Doves are heading out on tour next week to celebrate the last 12 years. The tour kicks off in Hull on Wednesday. Tickets are still available for most shows, except London which has sold out. You may find some venues only have seated tickets left. Get your tickets here.
The blog may not be updated regularly over the next couple weeks. I’m flying to Manchester tomorrow (touch wood.. baring another major volcanic eruption..) on holiday, and of course luck has it, I will be catching a few shows starting in Hull before finishing up at the London Troxy. But do send in your reviews/pictures/news etc as per usual and I will put them up when I can. Hope to post tour updates/setlists where internet access allows.
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Doves PR doing the rounds in North America to reflect the new album release date/single details at this side of the pond with a word on the digital release.
Single Release Date: April 6, 2010
The Places Between: The Best of Doves
NEW Release Date: April 20, 2010
To celebrate twelve years since Doves formed and to chronicle a career to inspire envy- with two Mercury nominated albums and worldwide sales of over 2 million- the band will release their definitive collection, The Places Between: The Best of Doves on April 20, 2010. To coincide with this release a new single, “AndalucÃa” will be released on April 6, 2010.
“AndalucÃa” was recorded in the barn in Cheshire, England where last year’s critically heralded Kingdom of Rust was recorded. Much of Doves body of work is an ode to the north of England but this song appears to tell of warmer pastures. The song surges towards its rousing final chorus with orchestration colliding with a tender vocal from Jimi Goodwin. “AndalucÃa” stands alongside Doves finest work and will no doubt seamlessly sit amongst classics such as “Black And White Town”, “Kingdom Of Rust” and “There Goes The Fear”.
The Places Between: The Best of Doves
will be released on April 20 as a deluxe 3 disc package comprising 2 CDs featuring 34 tracks plus a DVD with all of the Doves’ videos. There will be 3 digital versions available: a single component 15-track version, a 2-component 34 track version (there will be an iTunes deluxe version featuring 35 tracks), and a digital video album.
On April 6 the Doves’ new track, “AndalucÃa” will be available as a digital download single which includes an unavailable elsewhere acoustic version of “Jetstream”.
Andalucia will be released April 5th in the UK, same day as the release of The Places Between. The single will be released by Heavenly with the catalogue number HVN201. Check out the Lovely artwork, shame it’s not seeing a physical release but that’s how music is these days.
Thanks to Rick for sending us his review of the Delamere Forest show:
Jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesuc chrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrist! How good was that?? The settings the ambiance the politeness of all we engaged verbally or by glance….. the youngsters in attendance , 1 yr olds 2 yr olds 3yrs old all the way up to the 40 odd year olds. This was the crowd that mixed well listened well, enjoyed and appreciated what DOVES had to offer yesterday. It was the 3rd DOVES gig of the tour for me, Brixton, Bristol both shone but yesterday was special. Well worth the 350mile round trip from Cardiff. Cedar rooms…..well that was just sublime. Big thank you to all who were there, it was the crowd & settings that made the night for me (oh yeah and the band ……..who where well up for it and played a stormer).
Have to say the support were not my cup of tea but played well.
Jimi strode on stage and his first contact with the mic was
‘Hello you summer people’…………….this said it all really. I for one knew what to expect
The set list was much the same as previous 2 shows I have attended this tour but with the editions of cedar rooms and space face……….wow what a difference this made. A valid point to make is while I found it very hard to look away from the stage you felt yourself drawn to gaze at the sky’s and all around you just to take in the ‘special’ atmosphere that was being generated by the music & settings. It seemed I was not alone as I caught many people in the crowd doing the same, if I caught their eye I knew they were thinking the same thing as me and my companions. The tranquillity was mystical aura and the feeling of peace was flowing even if it was assisted by Stella artios and red wine. The music was a warm wave of emotions high and thumping at times as the bass kicked and pounded into your chest and clothes via the speakers (pounding was the main candidate for this, how fitting). Then the swirling, .swaying melody that was supplied via Snowden, ambition & CBR, then this wave would sweep you back into a frenzy of movement along with the high percentage of inebriated crowd. Excerlant.
The end was near and the first good night from the doves echoed with a rather sad ‘ its all over feeling’. Then the chants of more more……..promted the return and a full stage again then followed the opening haunting keyboads & chords and notes delayed for what seemed a lifetime before the simple dynamic 1-2-3-1 1-2-3 drum beats pieced the crowds screams. Its seemed to go silent…………….then the vocals were delivered with passion. The swaying started again. I have been waiting for this tune since Bath pavilion Dec 2005 and it was worth waiting for. My highlight from the whole day. More jumping and bouncing on the spot with last broadcast and even more with The fear, the samba routine signaled the end was upon us, gutted. But watching and empty stage fill up with frantic roadies, setting the mic stands in readiness and drums being tinkered with means only one thing for someone like me who plays in a band as well watching bands…………..the show is not over yet.
Space face gave most another chance to have jiggle. But that was it, by my timing DOVES came on stage around 21.15 and left for the last time around 23.05, that’s stella artios time mind. Butwhat was that mask all about???
Then the dark walk back to the train station where over heard conversations & laughter all echoed ‘our lots’ feelings………….that gig was special a true tick in ones diary and as my bands motto is ‘MUSIC IT’S A DIARY OF LIFE’ this event truly lived up to it. Class.
Did notice lots of video camera action, let’s hope it’s an official DVD, it’s been a while since the Eden compilation.
Here’s hoping for a mini UK tour after all the festivals are done much the same as 2005. Just can’t get enough of this at the moment. So if anyone can assist in this…….come back to Cardiff there will be a warm welcome for DOVES as always.
Fantastic stuff. If you want to send us your review of the show, do so at the email address on the right. We will put it up. That also goes for any of the shows doves do this summer.
April was quite the month for doves and the blog. It probably wont get any busier than that. But plenty still to come in doves world. The UK tour finishes up next week. The band then perform at Radio One’s Big weekend a week on Saturday. After that its the small matter of the US tour, starting in San Diego on the 14th. The tour takes us into June, when the festival season starts up and then there is a new single in Winter Hill to look forward to. I shall be at the shows in Minneapolis, Chicago & Detroit. To say I’m excited for the shows is an understatement!!