Grammy and Brit Award winning musician Midge Ure is headed back to the states for a North American solo acoustic tour. The gigs are in support of Midge's first new album in over a decade entitled Fragile, released earlier this year via eOne Music.
The album, containing ten tracks takes from the various influences spanning Midge's vast career from his accomplished guitar work (Rich Kids, Thin Lizzy) to the synth sounds and technology he has utilized since the late 70's to today (Visage, Ultravox.) The album was recorded almost in its entiretly in Midge's studio in Bath, England with Midge at the helm, playing, arranging, producing and engineering, a true 'solo album.'
Midge spent a good portion of this past summer in the states on The Retro Futura Tour playing a setlist of select hits spanning his solo career as well as tracks from the Ultravox catalogue. The tour in early 2015 will be the first time he plays songs from Fragile in the US. Fans can expect to hear some of the other hits as well.
"If 'Fragile' is a true solo album in the sense that I have made it unaided then the 'Fragile Troubadour' tour follows in it's footsteps. I have chosen to undertake this tour totally alone with no crew or tour manager. It's a challenge, not forced upon me, but one I have given myself to cross North America with a guitar and a wealth of songs in true troubadour style performing not only songs from the new album but classic Ultravox, Visage and past solo works in this intimate fashion." - Midge Ure
In addition to his most recent album, Midge also served as co-executive producer on Band Aid 30 which debuted Sunday evening in the UK on X Factor.
Midge recently talked to Rolling Stone about the experience of putting the project together along with Sir Bob Geldof. Within minutes of the track's launch, it raised over 1 million pounds to help fight the ebola crisis in West Africa.
Midge Ure Solo Acoustic Dates: (More TBA)
1/07/15 - Seattle, WA - Triple Door
1/08/15 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
1/09/15 - Sacramento, CA - Harlow
1/10/15 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
1/11/15 - Los Angeles, CA - McCabe's
1/13/15 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
1/14/15 - San Juan Capistrano
1/16/15 - Tucson, AZ - Hotel Congress
1/17/15 - Austin, TX - Cactus Cafe