Suede Announce ‘Bloodsports’ Tour Dates
Last updated: 9th April 2013
Suede return with ‘Bloodsports’, their first album in 11 years. Brett Anderson’s distinctive voice and clever lyrics proving they are still one of the best bands from the Britpop days – and beyond.
To accompany the release of the album, Suede announced a number of dates in the UK and Ireland.
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Suede tour dates 2013:
Belfast, Custom House Square, Sat 24th Aug 2013
Leeds, O2 Academy, Sat 26th Oct 2013
Glasgow, Barrowlands, Sun 27th Oct 2013
Dublin, Olympia, Mon 28th Oct 2013
Manchester Academy, Wed 30th Oct 2013
Birmingham, O2 Academy, Thu 31st Oct 2013
Suede stunned critics and fans when the Britpop pioneers returned after an 8 years hiatus last year with glorious sold-out shows at the Royal Albert Hall and their biggest headline show to date at The O2 Arena.
Suede formed in the late 80’s but remained largely unnoticed until 1992 when the NME spotted the band live and famously put them on their cover as “The Best New Band In Britain” before the band had actually released any material.
Suede’s line-up comprised flamboyant songwriting duo, Brett Anderson on vocals and Bernard Butler on guitar with rhythm section consisting of Matt Osman on bass guitar and drummer Simon Gilbert. The sound was an amalgam of glam-rock in the vein of David Bowie and T. Rex and the songwriting pop sensibility of The Smiths.
Suede quickly became media darlings and Suedemania erupted wherever the band appeared. Their first album scooped every award but internal frictions between the talented songwriting duo of Anderson and Butler led to the departure of Barnard Butler in the middle of the band’s recording sessions of what would become their second album, “Dog Man Star.”
“Dog Man Star” was an ambitious album to say at least but album sales did not match that of their debut and the, at times, gothic bombastic sound sculptures were in stark contrast to the up beat sounds of the raging Britpop party at the time that Suede themselves helped kick starting.
Suede locked themselves away for 2 years and returned in 1996 with the album “Coming Up” and new members, the then 16 year old guitar prodigy, Richard Oakes and multi-instrumentalist Neil Codling on keyboards.
“Coming Up” put Suede back on the map. The album went #1 and all its 4 singles, “Trash,” “Beautiful Ones,” “Film Star” and “Saturday Night” spent weeks in the top-10. The phoenix-like return made Brett Anderson, Simon Gilbert, Matt Osman, Neil Codling and Richard Oakes drew responsible for some of the biggest Britpop anthems during the mid-90's.
Riding high on the success of “Coming Up” Suede embarked on the “Coming Up” World Tour which took the band over 2 years around the globe before Anderson, Gilbert, Oakes, Codling and Osman put out album number 4, the electronically-infused “Head Music.” The album was well received and singles “Electricity” and “Everything Will Flow” brought the band again back into the charts.
“Head Music” was the last ‘hooray’ for Suede. Like many of their former Britpop contemporaries, the band appeared increasingly out of step with what was going on musically and culturally at the end of the 90’s.
2002’s “A New Morning” and its’ lead single, “Attitude” failed to make any impact and was even rejected by their most hardcore fans. The album wasn’t without good songs. “Obsessions,” “Beautiful Loser” and “Lonely Girls” would have looked good on “Coming Up” and “Head Music.” The criticism was largely aimed at the overly polished production and from a creative point, Suede and in particular Brett Anderson, appeared to stall and repeat themselves. The accompanying tour would be Suede’s last for 8 years. Towards the end of the tour Brett announced the band had to go away for a while and “discover their inner demons” again.
Brett Anderson has since released 2 critically acclaimed solo albums and has reconnected with former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler in the side-project, The Tears.
As quick as Suede once arrived and suddenly disbanded, came the announcement of their return. The line-up of Suede’s most successful period, Brett Anderson, Simon Gilbert, Matt Osman, Neil Codling and Richard Oakes announced a gig in support of the Teenage Cancer Trust charity at the Royal Albert Hall. Since then Suede keep adding special-one of shows in the UK and abroad. Talking about their current comeback shows, Anderson said “(Suede) had enjoyed their shows (in 2010) so much they were keen to carry on into 2011.”
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