New Wave/synthpop pioneers Ultravox, which last performed at Live Aid in 1985, is reuniting after 20 years for a spring 2009 reunion tour to be billed Return to Eden.
The classic 1980’s lineup of guitarist/vocalist Midge Ure (who replaced original front man Dennis “John Foxx” Leigh in 1979), drummer Warren Cann, bassist Chris Cross and violinist/keyboardist Billy Currie have 14 theater shows booked in the UK beginning April 10 in Edinburgh, SCO and ending April 28 in Portsmouth, ENG. Other cities include Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, Sheffield, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Nottingham, Brighton, London, Bournemouth, and Plymouth.
As of yet, no U.S. dates are scheduled.
“Over the years we have all been caught up with a number of individual projects,” Ure said in a statement. “When Billy and me were approached by Absolute Radio to perform an acoustic set at their inaugural launch in October at Abbey Road Studios, we took up the offer. We were overwhelmed by the response of our fans, which confirmed within the band that perhaps the time was right to re-form.”
Under Ure’s leadership, the band enjoyed its biggest success. “Vienna,” Ultravox’s first album with Ure, produced a number of hits in the UK.
After Ure left Ultavox in 1985, the group folded the following year after a decade of notoriety. Since his departure, Ure has had a successful solo career.