Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Hometown show still Viewed as possibility

Hometown show still Viewed as possibility
By Alan Wilson, Rocktalk reporter

DUNDEE’S NUMBER one group The View could play a triumphant homecoming show in the city this year but it is likely to be later rather than sooner.

Dundee was missed out when the band announced an 11-date tour across the UK in April.

Aberdeen Music Hall and the Barrowlands in Glasgow are the only Scottish dates on the tour as View-mania branches out across the UK.

Kieren, Pete, Steve and Kyle are due to tour America in March but band manager Grant Dickson faces a race against time to get their visas and other documentation sorted out to allow them to enter the US to play their first gig on March 3.

If the documentation does not come through in time, the US tour would have to be rescheduled, possibly for May or June, and, with very few gaps in their busy schedule before their T in the Park appearance, it looks unlikely a Caird Hall gig could be slotted in before the summer festival season starts.

Grant confirmed that approaches have been made to the council by The View’s representatives, asking about the possibility of a show at the Caird Hall.

From the band’s tour bus in Dublin, he added, “It’s something they would all love to do but there’s nothing concrete at the minute.”

The band were preparing for their second gig on the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour in Dublin after the success of the first leg at the Ulster Hall in Belfast on Monday.

“They went down a storm, it was a brilliant night and they sold about five times as many T-shirts as everybody else. Dryburgh Soul will now be seen all over Belfast,” he laughed.

“Despite their delight with their big, new, shiny tour bus, the guys miss having hotel rooms to rest and shower before shows.

“They’re all in the venue at the minute queuing up to use the shower,” he said.

“At least they’re able to get a proper sleep in the beds in the bus.

“I think they’re loving the fact that they leave one venue, go to their beds at night and wake up at the next venue in the morning.”

Meanwhile, Grant revealed that guitarist Pete Reilly will once more step into the spotlight as guest rhythm guitarist with Primal Scream at the NME Awards next month, having performed with them on the Russell Brand TV show last year.

“He’s been asked to play with them again so he’s delighted with that.

“They’ll all be there for the awards ceremony.”

The band have been nominated as best new band at the March 1 event and are also up for best single for Wasted Little DJs.

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