Midge Ure + Paul Young – Tickets – Aladdin Theater – Portland, OR – August 26th, 2018

Midge Ure + Paul Young

True West Presents

Midge Ure + Paul Young

Sunday, August 26th, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Aladdin Theater

Portland, OR


This event is all ages

Midge Ure
Midge Ure
An artist who has received Ivor Novello, Grammy, BASCAP awards along with a flotilla of gold and platinum records, really needs very little introduction. Musical success is seldom measured in time spans of more than a few years, if not Andy Warhol's often quoted "fifteen minutes", so the fact that by the time Midge's single "If I Was" went to No1 in 1985 he had already crammed several musical lifetimes into a 10 year professional career speaks volumes - Slik, The Rich Kids, Thin Lizzy, Visage, Ultravox and of course the most famous one off group in musical history Band Aid had by then all had the guiding hand of his musical navigation.

Then you have to take account of Midge's musical directorship of a series of rock concerts for The Prince's Trust, Night of the Proms, Wicked Women for Breakthrough and in honour of Nelson Mandela; record production for Phil Lynott, Steve Harley and countless others; his video direction of memorable hits by the Fun Boy Three, Bananarama and others, or a whole swathe of landmark singles by Ultravox; TV, theatre and film music credits ranging from 'Max Headroom' to stage and big screen.

Midge appeared to the wider public in a moment of heady teen success with Slik. Their sway-along single 'Forever And Ever' took over at No.1 in the UK from Abba's 'Mamma Mia' on Valentine's Day 1976. Soon outgrowing Slik's pop dimensions, Midge was snapped up by ex-Sex Pistol Glen Matlock the following year for his new outfit, the Rich Kids, who charted amid an avalanche of press with a self-titled EMI single early in 1978. By 1979, with his name being added to many musicians' contact book, Ure had been asked by Billy Currie, Chris Cross and Warren Cann to become the new frontman in Ultravox.

The band was a major influence on the new romantic and electro-pop movements of the early '80s. Their successful trademark was combining Midge's powerful guitar riffs with sweeping synthesiser motifs, enigmatic imagery and state-of-the-art visuals. Tracks like 'Reap the Wild Wind', 'Dancing With Tears in My Eyes', 'Love's Great Adventure' and 1981's timeless 'Vienna' were all massive hits the world over as they charted with awesome regularity, not only on single, but with seven consecutive top ten albums in just six years. Indeed, Vienna recently was voted the Nation’s favourite number 2 single of the 80’s, finally granting it a coveted Number 1 position!

Even by then, the Midge Ure story had some individual chapters, of course. He wrote and produced “Fade to Grey” for Visage in 1980, then hit the top 10 in the summer of 1982 with his first release under his own name, an atmospheric take on the Tom Rush song made famous half a dozen years earlier by the Walker Brothers, 'No Regrets'.
Then came November 25, 1984, a historic day for Midge and all of pop music, as 36 artists by the collective name Band Aid gathered at SARM Studios in west London under Ure's production. They recorded 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' a song he had just written with Bob Geldof as the industry's heartfelt and eloquent contribution to Ethiopian famine relief. 600,000 copies sold in its first week in the UK alone was only the beginning: 800,000 more were bought in the second week, more than three million world-wide, and the unstoppable emotion engendered by the project led to Live Aid, the summer 1985 global concert that, all exaggeration aside, spoke for a generation.
Within months, a staggering £8 million had been raised for the starving in Africa, and Geldof said that without Ure's initial enthusiasm for the idea, not to mention his rapidly penned sketch for the single, neither Band Aid nor Live Aid could have happened.

Just two months after Live Aid, Midge was back at No.1 in Britain, this time under his own name, with 'If I Was', and by the autumn he had a No.2 solo album to accompany it, entitled 'The Gift'. Further solo albums followed with “Answers to Nothing” in 1988 and “Pure” in 1991 on BMG.

Delivered in 1994, the new 'Breathe' album was followed by further extensive touring. The Swatch campaign brought spectacular renewed international activity for the record in 1998. The album and eponymous single were subsequently in the top 20 throughout Europe for much of that year, and No.1 in Italy, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. 'Breathe' sold over half a million copies in Europe alone. Respected German composer Eberhard Schoener invited him to perform at the re-opening of the Potzdamer Platz in Berlin, in front of an estimated audience of 500,000.

Soon after Midge was busy producing and writing with and for various artists, both established and unsigned, at his studio in Bath, and writing music for films. Other duties included the 'Music for Montserrat' benefit at the Royal Albert Hall alongside Sir Paul McCartney, Elton John and Eric Clapton.

In 2005 Midge undertook both extensive acoustic tours of Germany and the UK as well as performing with the long standing "Night of the Proms" in Germany. This 21 date sell out tour of arenas saw a massive production with full orchestra and also starred Roger Daltry and Manfred Mann

He then went on to be executive producer for the Band Aid 20 single working with the likes of Paul McCartney, Joss Stone and Fran Healey.

Midge's services to both music and charity were finally recognised in the Birthday Honours list in 2005, when Midge was awarded a long overdue OBE. He also released his autobiography "If I Was" through Virgin books.
He's also received honorary doctorates from both Edinburgh and Dundee Universities, mainly in recognition for his work with Band Aid and Live 8. Midge actually managed to fit in a performance at the Edinburgh Live8 show in Murreyfield in July where he played with Eddie Izzard on piano! Surely a first!

Midge had long held an ambition to record an album of cover versions of songs that influenced him. He managed to record his own version of No Regrets in 1982, but it was to take 25 years and a change of format from LP to CD before he would record a full set of his favourite songs.

TEN was recorded in a log cabin in Eastern Canada during the long snow bound winter of 2007 - 2008 and was released again by German label Hypertension in September 2008.
The CD contains songs that influenced the teenage Ure when growing up in Glasgow in the 60s and 70s, so alongside the obvious (David Bowie) are the less obvious - The Carpenters...Lulu. These were the songs that had shaped him as a songwriter.

April 2009 saw the unthinkable happen - ULTRAVOX REFORMED and subsequently released a new album in 2012 and toured the UK and Europe culminating in the band being Special Guests of Simple Minds on their UK arena tour, ending at a sold out show at the O2 Arena, London.

Even with huge amounts of Ultravox activity, Midge still continued to perform in his own right, including tours of Australia and the US in 2013. The US tour was recorded and released as “Live in Chicago”. He also recorded an updated audio version of his autobiography “If I Was” and as someone who always enjoys pushing the boundaries of technology, this was released on flash drive in 2014. His radio work with Trevor Dann has also received a pat on the back with prestigious gold & silver New York Awards.

The critically acclaimed 'Retro Futura Tour' of North America followed in 2014 with Midge performing alongside 80's electro pop pioneers Tom Bailey (Thomson Twins), Howard Jones and China Crisis.

Fragile was released in 2014 and was a return to his progressive synth roots with soaring melodies and introspective lyrics. With collaborations by Schiller and Moby,was playlisted by Radio 2 for 3 consecutive weeks. This led to Midge touring North America completely unaccompanied on his Fragile Troubadour tour. This came about after Midge did a masterclass at Paul McCartneys Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts during where he realised while talking to the students about his the halcion days of multi album recording deals and world tours that these aspiring musicians would most likely never experience anything like that in the current music industry climate. In order to show the reality of what their future might really hold, he set about six weeks of touring the US and Canada totally alone, no crew or tour manager, documenting the ups and downs of life on the road.

2015, being the 20th anniversary of Breathe being completed, Midge decided to perform the album in it’s entirety for the first time. Ably accompanied by the boys from The India Electric Company, who had caught Midge’s attention at a show in 2013, the songs took on a new dimension and the show was a total success both with the critics and audiences throughout the UK and Europe. A live CD of the show was released by Oblivion/SPV.

So, what for 2016?

A UK tour with fellow Scottish rock band Big Country followed by a three week tour of Europe with 'Rock meets Classic' featuring a full orchestra, rock band and guest artists Joey Tempest (Europe) Steve Walsh (Kansas) Thin Lizzy and Nazareth.

Never content with his many achievements Ure now embarks on a North American tour with a couple of American musician friends, this time with electric guitar and synthesiser in tow.
Paul Young
Paul Young
Paul Anthony Young was born January 17th 1956. He was the middle child of three, has an elder brother Mark and a younger sister Joanne. His interest in music dates back to when he was very young, when he learnt to play piano and then the guitar. On leaving school he worked with his father for Vauxhall Motors and played in various bands at night. He played Bass guitar in his first band but eventually lack of demand for bass players led him back to his first passion, singing. These were lean times musically because his preferred style of music – Soul, was not particularly popular. However he managed to sing in various bands such as Kat Kool & The Kool Kats and later in the better known Street Band.

In December of 79’ the Street band broke up and Paul went on to form the QTTips. During the next two years Paul introduced himself to more and more of the British public through the QTTips extensive touring playing 700 shows all over the UK. This period of intense activity gave Paul the chance to develop his unique voice and stage persona. The QTTips went there separate ways at the end of 82’ and Paul signed as a solo artist with CBS/SONY Records.

Paul really came into his own with a formidably accomplished solo debut album, “NO PARLEZ” released in 83’ and including the number one single “Wherever I Lay My Hat” which maintained the number 1 spot for most of that summer followed by “Come Back And Stay” which maintained Paul’s presence at the top of the charts.
With the release of his second album “The Secret Of Association” and the success of “Every Time You Go Away” his status as a world star was confirmed. In 1987 Paul recorded his third album “Between Two Fires” in Milan where he met the Italian singer Zucchero. They became good friends and were later to collaborate very successfully.

One of the highlights of the 1989 “Nelson Mandela Tribute Concert” was Paul’s performance of the Crowded House song “Don’t Dream It’s Over” which he later recorded for his best of album.

There followed a period of time out to be with his growing family followed by time spent in America where he was to record in Los Angeles and New York the material for his fourth album “Other Voices”

In 1991 Paul recorded a duet with his friend Zuchero on the soon to be worldwide popular “ Sensa Una Donna” which along with the fore mentioned “Don’t Dream It’s Over” were featured on his best of album “From Time To Time”.

1992 was spent touring the world, which culminated in Paul’s wonderful appearance at the “Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert” singing “Radio Gaga” and the release of what turned out to be his final album for Sony “The Crossing”. Working with the Producer Don Was on the material for “The Crossing” Paul was exploring new style’s of music, the gulf between the musical past and the future had

begun to seem impossible to bridge. The single “Otis Blue” from this album would be the last hit single with Sony. Once freed from his contract Paul took time out to take a breath and to reflect, “Every artist wants to change, every record company, wants them to stay the same”
Too in love with performing to simply sit around and wait until he had new material to perform, Paul responded to the hiatus in his career by calling up friends and suggesting the get together in an informal group, simply for fun!. The result has been Los Pacaminos, surely one of the most accomplished bar bands the London area has ever seen. For the past 24 years, the sevenTstrong lineTup has been playing publicly two or three times a month, transforming flavored pubs into TexTMex haunts for the night purely by their musical presence. “It’s total escapism”, says Paul, we feature an accordion player, pedal steel, lot’s of harmonies – which I get to join in on, “cos I’m just one of five other guys that can all sing lead. It’s drinking music really, which suits me fine”.

During 1996 Paul prepared new material with long time collaborator, singerT songwriter Drew Barfield, he set about assembling a collection of songs which became the selfTtitled album “Paul Young”. This was full of introspective, storyline songs inspired by Paul’s trips to the Southwest of America.
The “Paul Young” album was released on the EastTWest label in May of 97’. Although the single “I Wish You Love” received tremendous support from radio Paul was unhappy with the overall promotion of the album. I’m older, I’m less inclined to compromise and I have been determined to evolve as an artist, he says. Now, I’m no longer content to be just the singer. I need to be in control of the whole package.

To further this aim and to develop his songwriting Paul spent time in Nashville working with various songwriters along with his continuing working relationship with Drew Barfield have produced various cover versions of there songs among them being “Then There’s You” by The Wilkinsons and “Tularosa” by Ray Vega.

Early in 1999 saw Paul getting together again with his friends in “Los Pacaminos” they recorded a four track CDTEP that found it’s way into London’s only Country music station and their selfTpenned song “Shadows On The Rise” was played on heavy rotation for three months. Paul, “Obviously, we’re now planning an album!.

During the summer of 99’ Paul undertook a tour of smaller intimate venues across the UK. Performing new and old material with stripped down arrangements buile around his voice and acoustic guitar with piano, accordion and backing vocals provided by long time musical collaborator Matt Irving.

“Los Pacaminos” album, entitled “In All Their Glory” was released April 2002.
In 2006, with the help of producer Dieter Falk and uberTarrangers Steve Sidwell and Simon Clark, Paul released a Swing album for the German, Austrian and Swiss markets entitled “Rock Swings – On The Wild Side Of Swing”.

Paul continues to write, record and play live. He is breaking new ground each year. In 2009 he toured Israel, New Zealand and Croatia for the first time, amongst the

many other countries he regularly visits. These dates were in support of the “No Parlez 25th Anniversary Edition” reTrelease of his first solo album.
During the last couple of years also saw around this time Paul enter another field of endeavor, the world of cooking. The opportunity to appear with his friend Marco Pierre White on his television show “Hells Kitchen” could not be turned down!

This appearance led to Paul appearing on various TV Cook shows such as “Saturday Kitchen” hosted by James Martin who accompanied Paul along with the “Hairy Bikers” on a Charity Fun Ride on their respective assortment of motorcycles. Paul has also appeared at several food trade shows, hosted and cooked for 80 people for a pre show dinner at the O2 Arena prior to a Rod Stewart show.

Paul continues to perform with various friends and configurations of musicians.

During 2011 Paul was invited to participate in a series of shows in Denmark organized by Jesper Mortensen (drummer extraordinaire) which went very well and Paul has continued to work with Jesper and his group of musicians on various dates throughout Europe.

2012 was a very busy year for Paul with the release and promotion of his first published Cookbook, featuring his favourite recipes gathered from the many places his career has taken him to. Also Paul performed various shows throughout the year with visits to Russia, Italy, Israel and Germany on the schedule.
2013/14 Whilst touring throughout the last two years Paul found the time to release a new record by his ongoing side venture “Los Pacaminos” the album entitled “A Fist Full Of Statins”, released thru Cherry Red Records.
The latter part of 2014 found Paul in discussions with Producer Arthur Baker, which led to the idea of making an album of their favourite & neglected Soul tunes. In the early part of 2015 Arthur brought on to the project as coTproducer James Hallawell, and work on the record continued throughout the year subject to Paul’s live diary. Towards the end of 2015, Paul was contacted by Gary Barlow (Take That) and asked to consider recording a song for a soundtrack that Gary was producing for a movie based around the story of Eddie The Eagle. (Due for release end of March 2016) The song in question “People Like Us” was a perfect fit for Paul.

The end of 2015 saw the final recording on the Paul / Arthur project, working title “Good Times” with a release date scheduled on the NewState label for March/April 2016.
2017 See’s Paul following on from the well received “Good Times” release extensive touring throughout the UK during the months of March/April followed by in July/August a long awaited return tour in the USA along with Howard Jones & others.