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Scottish rockers are back on the road
Glasgow band Texas are marking the 25th anniversary of their first gig with a new album and a UK tour which includes a date at Birmingham's Symphony Hall on November 18.

Sharleen Spiteri Texas
Texas singer: Sharleen Spiteri

The group, formed by singer Sharleen Spiteri and bassist Johnny McElhone, made their live debut at the University of Dundee in 1988. There was early success, with debut single I Don't Want A Lover reaching the UK top ten. They have subsequently sold over 30 million albums, with White on Blonde, The Hush and Greatest Hits reaching multi-platinum status.

Conversation stoppers: Texas

New album, The Conversation, is their eighth long player and their first release in eight years. It was recorded in Glasgow, London and the Sheffield studio owned by singer-songwriter Richard Hawley who co-wrote seven of the 12 tracks. It topped charts across Europe and reached number four in the UK on its release in May. The track Detroit City will be released as a single on August 12.

Sharleen Spiteri Texas
Two solo albums: Sharleen Spiteri

Texas' last studio album was Red Book, released in 2005, after which bad members decided to take a break and pursue other interests. Sharleen Spiteri released two solo albums, Melody and The Movie Songbook, but in 2009 tragedy struck when guitarist Ally McErlaine suffered a brain aneurysm and was in a coma for nine weeks.

It appeared to be all over for Texas but when Ally recovered he was keen to return to work. The band reconvened and The Conversation was recorded. The album recalls the band's early guitar-driven sound which is sure to be a crowd-pleaser when performed in concert.

Sharleen Spiteri Texas
On the road: Sharleen Spiteri and Texas

Texas UK tour dates:

Saturday 9th November - York, Barbican
Sunday 10th November - Inverness, Leisure Centre
Monday 11th November - Manchester, Bridgewater Hall
Wednesday 13th November - Bristol, Colston Hall
Thursday 14th November - London, Hammersmith Apollo
Friday 15th November - Plymouth, Pavilions
Sunday 17th November - Oxford, New Theatre
Monday 18th November - Birmingham, Symphony Hall
Tuesday 19th November - Southend, Cliffs Pavilion
Thursday 21st November - Brighton, Dome
Friday 22nd November - Portsmouth, Guildhall
Sunday 24th November - Ipswich, Regent Theatre
Monday 25th November -Cambridge, Corn Exchange
Tuesday 26th November - Sheffield, City Hall
Thursday 28th November - Glasgow, Academy
Friday 29th November - Edinburgh, Usher Hall
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Why? Texas showcase their new album, The Conversation
When: November 18, 2013
Phone: 0121 345 0600
Where: Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Cost: £37 and £48.50 plus transaction fee
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