John Power to perform in Motherwell

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Liverpudlian John Power arrives at Motherwell Theatre next week and is sure to bring back memories of the ‘Britpop’ boom.

He is best known as The La’s ex-bassist and singer/guitarist with his band Cast, which formed in 1993 and played its part in the seismic Britpop boom of the mid-90s, alongside contemporaries such as Oasis and Blur.

John released his first solo album, Happening For Love, in 2003 after Cast had split the previous year.

He then rejoined The La’s during their reformation in 2005, returning to his position as bassist, and admits his following two albums - 2006’s Willow Weeps and 2008’s Stormbreaker - were directly influenced by his reunion.

John said: “I started listening again to all the rootsy, bluesy stuff The La’s were influenced by.

“In my head, I became a yodelling country blues dude. I’d forgotten what it was like travelling with a guitar, staying in bum hotels, playing boozers, and not living on your laurels.

“But I was also staunchly against being a parody nostalgia trip. I had the bit between my teeth to write the songs.”

John’s presence among luminaries such as Ian Brown, John Squire and Mick Jones on the 2011 Hillsborough Justice Tour was a welcome reminder of where he truly belongs.

His solo tour features all the Cast classics, his solo acoustic work and tracks from the latest Cast release following their own reunion, last year’s Troubled Times.

John Power is at Motherwell Theatre on Thursday, October 24, at 7.30pm.

Tickets costing £12 are available by calling the box office on 01698 403 120 or visiting NLC entertainment

Meanwhile, the Johnny Herbert Formula One Show, which was rescheduled from May and due to take place at Motherwell Concert Hall on Sunday, has been rescheduled for a second time to Friday, February 28.