a]Happy Mondays[/a] have confirmed that they’ll tour later this year for the 25th anniversary of their 1990 record ‘Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches’.
The record, the band’s third, was voted NME writers’ album of the year.
Speaking at the NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas earlier this week, singer Shaun Ryder said: “All I want to talk about is the 25th anniversary of ‘Pills ‘n’ Thrills’, how great is that? November and December tour, fantastic!”
Asked if they planned on playing the album in full, Ryder replied: “Oh yes, and the B-sides…. OK, I just made that up.”
Shaun Ryder and Bez were on guest presenting duties at the ceremony, where they handed out the award for Dancefloor Filler to Charli XCX for ‘Fancy’.
Meanwhile, Charli XCX has also told NME that she “doesn’t care about having a hit album” and that she’s more excited about her first headline tour.
In an interview with NME at the NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas, the singer said: “I don’t really care about having a hit album, because like, what is that, like 10 copies now? I don’t care about having the number one album, I just care that my UK fans can get my album and come and see me live. I don’t care about the chart position and all of that shit, that’s not why I do this. I care about being able to go on my first ever UK headline tour. I have never played in Sheffield. I’m very excited to go to Sheffield.”
The NME Awards took place on Wednesday (February 18). The line-up for the NME Awards Tour 2015 with Austin, Texas includes Palma Violets, Fat White Family, The Wytches and Slaves. The tour began last night (February 19) and tickets are available now.