DAVID GEDGE IS ABOUT TO TAKE THE WEDDING PRESENT OUT ON A SIX WEEK EUROPEAN TOUR, INCLUDING A STRING OF DATES IN THE UK IN OCTOBER TO COINCIDE WITH THE RELEASE OF A LIMITED EDITION SINGLE.
TWO BRIDGES, the a-side (listen below), is the band’s first new material since the VALENTINA album and its accompanying French and German EPs during 2012. A cover of WHOLE WIDE WORLD by Wreckless Eric, is the b-side.
The single, released on the band’s own label Scopitones, is a strictly limited edition 7″ vinyl (with download code), and will be available only at concerts on The Wedding Present’s UK tour – it won’t be for sale in the shops. If there are any copies left over they will most likely be made available directly from the band’s online store, here.
Also available from the store – new out today, in fact – is LIVE 1992, the latest CD remastering of the band’s popular series of official bootleg cassettes, originally only available at gigs or by mail order. The new double-CD includes mixing-desk recordings of concerts in The Netherlands and London, with 38 tracks drawing heavily from the record-breaking HIT PARADE project of 1992 – when The Wedding Present released a new single every month and equalled Elvis Presley’s 1957 feat of 12 UK chart hits in a year. In line with the band’s recent habit of theming tours around particular releases, the forthcoming dates are also set to draw heavily from this period of the band’s history.
In addition, later this year Edsel Records plan to reissue The Wedding Present’s first eight albums as deluxe 3xCD/DVD editions, which promise to become the definitive versions of these releases.
TOMMY, GEORGE BEST, BIZARRO, SEAMONSTERS, THE HIT PARADE, WATUSI (which has been out of print since its original release), MINI and SATURNALIA will feature previously unavailable bonus audio alongside original artwork, new packaging, new sleeve notes and ephemera from David Gedge’s own extensive collection.
Gedge featured on an edition of The Mouthcast late last year (listen again here) and the band performed an exclusive two track session (watch below) featuring DEER CAUGHT IN THE HEADLIGHTS (from VALENTINA) and SUCK (from 1991 classic SEAMONSTERS).
22/10 WOLVERHAMPTON Slade Rooms tickets
23/10 CARDIFF Glee Club tickets
24/10 LEEDS O2 Academy tickets
25/10 GLASGOW ABC tickets
27/10 ABERDEEN Lemon Tree tickets
28/10 NEWCASTLE Warehouse tickets
29/10 LIVERPOOL O2 Academy tickets
30/10 LEICESTER O2 Academy tickets
31/10 NORTHAMPTON Roadmender tickets
01/11 LONDON Shepherds Bush Empire tickets
Those UK dates are preceded by the following Continental European shows:
17/09 : Tilburg, NL – Extase for the Incubate Festival
18/09 : Utrecht, NL – Tivoli de Helling
19/09 : Hamburg, D – Molotow
20/09 : København, DK – Loppen
21/09 : Malmö, S – Debaser
22/09 : Stockholm, S – Debaser
24/09 : Berlin, D – Bi Nuu
25/09 : Münster, D – Gleis 22
26/09 : Düsseldorf, D – Zakk
27/09 : Frankfurt, D – Zoom
29/09 : Schorndorf, D – Manufaktur
01/10 : Wien, A – Chelsea
02/10 : München, D – Strom
03/10 : Lausanne, CH – Bleu Lézard
05/10 : Nîmes, F – La Paloma
06/10 : Pau, F – Sala L’Ampli
07/10 : Gijón / Xixón, E – Sala Acapulco
08/10 : Madrid, E – Moby Dick
10/10 : Metz, F – Les Trinitaires
11/10 : Orléans, F – L’Astrolab
12/10 : Paris, F – La Maroquinerie
13/10 : Lille, F – L’Aéronef [2 shows, including a matinée]