Arlington Arts Centre
Newbury RG14 3BQ
Formed in 1981 by guitar-playing founder members, the late Stuart Adamson and Bruce Watson, Big Country were initially driven by a shared vision of widescreen guitar melody, harmony and lyric. Their sound was further enhanced by the arrival of drummer Mark Brzezicki and bass player Tony Butler. This is the line-up that recorded the classic debut album ‘The Crossing’ in 1983.
Their classic singles ‘Fields of Fire’, ‘Chance’ and ‘In A Big Country’ went on to become huge worldwide hits, selling over 2 million copies and three prestigious Grammy nominations in the USA.
Their success continued throughout the 1980′s with the release of the anthemic single ‘Wonderland’ and their second album ‘Steeltown’ which debuted at Number One in the UK and contained the hit singles ‘East of Eden, ‘Just a Shadow’ and ‘Where the Rose is Sown’.
“Big Country almost blew the roof off on Saturday night. Hough was a revelation and a more charismatic vocalist is hard to visualise. He had the crowd in the palm of his hand from start to finish – no wonder Bruce Watson singled him out for a special mention”. – (Ian Russell, Daily Record)