INTRODUCING ‘THE INVISIBLE BAND’

The band's Leeds show sees them performing David Bowie and AC/DC covers...

TRAVIS staged a triumphant live return to the UK stage at last night’s RADIO 1 LIVE event at LEEDS TOWN HALL, giving fans their first taste of songs from their new album and throwing in covers of DAVID BOWIE and AC/DC songs.

With frontman Fran Healy sporting a bright yellow mohawk, the band took the stage to the sound of the Town Hall organs at 9pm and played for an hour and a half before the capacity Leeds crowd.

Aside from the Scottish outfit’s recent appearance at the Weston Park Primary School fete in London a few weeks ago, the band had not played live in the UK since V2000 last summer.

The band marked their return with latest single ‘Sing’, released yesterday (May 28), and didn’t speak to the crowd until just before the fifth song in the set, ‘Driftwood’, when Healy explained their absence from the live arena, saying: “It’s been a while… We’ve been in the studio making a new record and it’s all finished now. It’ll be out soon so you can let us all know what you think of it. So you can be the test for it.”

The band went on to perform many of the songs from upcoming new album ‘The Invisible Band’, joined by regular touring keyboardist Jeremy Procter. New tracks included ‘Flowers In the Window’, ‘The Cage’, ‘Last Train’ and ‘Dear Diary’, which Healy performed while seated on a stool. The set also included a couple of covers, with bassist Dougie Payne taking lead vocals on David Bowie‘s ‘All the Young Dudes’ and the band finishing with a bit of AC/DC‘s ‘Back In Black’, which they have performed in part at past gigs.

As previously reported on NME.COM, Travis will journey to their native Glasgow next month for a June 5 gig at Barrowland, followed by a performance at

London Kentish Town Forum on the June 6. The band will then return to America, where ‘The Invisible Band’ was recorded, to support Dido this summer.

Songs from ‘The Invisible Band’, released on June 11 in the UK (and the following day in the US) are being previewed on the Internet this week – for more information on where you can hear the album before it hits the shops, including right here on NME.COM, click here.