keyboards by Kevin McAlea, who has worked with the likes of Barclay James Harvest, Dr Feelgood and Kirtsy MacColl. He most recently accompanied Kate Bush for her incredibly successful 2014 run of London dates, playing not only keyboards, but Uilleann pipes and accordion, as well. You might like to check out his Celtic Orbis project for more of those pipes.
Theo Travis will play saxophone and clarinet in Brighton and Europe, with João Mello taking over saxophone duties at the Royal Albert Hall and across South America. Prolific Theo, who also plays the flute, is perhaps best known for his collaboration with guitarist Robert Fripp – as Travis & Fripp. João, very much the baby of the group and not long out of his teens, has recently been touring with Razorlight and, before that, with their frontman, Johnny Borrell, under the name Johnny Borrell & Zazou.
Backing vocals will be provided by Bryan Chambers, Louise Marshall (in Europe) and Lucita Jules (in South America). Bryan and Louise have been singing together as part of David Gest’s Legends of Soul UK Tour, and have done much work with Jools Holland; Bryan having also performed with Beverley Knight, Prince, Chaka Khan, Soloman Burke and many others. Louise you will also know from Pink Floyd’s The Endless River. Lucita has worked with Roxy Music and, more recently, toured the world with Kylie Minogue.
So, there you go. Band confirmed, a new song (did you like it?) and several more concerts announced all before the weekend. Thanks for your patience; I know you’ve been asking for some time about personnel.
Have a fine weekend, everyone. For those of you off to Brighton, there’ll be a new post for you to share your thoughts and memories tomorrow, if you would be so kind. We look forward to hearing from you.