Remembering the first time: Simply Red to celebrate 25 years of Stars in Manchester

Simply Red are celebrating 25 years since the release of their signature record: Stars.

The Mancunian outfit are taking their classic album, a 12-times platinum mega-hit, on tour across the UK and return home to the Manchester Arena, for one night only, this Friday.

The first part of this prestigious performance will feature the entire album in its original running order, with the second half comprising of hits spanning four decades of success.

Selling over 10 million copies worldwide, Stars was the UK’s best-selling record for two consecutive years, 1991 and 1992, a feat that hasn’t been repeated since.

The group’s fourth studio album transformed Simply Red into one of the country’s biggest bands, winning them a host of awards, including Best British Band at the Brits and an Ivor Novello award for singer-songwriter, Mick Hucknall.

“After the huge success of A New Flame, I set myself the challenge of composing a whole album of original songs,” Hucknall recalls.

“I could never have imagined that Stars would have the impact it did. It was a truly magical time. Now, looking on after 25 years, it seems only fitting to celebrate by performing the album in the original running order.”

It remains the 14th biggest selling record in the history of British music and, a quarter of a century on from its release, Stars continues to shine.

Tickets are available at: http://www.manchester-arena.com/events/ with the show starting at 8pm this Friday.

Image courtesy of Simply Red via YouTube, with thanks.

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