Fifty per cent of XTC return to the live stage this autumn for the first time in donkey’s years.
The Swindon band’s bassist/vocalist Colin Moulding and original drummer Terry Chambers will be embarking on a series of shows at Swindon Arts Centre on 29, 30, 31 October and 1 November, with the possibility of further shows being added.
The dates follow on from the release last year of the pair’s Great Aspirations EP under the band name TC&I, and also mark the 40th Anniversary of XTC’s first studio album White Music.
Says Moulding, “These dates are probably commensurate with our output thus far. We’re not going to do the usual promoters’ circuit. Besides it’s kind of special this way. Like a stationary west end show or something,” says Colin Moulding.
“Exciting times,” agrees Chambers. Eighteen months ago couldn’t see this happening – I’m as excited about these gigs as I was in 1973 playing our first gig at the Arts Centre, Swindon as a 17 year Helium Kid, and the first time to be playing with Colin together on stage since San Diego.
As well as the pair’s new material as TC&I, they plan to play a selection of the songs from the XTC catalogue written by Colin, several of which have never been played live due to the fact that the band stopped touring in 1982, not long before Chambers’ departure.
Tickets for the shows are available now here.
Check out the video for ‘Scatter Me’.