Suede to play anniversary warm-up show
Updated: 16 February 2014
Suede has announced a warm-up performance at the O2 Academy in Oxford for their Dog Man Star 20th Anniversary show at the Royal Albert Hall.
The warm-up performance is set to take place on 28 March with Suede’s Royal Albert Hall concert on 30 March 2014. The performances are in celebration of the 20th anniversary of their second album Dog Man Star.
The shows are ahead of Suede’s Forest Live tour dates in June at Thetford Forest and Westonbirt Arboretrum.
Suede first performed at the Royal Albert Hall in 2010, where they reunited after breaking up in 2002. Since the performance at the Royal Albert Hall they have enjoyed playing several one-off concerts around the UK and in other countries.
Suede tour dates
O2 Academy, Oxford (28)
Royal Albert Hall, London (30)
Thetford Forest, Nr Brandon, Suffolk (13)
Westonbirt Arboretum, Nr Tetbury, Glos (21)
Suede stunned critics and fans when the Britpop pioneers returned after an eight 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 numerous awards 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 the 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 upbeat sounds of the raging Britpop party of the time that Suede themselves helped to kick start.
Suede locked themselves away for two 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 No.1 and all its 4 singles, Trash, Beautiful Ones, Film Star and Saturday Night spent weeks in the top-10. The 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 two years, around the globe before Anderson, Gilbert, Oakes, Codling and Osman put out album number four; 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. The accompanying tour would be Suede’s last for eight 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 two 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-off 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.”
Suede returned with Bloodsports in 2013. It was their first album in 11 years. Brett Anderson’s distinctive voice and clever lyrics proved that they are still one of the best bands from the Britpop days. The band supported the release of the critically acclaimed album with a number of dates in the UK and Ireland.