Deacon Blue releases brand new studio album 'City Of Love' today! The album sees the multi-million selling band deliver eleven brilliant new tracks tethered by a singular belief - that even in the corners of a town or a life where no light falls, hope can prevail. Ricky Ross said of the track, ‘Hit Me Where It Hurts’ is a slightly darker cut from the record but like all the tracks it's about love. We think it's the end of a love story but actually it's just the beginning. This is actually a more ‘up’ version of the original cut and the radio mix, we liked them both so we're putting each one out so you can hear them for yourselves. Save your favourite!”
Picking their own favourites from CITY OF LOVE would be tricky for the band, the album is packed with great new material, but Ricky did talk about four of the key tracks:
‘Come On In’
This is my attempt at recreating the lyric of one of the best songs of all time, ‘On The Street Where You Live’ by Lerner and Loewe. It’s all worthwhile when you hear Jim’s piano solo..it had to be coaxed out of him, but we knew he could do it.
The feeling of abandonment…. you’ll follow someone wherever, whenever. Everything sits round Gregor’s acoustic guitar. We thought of getting a choir in then realised the six voices we had was better!
‘Hit Me Where It Hurts’
‘Hit Me Where It Hurts’ is a slightly darker cut from the record but like all the tracks it's about love. We think it's the end of a love story but actually it's just the beginning.
‘City of Love’
I wanted to celebrate the heart of a city which has been my home for many years with the possibility of love and kindness, and the belief that the world can be a better place.
CITY OF LOVE is the fourth release of a prolific seven-year period for Deacon Blue. Their last three albums returned the band to the Top 20 of the UK album charts, the most recent posting at No 13, giving them their highest charting album in 23 years.
The album release is supported by a huge tour, with over 50,000 tickets sold already, and the Royal Albert Hall show down to a handful of remaining standing tickets. The band will be coming to your city of love in October, November and December 2020! Long praised for their live performances CITIES OF LOVE will see the band visit more cities in the UK and Ireland than ever before, including 7 arena shows.
The band has also just announced three new shows in Summer 2020: 19th June - Blenheim Palace (Simple Minds support), 2 August - Valley Fest (headline), 9 August - Lamplight Festival (headline).
CITY OF LOVE has fueled a creative resurgence which returned the band not only to mainstream radio playlists, but also back into the sort of venues befitting the stature of a chart-topping legacy boasting 7 million album sales, two number one albums and 14 hit singles.
Ricky Ross: "We're so looking forward to you hearing City of Love and getting out on the road, playing new songs and old songs too. Every time we tour now it feels like a celebration because our fans are still there and it's a delight for us. We're planning to make this the best one yet.”
CITY OF LOVE, the new album by Deacon Blue is released by earMUSIC on 6th March 2020 as CD Digipak, LP and Digital and is available to pre-order now giving fans access to an exclusive 48hr tour pre-sale from 13th November.
A Limited Coloured Vinyl Edition + signed print will be available exclusivelyfrom www.deaconblue.com
1. City Of Love / 2. Hit Me Where It Hurts / 3. Weight Of The World / 4. Take Me / 5. In Our Room / 6. Intervals / 7. Keeping My Faith Alive / 8. A Walk In The Woods / 9. Come On In / 10. Wonderful / 11. On Love
DEACON BLUE CITIES OF LOVE TOUR 2020
28-Oct – Concert Hall, Perth, Scotland
30-Oct – Leisure Centre, Inverness, Scotland
31-Oct – P & J Arena, Aberdeen, Scotland
02-Nov – Ulster Hall, Belfast, N. Ireland
03-Nov – Olympia, Dublin, Ireland
06-Nov – O2 Apollo, Manchester, England
07-Nov - O2 Apollo, Manchester, England
08-Nov – First Direct Arena, Leeds, England
10-Nov – Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, England
11-Nov – Royal Albert Hall, London, England
13-Nov – Corn Exchange, Cambridge, England
14-Nov – Pavilions, Plymouth, England
15-Nov – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales
17-Nov – Guildhall, Portsmouth, England
18-Nov – Guildhall, Portsmouth, England
20-Nov – Bonus Arena, Hull, England
21-Nov – New Theatre, Oxford, England
22-Nov – Centre, Brighton, England
24-Nov – Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, England
25-Nov – Arena Birmingham, Birmingham, England
27-Nov – M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool, England
28-Nov – City Hall, Newcastle, England
29-Nov – City Hall, Newcastle, England
01-Dec – Opera House, Blackpool, England
03-Dec – Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland
04-Dec – SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland
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