Following the reformation of his rock band in 2014, Paprika owner Slyder Smith with Last Great Dreamers return to The Beambridge Wellington after a very successful one-off appearance there last September but this time as part of an extensive UK tour.
The Brit Rock Dandies, their music described as “classic pop-rock songs… thoroughly embracing a sassy nod to the 70s Glam scene whilst simultaneously gripping the tails of classic Rock’n’Roll moments offered up by the likes of Sex Pistols, The Kinks, Oasis and many others” head out on an 11 date UK tour for the 1st time in 20 years following the release of their critically acclaimed 2nd album Crash Landing in Teenage Heaven, released at the end of last year to coincide with the group’s reunion show in London.
Re-wind 20 years and Last Great Dreamers were being tipped for the top. Coming second in the Kerrang newcomer awards in 1995 Skunk Anansie following the release of their debut album Retrosexual & 2 support tours with bang Tango and Warrant and on the verge of signing a major record deal it seemed they were headed for the success they deserved. Unfortunately, things didn’t quite work out for the Dreamers, the deal collapsed at the eleventh hour and they disbanded just before the turn of the Millennium and last met at the funeral of their tour manager.
Fast forward to 2014 and through a series of coincidences, chance meetings & missing master tapes turning up, Last Great Dreamers are back, with new album Crash Landing in Teenage Heaven reminding the world of just why so much was expected of them. Spring 2015 will see them take their new album on the road, as well as hitting fans with classic Dreamers material. The line-up is founder members Marc Valentine – Vocals & Guitar, (Wellington based) Slyder – Lead Guitar & Vocals plus Ian Scruffykid – bass & Steve Grainger – Drums.
“it’s great to be back, both Marc & I have had a long break from performing music and the handful of dates we did last year were a reminder of what we’ve been missing. We can’t wait to get out on the road again, it’ll be hard work as we’ve not done a run of dates like this for some time but it’ll be well worth it just to be back on stage again doing what we love! It’s always extra pressure playing in front of friends so there will be a few nerves at the Wellington gig but as it’s the 8th date into the tour we should be firing on all four cylinders by then”
Support comes from two local acts pop-punk band Grow to Regret & acoustic solo singer songwriter Tobias Faulkner. Doors open at 7.30pm with a late bar until midnight.
To learn more about Last Great Dreamers go to www.lastgreatdreamers.com where you can read their full biography, listen to songs and view their latest video.