WHEATUS ANNOUNCE EXTENSIVE HEADLINE UK CLUB TOUR FOR SPRING 2016
“TEENAGE DIRTBAG” HIT-MAKERS WILL ALSO PLAY HUGE UK & IRISH ARENA SHOWS AS SPECIALLY-INVITED GUESTS OF BUSTED
It is a basic tenet of life that the planet’s population can be easily and squarely divided between those that love
Wheatus’ 2000 mega worldwide hit “Teenage Dirtbag” (everybody) and those that don’t (nobody).
Much-loved New York rock-pop guitar band Wheatus will return to UK & Irish shores this spring to play an extensive headline club tour, which will run concurrently with their just announced spring 2016 tour of UK & Irish arenas as specially-invited guests of pop behemoths Busted.
In a beautiful piece of boy-band cosmic serendipity, Wheatus’ forthcoming UK & Irish jaunt will be mostly funded by royalties received via One Direction’s recent cover version of the band’s 2000 worldwide mega-hit “Teenage Dirtbag.” Another cover version of that hit single, which featured in the Jason Biggs & Mena Suvari film ‘Loser’ (2000), can also be heard at this moment in the UK on the brand new Match.com TV advertisement.
And, boy, does every little help for rock bands in these straitened 21st Century times… Money was so tight for Wheatus following their UK tour of autumn 2015 that, unbelievably, the band were forced to sell much of their equipment on e-Bay on their return to the US in order to try and make ends meet.
A mighty seven albums & sixteen years in now, band frontman brendan b brown has announced via his Twitter account that Wheatus will follow these two simultaneous UK tours by returning to the recording studio once back in New York to finally record their already written, much anticipated seventh studio album (“We've been trying to finish album seven for two years now, but keep getting interrupted by UK tours!”). He has also announced that the band plan to play most, if not all, of their million-selling Top 10 eponymous 2000 debut album alongside fan favourite tracks from all the other albums on this trip.
Wheatus will play the following headline UK club shows (tickets are now on-sale for all shows);
5 May Leicester – The Cookie
6 May Wakefield Warehouse 23
7 May Cannock – The Station
8 May Edinburgh La Belle Angele
9 May Doncaster Diamond Live
10 May Guildford Boileroom
12 May Oxford 02 Academy 2
16 May Newcastle Think Tank
19 May Preston – The Ferret
26 May Hitchin Club 85 (SOLD OUT)
29 May Perranporth Tunes In The Dunes
1 June Bristol Thekla
5 June London – Brooklyn Bowl
6 June Liverpool 02 Academy 2
7 June Swansea – The Scene
The above club shows will run in tandem with the following UK arena dates that Wheatus will play as specially invited guests of Busted on the mega pop act’s Pigs Might Fly 2016 reunion tour;
11 May London SSE Wembley Arena
13 May Glasgow SSE Hydro
14 May Glasgow SSE Hydro
15 May Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
17 May Sheffield Arena
18 May Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
20 May Birmingham Genting Arena
21 May Manchester Arena
22 May Liverpool Echo Arena
24 May Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
25 May Bournemouth BIC
27 May London – The 02
28 May London – The 02
30 May Belfast SSE Arena
31 May Dublin 3Arena
2 June Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
3 June Manchester Arena
4 June Birmingham Barclaycard Arena
Speaking with barely concealed glee at revealing news of the forthcoming 33 x live dates, brendan b brown said today;
”I've been talking with my friend James Bourne from Busted about touring together since 2007. It was always, "Ah man... Let's hit some clubs together soon, gotta do this…" Almost eleven years of that kinda talk! Worth the wait though, cos it's arenas now. Ha - this is gonna be insane.
"With touring you always think and dream, “Well, if we could just do that, have the big rock arenas & then the club shows for friends & maybe wrap it all up with a cherry on top show in London?” Well, that's exactly what we're doing this time. I can't believe it!"
Talking about the love for his band Wheatus here in the UK & Ireland, brendan continued;
“I was stunned at how many people turned out for the fifteenth anniversary tour last autumn in the UK & Ireland. It really felt like we had to leave before we were finished… So, you know, we just had to extend it... And, oh yeah, eighteen shows with Busted please as well. Thanks!”
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