|July 16, 2000||Steeltown Website to Close July 31|
|The Steeltown website will be closing down on July 31, 2000. This decision is primarily due to my lack of time and interest in maintaining the site. The site is about 5 years old, and for most of that time running this site has been fun and enjoyable. That hasn't been the case for the past year or so, and I've found that I've had to force myself to do the necessary work to keep the site updated. After five years I think it is time for me to move on to other projects (and try to make a dent in the small mountain of books I keep buying but never have time to read!) -- Robert Oliver|
|June 24, 2000||Mark Brzezicki Drum Clinic|
|Big Country drummer Mark Brzezicki will be holding a drum clinic at the Llandaff Rowing Club (Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales) on June 28th. Doors will open at 8:00 P.M. and admission is £5.50. Telephone is 029 20 566361 or 01222 566361. More information can be found at www.percussionhouse.co.uk.|
|May 31, 2000||Big Country Online Fan Tribute|
|On the eve of Big Country's final concert date at the Barrowlands in Scotland, a new Big Country web site has premiered in order to pay tribute to the music that has inspired fans for seventeen years. The Big Country Online Fan Tribute features MP3 recordings of various Big Country songs as performed by fans. This is an open project that can continue to grow with the input of fans worldwide.|
|May 29, 2000||"Somebody Else" Single Released|
|"Somebody Else" was released as a single on May 29th, 2000 and is available on CD at the Track Records web site. Unlike most UK releases, this will not be a two-part single. Track Records plans on including the names of fans in the single's artwork. The track listing for the single is as follows ("Daystar" was removed to make the single compatible with the UK charts):
|May 16, 2000||Big Country Appearances|
|Stuart and Tony will be appearing on the UK television show The Big Breakfast on May 17th. Two videos, including one for "Somebody Else," will be shown.
On May 26th the band will appear on the UK television show Weekend Watchdog and will play "Somebody Else."
|May 10, 2000||Intervurt to Open for Big Country|
|Intervurt, a band that Mark Brzezicki has played and recorded with recently, will be opening certain dates in Big Country's upcoming tour of the UK this month. Check out the Live Dates page for more information. (Presumably Mark will be playing with Intervurt on these performances).|
|April 7, 2000||Nashville Sessions|
|According to a post on the message board of the official Track Records web site, the Nashville Sessions CD will be available for sale at upcoming concerts (but it is not clear if this means the UK dates, and/or the current German dates). The only other source for this recording is the Track Records web site.|
|April 6, 2000||Big Country to Stop Touring|
|The following post was left by Big Country manager Ian Grant on the message board of the official Track Records web site:
We, Big Country, announce that we will not exist as a touring entity after the completion of current touring commitments. Due to changing personal circumstances and ambitions its has been impossible to continue this aspect of the group. There are no further plans for any recording projects (except a future "live" CD taken from the current tour) but this aspect has not been completely ruled out?
|March 28, 2000||UK Tour Dates|
|Performances in the UK in May have been announced and can be found on the Live Dates page. Big Country will be supported by Alarm 2000. These dates are being billed as "The Final Fling," but conflicting information from official sources leaves the band's fate a complete mystery.|
|March 27, 2000||Driving to Germany|
|Driving to Damascus was released in Germany on March 27th, 2000. Although the "Fragile Thing" single was supposed to be released on the same day, reports indicate that the single is not readily available (if available at all). It has also been reported that one of the bonus tracks on the German released is mislabeled. Track 13 is labeled as "Loserville" but is instead "Dust on the Road."|
|March 27, 2000||The Big Breakfast|
|I received the following e-mail today from a staff member of the UK television program The Big Breakfast:
I work for The BIG Breakfast, Channel 4 and we're looking to contact UK-based Big Country fans for a brand new item about fans we are planning for the show. We're looking for someone who's supported the band since the very early years and has memorabilia and photos as their days as a fan. I would be very grateful if you could ask anyone you know who might be interested to contact me on the number below, and I can explain what we're looking for and what we're hoping to do on the BIG Breakfast. Perhaps you could paste a message on your website? Ideally, we're looking for people who have never met the band themselves. My contact details are as follows: Sarah Stockton 0171 512 5102 or email me on SarahS@Planet24.co.uk
|March 6, 2000||Stuart Gets Married|
|According to Tennessean.com, Stuart recently married Melanie Shelley, a hairstylist he has been involved with since his move to Tennessee four years ago. The two own and run a hair salon called Trim located in Nashville on 12th Avenue South. The complete article (see below) was originally found at the Tennessean.com website in the OnNashville Celebrities section.
Stuart scores a big hit with his new bride
|March 6, 2000||Blue Healer Performance Cancelled|
|A March 30th concert featuring Blue Healer has been cancelled due to Stuart's unavailability (presumably European touring with Big Country).|
|March 3, 2000||Driving to Damascus and Fragile Thing Release in Europe|
|Driving to Damascus and the Fragile Thing single will be released across Europe on March 27, 2000 by SPV, a Germany music label. Both the album and the single feature different tracks than the original UK releases. Check out the Discography section for more details.|
|February 29, 2000||RockPalast concert rebroadcast on WDR|
|On May 7th German television (WDR) will be doing a rebroadcast of the RockPalast concert originally performed by Big Country on March 15th, 1986 in Essen, Germany.|
|February 8, 2000||Big Country on Radio 2|
|On February 19th, 2000 at 8:00 p.m. (delayed from the original date of February 12th) BBC Radio 2 will be airing a one-hour Big Country performance taped during the band's December 8th, 1999 performance in Newcastle. Tony Butler supervised the mixing of the performance, and it is rumored that it may be released on CD. BBC Radio 2 can be heard online, but it is very unlikely that the Big Country concert will be broadcast. The set list for the broadcast is as follows:
|January 28, 2000||Stuart to Quit?|
|More information from Big Country manager Ian Grant clearly indicates that Stuart Adamson has decided to quit the band, and that the remaining members may continue as Big Country with a new lead singer. Stuart has apparently agreed to finish promoting Driving to Damascus in 2000, both in touring and in markets where the album is being released.|
|January 28, 2000||Big Country German Tour|
|Eleven live dates in Germany were announced today, and the band, presumably with Stuart, will be supported by Mike Peters. All information on these performances will be featured on the Live Dates page. These dates are part of what is currently being billed as a "Big Country Farewell Tour."|
|January 28, 2000||Driving to Germany|
|"Fragile Thing" is currently scheduled for a release in Germany by SPV during late March. Driving to Damascus itself will be released in early April. Other European releases may follow.|
|January 28, 2000||2-CD Live Album|
|It is being reported that Big Country will record a double live album later this year.|
|January 23, 2000||Book of Lyrics PDF Update|
|The Big Country Book of Lyrics PDF has finally been updated. This new version includes all lyrics for songs on Driving to Damascus, the "See You" and "Fragile Thing" singles, and the internet-only EPs Bon Apetit! and In the Scud. As in previous versions, this update also includes lyrics from Tony Butler and Bruce Watson's solo projects. The design of the Book of Lyrics PDF has been changed to make it more "printer-friendly" for those who wish to make a hardcopy of the file.|
|January 20, 2000||Stuart to Quit?|
|Today Big Country manager Ian Grant made numerous postings on the Official Big Country Web Site and has reported that he has resigned as Stuart Adamson's manager due to unstated differences. Other posts by Mr. Grant seem to indicate that Stuart intends to quit the band (possibly to pursue a musical career in the United States.)
Mr. Grant states that he is still the manager of the other band members, Tony Butler, Mark Brzezicki and Bruce Watson, and that he may pursue legal action against Stuart for breach of contract.
Rumor and speculation have been floating around since Stuart's failure to appear at two performances in the UK in late November, but this is the first official indication that Stuart might be quitting the band.
The fate and future of Big Country are very unclear at this moment. It is my intent to only post solid information in the News section, so I do not know when this issue will be cleared up.
|January 13, 2000||Discussion Forum|
|In an effort to provide Big Country fans with an interactive forum, Steeltown now features a new discussion forum. It is my intent that this forum operates in a mature and intelligent manner. I encourage people to express their opinions on any subject matter relating to Big Country (or any solo projects by band members), but I will not tolerate abuse or childish behavior. The forum has a few basic rules:
Violations of the first two rules will more than likely result in a person being blocked from the forum (after a warning). I will not block users simply because I do not agree with their opinion, but I will block those that disrupt the forum. Hopefully no such actions will be required.
|January 6, 2000||Live EP in February|
|The Official Big Country Web Site reports that a live EP containing six songs performed in Nashville in July of 1999 will be released in February. The track listing currently includes: "Driving to Damascus", "Perfect World", "Dive Into Me", "Fragile Thing", "Chance" and "Look Away."|