Pair have reformed to raise money for cerebral palsy charity
McAlmont & Butler have announced a second reunion concert, to take place at London’s Islington Assembly Hall on May 2.
The pair’s previously-announced show the night before at the nearby Union Chapel sold out in four minutes when tickets went on sale on Friday (March 7).
It’s the first time singer David McAlmont and guitarist Bernard Butler will have played together since they finished touring 2002’s album ‘Bring It Back’, though one-off single ‘Speed’ was released in 2006. The shows are to raise money for The Bobarth Centre, which undertakes research into cerebral palsy in children. The concerts will feature The Magic Numbers singer Romeo Stodart on bass and original McAlmont & Butler touring drummer Makoto Sakamoto.
The duo are best known for their 1995 single ‘Yes’, released the year after Butler left Suede. Butler said on Twitter last year that he and McAlmont would have been willing to tour together if EMI would reissue their debut album ‘The Sound Of McAlmont & Butler’ but that the label had refused. However, he has emphasised that the charity shows are a one-off reunion.