The voice of Ultravox returns to the island next month for a brace of intimate acoustic gigs at Peel’s Centenary Centre.
Midge Ure, musician and co-organiser of Band Aid, Live Aid and Live 8, has Manx pedigree; he made his island debut at the Peel venue in 2009 and performed at the Gaiety Theatre, Douglas, in 2011.
Now his November 8 Centenary Centre show has attracted enough interest for organiser Mark Armstrong of Talismann Promotions to add the additional November 9 date.
‘The response has been very good,’ said the Scottish multi-instrumentalist, on the demand for tickets.
‘Before I’d only ever been to the island in 1976! Adding the second day will give me the chance to do the tourist bit. You’ll probably see me wandering around.’
He is looking forward to the atmosphere at Peel.
‘2009 was also two nights at the Centenary Centre, it kind of works a bit better than a large theatre,’ explained Midge.
‘It’s acoustic, it’s the most basic you can get and still be a performer.
‘They are usually quite light hearted these things too, because they’re so intimate.’
With a decade-spanning career as varied as Visage and Thin Lizzy, what will Mr Ure draw on for the stripped-down set?
‘I kind of do it all, I go all the way back to early Ultravox stuff, a Visage track, and a lot of solo stuff, and a few I have been influenced by over the years,’ he said.
‘It isn’t a fixed set. With a band it is more rigid, but solo you can decide there and then to play something.
‘I have just come back from Japan with Ultravox. That was the polar opposite; comfortable and easy. With the limitations of just one instrument, you have to depend on the strength of the song. It’s great fun.
‘Doing the band stuff was great; it has its own joys. It’s a matter of putting your head in a slightly different position with this.
‘But the key songs will be very similar to what I was playing in Japan.
‘People expect to hear certain songs, with stuff that keeps me interested in amongst it.’
His touring schedule for the next 12 months is packed, including an unlikely solo slot alongside Alice Cooper and the Bohemian Prague Symphony Orchestra for the ‘Rock Meets Classic’ European tour in spring.
‘I wasn’t quite expecting that!’ he laughed. ‘I’m looking forward to it; it’s one of those oddities you only seem to get in Europe. I’ve heard all Alice Cooper talks about is golf!’
The singer also reflected on the process of recording a narration of his autobiography, If I Was.
‘It’s not easy I have to say. When you get asked to do an autobiography, the first thing is your ego gets rubbed, but then I started doing it, and there are a lot of dark parts. Then you come to narrate it, you start reading this stuff; it’s quite hard going in parts. But it’s quite cathartic.’
Support for the Centenary Centre shows on November 8 and 9 comes from Mark Cleator, with doors opening at 7.30pm for an 8pm start.
Tickets are £22.50, available from Celtic Gold in Peel, Shakti Man in Ramsey, Peter Norris Music in Douglas, Thompson Travel in Port Erin or via www.etickets.im/cc/