Primal Scream toured 'Screamadelica' in 2011 to 'earn a living', says Bobbie Gillespie

Frontman defends band's decision to tour classic album two decades after its release

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Bobby Gillespie has defended Primal Scream's decision to tour their classic 1991 album 'Screamadelica' a full two decades after its release.

Primal Scream spent a large chunk of 2011 performing the seminal album in full instead of road-testing new songs. However, the band are now gearing up to release an album of brand new material, 'More Light', on Monday (May 13).

Chatting to ShortList, Gillespie admitted he had doubts about the 'Screamadelica' tour, saying: "That stuff did go through my mind: 'Is this an admission that you're finished, that you're giving up and that you're creatively bankrupt?'"

However, the frontman was persuaded by the opportunity to fund the band's future. He explained: "It allowed us to keep working in music and earn a living – we didn't have a record company. So it was like we had two projects on the go, and one was earning a living. But it was fun. The other project was an art thing, and provided a way into the future."

Primal Scream are headlining this summer's Wickerman Festival in East Kirkcarswell, near Dundrennan, Scotland and Kendal Calling in the Lake District. To check the availability of Primal Scream tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

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