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Dexys Plot Headline UK Tour For 2022, Share Details Of 'Too-Rye-Ay' Rework

Monday, 06 September 2021 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: Sandra Vijandi

Dexys, the band formerly known as Dexys Midnight Runners, have announced UK tour for autumn 2022.

Best known for singles such as Come On Eileen, Geno, and Jackie Wilson Said, the group will kick off their Too-Rye-Ay, As It Could Have Sounded Tour on September 17 in Bath. Other stops include Brighton, Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle, Birmingham, Cambridge, Cardiff, York, and London, where they'll wrap up at the Palladium on October 2. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on September 10.

The trek shares its name with a forthcoming reworked edition of the 1982 Dexys Midnight Runners LP 'Too-Rye-Ay', due out through Universal in 2022, marking what will be the 40th anniversary of the original record. A release date is still to be confirmed. Singer-songwriter Kevin Rowland said: 

"For many years, I’ve struggled with 'Too Rye Ay'. I was never happy with many of the mixes on the record. Tracks like Eileen, and one or two others were really good, but with most others, while I felt the performances were really good, that didn’t come over properly in the mixes.

"I even felt fraudulent promoting the album, because I knew it didn’t sound as good as it should have.

"And of course, the irony was, it was by far our most successful Dexys album, because of the worldwide success of Come On Eileen. I knew there were other songs on there just as good as Eileen, but they hadn’t been realised properly.

"So, I was absolutely delighted to get this opportunity to remix the album with the masterful Pete Schwier who has worked with Dexys since 1985 and Helen O' Hara (Original violinist on the album), is also helping.

"I'm so into doing this album, that we are doing shows to promote it, next year, where we will play the whole of the album from start to finish, as well as other Dexys favourites.

"There is no way on earth I would be doing this tour or even promoting a normal 40th anniversary re-issue, if it wasn't for the opportunity to remix it and present it how it could have sounded. This is like a new album for me. It is an absolute labour of love. I want people to hear the album as it was meant to sound."

Dexys Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Sat September 17 2022 - BATH Forum
Sun September 18 2022 - OXFORD New Theatre
Mon September 19 2022 - BRIGHTON Dome
Wed September 21 2022 - MANCHESTER Albert Hall
Thu September 22 2022 - GLASGOW Royal Concert Hall
Sat September 24 2022 - NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE O2 City Hall
Mon September 26 2022 - BIRMINGHAM Symphony Hall
Tue September 27 2022 - CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange
Thu September 29 2022 - CARDIFF St Davids Hall
Fri September 30 2022 - YORK Barbican
Sun October 02 2022 - LONDON Palladium

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