By Alan Davies
Monday, October 28, 2013
THE Big Reunion stars 911 are coming to Stevenage, in Hertfordshire, next year for a live date as part of their UK tour.
IT’S an unlikely story of chart stardom.
Britpop and club music collided in 1995 when Jimmy Constable met Spike Dawbarn whilst working as a dancer on the cult late-night TV show The Hit Man and Her.
Jimmy and Spike started to receive more recognition than the acts they were dancing for and decided to start a pop group of their own.
911 was born.
Lee Brennan soon joined and after achieving two consecutive top 40 singles independently, including debut hit Night To Remember, the fledgling ‘boy band’ were soon snapped up by Virgin Records after a major label bidding war.
The band crossed over as the boys scored their first UK top 10 hit in 1996 with the single Don’t Make Me Wait.
A succession of top 10 hits followed, including number two smash More Than A Woman, their massive signature anthem Bodyshakin’ and their sole UK number one, A Little Bit More.
911 were one of only five music acts to score 10 consecutive top 10 hits in the 1990s and the band soon became one of the biggest selling touring acts in the UK.
Despite enjoying huge success in Asia, where their debut album The Journey topped the charts across that region for a total of 20 weeks, the band decided to split in February 2000 at the height of their fame.
The trio announced the break-up live on Chris Moyles’ BBC Radio 1 show, with hundreds of tearful fans in attendance.
The band members then went their separate ways for a decade.
However, the original line-up reunited last year for the ITV2 documentary series The Big Reunion, along with fellow chart-toppers 5ive, Atomic Kitten, Liberty X, B*Witched and Blue.
A 16-date sell-out arena tour followed, and December will see the boys back in concert arenas for The Big Reunion Christmas Party Tour.
Following the success of The Big Reunion, 911 have announced a string of live dates of their own for spring 2014.
And the 90s band’s UK tour will stop by the Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre on Sunday, March 30.
As well as announcing next year’s tour, Lee, Spike and Jimmy have also released a new album, Illuminate – The Hits and More.
To show the reunion is no short-term publicity stunt, the trio have also written and recorded seven new tracks for the album, including single 2 Hearts 1 Love, and have re-recorded seven of their greatest hits.
The album is only available to download via iTunes, Google Play and Amazon.
Tickets for 911 live in concert in Stevenage are on sale now, costing £23 and £21. Call the box office on 01438 363200 or visit www.gordon-craig.co.uk
VIP tickets, including a meet and greet with the band, are only available over the phone.