JIMMY PURSEY REFORMS ORIGINAL SHAM 69
Jimmy Pursey (vocals), Dave Parsons (guitar), Dave Tregunna (bass), Mark Cain (drums).
Jimmy Pursey, founder member and singer with legendary punk band, Sham 69, is
reforming the band for a show at London’s new venue, Electric Brixton, on
Saturday 29th October 2011.
Formed in Hersham in 1975, Sham 69 became one of London’s must-go-see bands.
Their first single, “I Don’t Wanna” , produced by John Cale (formerly of Velvet
Underground) was released on Step Forward Records in 1977, and its success
prompted Polydor Records to sign them up.
1978 was a busy year for Sham 69 - “Borstal Breakout”, released in January, was
followed by their first UK chart success with “Angels With Dirty Faces”, which got to
number 19 in May. “If The Kids Are United”, the last single to be taken from their
debut album, “Tell Us the Truth” reached number 9 in July and “Hurry Up Harry” ,
taken from the band’s second album, “That’s Life” peaked at number 10 in October.
Various line ups have continued over the years, playing old and new material all
around the world, and the time has now come, due to popular demand, for the original
line up - the one we know and love - to get together once more for this special occasion.
“Being asked by so many people to do a gig is heartwarming” says Jimmy “but feeling
and wanting to be back in the best live punk band in the world is heart pumping”
Opening its doors this autumn, Electric Brixton is bringing back to life the iconic
venue previously known as The Fridge and, before that, The Ace. Sham 69 will be
among one of the first bands to play as the phoenix rises from the ashes (literally, the
roof having been devastated by a fire some years ago).
Steve Forster commented on the re-opening of Electric Brixton “the venue has
a long history of delivering great events over the last 30 years, going back
to its original incarnation in the late 70's and 80's as the ACE. We are delighted
that SHAM 69 are re-uniting in their original line up to headline our 'ACE' series
of gigs. As one of the original authentic Punk acts, we know that people will travel
from far and wide for this unique event. Hopefully, this will be the first of many such
events coming to the venue over the coming months"