Well, after much deliberation and weighing in with my wife and friends as well as commenters on PPM, the decision was made to accentuate the positive and put to rest my angst regarding Midge Ure. I’ve come to the realization that it seemed petty of me to grouse about him to the extent that I have. Kind of small of me, really. If I haven’t enjoyed much of his last 30 years of work, that must weigh against the first five years of it where he was one of the brightest lights in my musical universe. His accomplishments between the years of 1976-1985 should rightly be the stuff of legend.
- teen pop stardom in the UK with the prefab group Slik – 1976
- New Wave band The Rich Kids formed after Glen Matlock got the ouster from the Sex Pistols – 1977-78
- Visage formed as studio project to refine nascent New Romantic sentiment into dancefloor fillers – 1978-1982
- Fronting a Foxx-free Ultravox who achieved widespread success [except in America] – 1980-1986
- Band Aid Trustee #2 who was Bob Geldof’s right hand man on that project – 1984-current
I’ve passed up earlier Ure appearances in Atlanta. In 1993 he opened for Howard Jones, but I had no idea of this, or else I would have driven there for it. As late as January 17, 2015, he was playing Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta with Murry Attaway [!] opening but I could not muster the trip for Midge Ure with acoustic guitar. Even after all of these years and not seeing him. Besides, driving on a trip from my home in the dead of winter is no game to be playing. Getting stranded in or out of town would be disastrous. When I saw that this time he was touring with a band, then was when the idea began forming that maybe I should finally see this guy who is on about 250 discs in my home!
The knowledge that he was playing music from his entire career electrically, meant that I would probably love at least half of it. There’s even the possibility that I might like some of the later material in new arrangements for his backing band this time out. Hearing material live and electric from “Vienna,” “Visage,” “Rage In Eden, and “Quartet” will undoubtedly be justification for attending right there. I have a feeling I will be there with a big dumb grin on my face as he hits the Midge Ure sweet spot. And quite frankly, the song that I am most wanting to hear from Mr. Ure now is not even on those albums. It’s his 1986 non-LP single “Call Of The Wild” that after deciding to attend this show, I simply cannot get out of my cranium!
Recently, I played my digitized copy of the awe inspiring 12″ single mix of this cut for about an hour and I’m still not quite sated. Hopefully he will have this one in the set list. The first show on this 2016 leg of his North American Tour begins tonight at the Revolution Bar + Music Hall in Amityville, NY. I’ll be interested in peeking at the set lists that surface inevitably on the web once that tour gets underway. Join us later for more Midge Ure coverage. This has been a long time coming for me and I’m beginning to get a little excited at the notion of seeing him.
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