Big Country - 5 reasons to go see
- Doug Johnstone
- 13 December 2007
- It’s been a long time since they rock’n’rolled.
In actual fact, it’s been seven years since the band hit a stage, and a full 25 years since the Dunfermline outfit formed from the ashes of The Skids. Based around singer and guitarist Stuart Adamson, the band went on to become one of the biggest bands of the 80s.
- It’s a tribute to Stuart Adamson.
Adamson tragically committed suicide by hanging himself in a Hawaii hotel room in 2001, after disappearing a month beforehand. Adamson had suffered for years with depression and alcohol abuse, and initially the other band members decided to give up. But time is a great healer, and with bassist Tony Butler taking over vocals, the band are back touring as a three-piece.
- They produced the best Scottish album of all time.
Of course, this assertion is massively open to debate, but the band’s The Crossing album from 1983 did recently top an online poll, beating Primal Scream, Franz Ferdinand, Simple Minds and Teenage Fanclub into the bargain.
- They have famous fans.
The band have always been a favourite of other musicians, with The Rolling Stones and The Who both raving about them as a support act. Paul Weller was another massive fan, while Ray Davies frequently collaborated with Stuart Adamson.
- It’s a beginning, not an end.
The three remaining members have been so enthused by rekindling their relationship that they’re heading into the studio to record some new songs, with an album pencilled in for next year.