The Blockheads

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Formed in 1977 to promote Ian Durys' album 'New Boots and Panties' on the first Stiff Records tour of the U.K. Chaz Jankel, Norman Watt-Roy, Charlie Charles, John Turnbull and Mick Gallagher became known as 'The Blockheads'.

In 1978 released 'What a Waste' that reached number five in the U.K. charts. They were then joined by saxophonist Davey Payne and toured the U.S.A supporting Lou Reed across North America ending with their own dates in California.

 

In 1978 Chaz composed 'Hit me with your Rhythm Stick' with Ian, and in 1979 had a number one hit record with it in the U.K. They went on to record the 'Do it Yourself' album and toured Europe and the U.K. recording 'Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3' in Rome. Released as a single in late 1979 it reached number three in the U.K. charts.

 

In 1980 Wilko Johnson joined to record and release a third album called 'Laughter' and released 'I Want to be Straight' and 'Supermans Big Sister' as singles. They toured throughout 1981 in the U.K and Europe, ending the year with a tour of Australia.

 

In 1982 Ian Dury & The Blockheads disbanded and were not to play together again until 1987 when they went out to Japan to play three shows, disbanding again until 1990 when the death of Charlie Charles in September of that year re-united them to play two Benefit gigs at The Forum, Camden Town in aid of Charlies' family. The band recorded a live album 'Warts & Audience' at the Brixton Academy in December 1990.

 

In 1994 the band were invited to play the Madstock Festival in Finsbury Park which led to a series of hit and run gigs in Europe, Ireland, the U.K.and Japan throughout the rest of 1994 and 1995. In March 1996 Ian was diagnosed with cancer and, after recovering from an operation, was determined to write another album.

 

To this end The Blockheads went into rehearsal in August 1996 and began recording. The album 'Mr. Lovepants' was released in 1998 and in May, Ian & The Blockheads hit the road again.

 

The band now including Dylan Howe and Gilard Atzmon continued to play gigs throughout 1999. The last performance by Ian Dury & The Blockheads was February 6th 2000 at The London Palladium. Ian died at 9am on 27th March 2000.

 

At this point the band had to make a decision to either stop or continue. The choice was made and the band have continued making albums and touring the world. Now almost two decades since Ian passed away The Blockheads still perform to packed out venues around the world.

 

A new fan base has continued to build on the on the foundations already laid. Now after over thirty years The Blockheads are still building their wall of sound and it just gets bigger and better.

CURRENT TOUR DATES INCLUDE

 

2022

AUGUST 2022

Friday 5th    Rebellion Festival, Blackpool 

 

SEPTEMBER 2022

Saturday 10th     Whitham Public Hall, Whitham, Essex

 

OCTOBER 2022

Saturday 1st  X-Fest, Halifax Victoria Theatre, Halifax 

NOVEMBER 2022

Wednesday 2nd    Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High St, Shoreham by Sea

Sunday 13th    The Studio, Portsmouth Guildhall, Portsmouth

Saturday 19th    Strings Bar and Venue, Isle of Wight 

Sunday 20th    The Studio, Portsmouth Guildhall, Portsmouth

DECEMBER 2022

Thursday 8th    The Powerhaus, Camden

2023

 

FEBRUARY 2023

Saturday 25th    OGV Podium, Windmill Brae, Aberdeen 

MARCH 2023

Saturday 25th    The Picture Dome, Holmfirth 

MORE DATES TO FOLLOW...

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT COLIN BLACK  07846 427 810