Back Together for the First Time in 31 Years: British Rock Legends Graham Parker and the Rumour Reunion Tour
The autumn tour will see the Graham Parker and The Rumour taking to the stage at just four unique shows across the UK in Leeds, Glasgow and Bristol, culminating at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, performing a back catalogue of tracks from their impressive career, spanning near on four decades.
The tour announcement comes after a spate of high profile activity from the Graham Parker and The Rumour. After having been apart for 31 years, Parker called the Rumour members out of the blue in May 2011 to work with him once again on a new album. In a strange quirk of fate, not more than two weeks after the band confirmed that they would indeed be conducive to a recording reunion; movie and TV writer/director/producer Judd Apatow got hold of Parker and proposed a meeting.
Apatow loosely described to Graham Parker a movie project he was writing, that turned out to be box office smash hit ‘This Is 40’, with Parker acting as himself, and subsequently receiving a ‘Top Box Office’ award for his musical contribution. ‘Three Chords Good’ was released in November 2012 and followed by two USA tours and the Rumour once again reunited with Parker.
Speaking from his home in the USA, Graham Parker said, ‘After the success of two American tours promoting Three Chords Good, we just had to bring this to the UK for our first shows there since 1979. We’re all very excited to get back to where it all began, the United Kingdom. The drumbeat was pounding, “When are you playing the UK?!” So we are!’
Graham Parker and the Rumour achieved much of their success in the 70s and 80s after Parker travelled to London in search of a backing band to support his music. After being introduced to a series of musicians from recently-split ‘pub-rock’ bands, it was Graham Parker’s passion and class-conscious lyrics that lead to the success of the band’s critically acclaimed debut album ‘Howlin’ Wind’.
Graham Parker and the Rumours’ incendiary live performance soon earned the band the reputation of being one of the premier live bands in the world. Despite only achieving moderate commercial success, Graham Parker has been highlighted as one of the most underappreciated but influential musicians of his generation with the likes of Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen expressing their admiration of his work.