Magazine speak about reunion

Howard Devoto was made 'an offer I couldn’t refuse'

Magazine have spoken about why they decided to reform for a series of gigs next year.

The iconic post-punk band are set to play their first shows since 1980 in London and Manchester next February.

Frontman Howard Devoto, who originally formed Magazine after he left the Buzzcocks, says the reunion initially came about after a promoter emailed Magazine keyboard player Dave Formula to ask him whether there was any chance of the band playing together again.

Formula then contacted drummer John Doyle, bassist Barry Adamson and Devoto, reports The Guardian.

Dave made me an offer I couldn’t refuse,” said Devoto. “He said ‘Howard, it’s your last chance to be venerable.'”

The band have also announced that Devoto‘s former Luxuria bandmate Noko will take the place of original Magazine member John McGeoch on the tour. McGeoch died in 2004.

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