Shalamar celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Friends by performing the full album live in concert for the first time!
The Friends 40th Anniversary tour commenced in June 2023 and for the very first time the band will perform all 10 tracks from the album in full. As Howard Hewett lead singer said, 'throughout the years we’ve played the 4 hit singles plus varying other tracks from the album but never the whole 10 tracks, for a lot of people (over a million copies were sold in the UK alone) Friends was their ‘go to’ album of the early 80’s.'
Indeed in the days of soul boy cars such as Fiesta XR2i and Escort XR3i the sound of ‘Friends’ blasting out the in car speaker system was ever present!
Over the years the fashions and era of soul and dance music have evolved – but as Daryl Easlea states, 'for people of a certain age, it is almost impossible not to lift your right elbow up in a herky-jerky motion when you hear Ernest ‘Pepper’ Reed’s guitar introduction of A Night to Remember. Lovely.'
Since then the band has evolved and in 2003, saw the daughter of Solar Records Founder Dick Griffey join the band as the female lead vocalist. Carolyn Griffey now fronts the band alongside original members Howard Hewett and Jeffrey Daniel from the classic 1982 line up.
Shalamar bring with them a special guest, UK’s favourite Soulstress Jaki Graham.