Skids swansong for Dunfermline DVD launch?

Dunfermline Press article by Gary Fitzpatrick
read the original article here

The memorable Skids home town concert at the Alhambra in March has been captured on film and will be released at a special launch event.

The fund-raiser for the 'Help for Heroes' at the Carnegie Hall on 31st October will feature the first screening of the movie as well as an acoustic gig by the band, perhaps their last ever.

Those present in the packed audience will long remember the electric atmosphere as the Skids turned back the clock with a wonderful performance of hits such as 'Into the Valley', 'The Saints are Coming', 'Masquerade' and 'Yankee Dollar'.

The film is the work of Richard Jobson singer, film director and music video creator for artists such as Richard Ashcroft.

The Skids frontman told the Press, "You've probably heard it before but this could well be the last performance of the band. I start a new film soon and it's hard to see when will be able to get together again."

Looking back to the Alhambra concert, Richard said, "It was an incredible night. I can't remember a better atmosphere - ever. The vibe was just right and everybody was there to have a great time.

"It was just amazing to look out and see the faces. There were those who had been there from the beginning and some had brought their children and grandchildren in some cases.

"It was a great night and the end of the Fifer Festival week. I enjoyed being able to spend time with young people who were interested in a career in film-making and music.

"The legacy of the Skids is to encourage these young people to believe that if they want to do something then do it and not to listen to what anyone else says.

"We didn't get much encouragement when we started certainly from the older generation who either thought the whole thing was threatening or didn't like the music. But each generation comes along and has their own thing to say."

The Alhambra gig was captured using Canon 5D Mark II stills cameras which have hi-spec video capability and being compact gave the photographers great flexibility of movement.

"I didn't want the enjoyment of the audience to be spoilt by cameramen running around all over the place getting in their way and blocking the view," said Richard.

"By using this technology, the team, who I've worked with before and are very talented, could move around freely and the results are spectacular.

"This will be the first time it's been used in that environment and when people see what we've achieved I'm sure many will want to follow. We had five cameras but when you see the film you would think we had 50 in there."

The DVD is intercut with the interview Skids fan and Rebus author Ian Rankin conducted with Richard earlier that week as part of the Fifer Festival.

"One point I was making was the thing about a Skids gig was that the audience were same type of people as the band. There was never anything pompous about a Skids gig."

Richard previously helped the people of New Orleans in the aftermath of the Hurricane Katrina disaster to the tune of a massive £500,000. That was the figure he would have made in royalties from U2 and Green Day's cover of 'The Saints are Coming' released for the Music Rising appeal.

This time the beneficiary will be the Help for Heroes campaign and a prevalent theme in the Skids songs was the fate of young people who joined the army as a way out of unemployment.

At that time, back in the '70s. the young recruits were thrown into the turmoil of Northern Ireland at the height of the Troubles and in recent years it has been Iraq and Afghanistan.

Richard said, "I feel for these young men and women. The thing's come full circle back to when we were writing the songs with the economic situation and the lack of chances for young people.

"When there are no jobs one of the things young people are told is to join the army and they can learn something. When it's the British Government involved the chances are you're going to be sent to a war somewhere.

"These people have joined up to serve their country and some have been badly injured. Whether you agree with the war in Iraq or Afghanistan is irrelevant.

"Sometimes we turn our back on these young men and women and that shouldn't happen."

The Skids DVD premiere and launch night on 31st October starts at 6pm and tickets are on sale priced £10. Prizes, including a signed guitar, will up for grabs in the raffle.

Dunfermline launch for The Skids' new DVD

Original Article in the Courier Newspaper


Frontman Richard Jobson and special guests will be at the official launch of the Skids Live 2010 DVD on October 31.

The DVD will go on sale officially at the event which will include live music performances, as well as the first showing on the big screen.

Copies will be for sale and raffle prizes will include tickets for events at the Carnegie Hall, a signed guitar and a signed photo.

The event is in aid of Help For Heroes, the charity which promotes and protects the health of those who have been wounded while serving in the armed forces.

The DVD features footage of The Skids’ 2010 tour, which included a memorable concert at the Alhambra Theatre as part of Celebrating Fife 2010.

The format for the evening has a 6pm-6.30pm introduction and acoustic performance, followed by a break before a DVD showing, raffle prizegiving and signing of the DVD.

Tickets cost £10.

Skids 2010 DVD Premiere showing now confirmed

The Carnegie Hall in Dunfermline will be playing host to the Skids Live 2010 DVD Premiere showing on Sunday 31st October 2010, the show starts at 6pm, tickets have been priced at a very reasonable £10 with NO BOOKING FEES!

Tickets are on sale in person from the Carnegie Hall Box Office
Carnegie Hall
East Port
KY12 7JA

tel: 01383 602302

Mon to Fri 10.00am - 9.00pm, Sat 9.00am - 3.30pm, (till 8pm on show nights).

Tickets will also available to buy online soon from the Carnegie Hall website and some tickets will also be available soon from Third Base Records in Chapel Street.

If you want to be really quick and get seats as near to the front as possible then click this link

Richard Jobson and special guests are pleased to be hosting the official launch of The Skids Live 2010 DVD.
Sunday 31st October will see the premiere showing of the new DVD at the prestigious Carnegie Hall.
The DVD will go on sale officially at this event which will include live music performances as well as the first showing of the DVD on the big screen.

Copies of the new DVD will be available for sale and some very special raffle prices can also be won, prizes include tickets for events at the Carnegie Hall, a signed guitar, a signed framed photo and more.

This event is in aid of Help For Heroes a charity which promotes and protects the health of those who have been wounded in the armed forces.


Big Country are back! new announcement from the Big Country website

Original news post from the Big Country website news page 


Legendary 80's rockers Big Country are all set to return to the stage and have announced 4 UK shows to take place in December 2010 and January 2011. More may be added.

The band exploded onto the scene in 1983 with anthemic songs such as 'Fields Of Fire' and 'In A Big Country' which were culled from their classic debut album 'The Crossing' which sold several million worldwide. They followed up with a number one album 'Steeltown' and released 8 studio albums all of which entered the Top Ten. Big Country released 28 singles 5 of which were also Top Ten.

Approaching their 30th anniversary, the band are lining up concerts for a period of celebration that will not only embrace their illustrious past but also honour the life and times of original lead singer, guitarist and co-founder Stuart Adamson, who passed away so tragically in 2001. Taking on the mantle of lead singer and joining the band for these dates and more will be Mike Peters of fellow celtic rockers The Alarm.

"I first met Stuart on stage at a U2 concert in Hammersmith Palais back in 1983" says Mike Peters. "Bono introduced us to his audience as being "part of the the new breed" and Stuart was literally passed up onto the stage by the fans and I shook his hand as I handed him a guitar - an unforgettable entrance. The last time I saw him was also on stage with Big Country at Glasgow Barrowlands for the last night of the Final Fling tour in 2000, when we sang Neil Young's 'Rockin' In The Freeworld' together. When Bruce Watson called and asked me to sing for Big Country, it was something I didn't need to think twice about. I'm looking forward to meeting all the fans again and playing a part in keeping the spirit of Stuart Adamson alive and celebrating the music of a band I have loved from near and afar for the whole of my adult life".

Bass guitarist Tony Butler says "To play again as Big Country was something that was only going to happen if we could find someone who could compliment the band and sing the songs in the way they need to be sung - with heart and soul. Mike Peters from The Alarm has stepped in to fill the premise. It's about time the songs got another airing, and we think Stuart would be pleased too".

The new line up consists of:

Tony Butler - Bass Guitar and Vocals
Mark Brzezicki - Drums and Vocals
Mike Peters - Vocals and Guitar
Bruce Watson - Guitar and Vocals
Jamie Watson - Guitar

Dates are:

Friday 31st Dec - Glasgow, 02ABC
Sunday 2nd Jan - Dunfermline, Alhambra Theatre (standing only, initially)
Monday 3rd Jan - Aberdeen, Lemon Tree
08444 999 990 /

Wednesday 5th Newcastle O2 Academy
Thursday 6th London Islington O2 Academy
Friday 7th Birmingham O2 Academy
Saturday 8th Liverpool O2 Academy

All shows in England are on sale from Saturday 11th September @ 9am via or on 0844 811 0051. Tickets are priced £20 regionally (£22.50 London).

The band's official website will be selling tickets from today – Wednesday 8th September.

The Skids Live 2010 DVD Trailer


If you cant see the Skids DVD trailer please click the link below the movie is in Apple Quicktime format so you will need quicktime installed to view it.

Also available in flash format from Facebook videos 


Into The Valley
The Saints Are Coming
A Woman In Winter
Melancholy Soldiers
Yankee Dollar
Of One Skin
Scared To Dance
The Olympian
Circus Games


The Skids Live 2010 DVD is now available to pre-order

The Skids Live 2010 DVD is now available to pre-order.

The Skids Live 2010 DVD will be officially released at the end of October 2010 as a Limited Edition DVD with Extras. (Region 2 PAL U.K. format)

You can now pre-order and guarantee your own copy before it goes on sale.

Pre-orders can be taken through Paypal, priced at £16 plus £2 postage and packaging.

Payment can be made directly from your Paypal account or by all the major credit cards.



Richard Jobsons - New Town Killers to be shown on Sky Television

Starting on Sky Premiere at 5.40 every night for a week, New Town Killers is also available to watch on Anytime.

For anyone who hasnt seen this movie yet, now is your chance, its a great action packed, thriller with some excellent chase scenes and a great take on some members of societys views on "lower class citizens"

Thanks to Braveman and Stainless for the pointers and reminders.

Win FREE entry to see Bruce & Jamie Watson at The Glen Pavilion

There is a competition open on the Dunfermline Music Scene website to win FREE ENTRY to see Bruce & Jamie Watson in concert, along with The Draymin, Crayons and more bands still to be announced.

The competition is a free prize draw and entries picked out will get into the Music For Mary Charity Concert at the Glen Pavilion on Sunday 29th August.

Crayons are the first Fife band to be announced to play the charity gig in Dunfermline with more bands and details still to be announced.

Remember this is not just a great gig for only £8 it is also a charity fundraiser in association with The Mary Leishman Foundation, Kennys Music and The Kingsgate Shopping Centre, there are some great prizes to be won on the night so some lucky gig-goer could be going home with some special prizes :)

Details on the competition are on the following link.

Some tickets are still available from Third Base Records, Kennys Music, The Old Inn, Blaze in the Kingsgate Shopping Centre and available to  Buy Online


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