Monday, September 01, 2008


UPDATE: NOV 19: Press Release today announes that Noko will step into the late John McGeogh's shoes for Magazine's upcoming gigs. 'McGeoch played a Yamaha SG1000 + MXR flanger + a few other bits. Noko is substantially duplicating this equipment set-up, enabling him to create and re-create much of Magazine’s original dynamic with a lick of his fringe and a switch.' Ipso Facto have been invited to open the shows with a short set of their own making and later will join Magazine on background vocals for several numbers.

Magazine, one of Britain’s most influential bands, who have not played live together since 1980, are to reform for just two concerts in 2009 – at The Forum, London on February 13th & The Academy, Manchester on February 14th. Tickets are due to be released on Monday 15th September. The concerts will be recorded for possible release later in 2009.

Original members Howard Devoto, Dave Formula, Barry Adamson and John Doyle are to be joined by an as yet unnamed guest guitarist, who will replace the departed and sadly missed, John McGeoch. [Johnny Marr anyone ?]

Considered one of the most influential British bands of all time, they have been frequently name-checked by the likes of Radiohead, Morrissey and Jarvis Cocker.

Magazine mainman Howard Devoto co-formed the Buzzcocks with Pete Shelley after the pair had seen The Sex Pistols in early 1976 and promoted the now legendary Manchester Lesser Free Trade Hall gigs. Devoto left in 1977, after the seminal “Spiral Scratch” EP had been released, and created Magazine. Their first record was the post-Punk anthem “Shot By Both Sides”.

Four ground breaking albums later and the band had parted company, leaving behind an influential body of work which was re-released by Virgin EMI last year to critical acclaim.

See also:
Howard Devoto's MySpace site
Magazine on YouTube

Thanks to General Specialist Nigel Proktor, proud wearer and collector of Mambo shirts, encountered by chance at the Lewes Arms.

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