Midge Ure, voice of Ultravox and the co-writer of "Do They Know It's Christmas," was booked for a two-night stand in Toronto. Just him? No Ultravox? He explains some truths in the Toronto Star.
Economic basics will determine if Ultravox tours in upcoming months.
“Fiscally it has to work,” says Ure. “Promoters who’d like to have (Ultravox) come over are not prepared to go the extra yard and pay for the whole thing. So it’s a lot easier for me to come over and put a band together to do a few shows (on this current tour). I hate to talk about this. But I understand how it is. These days touring doesn’t sell records like the old days. It’s understandable that promoters are a little resistant.
“The rock industry has changed beyond all recognition. You can’t go into it for all the trimmings, for all the glory. It has to be, ‘do you really want to do this?’ You have to remember that when you started out you didn’t have a record company. There has to be something in you to drive you.”
Read the entire article here. While you're doing that, enjoy some solo Midge.