Simply Red will bring down the curtain for the very last time at London’s O2 Arena on Sunday 19th December 2010.
The band have already started on their farewell tour, playing sold-out arenas across South America this April. They will continue on to Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and finishing in the UK in December.
“Welcome to the final year of twenty five mind blowing years,” says Mick Hucknall of Simply Red’s final shows. “What an adventure it has been!”
Simply Red's classic pop and elegant ballads have provided an uplifting and emotional soundtrack to turbulent times. The band will say their farewells across the globe after a remarkable 25 years at the top of their game.
Since their first tour in 1985, Simply Red have played over 1,100 shows to over 11 million people, notched up over 55 million global sales, over 31 Top 40 UK singles, 3 BRIT Awards, 2 Ivor Novellos, 2 US No.1 Singles and a MOBO Special Achievement gong.
Simply Red’s final UK Farewell dates are:
8th November Belfast Arena
8th December London O2 Arena
9th December Nottingham Arena
10th December Glasgow SECC
12th December Manchester MEN Arena
14th December Birmingham NIA
16th December Sheffield Arena
18th December London O2 Arena
19th December London O2 Arena
“I could never have imagined my career would bring me so far,” added Mick Hucknall. “We want to share this closing anniversary with all the people who have enjoyed our sound throughout the years. Celebrate it and gently move on to the second half of a musical story. We all hope to see you at a show somewhere soon.”
Simply Red grew out of the Manchester scene, embarking on their first UK university/club tour in 1985 and quickly graduated to Europe and the USA in 1986. By 1987 they had conquered New Zealand and Australia and in 1989 they toured South America and Japan for the first time. By 1990 they had become a true global arena act and continued at that level until this day. Last year’s Greatest Hits tour notched up a further 1 million people across the World.
After a quarter of a century of touring, Mick Hucknall will pursue a solo career and begin a brand new chapter of his life.