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The English Beat hit out at audiences filming gigs as they prepare to come home to Birmingham.

The Beat are back in Birmingham – but they’ve issued a plea for audiences not to film their shows.

The band, now called The English Beat, are embarking on a UK tour to promote new material they are releasing next year.

The tour includes a homecoming gig at Birmingham’s O2 Academy on October 3, in the city where they formed in 1978.

But they’d rather nobody filmed the gig with their mobile phones as it spoils the atmosphere – instead they’d like to give fans their own, high quality, recording of the concert.

The band are led by Dave Wakeling who started The Beat with Ranking Roger, Andy Cox, David Steele, Everett Morton and Saxa.

They had hits with the likes of Mirror in the Bathroom, Too Nice to Talk To and Can’t Get Used to Losing You before disbanding in 1983.

Dave moved to America 30 years ago, where he continued with The English Beat, which is what the band were always called Stateside to differentiate from another US band.

Meanwhile Roger carries on in the UK with The Beat with Ranking Roger, and drummer Everett has started his own band called Beat Goes Bang.

“What could be better than three Beats?” laughs Dave, a youthful-looking 59.

Of the upcoming tour and new album, Dave says: “We have a dozen new songs and a special download link to exclusive unreleased tracks for everyone who buys a ticket.

“And we hope to produce a free film of the gigs too, so people can put their phones in their pockets and have a dance rather than watching the gig through a screen.

“There’s something about playing live, looking someone in the face, singing to them and dancing together – there’s a connection there but if you have even just one person standing there with their phone in front of their face, it breaks that connection.

“The subtleties of human connection is still way more sophisticated than computers.

“Plus the footage looks and sounds terrible. I wake up the next day and that really bad video has gone round the world.

“We’re offering to film it for them to make sure it’s quality.

“It does get irritating when they try to be amateur film directors at your expense, shoving people out of the way to film.”

So don’t film, and don’t expect an encore, because they don’t them any more.

Dave explains: “It seems silly that after playing for two hours, people run off and pretend it’s finished but all their equipment is still on.

“Then they run back on, which is the bit that bothered me the most – the theatrical run you have to do.

“It started to get a bit cod so now I just say we are going to finish now.”

Dave is speaking from the car park of the Crowne Plaza Hotel at Atlanta Airport, fresh from playing a show in Atlanta and getting ready to fly out to San Francisco.

They are playing at a private bash for party planners, or, as Dave calls them, “people who book high falutin’ parties for corporations”.

He explains: “We’ve started to do a lot more private shows.

“Some of our fans have done very well over the years and want to splash out a bit. If you want to show off to your old school friends, what better way than to have their favourite band play in your back garden?

“How much would we charge? At least five figures ($10,000) plus expenses. It’s a nice little earner.

“We play quite a lot of parties thrown by computer corporations, especially in Silicon Valley. They really push the boat out, with thousands of people and fireworks.

“I’ve lived in California for 30 years, almost exactly half my life in Birmingham and half in Los Angeles.

“I’ve still got a bit of a Brummie accent but it isn’t like it was. A lot of my English friends who have moved to the US sound much more American, though.

“People like it over here, they say ‘Oh my God I love your accent!’.”

Dave is looking forward to returning to his home city, although he doesn’t think he will be meeting up with his old friend Ranking Roger.

While both fans and Dave would love a reunion, it looks like it’s not going to happen any time soon.

Dave says: “I expect I will see Everett when I’m back, I usually do.

“I have tried to organise a show with Rankin. I thought he would sound great on one of the new tracks and I sent it over to him.

“I thought I was in with a chance but I never heard back.

“I think it will happen eventually, it’s what people want to see, us back together.

“I think it will be fun to do and I think it will happen but you can’t push it until everyone feels comfortable.

“We would all love our favourite groups to stay together forever, but you can’t expect everyone to still get on.

“Take the UB40 split. There does seem to be a lot of animosity there, but I know them all so I try to keep out of it.

“I would say the same thing to them that I say to Roger – we should respect the wishes of the fans.”

Dave was last in Birmingham last year for a gig and was surprised to see just how much it has changed since he grew up in Balsall Heath.

“I went into the city centre and had no idea where I was. I was outraged to start with!

“It reminded me of how my dad must have felt. He never left the city and kept telling me ‘It’s all bloody changed now Dave’.

“It looks like most other cities around the world now, like Pittsburgh or somewhere. It’s a shame it looks more similar to other places than it used to.

“It is a bit easier to get round, though. As a kid I remember dodging the cars in the city centre, playing ‘let’s see if we can cross this street without being hit!’.

“There’s still the dry sense of humour too which I like.

“I like the new library. Over here people don’t use libraries. I’m old enough to remember two libraries before this one!

“I remember seeing an old 17th century manuscript of Nostradamus, I think. You had to make an appointment to see it and you sat there at a table while a man in a brown coat and gloves turned the pages for you.

“When I come back in October I shall do my walk around Balsall Heath and up to Moseley Baths where I was a lifeguard and won lots of swimming medals.

“Maybe that should be made into a concert hall, though it would probably sound awful.”

The English Beat perform at Birmingham’s O2 Academy on October 3 and at The Assembly in Leamington Spa on September 27.

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/music-nightlife-news/english-beat-hit-out-audiences-9832481
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Thanks Sugarman. Looking forward to the Dave /Roger reunion.
He seems pretty sure it will happen. Let`s hope so.
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Enjoyed reading that.

So true about phones. What makes the atmosphere great at gigs is when people are completely in the moment and in the music.

It'd be good to see Roger and Dave patch up their differences - and UB40.
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Bands really are like marriages - and divorces, come to think! Razz Confused
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Via a Ticketmaster email today I see that Ali Mickey and Astro are now calling themselves UB40 ...

Will it be like the Drifters in a few years? 7 different UB40's with 1 original member each ...
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Beat Goes Bang as well, 3 versions at the moment
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Saw Dave play at Lytham on Saturday which was an excellent show in a nice little venue. Skaface as support weren't half bad as well
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Still struggling through Morrisseys autobiography at the moment.

Had to laugh out loud when I read the bit where he moved to a swanky apartment in Chelsea, various celebs started ringing his doorbell and inviting themselves in.

Including Dave Wakeling who wanted to know if Morrissey wanted to go swimming with him. Laughing
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