Grammy and Brit Award winning musician Midge Ure has added more dates to his upcoming North American solo acoustic tour. The gigs are in support of Midge’s first new album in over a decade entitled Fragile, released earlier this year via eOne Music. The album contains ten tracks that take from the various influences spanning Midge’s vast career from his accomplished guitar work (Rich Kids, Thin Lizzy) to the synth sounds and technology he has utilized since the late 70’s to today (Visage, Ultravox.) Fragile was recorded almost in its entirety in Midge’s studio in Bath, England with Midge at the helm, playing, arranging, producing and engineering, a true ‘solo album.’
Midge spent a good portion of this past summer in the states on The Retro Futura Tour playing a setlist of select hits spanning his solo career as well as tracks from the Ultravox catalogue. The tour in early 2015 will be the first time he plays songs from Fragile in the US. Fans can expect to hear some of the other hits as well.
Midge Ure says, “If ‘Fragile’ is a true solo album in the sense that I have made it unaided then the ‘Fragile Troubadour’ tour follows in it’s footsteps. I have chosen to undertake this tour totally alone with no crew or tour manager. It’s a challenge, not forced upon me, but one I have given myself to cross North America with a guitar and a wealth of songs in true troubadour style performing not only songs from the new album but classic Ultravox, Visage and past solo works in this intimate fashion.”
Midge Ure has an impressive back catalogue fronting the groundbreaking electrorock band Ultravox as well as being a member of such noteable bands as Visage and Thin Lizzy in addition to Band Aid where he produced and co wrote the smash charity single ‘Do They Know Its Christmas‘. He was also one of the principle creators of Live Aid and Live 8 along with Bob Geldof. Ure has spent most of his career touring the globe most recently with Ultravox who reformed in 2009 as well as some solo shows and the notable role of MD for the Princes Trust at the Royal Albert Hall with a cast of the usual suspects including Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Mark King.
In addition to his most recent album, Midge also served as co-executive producer on Band Aid 30 which debuted last month in the UK, on X Factor. The single is availble for purchase on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/album/do-they-know-its-christmas/id940786969 and available on CD starting today in stores and online.
Midge recently talked to Rolling Stone about the experience of putting the project together along with Sir Bob Geldof. Within miutes of the track’s launch, it raised over 1 million pounds to help fight the ebola crisis in West Africa and has raised thousands more since.
Midge Ure Solo Acoustic Dates: (More TBA)
107/15 – Seattle, WA – Triple Door
1/08/15 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
1/09/15 – Sacramento, CA – Harlow
1/10/15 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
1/11/15 – Los Angeles, CA – McCabe’s
1/13/15 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah
1/14/15 – San Juan Capistrano, CA – The Coach House
1/16/15 – Tucson, AZ – Hotel Congress
1/17/15 – Atlanta, GA – Eddie’s Attic
1/18/15 – Austin, TX – Cactus Cafe
1/19/15 – Jacksonvile, FL – Jack Rabbits
1/20/15 – St. Petersburg, FL – Local 662
2/19/15 – Halifax, NS – The Carlton Music Bar & Grill
2/21/15 – Boston, MA – Johnny D’s
2/24/15 – Philadelphia, pa – world cafe
2/25/15 – Glen Cove, NY – The View Grill
2/26/15 – New York, NY – Iridium
2/27/15 – New York, NY – Iridium
2/28/15 – Sugarloaf, NY – Sugarloaf PAC
3/1/15 – Montreal – Lasala Rosa
3/3/15 – Ottawa – Black Sheep Inn
3/4/15 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Hall
3/5/15 – Detroit, MI – Magic Bag
3/6/15 – Chicago, IL – TBD
3/7/15 – Milwaukee, WI – TBD