At the heart of the futuristic new dawn in the late 1970s were two records that set the template for what was to follow - Visage’s single ‘Fade To Grey’ and Ultravox’s single ‘Vienna’.
The global hits shared the same stark ambience, European aesthetic and electronic heart, and the albums that birthed those landmark singles expanded that sonic palette even further and brought the art-school alternative into the mainstream.
Both records were co-written, recorded and produced by Midge Ure and not only transformed the charts around the globe, but his life in the process.
'Autumn 1979 was a pivotal point in my career trajectory...Over the previous two years I had grown from ‘pop band’ (Slik) to ‘post punk band’ (The Rich Kids) to being a stand in guitarist for Thin Lizzy. Over the course of autumn into winter 1979, while working on the Visage project with Billy Currie, I was invited to join Ultravox. The work we did that winter on the Vienna album was an exhilarating rush of creativity the likes of which I had never experienced before.' - Midge Ure
Four decades on, as we come towards the end of another turbulent decade, The 1980 Tourreminds us that we can face the next decade with the same optimism and futuristic brightness that flooded the 1980s.
Brought to life by Midge Ure and Band Electronica, this is the very first time in the 40 years since it was made that the Vienna album will be performed in its entirety. It is also the first time that many of the songs from the debut Visage album will be played live
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