British pop group SMOKIE get set to embark on National Tour!

Internationally successful British pop group Smokie return to Australia for their 2013 national tour. Best known for their chart-topping hits like Living Next Door to Alice, Lay Back in the Arms of Someone and If You Think You Know How to Love Me, Smokie last toured Australia in 2010 to sell out audiences.

 

While some rock bands flicker brightly then fade away, some stay the distance and keep on making music, like Smokie. The band regularly tours the UK and Europe, and is still considered one of the most popular bands in the world today with accumulated world record sales of over 30 million since getting together in the mid 1960’s.

 

One could be forgiven for thinking Smoke’s success story was a 1970s phenomenon as 11 of their 14 British hits came from that decade. However, the band has had extraordinary success - they are still touring countries like Scandinavia, South Africa, Germany, Australia and even China, 40 years on.  Smokie is a band which has enjoyed sold-out tours and gained platinum records over four decades – the 70s, 80s, and 90s, right through to the present day.

 

Bassist Terry Utley says it is the band’s unwavering commitment to touring which has been the cornerstone of their lengthy career.  “We’re very busy – we’re doing around 100 concerts every year,” he confirms. As the only original band member in the current line up, Terry has witnessed the changing landscape of the music industry more than his fellow band mates.  He remains upbeat about Smokie’s place in the years to come. “Trends are always changing but fortunately the songs we have stood out and they’re still being played on the radio today. We’re one of the lucky ones – we just love what we do; retirement is not in our plans.”

 

Lead singer Mike Craft is really looking forward to this Australian tour.  “The first time we came to Australia, I really wasn’t looking forward to it because we were going to be away for a month, and being away from home is pretty tough on anyone, so the first week I’m thinking - yeah, this is okay - the second week I’m thinking - I quite like this - and after the third week I started to look at properties!  I’m thinking - I could easily live here, I love this place!  Every visit after that we so look forward to, and all of the band, all of the technical crew, we all look forward to coming down to Oz.”

 

Mike and the band love performing and feel incredibly lucky to have a career where they get to travel and perform all over the world. “We love what we do. Anyone who is able to play music for a living will tell you what keeps us going is basically, the love of what we do. We’re so lucky. What makes it interesting for us is, even though we play the same songs pretty much every night and throughout the year, every audience is different, and every country and every venue is different.  That keeps it interesting for us.  We give a gift every day, we make people smile, it’s a great thing to be able to do. We often start off quiet, but by the end of the night the place is JUMPING!”

 

Smokie first got together at school in West Yorkshire in the late 60s. Songs like If You Think You Know How To Love Me, Don’t Play Your Rock’n’Roll To Me, It’s Your Life and Oh Carol became radio staples and gave Smokie their ticket to travel the world.

 

Perhaps the band’s most famous song is Living Next Door To Alice. When asked if there was actually a girl called Alice, Mike quips, “No there wasn’t an Alice as such. The story is just a set of circumstances between a boy and a girl. We’ve all watched our first love go off and get married to someone else. Everybody asks about Alice but nobody asks what happened to Sally!  She gets together with the guy next door, who was in fact, in love with Alice. I don’t know how long that lasted.  With the track on the album called Sally Doesn’t Live Here Anymore – the guy missed out twice. He missed out on Alice AND Sally!” 

 

The national tour for Smokie starts in WA on October 31. They travel through regional venues in WA, then Qld, NSW, Vic and Tasmania right through the month of November.

 

 

www.smokie.co.uk

 

 

TOUR DETAILS

Thursday 31 October, 7.30pm - Albany Entertainment Centre

- ticketek.com.au or 1300 795 012

 

Friday 1 November, 8pm - Bunbury Entertainment Centre

www.bunburyentertainment.com or 1300 661 272

 

Saturday 2 November, 7.30pm - Boardwalk Theatre, Mandurah

www.manpac.com.au or (08) 9550 3900

 

Monday 4 November, 7.30pm - Regal Theatre, Perth

www.ticketek.com.au or 132 849

 

Tuesday 5 November, 7.30pm - Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton

www.queensparktheatre.com.au or (08) 9956 6662

 

Friday 8 November, 7.30pm - Civic Centre, Cairns

www.ticketlink.com.au or 1300 855 835

 

Saturday 9 November, 7.30pm - Entertainment Centre, Mackay

www.mackaytix.com.au or (07) 4961 9777

 

Sunday 10 November, 7.30pm - Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton

www.seeitlive.com.au or (07) 4927 4111

 

Tuesday 12 November, 7.30pm - Brolga Theatre, Maryborough

www.brolgatheatre.org or (07) 4122 6060

 

Thursday 14 November, 8pm - Empire Theatre, Toowoomba

www.empiretheatre.com.au or 1300 655 299

 

Friday 15 November, 8pm - QPAC, Brisbane

www.qpac.com.au or 136 246

 

Saturday 16 November, 7.30pm - Regional Entertainment Centre, Tamworth

- entertainmentvenues.com.au or (02) 6767 5300

 

Tuesday 19 November, 7.30pm - Civic Theatre, Newcastle

- ticketek.com.au or 132 849

 

Thursday 21 November, 7.30pm - Enmore Theatre, Sydney

- ticketek.com.au or 132 849

 

Saturday 23 November, 7.30pm - Entertainment Centre, Albury

- alburycity.nsw.gov.au or (02) 6043 5610

 

Sunday 24 November, 7.30pm - Bendigo Stadium

www.bendigostadium.com.au or (03) 5440 6214

 

Tuesday 26 November, 7.30pm - Princess Theatre, Launceston

- theatrenorth.com.au or (03) 6323 3666

 

Wednesday 27 November, 7.30pm - Wrestpoint, Hobart

- tixtas.com.au or 1300 795 257

 

Friday 29 November, 7.30pm - Her Majestys Theatre, Adelaide

- bass.net.au or 131 246

 

Saturday 30 November, 7.30pm - Geelong Performing Arts Centre

- gpac.org.au or (03) 5225 1200

 

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