Big Country aim to make a big noise in Motherwell

Big Country will be appearing at Motherwell Concert Hall next month after fans demanded they reform.
Big Country will be appearing at Motherwell Concert Hall next month after fans demanded they reform.

Big Country founder Bruce Watson only expected the band to last a couple of years, but thanks to the internet they are still rocking 34 years later.

The group who had 14 Top 40 hits in the 80s and 90s, including Fields of Fire, Look Away, In a Big Country and King of Emotion perform at Motherwell Concert Hall on Saturday, December 5.

Bruce says after the death of Stuart Adamson in 2001 he decided the band were finished, but after pleas from fans they agreed to go back on the road.

He said: “I can’t believe here we are 34 years on and Big Country are still performing , if I’m honest I thought maybe we’d last a couple of years.

“We had actually split up long before Stuart passed away, but it was kinda assumed we would get back together at some point.

“After he died I was clear that was the end of Big Country, but there was a such a push from the fans online with the likes of forums and Twitter for us to start touring again.

“Being human I’m allowed to change my mind and we reformed for the 30th anniversary of the band in 2011, that might have just been a one-off, but there proved to be such an appetite to hear us that we kept going.”

Even since reforming four years ago Big Country has undergone several line-up changes, but Bruce says while the music endures the actual musicians doesn’t matter too much.

He said: “While myself and (drummer) Mark Brzezicki are in the band we will always be Big Country.

“I think the difference between us and a lot of our contemporaries was that we were all musicians rather than just having a singer who couldn’t play anything.

“As such it always has been and always will be about the music, we always gave great credit to our producers like Steve Lillywhite and Robin Millar, and when we take to the stage we ensure the songs still sound like they did 20/30 years ago.”

Although the new line-up, which also includes Bruce’s son Jamie on guitar and lead singer Simon Hough, can sometimes be found in the studio Bruce says they are much happier performing live on stage - even if it can be a little tricky deciding exactly what they are going to play when they get there.

He said: “We have gone into the studio from time to time and put a new track or a new EP up on our website, but we have no plans for a new album and certainly wouldn’t be taking ourselves away for six weeks or whatever to make one when we could be out touring.

“Aside from that we have written so many songs that people already want to hear that we don’t really need any more, it’s hard enough deciding what to put on the setlist, sometimes it feels like leaving out your best friend when picking football teams.

“We always enjoyed coming through to the west from Fife back in the day and now we are mostly based in the north of England we love the opportunity to come ‘home’.”

The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets costing £21 are available by calling 01698 403120 or visiting Culture NL