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Frankie UK tour

FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD have lined up their first British tour. They play 14 dates in March, incorporating an opening night at the Dublin RDS on March 12. The group then return to the UK for shows at Sheffield City Hall on March 14, Leicester De Montford Hall (15), Newcastle City Hall (17 and 18), Glasgow Apollo (20), Birmingham Odeon (23 and 24), Manchester Apollo (26 and 27), London Hammersmith Odeon (31 and April 1), Brighton Conference Centre (3) and Bournemouth International Centre (4).

Tickets are on sale this week from January 23. Prices in Dublin are 8.50 Irish punts and in London, £8 and £7. All other tickets are £7.50 and £6.50. A new single to follow “The Power Of Love” will be released before the tour.

Meanwhile, Frankie have denied reports in the national press that theyve pulled out of the anti-heroin festival in Liverpool. The festival, “Drums Over The Mersey” features appearances from Echo & The Bunnymen, China Crisis, Madness, The Mighty Wah!, The Style Council and A Flock Of Seagulls during January 26 and 27 and the Royal Court Theatre.

The organisers, who gave Frankie star billing, say: “They told us nearly a year ago that they could do it, and then suddenly told us they were going on holiday. Were pretty pissed off. Now its Frankie goes on holiday.”

This week, though, a spokesman for Frankie said: “Its complete rubbish. There was never any agreement that they were going to do it. Both the group and their manager are fuming about the whole thing.

“Individual members of the band said they would do it if they were around. But there was no firm commitment whatsoever. And now theyre being painted black.”

Other plans for the band in 1985 are being kept under wraps this week. But a ZTT spokesman said: “There will be a press release next week and it will be worth waiting for.”

See The Working Week for more details on the Liverpool Festival.