Level 42 to return to Birmingham during massive UK tour

Pop legends of the 80s, Level 42, will return to Birmingham as part of a massive UK tour.

Level 42 to return to Birmingham during massive UK tour

Mark King gets himself in tune with the masses playing for Level 42

They will line up with special guest Will Stapleton at the city’s Symphony Hall on Tuesday and tickets for the spectacular are £31.

The jaunt will be supporting the release of their new Sirens II EP.

They will play a selection of their greatest hits at the show, as well as their new material.

The band gained fame for their high-calibre musicianship – in particular that of Mark King, whose percussive slap-bass guitar technique provided the driving groove of many of the band’s hits.

The band have so far released 27 albums, had 18 top 40 singles, sold out Wembley Arena for a total of 21 nights and sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.

Frontman King enjoys being on the road and watches other bands whenever he gets the chance. He said: “I’m a keen festival and gig goer and I love going along to see what people do.

“I went to see Fleetwood Mac at the O2. I’m in my mid-50s and I never stop learning.

“The night before, I went to see Kylie who was supported by Grace Jones and Nile Rodgers in Hyde Park. All these acts played their hits.

“It was hit after hit after hit and for the audience, there was something for them if they were six years old or 60 years old.

“It resonates with people, because they know the words and they sing along. 

King tours every two years but in between times he writes songs and DJs.

He added: “I played Liverpool International Music Festival and did five or six songs, it was fantastic fun.

“At first I thought, ‘how hard can it be?’

“But it’s very difficult, you have to get a good playlist together. I’m playing the music that I made through the 80s and to be able to be here 35 years on and still going out and playing songs because people want to hear them is wonderful. 

“The years from ‘86 to ‘88 were just so hectic you couldn’t really enjoy it.

“I was away from home for 18 months at one point.

“To still have that music now and have the Rewind festivals proves there’s still a market for it. And I’m enjoying life now more than I did in the 80s, it’s great to have a better balance now.” 

King has worked with a number of great musicians and has been influenced by some of music’s finest exponents.

“I love John McLaughlin of course, but Clapton, Hendrix, Gary Moore and Bill Connors are all in there somewhere. So many, really. I love Al Holdsworth too and working with him on Guaranteed was a real privilege.”

By Andy Richardson

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