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Love will be all around when band goes back on the road
Wet Wet Wet are looking forward to a bright 2021, with the release of a new album and a UK tour that includes a show at Birmingham Town Hall on November 18.
Wet Wet Wet: Kevin Simm, Graeme Clark, Neil Mitchell, Tommy Cunningham
Kicking off 'The Journey' tour in their beloved homeland of Scotland, the band will visit 20 cities across the UK in what will be their largest tour since 2019's sold-out run that introduced new singer Kevin Simm to fans.
Previously a member of BRIT Award-winning band Liberty X, Kevin won the 2016 series of The Voice UK. Forthcoming long player, The Journey, will be the first Wet Wet Wet album with Kevin at the helm.
Kevin said: "I have loved being part of the band, performing with the lads and singing an incredible catalogue of songs. We have really gelled on stage, and as friends off it, so it was the next natural step to write and release some new music."
On stage: Wet Wet Wet
Keyboardist Neil Mitchell added: "Releasing a new Wets studio album in 2021 is all the more unusual because of these weird times that we're living in. Having Kevin as our singer now gives the band and the new album a different dynamic and an excitement that has reinvigorated Wet Wet Wet for an exciting journey ahead."
Itching to perform, but forced by the coronavirus pandemic to remain isolated as much as possible, the band turned on their creative juices to entertain fans via their 'Wet Wet Wet from Home' sessions, rearranging original classics in videos viewed by tens of thousands.
Asked about the excitement of a new tour, bassist Graeme Clark said: "Nothing comes near to playing a live gig, from travelling to the venue for the soundcheck, to getting psyched before you go on, the roar when the lights go down, doing your gig with your musical brothers, to the bow at the end of the show. When you get it right it completely re-energises you. Going out on a tour is one of the most exhilarating things you can do in life."
New tour: Wet Wet Wet are looking forward to the journey
Drummer Tommy Cunningham concluded: "2021 is going to be one of the most challenging but most successful years in our entire 30-year plus career. We will not go down. We will fight on and the journey continues. Wet Wet Wet have a very bright future and we all can't wait."
The band is one of the most successful in British pop history. Selling more than 15 million singles and albums to date, Wet Wet Wet have featured in the UK official singles and album charts for over an immense 500 weeks. Number 1 hits include With A Little Help From My Friends and Goodnight Girl, while 1994's Love Is All Around was the biggest selling single of the year, spending15 weeks at the top of the charts.
Wet Wet Wet – 'The Journey' Autumn Tour 2021
October 28: Perth Concert Hall; October 29: Aberdeen Music Hall; October 30: Edinburgh Usher Hall;
October 31: Nottingham Theatre Royal;
November 2: Halifax Victoria Theatre;
November 3: Buxton Opera House;
November 4: Bury St. Edmunds Apex Theatre;
November 6: Eastbourne Royal Hippodrome Theatre;
November 7: Hastings White Rock Theatre;
November 8: Guildford G Live;
November 9: Portsmouth Guildhall;
November 11: Cheltenham Town Hall;
November 12: Margate Winter Gardens;
November 13: Stevenage Concert Hall;
November 14: Poole Lighthouse;
November 16: Crawley The Hawth Theatre;
November 17: Weymouth Pavilion;
November 18: Birmingham Town Hall;
November 20: Scunthorpe Baths Hall;
November 21: Newcastle Tyne Theatre.