>Ultravox: Return to Eden 2

>Hi folks,
So Ultravox have announced another batch of UK gigs for April next year, how exciting.

I remember the lead up to the Return to Eden tour which took place in April this year….. there was a lot of speculation and a buzz….. “will they, won’t they?”…….. “Surely they won’t get back together, so much water has gone under the bridge”….. well they surprised us all and announced a reuion and a UK tour. It sold out across the nation and now after announcing some dates in Europe, they’re doing more UK dates!
This gives me the perfect opportunity to reminisce over the 2009 tour and share some photos with you 🙂
The first date of the tour was my home town of Edinburgh at the Playhouse. When they walked on the stage the roof nearly came off the roar of the crowd was deafening! What an amazing feeling and sense of emotion….. they hadn’t played together for 24 years and here they were!
Live Music Photographer Edinburgh Playhouse Live Music Photographer Edinburgh Playhouse

Live Music Photographer Edinburgh Playhouse Live Music Photographer Edinburgh Playhouse

Live Music Photographer Edinburgh Playhouse
The second date of the tour was the SECC in Glasgow, and I had thought that this would have been the most lively crowd…. not only as that’s the reputation the Glaswegian audiences tend to have but because it was Midge’s home town.
Unfortunately, whilst still a lively and appreciative audience, they were quite a bit more reserved than the Edinburgh crowd.
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Live Music Photographer Edinburgh Playhouse
Live Music Photographer Edinburgh Playhouse
Live Music Photographer Edinburgh Playhouse
These photographs were all taken without the benefit of a photo or “presspass”. Despite members of the band, management, venues and the promoters all knowing that I would taking photographs, communication between agencies and in particular Live Nation was so poor that no pass was forth-coming. Therefore these were taken in normal lively standing crowd conditions whilst trying not to get caught by security. Not an easy task.
Let’s hope they get the situation resolved this time around, as the opportunity to capture some truely spectacular shots was missed.
I later joined them again for the London Hammersmith gig, but this time with no pro equipment. It just wasn’t worth the risk my kit getting damaged, or confiscated and it is extremely heavy, so not ideal to travel with.
So, although there are no Scottish dates announced this time (I must confess myself surprised by this given the audience reaction this time round) I’m sure these gigs will be spectacular and some great shots will be captured by any photographers in attendance.