News on Stuart Adamson, Robert Earl Keen, & More
A tribute concert in memory of Stuart Adamson, the late singer/guitarist and chief songwriter of '80s rock act Big Country, will take place May 31 at Glasgow's Barrowlands, Billboard Bulletin reports. The concert will benefit two charities, one associated with alcoholism, and the other with suicide. As previously reported, Adamson committed suicide on Dec. 16 2001, after a lengthy battle with alcoholism.
The surviving members of Big Country, plus Adamson's previous band the Skids, are confirmed to perform. Other artists lined up include members of Celtic rock act Runrig, former Ultravox frontman Midge Ure, Bebop Deluxe founder and former Skids producer Bill Nelson, and ex-Stranglers frontman Hugh Cornwell.
Adamson had five U.K. top-40 hit singles and three top-40 albums with the Skids, plus a further four U.K. top-40 singles and seven consecutive top-40 albums with Big Country. The latter act's biggest U.S. success was in 1983 with the single "In a Big Country" and parent album "The Crossing," which reached No. 18 on the Hot 100 and No. 17 on The Billboard 200, respectively.
-- Tom Ferguson, London