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Legendary Liverpool musician Phil Jones (formerly of Afraid of Mice / Up and Running) announces spectacular headline show at Grand Central Hall Thursday 2nd December
Returning to the stage for the first time in over two years Liverpool legend Phil Jones is set to play a special headline show at the magnificent Grand Central Hall on Thursday 2nd December 2021.
The former leader of cult New Wave group Afraid of Mice and anthemic pop / rock outfit Up And Running is set to play his first ticketed show since 2018 with a full backing band.
A veteran of sold-out performances at every major theatre venue in the city, Phil has played to packed rooms at the O2 Academy, the Empire, the Philharmonic Hall and seven consecutive shows in as many years at the Royal Court.
The opulent surroundings of Grand Central is the ideal location for Phil’s own personal brand of showmanship incorporating the theatricality of progressive rock, the accessibility of pop and the bracing attitude of punk.
Talismanic leader of New Wave outfit Afraid of Mice, the band’s 1981 debut produced by iconic David Bowie and T-Rex associate Tony Visconti is an overlooked classic.
Following the LP with a clutch of outstanding singles and the White Album in 1983 produced by ABC and Frankie Goes to Hollywood collaborator Anne Dudley, Phil dissolved the group and founded pop rock outfit Up and Running.
Huge favourites on the Merseyside live circuit, Up And Running’s single Johnny and Marie became a mainstay on local and national radio playlists during the summer of 1988 and remains an enduring Liverpool anthem.
The first group to play the inaugural Mathew Street Festival in 1994, the band’s afternoon live set became a centrepiece of the weekend during the late 1990s, early 2000s, attracting thousands of spectators to the biggest outdoor stages.
With his first new material in quarter of a century currently being recorded at Parr St. Studios, Phil staged a series of hugely successful series of ‘Doorstep Gigs’ during lockdown in May 2020. Live streamed from outside his front door with a small backing band, the shows culminated in a performance that saw an incredible 12,000 viewers tuning in.
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