Legendary 80s Hull band Red Guitars reunite for new tour including gig at New Adelphi Club
Red Guitars, one of the most successful bands to come out of Hull, are playing a run of dates including a headline show in their home city, 40 years after their rise to fame. Marking four decades since their totemic first single “Good Technology”, the East Yorkshire alternative/rock outfit, with a complete and original line-up, have hit the road this week and will appear at the New Adelphi Club on Saturday.
Shedding light on why the time is now right for the return of Red Guitars and what fans can expect from the live shows, band member Lou Duffy-Howard said: “We were contacted by Steve Homer, CEO of AEG Presents, who are a big worldwide event promotion company. They represent the likes of Nick Cave, The Who, Blondie, and festivals such as Coachella and The Eden Sessions. He asked if we’d be up for a tour. We thought about it and the answer was yes!
"It will be great to play in cities where I have friends I haven’t seen for a while, Glasgow and London among them, as well as the gig in our band hometown, Hull. We had so much to choose from, including some new songs that we’ve jammed over the years. But it’s most likely that we’ll include all the singles and all the tracks from our album Slow to Fade.”
Red Guitars were formed around the pairing of Jeremy Kidd (vocals) and Hallam Lewis (guitarist). Initially cutting their teeth playing benefit shows for a series of left-wing causes, Red Guitars quickly built a loyal following, before launching an assault on the charts with a series of singles via their own Self Drive Records label that would see them earn a nationally renowned status.
Proving an instant hit with their debut single, the quintet shifted an impressive 60,000 copies of their self-released “Good Technology” single, before going-on to top the Independent Charts with consecutive number ones with the classic cuts “Marimba Jive” and “Steeltown”. Forging their own sound with a unique mix of infectious rock and African rhythms, the band quickly earned support from the tastemaker titles of the time including cult 1980s Channel 4 music TV show The Tube and the BBC's Whistle Test, through to a number of memorable sessions for BBC Radio legend John Peel.
The band were notably enjoyed by thousands when supporting The Smiths on their breakthrough tour, too. Releasing their seminal debut album Slow To Fade in 1984, frontman Jeremy Kidd announced his departure soon after and Red Guitars ultimately disbanded completely two years later.
Fast forward to 2022 and Red Guitars are back and touring for the first time since their 80s prime. Featuring vocalist Jeremy Kidd, lead guitarist Hallam Lewis, drummer Matt Higgins, rhythm guitarist John Rowley and Lou Duffy-Howard on bass, they will be joined by old friend of the band Jos Allen on even more guitar. Tickets are on sale now.