THE SKIDS – 40th Anniversary Tour – June – August 2018 (dates below) …
and RICHARD JOBSON -‘Into the Valley – the Autobiography’ now available.
The Skids Burning Cities album was great -I reviewed it here, where I said …
I don’t imagine that there will be any Skids (or Big Country, Alarm, Kirk Brandon..) fans who will not consider Burning Cities anything but a massive triumph. Every Manics, Green Day and U2 fanatic should give it a listen too and it should be all over the radio.
(There were a few old fans who didn’t agree, but the majority did.)
– and their return to the fray was even better live –
They seem to really relish every moment onstage; Giving 100% effort and recieving back 100% love. Like Jobson says -playing live was what it was all about. He has a huge amount of energy onstage and holds himself like a boxer and exudes sheer enthusiasm for the band and for what he’s doing. (I said here) –
But it seems like an endless lap of honour… they just will not stop! They are touring again throughout June and August… and Jobbo’s biography is available. The rejected working titles ‘Albert Tatlock Knew My Father’ and ‘There’s Masses Of Lamb’ were dropped in favour of the more obvious ‘Into The Valley’.
I haven’t read it yet – but I’m pretty much convinced that if as much sweat, blood and toil has gone into it as he puts into the live shows and recording, then it’ll be fantastic.
I half-apologise for reproducing the press release below, but hell, it says everything you need to know….
From school punk to modern day film producer, Richard Jobson has lived a full and colourful life. A harrowing incident as a child left him suffering with epilepsy but he was a mere fifteen year old when he launched the punk rock band The Skids in 1977 with his songwriting partner Stuart Adamson.
With hit singles including the imortal ‘Into The Valley’, after four albums The Skids folded and Jobson formed The Armoury Show whilst Adamson had moved on to form the successful eighties band Big Country.
In this cathartic story, Jobson talks candidly about the many trials and tribulations that have shaped his life. He talks openly of his breakdown during the making of The Skids’ third album The Absolute Game, detailing the suicidal thoughts going through his mind at the time. More pertinent than he could have imagined given that writing partner Stuart Adamson was to take his own life two decades later.
They had remained friends following The Skids break-up and their relationship is explored in detail throughout.
In the 1980s Jobson became a familiar face on television as a presenter and film reviewer for Sky Television. In June 2013, he was awarded an honorary degree (Doctor of Arts) from Edinburgh Napier University.
Today he is a successful filmmaker but his life has also gone full circle. In 2017 he reactivated The Skids….
Into The Valley is a riveting read and a perfect illustration of how one man overcame his disability to become successful in the world of music and film. A first hand account of the late 1970s and early 80s that will appeal not only to punk rock fans but to anyone identifying with Jobson’s triumph over adversity.
The Skids continue their hugely successful comeback tour with more UK shows throughout June, July and August 2018. The dates include a show at the Isle of Wight Festival on the 24th of June and a London show at the 02 Shepherds Bush Empire on Saturday the 30th of June 2018.
JUN 07TH SUB 89 & THE BOWERY DISTRICT, READING
JUN 08TH CHEESE AND GRAIN, FROME
JUN 09TH TRAMSHED, CARDIFF
JUN 15TH BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB, LEEDS
JUN 16TH 02 ACADEMY, NEWCASTLE
JUN 17TH KELVINGROVE BANDSTAND, GLASGOW (w/ Big Country)
JUN 19TH SUMMERHALL COURTYARD, EDINBURGH (w/ Big Country)
JUN 21ST LIVE ROOMS, CHESTER
JUN 22ND THE RESCUE ROOMS NOTTINGHAM
JUN 23RD 02 ACADEMY, LIVERPOOL
JUN 24TH ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL
JUN 27TH THE WEDGEWOOD ROOMS, PORTSMOUTH
JUN 28TH ROBIN 2, BILSTON
JUN 29TH CONCORDE 2, BRIGHTON
JUN 30TH 02 SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE, LONDON
JUL 21ST REWIND FESTIVAL, SCONE PALACE, PERTH
AUG 18TH BEAUTIFUL DAYS FESTIVAL, ESCOT PARK, DEVON
AUG 24TH THUNDER IN THE GLEN, AVIEMORE
Intro by Ged Babey for Louder Than War.
Oh, and here are those Misheard Maxell Tape advert lyrics to Into The Valley
Into the valley
Peas sure sound divine
That sissy suffered you
But who can Viv iron?
The soldiers go marching
There’s masses of lamb.
Whose disease is cat skin?
My picture is Hugh’s toe.
Ahoy! Ahoy! Len see a sty
Ahoy! Ahoy! Barman and soda
Ahoy! Ahoy! Juicy men embalmed her
Ahoy! Ahoy! Lung nearly gave
and the proper ones …
Into the valley
Betrothed and divine
Realisations no virtue
But who can define
Why soldiers go marching
Those masses a line
This disease is catching
From victory to stone
Ahoy! Ahoy! Land, sea and sky
Ahoy! Ahoy! Boy, man and soldier
Ahoy! Ahoy! Deceived and then punctured
Ahoy! Ahoy! Long may they die
Pinched from this obscure corner of the Web. GB