The reunited Big Country — with The Alarm’s Mike Peters filling in for the late Stuart Adamson — will perform its 1983 debut album The Crossing in its entirety during a tour of the U.K. and Germany early next year in conjunction with an upcoming reissue of the classic album “in various formats” by Universal Music.
Neither the band nor Universal — which last reissued The Crossing in 2002 — have announced details or a release date for the new edition of the album. But Big Country does cite it in the band’s recent announcement of a 14-date U.K. tour next February. That will be followed by at least two concerts in Germany, which were announced today (see full dates below).
In announcing The Crossing tour, bassist Tony Butler says:
“First albums are usually considered to be a bands finest moment, for us it was a magical one. A collection of songs that were unique, original and above all, heart felt. We knew we were different and we knew we were creating something special.”
With Peters at the mic, Big Country played two U.K. tours earlier this year and, in August, released their first single in 12 years — the Steve Lillywhite-produced “Another Country.” The band, which lost frontman Adamson to suicide in 2001, is planning to record and release a new album next year as part of its 30th anniversary celebration, which will open with The Crossing dates.
Big Country’s The Crossing tour dates:
Feb. 3: Academy, Manchester, U.K.
Feb. 4: O2 Academy, Liverpool, U.K.
Feb. 6: Barrowland, Glasgow, U.K.
Feb. 7: Alhambra, Dunfermline, U.K.
Feb. 8: O2 Academy, Newcastle, U.K.
Feb. 9: O2 Academy, Leeds, U.K.
Feb. 11: O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London, U.K.
Feb. 12: Hexagon, Reading, U.K.
Feb. 13: UEA, Norwich, U.K.
Feb. 15: O2 Academy, Bristol, U.K.
Feb. 16: Rock City, Nottingham, U.K.
Feb. 17: O2 Academy, Birmingham, U.K.
Feb. 18: O2 Academy, Sheffield, U.K.
March 9: Postbahnhof, Berlin, Germany
March 10: Zeche, Bochum, Germany
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