Chris Rea Announces 2012 UK Tour

Following his sell-out UK & European tour in 2010 and 2009’s UK Top Ten album Still So Far To Go – The Best Of Chris Rea, one of the UK’s foremost singers and songwriters is set to return to the UK in 2012 for a full UK tour.

The tour will be in support of the release of his first new material in over a decade. The elaborate 3CD & 2DVD ‘The Santo Spirito Project’ will include a brand new studio album and 2 bespoke feature films on DVD, written and directed by Chris. The first feature is a raw and brutally honest chronicle on bullfighting and features neo-classical & Spanish themed gypsy music & the second feature follows a man through the city of Florence in his search for the truth, on a journey which he may or may not wish he began. The package will retail at the normal price of a CD album.

The music to accompany both special feature films will be contained on 2CDs and Chris explains his rationale for such an ambitious project: “I love creating things and passionately believe we (the artists) should be looking to try new ways of bringing what we do to the public. There should be no rules whatsoever and, for God’s sake, there are alternatives to TV talent shows. Sometimes, those who have had extremely good fortune in music allow only X Factor type TV shows etc. to set the musical and cultural agenda of this county by actually doing nothing new or different themselves.”

Chris’s career spans over thirty years and both The Road To Hell in 1989 and Auberge in 1991 debuted at No.1 in the UK, cementing his position as arguably one of the country’s finest musicians and songwriters.

His rich catalogue includes such classic songs as Fool (If You Think It’s Over), On The Beach, Let’s Dance, Josephine, Stainsby Girls and I Can Hear Your Heartbeat, Working On It, The Road To Hell (Part 2), Auberge, God’s Great Banana Skin and Julia.

The Santo Spirito Project will be released by Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music, on Monday September 5th on CD/DVD only at no more than the price of a normal CD single album and will not be available for digital download until December 2011.

Chris is available for interview to talk about The Santo Spirito Project and his extensive career.
His long awaited autobiography The Road To Hell & Back Again, will also be out in 2012

Chris Rea

March 2012
Tuesday 20 Bournemouth Bic
Wednesday 21 Oxford New Theatre
Thursday 22 Brighton Centre
Saturday 24 Harrogate International Centre
Sunday 25 02 Apollo Manchester
Monday 26 Sheffield City Hall
Saturday 31 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena

April 2012
Sunday 01 Birmingham Nia
Monday 02 Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Wednesday 04 Plymouth Pavillions
Thursday 05 London Hmv Hammersmith Apollo

Tickets go onsale 9am on Friday 17th June 2011 priced at £35.00 London / £33.50 Regionals (subject to booking fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk

     

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