THE 36-YEAR wait is nearly over. After releasing the Great Aspirations CD as TC&I at the end of 2017, songwriter Colin Moulding and original XTC drummer Terry Chambers have announced a string of live dates in October.
“It’s exciting times,” says Chambers. “Eighteen months ago couldn’t see this happening – I’m as excited about these gigs as I was in 1973 playing our first gig at the Arts Centre Swindon as a 17 year Helium Kid, and the first time to be playing with Colin together on stage since San Diego.”
Playing a mini-residency at Swindon Arts Centre, the long-standing rhythm section will be joined by Steve Tilling on guitar and Gary Bamford on keyboards and guitar.
Multi-instrumentalist and session musician Tilling is the man behind Circu5 whose debut album The Amazing Monstrous Grady featured a guest appearance from XTC guitarist Dave Gregory.
Excited to be doing this run of dates at the Swindon Arts Centre with Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers (ex-XTC – now TC&I) playing current material and XTC classics. https://t.co/FoLo9w26mL @xtcfans
— Circu5 (@Circu5Band) 27 July 2018
Swindon musician Bamford has an extensive history of writing, orchestrating, teaching and collaborating. Full biography here. The Unbinding is his most recent release:
As well as the recent songs, Moulding and Chambers plan to play a selection from the XTC catalogue, several of which have never been played live as the band stopped touring in 1982, not long before Chambers’ departure.
Tickets for the first four dates go on sale at 10am on Monday 30 July 2018. Book here.
Read more about the reunion of Moulding and Chambers after a 30-year hiatus in The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls: A Limelight Anthology in which Chambers says, “We’re like Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor – we’re re-married.” On sale here.
Back after 25 years, the classic 1980s fanzine about XTC is on sale again. The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls is a 256-page edition of Limelight, featuring the original copies published between 1982 and 1992 plus new material, including interviews with Andy Partridge, Colin Moulding, Dave Gregory and Terry Chambers.
“The most comprehensive and incisive book about XTC yet published” Dom Lawson, Prog Magazine.
“A delicious thing to dive in and out of” Iain Lee, Talk Radio.
“Music publication of the year” Dave Jennings, Louder than War