Return of Big Country

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Legendary 80’s rockers Big Country have enlisted The Alarm’s Mike Peters as lead singer for their 30th anniversary tour, returning to Belfast to play Mandela Hall on April 14.

Big Country, who formed in November 1981, will kick-off their 30th anniversary celebrations by performing their classic 1983 debut album The Crossing live in its entirety during a 13-date tour of the UK in February 2012.

With The Crossing an international best seller, it sold over two million copies in the UK, spawning two Top Ten hits and spending 84 consecutive weeks on the Music Week album chart, Big Country’s tour will coincide with Universal Music’s deluxe re-issue of the album on January 30th 2012, which is expected to include a wealth of previously unreleased recordings and footage of the band.

The band exploded onto the scene in 1982 with anthemic songs which as ‘Fields of Fire’ and ‘In A Big Country’ which were culled from their classic debut album ‘The Crossing’ which sold several million worldwide. They followed up with a number one album ‘Steeltown’ and released 8 studio albums all of which entered the Top Ten. Big Country released 28 singles, five of which were also Top Ten.

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