The Skids to play Inverness in October.

It’s four decades since The Skids formed the punk rock and new wave band that went on to had several top 20 hits including ‘Sweet Suburbia’, ‘The Saints Are Coming’, ‘Into The Valley’ and a Top 10 album in ‘The Absolute Game’. Having originally split up in the early Eighties, the band’s 30th anniversary was celebrated with performances in their home town and at T in the Park

The line-up for the 40th celebrations features original members Richard Jobson and Bill Simpson as well as Mike Baillie, Bruce Watson & Jamie Watson. Jobson recently looked at what he wanted from the forthcoming tour;

“The Skids were not just another punk band – we were creatively ambitious as well as being close to the core beliefs of our hard-won fans. But most importantly we loved playing live. Taking these memories and replanting them into 2017 has not been easy. How do you do it? How should it sound? Are we little more than a heritage band?

These were the questions rattling around my head as I tried to find a way to celebrate the bands 40th anniversary. The answers ended up being very simple – Don’t over think it – Just do it. Enjoy every minute of it. Play the songs like it might be the last time. Give it everything. And then…….there’s the new stuff!!! The beginning of something new rather than the end of something old.”

Indeed new music is on the way with ‘Burning Cities’ the first album from The Skids in 35 years currently available on pre-sale via pledge music.

The Skids play the Ironworks, Inverness on October the 4 th.

Tickets available here

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