First show since 2009 is to honour late ‘Hollyoaks’ actor Kristian Ealey

The Zutons are reforming for their first gig since 2009 in memory of their late friend Kristian Ealey.

The band have officially been on hiatus for the past seven years since the release of their third album ‘You Can Do Anything’. But bassist Russell Pritchard said the concert would probably be the band’s “final ever show” at Liverpool Guild Of Students on September 30. Tickets are on sale now.

Before forming The Zutons, singer Dave McCabe was in Tramp Attack with Ealey, who were acclaimed for singles such as ‘Call In Sick’ and ‘Oh! When The Sun Goes Down’.

After Tramp Attack split, Ealey went on to be an actor in Hollyoaks as Matt Musgrove. Ealey also appeared in Brookside and played Ringo Starr in American TV movie In His Life: The John Lennon Story in 2000. He collapsed and died suddenly aged 38 in May.

Pritchard, who now plays in Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds said of the concert: “We’re extremely excited to be getting together to remember our great friend Kris. We want it to be a celebration and party in his name, so be sure to get your tickets early in order to see what will probably be The Zutons’ last ever show.”

Over their career, The Zutons had hits with ‘You Will You Won’t’, ‘Pressure Point’, ‘Don’t Ever Think’ and ‘Valerie’, which was covered by Amy Winehouse.

Since The Zutons hiatus, McCabe released the album ‘Church Of Miami’ in 2015 with Dave McCabe And The Ramifications, while saxophonist Abi Harding now plays in The Lightning Seeds and drummer Sean Payne lives in Los Angeles.