Charlatans return ready for some Different Days on tour

From left, Mark Collins, Tim Burgess, Tony Rogers and MArtin Blunt are The Charlatans
From left, Mark Collins, Tim Burgess, Tony Rogers and MArtin Blunt are The Charlatans

The Charlatans, O2 Academy, Sheffield, Thursday, November 30, thecharlatans.net

British indie-rock favourites The Charlatans release their latest album next week – and have now revealed plans for a UK tour to accompany it, including a show in Sheffield.

Different Days, released on Friday, May 26, features an array of special guests, including Paul Weller, Johnny Marr and New Order’s Stephen Morris.

And the band have announced details of a full UK and Ireland tour for 2017.

Kicking off at Nottingham’s Rock City on November 29,the band play 11 dates in total, taking in Brixton Academy on December 9 before finishing in Belfast two days later – and including a show at Sheffield’s O2 Academy on Thursday, November 30.

The band – Mark Collins on guitar, Martin Blunt on bass, frontman Tim Burgess and Tony Rogers on keyboards – will be joined by The Verve’s Pete Salisbury on drums, after founding drummer Jon Brookes died from brain cancer in 2013.

Tim says: “We love playing live – our last tour was my favourite we’ve ever done and I’m thinking these dates might be even better.

“We’re looking forward to seeing everyone.”

Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Friday, May 19, at 10am, from www.thecharlatans.net

The band was formed in the West Midlands in the late 1980s, before relocating to Northwich, Tim’s hometown, when he was recruited as lead singer before the release of debut single Indian Rope.

Different Days, the band’s 13th studio album, follows the success of 2015’s Modern Nature, which earned the band their eighth top-10 hit on the album chart, a list which includes three number ones – 1990 debut Some Friendly, 1995’s The Charlatans and 1997’s follow-up Tellin’ Stories.

The band have also enjoyed a string of hit singles, including The Only One I Know, One to Another, North Country Boy, How High, Weirdo and Just When You’re Thinkin’ Things Over.

For Different Days, the band opened their doors to friends to contribute and collaborate.

Marr reportedly dropped by for an hour, but stayed for five and features on three songs.

Morris, who briefly helped out on Modern Nature, the band’s last album, extended his role on this album to seven tracks of drumming and programming.

Both Ian Rankin and Kurt Wagner offer spoken word contributions and Catastrophe writer/actress Sharon Horgan, an old friend of Tim’s, sings backing vocals on the title track.

As the spirit of collaboration prospered, Tim fast-tracked a long-discussed team-up with Paul Weller on the expansive, album finale Spinning Out.