Snow Patrol front man Gary Lightbody has promised an incredible show at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena, admitting even he can’t wait to see the production they’ve put together.
Back on tour in the UK for the first time in six years promoting new album Wildness, the melodic rockers kick-off in Tyneside on Wednesday, December 5.
Back in arenas after a long stint playing smaller venues across America, Lightbody admits he can’t wait to see their production ideas for their return to bigger venues imagined.
Ahead of lighting up the Metro Radio Arena, he told ChronicleLive: “It’s amazing being back on the road with Snow Patrol. We’ve just done our longest ever US tour in our 24 years together so there’s life in the old dogs yet.
“We love touring the world but we love the UK and Ireland more than anywhere, so getting to come back and play arena shows in the UK is amazing.
“We start in Newcastle as well. That’s great. We’ve started in Newcastle before and it’s always a great place to start and get things kicked off. Newcastle fans are always awesome. I was there just recently doing a little acoustic gig.
“I think Geordies are a lot like the people of Belfast, and Glasgow too. There’s a similar sense of humour and they have a way about them that I connect with. When I meet people in Newcastle I always seem to get on with them. It seems to be an easy thing.
“These kind of cities have heart and soul and bit of an edge to them and we always have fun there.
“It’s going to be very fun getting back to the arenas because you can do so much with production. Our lighting director Davy Sherwin, who has been with us 20-odd years has designed a show which I think is his best show ever. It’s extraordinary and I can’t wait to see it fully realised. Newcastle will be the first place we see it too.”
Their first album in seven years, Wildness debuted at number two in the UK album charts and has been met by mixed-to-positive reviews.
Lightbody stopped short of apologising for the band’s lengthy absence, but explained that it had been as frustrating a period for him as any of the band’s fans as he suffered enormously from writer’s block.
“An album takes the time that it takes, but for the very most we’ve gone three years between an album and that was long enough. But this time it was double that,” he said.
“There was lot going on in my own life, but I can’t put it all down to that. I just couldn’t write the lyrics.
“The music was done pretty quickly. I just had the longest period of writer’s block I’ve ever had. It was excruciating at times.
“It’s frustrating. I didn’t want to release anything until it was right and I was happy with it; until we were all happy with it. So the lyrics had to be right.
“I’m glad that we took the time. I’m frustrated it took seven years, but I’m glad because the album is great because we took that time. It’s the album I’m most proud of for sure.”
And while the setlist will likely include a few from the band’s new seventh album, Lightbody has promised fans will get plenty of the older songs, and hopes everyone can come along, enjoy the show and forget about life for a while.
He said: ““I’ve never wanted to bring politics or overtly-real-world stuff into the shows.
“We want Snow Patrol gigs to be joyous occasions; we want everybody to have fun.
“We want to project a safety for the audience in the two hours we’re together where they can forget about the rest of the world. It’s not a test, we just want to hopefully sing a song they know so they can dance and kind of let loose.”
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