Ride promise fans a treat at Newcastle academy date

Shoegaze legends Ride will play at the O2 Academy in Newcastle on Sunday, October 18.
Shoegaze legends Ride will play at the O2 Academy in Newcastle on Sunday, October 18.
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Fans of shoegazing legends Ride are in for a treat if they catch them on their forthcoming tour.

The band released four Top 30 albums in the early 1990s, when they were one of Britain’s top indie bands, before going their separate ways in 1996.

In November last year they announced that they were re-forming, and would be touring again.

Now they have revealed that their headline tour, which includes a date at the O2 Academy in Newcastle on Sunday, October 18, will see them play their debut album Nowhere in full.

They will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the record, which is regarded not just as a shoegazing classic, but one of the best British albums of the 1990s.

The band’s set at each show will see them open with a classic Ride set-list, followed by the performance of Nowhere from start to finish.

We are aware that fans have been campaigning for us to perform it (Nowhere) in full on this tour, but it’s only now that we are sure we can do the album justice.

Andy Bell, Ride

While album tracks Vapour Trail, Dreams Burn Down and Taste regularly featured in live performances over the years, this will be the only chance to see the Oxford four-piece playing their classic in its entirety.

Frontman Andy Bell said: “I’m so excited about playing Nowhere in full.

“We are going with the 11-track CD tracklisting, not just the eight tracks from the original vinyl.

“So the set will end with the title track on every gig of the UK tour, which is going to sound epic.

“I didn’t realise how few times we’d actually played most of the songs.

“And of course we have never played the album in its original track order before.

“We have been throwing in versions of some of the songs at our US dates, but the majority of the preparation for these shows was done during rehearsals in London in-between our festival shows this summer.

“I’m especially buzzing about how Kaleidoscope is sounding. It’s going to be amazing playing it for the first time.

“All in all, it’s a big deal to us, and we haven’t been certain we could pull it off until now.

“We as a band are so proud of the album, and we are aware that fans have been campaigning for us to perform it in full on this tour, but it’s only now that we are sure we can do the album justice.”

Ride will release Nowhere25 on November 6 - a CD+DVD release featuring the expanded 15-track album plus the recording of a gig at London’s Town & Country Club in March 1991 which, until recently, had been lost in the archives.

A heavyweight blue marble vinyl version will also be available for those who like their music in a more traditional format.

Nowhere was Creation Records’ first Top 75 album, peaking in the UK charts at No 11, and continues to appear in various album lists from respected music titles such as Pitchfork and NME.

Ride were and are: Andy Bell (vocals/guitar), Mark Gardener (vocals/guitars), Steve Queralt (bass) and Laurence ‘Loz’ Colbert (drums).

• Tickets for the Newcastle gig, priced £25, are still available on 08444 72000, from the Academy box office in person, or online HERE.