Veteran U.K. rocker literally got the surprise of his life last week. Ure was in the middle of an interview recounting his role as the co-writer of Band Aid's 1984 anthem "Do They Know It's Christmas"
Veteran U.K. rocker literally got the surprise of his life last week. Ure was in the middle of an interview recounting his role as the co-writer of Band Aid's 1984 anthem "Do They Know It's Christmas" last Friday on BBC Radio 2, when his co-writer on that project, Bob Geldof, walked into the studio (unbeknownst to Ure) with Michael Aspel, presenter of the long-running U.K. TV series "This Is Your Life."
"It's payback time. I've waited 15 years," said Geldof good-naturedly, before Aspel added, "I needed a bit of live aid on this one, so Bob has come ahead of me so that I could say tonight, Midge Ure, this is your life." According to his official Web site, the show about Ure is due to be broadcast tomorrow (March 28) by BBC1.
In the meantime, Ure is promoting his upcoming U.K. single "Beneath A Spielberg Sky," the upcoming domestic release of the "Move Me" album (probably by Curb, and issued in some European territories last fall), as well as his upcoming acoustic dates in Britain, which begin April 18.
He also spoke to Radio 2 about his part in the Marriott all-star tribute at London's Astoria on April 20, the 10th anniversary of the death of the former Small Faces and Humble Pie star. Ure will play the Small Faces' 1966 U.K. hit "My Mind's Eye" at the event.
"I was a big Stevie Marriott fan. I thought he was one of the best rock singers that the U.K. ever came out with," Ure said. "I sat on a flight with him a month before he died. He was flying to Los Angeles to meet up with Peter Frampton with a view possibly to getting Humble Pie back together. It was on the night of the flight back that he died."
Frampton is flying to London especially for the event, which will also feature a Humble Pie reunion of Jerry Shirley, Greg Ridley, Dave Colwell, Andy Bown and Bobby Tench, plus other U.K. notables such as Roger Chapman and Chris Farlowe.