A HUGE year beckons for MICHAEL HEAD with the launch of a new album, the release of his long-awaited autobiography, Ciao Ciao Bambino: A Magical Memoir, and a UK tour.

‘Loophole,’ set for release in May, is the new album from Michael Head and The Red Elastic Band. It covers six decades of music, loves, losses, long summer days and longer, darker nights, and contains latest single, ‘Shirl’s Ghost.’  

“Shirl was a neighbour of mine, living in the flat above me,” explained Head. “She was a collector, with sequinned dresses from her dancing days around the world hanging around the place. Amongst these piles of stuff was her mum’s ashes, but she couldn’t find them. Before getting evicted, she asked me to find them. I did that, handed them to her and shortly after weird things started happening around the flat. My son, Arlo’s theory was that I’d disturbed her, and we were living in a Toxteth ghost story.”

Produced at YAWN Studios in West Kirby with producer, Bill Ryder-Jones, the album features the full cast of The Red Elastic Band’s musicians, Phil Murphy (drums), Tom Powell (bass), Nathaniel Cummings (guitars/backing vocals) and Martin Smith (trumpet).

And fans of Head’s four decade back catalogue and readers ready for a ride through half a century of popular culture, will delight in news that his long-awaited autobiography, ‘Ciao Ciao Bambino: A Magical Memoir,’ is due for publication (Nine Eight Books) in August.

Asked to reflect on the majesty and mayhem of his musical life, remembering a supporting cast of unlikely celebrity companions, music industry legends, miscreants and those loved and lost, the book and the album link arms to tell Head’s remarkable story.

UK tour dates:

May 02         Glasgow, Mackintosh Church

May 03         Newcastle, Gosforth Civic Centre

May 04         Leeds, City Varieties

May 08         Brighton, CHALK

May 09         London, Earth Theatre

May 10         Manchester, Gorilla

Dec 13          Liverpool, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Details: Band | Michael Head Official | Liverpool

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