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Midge Ure announces ‘Catalogue: The Hits Tour’ for 2024

Pip Ellwood-Hughes

Midge Ure has announced a new 23-date UK tour, ‘Catalogue: The Hits Tour’ for November and December 2024.

The new run follows his October 2023 show at the Royal Albert Hall, where the artist celebrated his 70th birthday. ‘Catalogue: The Hits Tour’ will see Midge showcasing his music from the past 50 years.

Midge says “I performed live long before I was ever allowed anywhere near a recording studio and as much as I love spending time writing and recording, live music remains my first love. This ‘Catalogue’ tour will allow me to not only play a wide selection of hits from my past but perform some of the most requested favourites. Revisiting these moments from my musical life is something I am really looking forward to sharing”.   Midge Ure has had an unrivalled career earning him Ivor Novello, Grammy and BASCAP awards along with a flotilla of gold and platinum records during the past five decades.

The full list of dates is:   15-Nov-24                  Bournemouth Pavilion 17-Nov-24                  Truro               Hall For Cornwall 18-Nov-24                  Torquay          Princess Theatre 19-Nov-24                  London           Palladium 22-Nov-24                  Portsmouth    Guildhall 23-Nov-24                  Oxford             New Theatre 24-Nov-24                  Cardiff             New Theatre 25-Nov-24                  Leicester         De Montfort Hall 27-Nov-24                  Ipswich           Regent Theatre 29-Nov-24                  Guildford        G-Live 30-Nov-24                  Sheffield         City Hall 1-Dec-24                     Birmingham   Symphony Hall 3-Dec-24                     Hull                 City Hall 4-Dec-24                     Gateshead     Glasshouse 5-Dec-24                     Scarborough  Spa Theatre 7-Dec-24                     Liverpool        M&S Bank Arena Auditorium 8-Dec-24                     Leeds              Grand Theatre 9-Dec-24                     Manchester    Bridgewater Hall 12-Dec-24                   Aberdeen        Music Hall 13-Dec-24                   Perth               Concert Hall 14-Dec-24                   Edinburgh       Usher Hall 18-Dec-24                   Glasgow          Royal Concert Hall

Tickets are on general on-sale from 22nd March at 10am from http://www.midgeure.co.uk/shows.html

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Midge Ure at 70: Ultravox, Band Aid, and ‘the ones that got away’

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To celebrate his 70 th birthday, on October 4 Midge Ure is set to headline the Royal Albert Hall, performing material from across his career, including a full runout of Ultravox’s legendary Vienna album for the very last time. Headliner caught up with him for a look back at his career, the moments that have perhaps slipped the spotlight, and what the future holds…

“People say I’m a Zelig-like figure; you look through history and you’ll see my head sticking up somewhere,” Midge Ure laughs part way through our interview. It’s an analogy that bears scrutiny, given the unique status he has held in music over the past 40 years. With Ultravox and the runaway success of their hit single Vienna  in 1980, Ure gave voice to one of the most memorable songs of the decade, while his work with Bob Geldof in co-organising Band Aid, Live Aid, and Live 8, as well as co-writing and producing Do They Know It’s Christmas? established him as one of the most influential figures in popular culture. Yet in spite of his direct involvement in these juggernaut moments, he still cuts a relatively anonymous figure.

You can listen to this interview here or read on below.

As soon as Headliner connects with Ure via Zoom from somewhere on the Algarve, he’s joking about the weather and conveying contentment simply at being alive. “As long as I wake up in the morning, I’m doing OK,” he smiles. It’s this kind of friendly disposition and kindly uncle demeanour that has perhaps contributed to his ability to move so seamlessly between projects and bands down the years. There is no rock star ego on show, no reluctance to discuss those big, career-defining moments. And by maintaining such an easy going, everyman persona, it becomes far more difficult to apply the kind of rock star, celebrity spokesperson labels that befell his Live Aid co-creator.

Next month, to celebrate his 70 th birthday, Ure will be performing a one-off show at the Royal Albert Hall on October 4 th . He’ll be playing material from across his vast catalogue of work, including, for the very last time, the full Vienna album. But despite the gig being mere weeks away at the time of our conversation, he’s still working out what exactly the set list on the night is going to be.

“The speculation about what’s going to happen is infinitely bigger than what is going to happen,” he chuckles. “Because with social media people are saying, ‘are you going to do the stuff with the orchestra’? and I’m like, ‘no’, and then it’s, ‘ah, you’re getting Ultravox back together’! ‘No’. So, the fantasy element of it is brilliant to watch but you have to sit down and think realistically. We want to keep tickets at a reasonable price; if we are to do one tenth of what people are expecting, the tickets would have to be ten times the price, so I’m trying to be sensible about it and tap into various points in my life song-wise that I think were interesting. Not necessarily success-wise. It’s easy to do a greatest hits thing, but there are so many moments that fell between the cracks in the floorboards that nobody got a chance to see or hear, but they deserve a little nod of respect. Not that I’m going to play an entire set that nobody’s ever heard. I’m going to cherry pick what I think as a songwriter my highlights were, and that includes a lot of the hits. And I thought just a couple of weeks ago that Ultravox never had the opportunity to play the Royal Albert Hall. Then I thought, Vienna is only 44 minutes long, so let’s do it in that beautiful environment; the kind of environment it deserves to be played in.”

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It's an album Ure still feels great affection for. Some artists can have a hard time navigating their relationship with such defining works from decades gone by. For Ure and Vienna , this is not the case.

“You can’t not feel affectionate towards it because it changed everything,” he states. “I’d just joined a band that was broken. They’d lost a singer and guitar player, they’d just been dropped by their record label, and I joined a band that most people would run a mile from. Everyone thought they were finished. But I joined because of the music, the sound they made. When we played together it was just spectacular, and it was like a Hollywood movie, against all odds. We go in there and create something together for the first time and that was the Vienna album.

“And thanks to luck, tenacity, stoicism, and this dogged attitude we had, we managed to get Vienna released as a single,” he continues. “It was the third track from the album released as a single and fighting the label not to edit it and have it released in its full glory changed everything. The album went from being heard by 30,000 people to three million or whatever. You can’t look at that and not be grateful… [he pauses] It brings its own problems. The main one being that the label wanted Vienna part two, part three, part four. And we weren’t willing to do that, so it was an interesting five or six years of my life negotiating all this and finding new interesting ways of doing things. It felt like when I joined the band that the musical shackles had been cast off. We could do anything - we had the synths, the rock stuff, we could do whatever we wanted because we didn’t fit any category.

“People tried to tag us with the new romantic stuff, but it didn’t fit. Then we were getting labelled as prog rock, where did that come from?! But because we couldn’t be categorised that allowed us to do a lot of things other bands weren’t allowed to do or couldn’t do. We could step outside of the parameters, the invisible walls that other people have thrust upon them. Joining them was one of those sliding doors moments.”

While the Vienna album was already drawing significant attention, it wasn’t until the release of the title track as a single that Ure and Ultravox fully understood the impact the record was going to have on the rest of their lives. In similar fashion to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody the previous decade, a song that was considered at almost every juncture not to be single material went on to become one of the most successful releases of the ’80s.

“We spent three weeks making the album, and you’d play some of the rough mixes and Vienna was one that you would play over and over because we knew there was something special about it,” he recalls. “But we never dreamed it would be a single. It’s too long. It went against everything that made a single at the time. Nobody could have thought it would resonate with people the way it did. But sometimes when you stick your neck out amazing things happen. And I’d love to say its success was all down to us, but it was far from it. It’s 99% luck getting it played on the radio. And we didn’t make the video until it was No.2 in the charts. The label didn’t think there was any point in making a video for it. We had to go and make it without their say so. We went off and started making it and they hadn’t even given us the budget. We told them this video will be seen all around the world.”

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Perhaps inevitably, the unprecedented success of both the Vienna album and single would go on to cast a shadow over aspects of Ure’s work that stretches forth to the present day. And though he is far from resentful of the fact, he accepts it has resulted in what he believes to be some of his best work being overlooked on occasion.

“I could make a collection of records of the ones that got away,” he says philosophically. “Most artists are the same. When you leave a successful band, your brain says at least a quarter of the following of Ultravox will come along with me, but it doesn’t work that way. I remember seeing Mick Jagger doing a solo tour playing the Dominion Theatre and it wasn’t full. If it had a billboard outside that said the Rolling Stones it would have been filled for years. It’s perception. So when you leave a successful band like Ultravox it’s like starting over again. And all of a sudden everything is me, not we, and it takes a while to find your direction.

“A lot of what I was doing then was seen by the media and some of the fans as being too self-indulgent or too serious. And a lot of what I was doing with the first two or three solo records was perceived as something I shouldn’t be doing, but it was me finding my own feet. So, it would be nice to have people see that, as a lot of people don’t get to see what for me are some of the best records I’ve made. And bear in mind, when I was making some of these solo albums my life had changed a massive amount. I’d been to Ethiopia with the first shipment of goods out there. I’d see what was going on and you come back a slightly different person.”

Which brings us to Band Aid and Live Aid. Launched alongside Geldof who essentially served as the campaign’s frontman, Ure was to be tethered to you yet another pop culture moment the likes of which had not been seen before, and likely never will be again. The charity Christmas single Do They Know It’s Christmas? and the subsequent live concerts would go on to raise over £100 million to help combat famine in Ethiopia, while the Wembley Stadium live event has become one of the most famous concerts of all time. So how has he dealt with being synonymous with yet another pop culture phenomenon?

“Well, I wasn’t as affected by it as Bob was,” he says. “Bob is big and loud and brash and gives great soundbites and I’m the guy sitting at the mixing desk doing all the important stuff! So, he had the major problem coming out the other side of it because he was seen as something other than just a musician, but all he was was a musician, with a knowledge and a passion and a drive. He found it very difficult to get back into the swing of doing that because he wasn’t allowed to go back to that. He was now a spokesperson for youth, he was a quasi-politician, he was a global figure, whereas I was allowed to go back to being a musician because I never stopped being one. I could slip out the backdoor and go and tour my solo records in parallel with doing my bit as a Band Aid trustee, whereas Bob wasn’t allowed to do that.

“I was doing Wembley on The Gift tour and this big bunch of flowers turned up backstage and it was from Bob, and it had a note that said, ‘you lucky bastard, I wish I was you’. This is from the man who is globally renowned, virtually everyone on the planet knew who he was, and all he wanted was to be onstage doing what I was doing. And that’s a tough thing to swallow. It took him a long time to be able to get out there on the stage again.”

As we shift our focus back to the present day, Ure is emphatic in his assurance that his 70 th  birthday Royal Albert Hall show is far from a farewell concert and that he still has much left that he wants to achieve.

“I’ve been working on a new album for about eight years, and it’ll be finished when its finished,” he says with a smile. “I’m also looking at more touring. I still love it. I’m still as enthused as I was when I got my first guitar at 10. That will never go away. The ability to do it might, but that hasn’t happened yet. So as long as that continues, I will.”

With that, he bids us a warm farewell. When that new album will see the light of day, and what form it may take, is anyone’s guess. But with no intention of hanging up his guitar or his mic any time soon, there’s still plenty of time for that unassuming, Zelig-like figure to once again leave his mark on the horizons of history.

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Midge Ure  returns to North America for an East Coast run of dates this fall. "Un-Zoomed And Face To Face" will see Midge playing solo-acoustic versions of songs from his vast career including Ultravox, Visage, Thin Lizzy and his solo albums. Ure is excited to return to the road after almost two years. The tour includes shows coming to NYC and Philadelphia and one at Randy Now's Man Cave in Bordentown on November 7th.

The last time  Ure  toured the states was in early 2020 with his one man ‘Songs, Questions and Answers’ and in spring 2020 the 1980 Tour hit New Zealand and Australia just at the same time as Covid-19. This led to the run being cut short and Midge and the band returning home to and empty tour diary and a very different world. With touring stalled Midge devised a way of doing performances and keeping connected with his audience from his studio with the conception of the Backstage Lockdown Club.

Ure said “I had seen many artists doing home concerts singing and playing into their webcams and irrespective of how good the artists were the look and sound were not really up to scratch. So I did a lot of research into Hi -res cameras and visual mixers etc and put together a ‘one man’ system which enabled me to webcast at a quality level’ He went on to say “This has been a lifeline for not just me but the audience as well”

Midge Ure is now working on three albums including a follow up to Fragile , an Orchestrated Pt. 2 and an instrumental album.

Midge Ure has an impressive catalogue fronting the groundbreaking electrorock band Ultravox as well as being a member of such notable bands as Visage and Thin Lizzy. He helped form Band Aid where he produced and co-wrote the smash charity single 'Do They Know It's Christmas,' still one of the biggest singles in UK music history. 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 playing solo and with Ultravox who reformed in 2009. He served the notable role of MD for the Princes Trust at the Royal Albert Hall with a cast of the usual suspects including Queen, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Mark King. 

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An Interview with Midge Ure: The Voice of the New Romantic Era

  • September 26, 2016

Andi Harriman

Midge Ure has rare the ability to appeal to everyone. From his 1970s punk band, the Rich Kids—fronted by original Sex Pistols bassist, Glen Matlock—to his New Romantic endeavor, Visage, with superstars Steve Strange and Rusty Egan, Ure has become a staple in our record collections with his work in Ultravox, skyrocketing the band into mainstream success after the departure of John Foxx. His distinctive tenor voice and unforgettable pencil-thin mustache are now synonymous with early 1980s electronic and New Romantic movements.

Now—nearly 40 years later since the beginning of his music career—Ure embarks on a North American tour of his greatest hits through the years. Post-Punk got the opportunity to have a quick chat with Ure about his upcoming tour, the passing of bandmate Steve Strange and Ure’s undeniable legacy in electronic music. Tour dates listed below.

The last time you toured with a full band in the United States was 2014. How will it be different this time? Can we expect any surprises in terms of song choice? 

I am trying out a few different Ultravox era songs and working on how to arrange them for the line up. We are basically guitar, bass and drums but with a healthy sprinkling of synths. The two guys I am using, one of which toured with me back in 2014, are hugely talented multi instrumentalists so we should be fine with whatever we decide to play.

For the New York City concert, you’ll have the special guest Richard Lloyd from Television on guitar. How did that collaboration come about? Television were one of the groundbreaking bands of the ‘new wave’ so when it was suggested Richard do the shows I was very happy. I think it gives people value for money getting a bill like that.

That was unexpected fun! I really didn’t know what to expect, especially now Steve New isn’t with us any longer. When Spandaus Ballet’s Gary Kemp stepped up to fill Steve’s shoes—he’s a massive Rich Kids fan—then it became feasible. It was loud, powerful and very melodic. Much better than I ever imagined.

Your voice is so distinct and beautiful – it’s one of the trademarks of new romantic and early 80s synthpop music, in my opinion. But not only that, your contributions with Visage firmly situated you in music history. Can you recognize that influence in new bands and electronic acts?

I have heard the late seventies, early eighties electronic influence in various guises over the last twenty years but that is very flattering and it’s how music evolves. We are all influenced by other musicians, writers, producers and genres. As long as influence doesn’t turn into just retro, recreation and moves forward a little that is fine.

What was it like to hear about the passing of Steve Strange ?

Steve inhabited that night club world which comes with a hefty health warning and he wasn’t unscathed by it. I think we all suspected that something might happen but through excess rather than natural causes. Rusty Egan phoned me a few hours before the news was confirmed and released to the public. It was a very surreal few hours.

Your David Bowie cover of “The Man Who Sold the World” is one of my favorite Bowie covers ever – it’s so haunting. Can you talk a bit about that? Are you a huge Bowie fan as so many artists from the 70s and 80s were?

I haven’t met a musician who doesn’t owe a huge debt of gratitude to Bowie. Directly or indirectly most people have been changed a little by what he achieved. Constantly pushing the barrier. Not always successful but always challenging. I’m proud to have met him.

North American Tour Dates September 30 – Amityville, NY – Revolution October 01 – Pawling, NY – Daryl’s House October 02 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theater October 04 – Bethesda, MD – Bethesda Blues & Jazz October 05 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe October 06 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse October 07 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall October 08 – Toronto, ON – Opera House October 09 – Ferndale, MI – Magic Bag October 10 – Cleveland, OH – Music Box Supper Club October 12 – Chicago, IL – Martyrs October 13 – Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall October 14 – Louisville, KY – The New Vintage October 15 – Atlanta, GA The Earl

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Midge Ure has an impressive catalogue fronting the groundbreaking electrorock band Ultravox as well as being a member of such notable bands as Visage and Thin Lizzy. He helped form Band Aid where he produced and co-wrote the smash charity single 'Do They Know It's Christmas,' still one of the biggest singles in UK music history. 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 playing solo and with Ultravox who reformed in 2009. He served the notable role of MD for the Princes Trust at the Royal Albert Hall with a cast of the usual suspects including Queen, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Mark King.

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Eighties pop legend announces huge 2024 ‘The Hits’ tour after Live Aid fame and reality TV stint

  • Beth Allcock , Freelance Showbiz Reporter
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AN EIGHTIES pop legend has revealed his music comeback with a huge 2024 tour.

The Scottish singer-songwriter and record producer, 70, will showcase his Catalogue: The Hits tour this year encompassing decades of huge tracks.

An Eighties pop legend has revealed his music comeback with a new tour

Former Ultravox frontman Midge Ure told how live music was his "first love" as he delighted his fans with his news.

Tickets for the winter tour, spanning November and December at locations across the UK, will be on-sale this week.

Midge gushed in a statement: "I performed live long before I was ever allowed anywhere near a recording studio and as much as I love spending time writing and recording, live music remains my first love.

"This ‘Catalogue’ tour will allow me to not only play a wide selection of hits from my past but perform some of the most requested favourites.

"Revisiting these moments from my musical life is something I am really looking forward to sharing."

The record producer's real name is James, but used Midge as it is a phonetic reversal of Jim, a pet name of his given moniker.

He found fame in a host of bands aside from Ultravox and their epic hit Vienna, including Rich Kids, Slik and Thin Lizzy.

Back in 1984 he co-wrote Band Aid hit Do They Know It's Christmas and proceeded to team up with Bob Geldof to organise Live Aid Band Aid and Live 8.

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Yet he kick-started his solo career with a cover of 1968 Tom Rush hit, No Regrets.

After clocking up an array of hits, he turned his attention to reality TV with a spot on Celebrity Masterchef in 2007.

Off-screen, the dad of four is a recovering alcoholic and spoken openly about his booze battles in his 2004 autobiography, If I Was.

He previously told The Big Issue of the impact of drink on his life and said: "You lie and you cheat and you deny, and all of those things.

"And I really didn’t like who I had become. I was a complete d**k."

He added: "Drinking went hand in hand with the life. It’s an insidious drug, and you just become accustomed to it.

"You’d do your soundcheck, then you’d set up a drink before you went on, and then you’d have more drinks afterwards.

"And you’d do the same again the next day and keep doing it.

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"But then you start crossing the line you said you would never ever cross.

"Drinking during the day, drinking on your own. And before you realise it, you can’t stop it."

He also collaborated with Bob Geldof on Live Aid, Band Aid and Live 8

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Midge Ure announces 2024 UK ‘Catalogue: The Hits’ tour

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Midge Ure has announced details of a 2024 UK headline tour – you can find all the details below.

The soloist and former Ultravox frontman is due to head out on the road with his ‘Catalogue: The Hits’ trek later this year. He’ll play tracks from his extensive career at the forthcoming shows.

“I performed live long before I was ever allowed anywhere near a recording studio and as much as I love spending time writing and recording, live music remains my first love,” Ure said in a statement.

“This ‘Catalogue’ tour will allow me to not only play a wide selection of hits from my past but perform some of the most requested favourites. Revisiting these moments from my musical life is something I am really looking forward to sharing.”

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The tour will include a concert at the London Palladium as well as stop-offs in Bournemouth, Oxford, Cardiff, Sheffield, Birmingham, Hull, Leeds, Manchester, Edinburgh and other locations throughout November and December.

Tickets go on general sale at 10am GMT this Friday (March 22) – you’ll be able to buy yours here .

Midge Ure’s 2024 UK headline tour dates are:

NOVEMBER 15 – Bournemouth, Bournemouth Pavilion 17 – Truro, Hall For Cornwall 18 – Torquay, Princess Theatre 19 – London, London Palladium 22 – Portsmouth, Guildhall 23 – Oxford, New Theatre 24 – Cardiff, New Theatre  25 – Leicester, De Montfort Hall 27 – Ipswich, Regent Theatre 29 – Guildford, G Live 30 – Sheffield, City Hall

DECEMBER 01 – Birmingham, Symphony Hall 03 – Hull, City Hall 04 – Gateshead, Glasshouse International Centre For Music – Sage 1 05 – Scarborough, Grand Hall, Scarborough Spa 07 – Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena Auditorium 08 – Leeds, Grand Theatre 09 – Manchester, Bridgewater Hall 12 – Aberdeen, Music Hall 13 – Perth, Concert Hall 14 – Edinburgh, Usher Hall 18 – Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall

Ure will also play the ’80s-themed festivals Rewind Festival Scotland and Rewind Festival North this summer.

Last year, Ure sold his catalogue of music rights to investment company MusicBird in a bid to “take the songs to new audiences”.

In other news, Live Aid – which Midge Ure organised alongside Bob Geldof – has been made into a musical that is currently being staged at The Old Vic Theatre in London .

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Midge Ure interview: This means everything to me

By John Earls | August 1, 2022

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In 2018, as Midge Ure hit 65, we talked to the sometime Ultravox frontman…

A sked which song casts a shadow over Midge Ure’s life, most people would probably guess at Ultravox’s Vienna – the all-time runner-up single which lost out on No.1 to Joe Dolce’s Shaddap You Face – or Do They Know It’s Christmas? , the best-selling single of all time in Britain, which Midge co-wrote with Bob Geldof: he’s told Classic Pop before how the time spent working on Band Aid and Live Aid lost Ultravox crucial momentum and helped contribute to their demise.

Instead, Midge is frustrated at the effect that his brief spell in proto-boyband Slik has on his career, 42 years after the bubblegum popsters spent a week at No.1 with Forever And Ever . Midge is a calm and thoughtful interviewee, generally good-humoured about his status in the music industry. But whenever he mentions Slik, he gets just a little twitchy.

“With first the Rich Kids and then Visage , the media held it against me that I was ‘that guy from Slik’,” he sighs. “I felt this weight lugging around with me that was never going to go. There aren’t many artists who started out in the world I did who were allowed to grow up and do anything worthy: Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams, George Michael . All these years later, I still feel sometimes the respect given to me is begrudging, because of this one hit from 1976.”

Although few people under 50 remembers Forever And Ever , Midge seethes about one Radio 2 DJ – almost certainly Chris Evans – who plays the hit whenever Midge guests on his show. “He does it as a put-down and you think, ‘What’s the point? Why do that?’ Once you’re tarred with that brush, it’s very difficult to walk away from it, and the only thing that helps is the passage of time.  

“For a long time, George Michael was pigeonholed as the guy in the hotpants dancing by the side of the pool in Club Tropicana . George was at the top for the majority of his career, whereas mine has had many dips and dives, but it’s the same emotional kick: you feel like the underdog, a second-class citizen.” He laughs ruefully. “Maybe it’s the Scot in me talking.”

Breath and taxes

Midge has driven more-or-less constantly forwards, but he admits that professionally, he’s only recently fully recovered from the fallout of alcoholism. He’s been sober since 2005, having curtailed a decade of heavy drinking exacerbated by a combination of the failure of his 1996 album Breathe and a six-figure tax bill.

Although Ultravox unexpectedly reformed 10 years ago, Midge is horrified he’s only released one solo album of new songs – 2014’s acclaimed Fragile – since Move Me in 2000. “14 years is a ridiculous amount of time not to put new material out,” he says.

“But I wasn’t in the right place to do it. I went through all the shit with alcohol, I lost my way and it turned into a complete nightmare… I was ecstatic with Fragile , because 10 years before, I didn’t think I’d be able to come up with anything. I was lost, and I didn’t really want to do anything. What I went through was fantastic subject matter for songs, but it was less good for my career timeline.”

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The prog-tinged Fragile had some of Midge’s career-best reviews and was followed by 2017’s Orchestrated , orchestral reworkings of some of his classics. “It took 18 months to get the Orchestrated arrangements right, and that was time nicked from new material,” laughs Midge.

“Every time I’m not on tour, I’m in the studio at the bottom of my garden, twiddling knobs and making noises. I’m determined not to let it be 14 years again. I don’t know what the subject matter will be or how it’ll sound until I’m finished, though. Fragile took such a long, long time that I’m surprised it’s so coherent.”

The only thing certain about Midge’s next record is that it won’t be with Ultravox. Well, almost certainly not. Midge sounds as unsure as any fan when asked about the status of the band, on hiatus since 2014 with multi-instrumentalist Billy Currie announcing his departure last year.

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“I don’t know where Ultravox stands and there’s no talk of doing anything in the future,” he says. Making 2012 comeback album Brilliant was a surprise for the band, with the idea of doing a new record a huge step on from reuniting in 2009 simply for a tour.

“Ultravox only works now in little snippets,” he explains. “We did something we’re very proud of with Brilliant , and it’s left the door open when it was firmly locked. The idea of Ultravox doing a new album every two years or a hits tour every two years is abhorrent.

But if a film soundtrack or a theatre piece, something different, came along and sparked our imaginations, then why wouldn’t we do that? We’ve proved we still have a spark between the four of us.” He sees bassist Chris Cross occasionally “to muck about with technology”, but hasn’t spoken much to Currie or LA-based drummer Warren Cann.

The synth wars

Barring that reunion, Midge has been solo since he left Ultravox 30 years ago. But he’s one of music’s great collaborators, having worked with everyone from Alice Cooper to Kate Bush and speaks fondly of hanging out with Paul Young on their joint US tour this summer.

He’s also recently played two shows with Rich Kids, the punks he formed after Slik with Glen Matlock following the bassist’s departure from the Sex Pistols. The band initially reformed to raise money for terminally ill guitarist Steve New, playing again after his passing with Gary Kemp on guitar.  

“It was great leaving it the way we did,” muses Midge. “Being called the Rich Kids when we’re now in our 60s makes it difficult for an audience to swallow, and singing about the Anti-Nazi League at this late stage might not go down particularly well. But the shows were great, everything Rich Kids shows should be: mad, under-rehearsed, powerful, slightly out of tune and exciting.”

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He notes another reason not to play further Rich Kids shows: “Technology broke us up in the first place, when I bought a synthesiser, which Glen and Steve absolutely hated. Would I be going against everything I stood for back then?”

That Midge still has strong feelings about the synth wars 40 years on is testament to the passion that burns for the music he made with Visage and Ultravox after the Rich Kids split. Midge and Rich Kids drummer Rusty Egan formed Visage as a studio-based project, intending them to be a collective for like-minded musicians to drop by rather than a regular band.

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First to heed the call were Billy Currie, Magazine trio Barry Adamson, John McGeoch and Dave Formula, and New Romantic face Steve Strange . “I was still carrying the dregs of Slik on my shoulders,” Midge explains. “But being accepted by guys like that felt like the invisible wall between me and any form of musical creativity had just disappeared.

“They didn’t care what Slik had been. Slik were always in teen magazines like Jackie and I don’t think Barry Adamson read those. If you get guys together like that Visage line-up, something interesting is always going to happen.”

Ultravox had split following three commercially ho-hum albums, but during the sessions for Visage’s self-titled debut LP, Currie persuaded Ultravox fan   Midge to revive the band, with Midge singing in place of the newly solo John Foxx . Both Visage and Ultravox – who had been dropped by Island – were skint. To earn some cash, Midge played keyboards with Thin Lizzy, who shared management with Ultravox.

It meant that, in 1979, Midge was in three bands at once. So was Currie, who went on tour with Tubeway Army . “Only the naivety of youth let us get away with that,” shrugs Midge. “If you’d read the synopsis of what was going on first, you’d never have done it. You have to be very green and very, very keen to see beyond how much of a hindrance everything was, in order to be inspired by working with all these great musicians. By being guns for hire, me and Billy were able to reboot Ultravox.”

Recurring theme  

Although he was never officially in Thin Lizzy, Midge stayed friends with Phil Lynott, co-writing Yellow Pearl for the singer’s debut solo album Solo In Soho in 1980. It led to an approach from Top Of The Pops producer Michael Hurll for Lynott to write a new theme for the show “a bit like Yellow Pearl ”. Lynott suggested he simply get Midge to remix Yellow Pearl instead, which became Top Of The Pops ’ theme for five years from 1981.

“I’m sure we acted casually at the time and went: ‘Oh aye, that’s nice’,” smiles Midge. “But inside, your teenage self is screaming ‘Waaaay! We’ve got Top Of The Pops !’ They used a Led Zeppelin soundalike as the theme when I watched it as a kid, and now me and Phil were the new Led Zeppelin. It was a massive moment.”

By then, two albums in, Visage were on the verge of imploding. “Visage was never meant to be more than being in the studio to make electronic dance-pop. Instead, it became a circus. Success breeds leeches, who whisper in people’s ear: ‘You don’t need him’ and ‘You should be in movies’. I thought, ‘I don’t need any of this stuff’ and walked away.”

Focusing solely on Ultravox, Midge’s first album with the band was Vienna , whose title track was the fifth best-selling single of 1981, despite Joe Dolce. A 2012 Radio 2 poll voted it the best song ever to reach No.2 . “Nobody saw Vienna as a great song until it was a hit,” says Midge. “Once it was a hit, everyone went: ‘Of course it was always going to be huge.’ No it wasn’t! It was a fluke.”

Midge is proud that such an offbeat song was so massive, and it gave Ultravox power over their record label whenever the band suggested other leftfield single choices. “Once people were given the opportunity to hear Vienna and this long, meandering song became a success, you’re allowed to say: ‘ Lament should be a single’ when the record company is suggesting White China would be easier to sell. All we did in Ultravox was come up with interesting pieces of music. It’s someone else’s job to sell it to the public. And surely that’s what makes a success – the best piece of music, not the most easily accessible.”

Days of Ure

Although proud to have been at the vanguard of synth-rock, Midge feels Ultravox’s reputation as, in his words, “The guys behind all the synthesisers” is too simplistic, emphasising: “It wasn’t about using technology, it was about striving to make interesting music. Someone asked me recently about why there were no guitars on the Vienna album, and you think, ‘Really? Have you listened to it?’ There’s guitars all over that album, but we happened to use a variety of instrumentation.”

That carried on until 1986’s final album U-Vox , their first since Midge had been involved in first Band Aid and then Live Aid. “That took me away from the band for a long time,” he recalls.

“When I got back and listened to what the other guys had been doing while I’d been away, I was hugely underwhelmed. The best bands need all four elements there, and without any one of them you become like a table with a leg removed.”  

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It wasn’t just Midge who had been missing, however – Warren Cann had been sacked for wanting Ultravox to go further into electronics. “That just shows you how much of a mess we were,” admits Midge. “By removing one of the band’s key elements, we thought we’d be stronger somehow. It was all just bizarre.

“Maybe we should have just ridden that weird U-Vox period out, as it was back in the days when record companies gave you the luxury of having one dud album. But what Brilliant showed us years later is how the four of us work as a unit. We used more-modern equipment, we hadn’t made a record in 25 years – and yet it still sounded eerily just like Ultravox. [We] should have moved into soundtracks, like Tangerine Dream did. But we were only ever offered one soundtrack, and that was for a sci-fi porn movie.”

Before U-Vox , Midge had already tested his solo career, making The Gift . Its lead single If I Was reached No.1, but the album peaked at No.2. “I was more gutted The Gift didn’t get to No.1 than Vienna ,” Midge admits.  

Although determined that making interesting music should be an artist’s sole concern, Midge believes he initially strayed too far from pop in his solo career. “I got too serious and po-faced about subjects,” he suggests. “I became too anti the idea of a three-minute pop song, until I became something I wasn’t. I made mistake after mistake, until I realised it was no longer mistakes, but that I was back doing the music I should be doing. And by then, I didn’t have the same audience Ultravox has.”

It’s this level of honesty and insight that audiences can expect on Midge’s next headline solo tour. As its title suggests, Songs, Questions And Answers will see Midge take questions from the audiences, as well as requests for any song from his career. “That kind of unrehearsed, loose performance is the antithesis of what people usually see these days,” he enthuses. “It’ll be raw, rough and ready. I really like the cheeky crowds, the ones who ask: ‘Hey, Midge, what happened to Mary and Mungo?’  

”Going through my catalogue to prepare for such a tour is the only time I listen to my own stuff. Sometimes I find old songs that really stand up and I’ll think, ‘How did I possibly write that when I was only 25?’ And there are other songs where you just go, ‘Man, that’s so disappointing.’”

It’ll be Midge’s first tour since he became a pensioner, having turned 65 in October. Did it feel like a milestone? “When you’re young, you look down the telescope of life the wrong way, as everything looks ridiculously far away. But when you get to this age, you look down that telescope and the past is so close to you that it’s frightening.

“But that cliché of ‘Inside I’m only 25’ is sadly true! The body lets you down in various ways, but the spirit is still of the same guy who travelled down from Glasgow to join the Rich Kids in 1977. In that respect, nothing has changed.”  

All photos, unless otherwise credited, by Andy Siddens

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Midge Ure Returns To North America This Fall – Un-Zoomed And Face To Face

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Midge Ure returns to North America for an East Coast run of dates this fall. “Un-Zoomed And Face To Face” will see Midge playing solo-acoustic versions of songs from his vast career including Ultravox, Visage, Thin Lizzy and his solo albums. Ure is excited to return to the road after almost two years.

The last time Ure toured the states was in early 2020 with his one man ‘Songs, Questions and Answers’ and in spring 2020 the 1980 Tour hit New Zealand and Australia just at the same time as Covid-19. This led to the run being cut short and Midge and the band returning home to and empty tour diary and a very different world. With touring stalled Midge devised a way of doing performances and keeping connected with his audience from his studio with the conception of the Backstage Lockdown Club. Ure said “I had seen many artists doing home concerts singing and playing into their webcams and irrespective of how good the artists were the look and sound were not really up to scratch. So I did a lot of research into Hi -res cameras and visual mixers etc and put together a ‘one man’ system which enabled me to webcast at a quality level’ He went on to say “This has been a lifeline for not just me but the audience as well”

Midge Ure is now working on three albums including a follow up to Fragile, an Orchestrated Pt. 2 and an instrumental album.

Midge Ure has an impressive catalogue fronting the groundbreaking electrorock band Ultravox as well as being a member of such notable bands as Visage and Thin Lizzy. He helped form Band Aid where he produced and co-wrote the smash charity single ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas,’ still one of the biggest singles in UK music history. 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 playing solo and with Ultravox who reformed in 2009. He served the notable role of MD for the Princes Trust at the Royal Albert Hall with a cast of the usual suspects including Queen, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Mark King.

Midge Ure Un-Zoomed & Face to Face Tour: (More TBA) October 26 – Pawling, NY – Daryl’s House October 27 – Boston, MA – City Winery November 1 – Philadelphia, PA – City Winery November 2 – Washington DC – City Winery November 4 – New York, NY – Iridium November 5 – New York, NY – Iridium November 6 – Hamden, CT – Space Ballroom November 7 – Bordentown, NJ – Randy Now’s Man Cave November 9 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse

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MIDGE URE ANNOUNCES FINAL FULL PERFORMANCE OF ICONIC ULTRAVOX ALBUM VIENNA

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MIDGE URE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL

CELEBRATING 7 DECADES: A LIFE IN MUSIC

INCLUDING FINAL FULL PERFORMANCE OF ICONIC ULTRAVOX ALBUM ‘VIENNA’

WEDNESDAY 4 TH OCTOBER 2023

Tickets from £33.50 via royalalberthall.com

Midge Ure has announced that alongside playing hits from across his career, he will be performing the classic  Vienna  album in full for the last time as part of his one-night-only concert at the  Royal Albert Hall  on 4 th  October 2023  to mark his 70th birthday and to celebrate a life in music .

The first Ultravox album to feature Midge on lead vocals, Vienna was released in the summer of 1980 and the titular track became a worldwide smash after its release and is still revered as a classic of the era.

A global star who has received multiple Ivor Novello, Grammy and BASCAP awards along with a flotilla of gold and platinum records, really needs very little introduction. Musical success is seldom measured in time spans of more than a few years, if not Andy Warhol’s often quoted “fifteen minutes”, so the fact that by the time Midge’s single ‘If I Was’ went to number one in 1985, he had already crammed several musical lifetimes into a 10 year professional career speaks volumes. Silk, The Rich Kids, Thin Lizzy, Visage, Ultravox and of course the most famous one-off group in musical history, Band Aid, had by then all had the guiding hand of his musical navigation.

A career that started with teen success in the 70’s with Silk, their single ‘Forever And Ever’ took over at number one from Abba’s ‘Mamma Mia’ on Valentine’s Day 1976, Midge was snapped up by ex-Sex Pistol Glen Matlock the following year for his new outfit, The Rich Kids, who charted amid an avalanche of press with a self-titled EMI single early in 1978. By 1979, with his name being added to many musicians’ contact book, Ure had been asked to become the new frontman in Ultravox. The band was a major influence on the new romantic and electro-pop movements of the early ’80s, tracks like ‘Reap the Wild Wind’, ‘Dancing With Tears in My Eyes’, ‘Love’s Great Adventure’ and 1981’s timeless ‘Vienna’ were all massive hits the world over as they charted with awesome regularity, not only on single, but with seven consecutive top ten albums in just six years. Indeed, Vienna has been voted the Nation’s favourite number 2 single of the 80’s, finally granting it a coveted Number 1 position!

He wrote and produced ‘Fade to Grey’ for Visage in 1980, then hit the top 10 in the summer of 1982 with his first release under his own name, ‘No Regrets’. Then came November 25, 1984, a historic day for Midge and all of pop music, as 36 artists by the collective name Band Aid gathered at SARM Studios in west London under Ure’s production. They recorded ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ a song he had just written with Bob Geldof as the industry’s heartfelt and eloquent contribution to Ethiopian famine relief and the unstoppable emotion engendered by the project led to Live Aid, the summer 1985 global concert that, all exaggeration aside, spoke for a generation.

From Silk to Thin Lizzy and The Rich Kids through to Visage and Ultravox and the historic Band Aid & Live Aid in the 80’s, Midge has been a constant in the UK music scene.  He continues to record and tour the world as a solo artist, most recently playing to over 40,000 fans on his 2023 Voice & Visions tour.

Midge’s services to both music and charity were recognised in the Birthday Honours list in 2005, when Midge was awarded an OBE.  He’s also received honorary doctorates from Edinburgh, Glasgow Caledonian, Dundee and Bath Universities. 

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Following the overwhelming response to 2019’s ‘The 1980 Tour’, Midge Ure & Band Electronica are delighted to return to the road in 2022 with the ‘Voice & Visions’ tour, celebrating 40 years since the release of Ultravox’s Rage In Eden and Quartet albums.

At the start of 1981, Ultravox were laying their claim to be one of the defining acts of the 80s following the global success of hit ‘Vienna’. Heading back into the studio the same year invigorated, they recorded their second album with Ure as frontman,  Rage in Eden , which hit the Top 5 in the UK album charts. Quartet , their third album with Ure, came in quick succession in 1982 with production from legendary Beatles producer George Martin. Continuing the band’s impressive chart run, it became their third Top 10 album, featuring  four Top 20 singles including the anthem ‘Hymn’.

The ‘Voice & Visions’ tour will begin at York’s historic Grand Opera House on 22 nd February, visiting an astounding 26 cities across the UK before culminating at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on 2 nd April. Transporting fans back to the decade of electronics, experimentation, synthesizers and great songwriting, the albums highlights will be showcased alongside landmark hits from Ure’s incredible back catalogue.

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Midge Ure tour 2024: List of concert dates & how to get tickets for 'Catalogue: The Hits Tour’

Midge Ure has announced a huge 2024 UK tour featuring stops in London, Manchester and Leeds

80s new wave and pop star Midge Ure has confirmed he'll be embarking on a 2024 UK headline tour later this year. The former Ultravox frontman is bringing his ‘Catalogue: The Hits Tour' to venues up and down the country including London, Sheffield, Manchester and more.

Ure rose to fame in the 1970s, as a key member of the new wave scene and part of bands such as Silk, the Rich Kids, and Visage. In 1984, Ure teamed up with  Bob Geldof  to form  Band Aid , for which the pair penned the iconic charity hit, "Do They Know It's Christmas?".

The tour kicks off on November 15 at Bournemouth's Pavillion and will feature stops in Oxford, Cardiff, Leeds and a final date at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall on December 18. So where else in the UK is Midge Ure performing and how can fans get tickets?

Here's everything you need to know.

Midge Ure tour dates 2024 UK 

Midge Ure will be celebrating 50 years at the forefront of rock and roll with two shows at London's Wembley Stadium. Here's the full list of tour dates:

  • November 15 – Bournemouth, Bournemouth Pavilion
  • November 17 – Truro, Hall For Cornwall
  • November 18 – Torquay, Princess Theatre
  • November 19 – London, London Palladium
  • November 22 – Portsmouth, Guildhall
  • November 23 – Oxford, New Theatre
  • November 24 – Cardiff, New Theatre 
  • November 25 – Leicester, De Montfort Hall
  • November 27 – Ipswich, Regent Theatre
  • November 29 – Guildford, G Live
  • November 30 – Sheffield, City Hall
  • December 01 – Birmingham, Symphony Hall
  • December 03 – Hull, City Hall
  • December 04 – Gateshead, Glasshouse International Centre For Music – Sage 1
  • December 05 – Scarborough, Grand Hall, Scarborough Spa
  • December 07 – Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena Auditorium
  • December 08 – Leeds, Grand Theatre
  • December 09 – Manchester, Bridgewater Hall
  • December 12 – Aberdeen, Music Hall
  • December 13 – Perth, Concert Hall
  • December 14 – Edinburgh, Usher Hall
  • December 18 – Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall

When do Midge Ure tickets go on sale?

Tickets go on sale for Midge Ure's UK shows at 10am on Friday (March 22). Fans can grab tickets at the See Tickets website .

Ure hasn't confirmed any pre-sales for his UK tour.

Midge Ure tour ticket prices

There is a range of tickets available for Midge Ure's UK 2024 tour but prices will depend on available seating. Here's how much tickets will cost:

  • Seats: £31, £33.50, £36,50, £38.50

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