Ian Prowse plays Christmas show on December 22nd in Liverpool and anounces May & June 2019 UK Tour

Ian Prowse UK Tour 2019 poster
Ian Prowse returned to the airwaves of BBC 6 Music last month as part of T-Shirt Day.

Once again, Ian plays his now legendary Christmas show on Sat Dec 22nd at The 02 Academy in Liverpool. Support comes from Liverpool’s own Nasher and Tommy Scott & Phil Hartley from Space. Get your tickets here.

As Ian explains:
“We can’t wait to play our biggest ever show this Christmas especially because it’s a proper Liverpool Saturday night out with the lads from Space and Nasher from FGTH joining us. With it being so close to Christmas Day itself it’s gonna be a real party starter with our 14 piece travelling circus of a band. We’re also celebrating 25 years since my Pele albums so there’ll be plenty of that too”.

Ian Prowse & Amsterdam will also hit the road in 2019 to promote the first album of brand new material since 2014’s “Who Loves Ya Baby” album.  

Merseyside hero Prowse formed two successful bands Pele and Amsterdam. Pele released 3 albums on Polydor/M&G Records. Abroad they scored hits in Belgium, Germany, Portugal, Holland and most notably a Number One in South Africa with “Megalomania”.

Ian cannot wait to hit the road again with his new material as he explains:
“After spending 2 years celebrating and loving playing my old Pele songs it’s very exciting to be releasing a brand new album, some old Pele band members have played on this LP and we can’t wait for everyone to hear it. The shows will still include plenty of our Pele & Amsterdam classics as well as these new songs we’re very proud of”.

Cruise 2019:
Fri 15th Mar : Shiiine On Mini Cruise, Hull to Amsterdam

UK Tour Dates 2019:
Sat 4th May : Perth Green Rooms
Fri 10th May : Newcastle 02 Academy
Sat 11th May : Manchester Ruby Lounge
Sat 18th May : Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
Fri 31st May : Acoustic Festival of Great Britain, Uttoxeter
Sat 1st June : London 100 Club
Sat 8th June : Leeds Brudenell

Tickets here.

Prowse formed Pele in Liverpool in 1989 along with Dally (drums), Robbo (Hammond), Nico (violin) & Jim McCallister (bass). Signed by Michael Levy, Baron Levy in March 1991 to M&G Records/Polydor, the band went on to release 2 studio albums (“Fireworks & “The Sport of Kings”), 1 live album and 6 singles. Pele’s singles never reached the Top 40 in the UK, with it being often remarked that Pele sold more of their famous primary colour T-shirts than they did records, however they scored a number one single in South Africa with “Megalomania” and other hits in Holland, Portugal and Belgium. After 9 tours of the UK, including UK tours with Del Amitri & The Pogues, they split in 1996 due to problems with the record company whose efforts to make Prowse record as a solo artist were resisted by the singer. Prowse celebrated the 25th anniversary of first album “Fireworks' with a UK tour in the Spring of 2017 with a 25th anniversary of The Sport of Kings tour announced for 2018.

Prowse went on to form Amsterdam in 1999 with former Blow Monkeys drummer Tony Kiley and cousin Johnny Barlow. It wasn’t until September 2004 that the band managed to secure a record deal in the form of London based Beat Crazy. They released one album “The Journey” in February 2005 and three singles, “The Journey” (which hit number 32 in the UK top 40) and “Does This Train Stop on Merseyside” also hit the lower reaches of the charts. The partnership was dissolved by mutual consent in 2006. The band then signed to The Stranglers management company and released their next album “Arm in Arm” on CIA Recordings in 2008.

“Does This Train Stop on Merseyside” regularly elicited an emotional response from Radio 1 DJ John Peel. Peel’s widow Sheila Ravenscroft went on the station after the DJ’s death and confirmed that “He was not capable of playing it without crying”. The song itself got a further lease of life in 2009 as one of the centre pieces of Irish legend Christy Moore’s album “Listen”, which spent 5 weeks at the top spot in his home country.

During this time, the band struck up a friendship with Elvis Costello who used them as his backing band on the Jonathan Ross television show, as well as support act on several occasions. Prowse also performed a duet with Costello for EMI Records with a cover of The Searchers’ 1964 hit “Don’t Throw Your Love Away” for the Liverpool Number Ones Project in 2008. He also picked up a musical icon award on Costello’s behalf at Liverpool’s Titanic Hotel in November 2014.