In a video post on Facebook Ron and Russell Mael, aka Sparks, have revealed the musicians who will join them on stage at the BBC Radio 6 Music Festival 2017 on March 24th 2017.
“Meet the band that will be accompanying Ron and Russell at the upcoming gig at BBC Radio 6 Music Festival in Glasgow next week!”
Vocals: Russell Mael
Keyboards: Ron Mael
Bass: Zach Dawes (Mini Mansions)
Drums: Stevie Nistor (Sparks, Daniel Lanois, Sparklehorse)
Keyboards: Tyler Parkford (Mini Mansions)
Guitar: Michael Shuman (Mini Mansions, Queens of the Stone Age)
Guitar: Evan Weiss (Junk)
Sparks will perform at O2 Academy Glasgow on Friday, March 24th sharing the bill with Future Islands and Goldfrapp.
This exclusive performance will be the world premier for a selection of songs from their new album ‘Hippopotamus’ as well as hits from the band’s pioneering career. While recent live performances have seen various incarnations – including performing as a duo and uniting with orchestras – the California brothers, Ron and Russell Mael, will be joined by the five musicians for this not-to-be-missed performance.
Sparks recently announced that they had signed a worldwide deal with BMG, confirming that the album ‘Hippopotamus’ will be released in 2017, accompanied by a world tour. Further details are expected to be revealed soon.
Name-checked as a major influence on musicians as varied as Morrissey, Bjork, The Ramones, Faith No More, Sonic Youth, and Nirvana, Sparks’ music has always been innovative and instantly identifiable. Described as the smartest, most consistently evolving band in the history of rock, these internationally acclaimed, pop pioneers have created a unique legacy both on record and in concert.