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Reasons to Be Cheerful at Theatre Severn

This Sunday Shropshire audiences are being encouraged to dust off their ‘New Boots and Panties’ and join legendary punk band ‘The Blockheads’ as they take to the stage at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn.

The Blockheads are best known as the band behind poetic, punk icon Ian Dury.  The band was formed to support Dury on the first of the infamous Stiff record tours during the late seventies. Together Dury and the group quickly became one of the ‘must see’ new wave bands. As with all good punk bands they were not without controversy and their first single ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll’ was banned by the BBC.

In 2,000 the band were rocked and saddened by the demise of Ian Dury. After much deliberation founding member Derek Hussey took over fronting the band. Hussey had always been known to the bands followers as Dury’s best friend and minder. It was seen as fitting tribute that Derek continue Ian’s legacy.

The band has enjoyed a recent resurgence, the release of the recent Ian Dury biopic ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll’ has brought new fans, as well as the opening of West End musical ‘Reasons to be Cheerful’. In 2012 the band were even asked to perform ‘Spasticus Autisticus’ at the Paralympics opening ceremony.

The band is to perform at Theatre Severn as part of the venues continuing season of standing gigs. Fans can expect to hear all of their favourite songs including ‘Reason’s to be Cheerful (part 3)’, ‘What a Waste’, ‘Sweet Gene Vincent’, and ‘Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick’ as well as tracks off their latest album ‘Same Horse Different Jockey’.

Venue spokesman Pip Bayley said ‘We are really looking forward to having The Blockheads with us this weekend. Our previous standing gigs have had such a vibrant atmosphere. It’s great to be able to offer people the chance to see an amazing band like the Blockheads, have a dance, have a drink, and still be able to enjoy all the comforts of our modern theatre.’

The Blockheads will be at Theatre Severn on Sunday 06 March. Tickets are available via the Theatre Severn website or by contacting the Box Office on 01743 281 281.