February 10, 2009

The Blockheads: new album, tour dates

The Blockheads 2009 (from left to right): Mick Gallagher, John Turnbull, Chaz Jankel, Derek Hussey, Norman Watt-Roy, Gilad Atzmon and Dylan Howe.
photo: Matt Kent

Touring without your former singer is tricky, but The Blockheads will do it anyway. The former band of Ian Dury, who passed away in 2000, releases a new album called Staring Down The Barrel April 6. The cover art was created by Sir Peter Blake (formerly Ian Dury's art tutor). Chaz Jankel wrote all the music, new singer Derek Hussey took care of the words.

Blockheads: Staring Down The Barrel

Four real Blockheads are in this line-up: Chaz Jankel (piano, guitar), Mick Gallagher (keyboards), Norman Watt-Roy (bass) and John Turnbull (guitar). The new kids on the block are Dylan Howe (drums) and Gilad Atzmon (sax).

A biopic about Ian Dury entitled Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, will star Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings) in the title role. Produced by Damian Jones (Kidulthood, Adulthood), the film will be released in 2010. Jankel has been appointed as musical supervisor, while The Blockheads have already recorded tracks for the film soundtrack.

Live dates:
  • 04/01 The Junction, Cambridge, UK
  • 04/02 Le Moods, Monaco, UK
  • 04/03 The New Morning, Paris, France
  • 04/04 La Traverse, Cleon (Rouen), France
  • 04/08 Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, UK
  • 04/11 Old Market, Brighton, UK
  • 04/15 Townsgate Theatre, Basildon, UK
  • 04/17 The Venue, Wakefield, UK
  • 04/18 The Ripley Blues, Ripley, UK
  • 04/19 The Sage, Gateshead, UK
  • 04/22 The Wyvern, Swindon, UK
  • 04/24 Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage, UK
  • 04/25 The Brook, Southampton, UK
  • 04/26 The Boardwalk, Sheffield, UK
  • 04/30 Electric Ballroom, London, UK
  • 05/02 Palace Theatre, Westcliff, UK
  • 08/30 Beachtown Festival, Brighton, UK

» theblockheads.com

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