As comebacks go the rebirth of Dexys Midnight Runners/Dexys is pretty remarkable. Barring a brief reunion tour in 2003 little had been seen of ‘them’ (whilst the current Dexys line-up differs from several of the previous versions Pete Williams, Big Jim Paterson and, of course, Kevin Roland from the classic Young Soul Rebels group are in this current incarnation) since the mid 80s. Given the difficulties that the band’s somewhat mercurial driving force, Kevin Rowland, had been through over the past couple of decades this state of affairs seemed likely to continue. Seemingly out of nowhere though in 2012 a new album (One Day I’m Going To Soar) was released to widespread critical acclaim and they backed this up with a series of rapturously received live dates here and abroad.
Happily two years on all concerned still seem to be enjoying this second/third/fourth coming and they've now landed a prime slot at this year’s Glastonbury Festival. To prepare for arguably one of the biggest shows in their history Dexys are playing a couple of pretty intimate warm up dates, one on June 24th at The Roundhouse in Norwich and the second on June 25th at the Kasbah in Coventry. According to the band’s website these shows will be an edited version of the One Day I’m Going To Soar tour plus...intriguingly...a few Dexys favourites. The band’s current female vocalist Madeline Hyland can’t make these dates but...and this is an equally ear tingling prospect...Siobhan Fahey (Ex-Bananarama/Shakespears Sister) is stepping into her high heels. Blimey.
PS: Here's a trio of Dexys classics that may or may not get an airing on the night too.
PPS: I had to plump for the full version of This Is What She's Like...truly stunning...stick with it.