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The Pad Presents: The Skids + Spear of Destiny

Sunday 27 May 2018

Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square MK40 1SL


The Skids formed in 1977 in their home town of Dunfermline, Scotland by Richard Jobson, Stuart Adamson, Bill Simpson & Tom Kellichan. After releasing an independent single the band were played by John Peel, supported The Clash in concert and then were signed to Virgin Records in 1978. Their first singles were ‘Sweet Surburbia’‘The Saints are Coming’ and ‘Into the Valley’ - the latter reaching the UK Top Ten in early 1979.

Their seminal debut album ‘Scared to Dance’; came out in 1979 and was quickly followed by two chart singles – ‘Masquerade’ and ‘Working for the Yankee Dollar’. Both singles were taken from the Bill Nelson (Be Bop Deluxe) produced second album ‘Days in Europa’. The album also featured new member Rusty Egan of Rich Kids & Visagefame after the departure of Tom Kellichan. The band released two more albums ‘The Absolute Game’ (1980) and ‘Joy’ (1981) before splitting. Stuart Adamson went on to have worldwide success with his new band Big Country.

Fastforward to 2018 and with a new album recorded and ready to go, this is the band’s first tour in 40 years and the response has been phenomenal.  

Very special guest for the evening performing together as a one-off are Spear of Destiny.  Following a busy 2017, cult post punk band Theatre of Hate front man the legendary Kirk Brandon revives his other timeless moniker Spear of Destiny for 2018.  With 13 albums to their name and vast collection of classic tracks SOD never stand still  and are looking to release new material in 2018 – some of which of which will feature in their live sets.   Recent shows have included classic tracks such as  ‘Young Men’, ‘Titanium Man’, ‘Come Back’, ‘Grapes of Wrath’, ‘The Wheel’, ‘Liberator’, ‘Land of Shame’, ’Rainmaker’, ‘Pumpkin Man’ and the anthemic ‘Never Take Me Alive’ as well some of the newer tracks due to surface on the next record. 

As very special guests Spear of Destiny will be playing a full set and will take to the stage at 7.30pm sharp with the doors now opening 30 minutes earlier than originally advertised.

Timings as follows:

Doors 7pm

Spear of Destiny 7.30pm – 8.45pm (1hr 15)

The Skids 9.15pm to 10.45pm (1hr 30)

Finish 10.45

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