The Blue Aeroplanes Tickets
The Blue Aeroplanes and Their Visionary Acrobatics
The lively art rock band The Blue Aeroplanes have a loyal following after three decades of making music. Still based in Bristol, the ever-changing lineup continues to channel the musical vision of frontman Gerard Langley.
The Blue Aeroplanes routinely tour throughout the UK, and occasionally venture across Europe. The band now owns The Fleece, a 400-seat venue in Bristol, where they play often and occasionally record live albums, including their annual Christmas show, which had previously been held at Fiddlers in Bristol for years.
The Blue Aeroplanes' 30-year tenure has included countless lineup changes; there have been 48 members of the band over their quirky history. The Blue Aeroplanes are in the Guinness Book of World Records for the greatest number of siblings in one rock band (12). Former members of The Blue Aeroplanes have gone on to other bands such as Massive Attack, Primal Scream, Suede, The Mekons, Robyn Hitchcock, Josh Rouse, Witness, The Oyster Band, Boo Hewerdine, Lupine Howl, Strangelove, Placebo, and Busted.
The Blue Aeroplanes formed in 1981, and have drawn favourable comparisons to bands like the Velvet Underground due to the eclectic song writing abilities of frontman Langley. The original members of the band included Langley's brother John on drums, Nick Jacobs on guitar, and multi-instrumentalist Dave Chapman. The Blue Aeroplanes consisted mostly of former band members of the Art Objects, and their first record, Bop Art, released in 1984, contained material that is essentially a follow-up to Art Objects' only album, Bagpipe Music. However, aside from Langley, the lineup has changed significantly over the years, and The Blue Aeroplanes are well known for numerous guest musicians both on their albums and on their tours.
After being active in the London art rock scene throughout the 1980s, The Blue Aeroplanes achieved breakout success with their critically acclaimed album Swagger in 1990. Their single "…And Stones" peaked on the charts at No. 38. Swagger was named the Rock Album of the Year in the Times, the Sunday Times, and the Independent On Sunday. Their follow-up album, Beatsongs, was released in 1991 and was their highest charting album, reaching No. 33 in the UK.
The Blue Aeroplanes took a short break after Beatsongs, but returned in 1994 with Life Model, followed by Rough Music in 1995. "Broken & Mended" off of Life Model was the last single of theirs to make it into the pop charts, and remains a fan favourite.
The Blue Aeroplanes took a more extended break before returning in 2000 with Cavalier, on Art Star. They then joined major label EMI, which re-released Swagger Deluxe as a 2-CD version in 2006. They followed that with Altitude, an album of new material, in 2007. Recently, several compilations, greatest hits albums, and live albums of The Blue Aeroplanes have been released.
The Blue Aeroplanes are well known for their lively stage act. The band's shows even include a dancer, the talented Wojtek Dmochowski. Whether opening at large venues for bands such as REM and Siouxsie & the Banshees, or headlining small indie rock festivals throughout Europe, they draw on their large past songbook to constantly change things up onstage. Those with Blue Aeroplanes tickets should expect a live performance dominated by the larger-than-life stage presence of Langley, who always wears his sunglasses at night and feeds off the energy of the crowd.
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