The WEdding Present

Formed in 1985, the band quickly rocketed to success, due in large part to being seen as the likely successors to the Smiths' throne. Their debut, George Best, was well received, largely because of Gedge's highly personal, entirely autobiographical lyrics. But despite the success, which continued to some extent through 1992's Hit Parade, the band--meaning Gedge--always did everything his way.

"It's always been the way we've worked," he says. "I think a lot of bands start off like that, you know, do it all themselves. But after they've had a bit of success, they're like, 'I shouldn't be booking hotels, I should be lounging around the pool with a couple of babes.'

"Yeah, I've felt like that," he adds with a laugh.

"I think most musicians are drunken, lazy idiots, to be honest," he continues. "I think they're in it to write songs and play concerts, but then they kind of lose interest after that. I've never been like that--I've always been a bit of a workaholic about that." [Daily Yomiuri Online]

Tickets are now on sale for an October 8th Wedding Present show at Bowery Ballroom. That's one day before the previously-announced Brooklyn show. A few more October tour dates have popped up too. All dates below...

The Wedding Present - 2008 Tour Dates
Jul 20 - Festival Des Vieilles Charrues Carhaix
Jul 25 - 12 Bar Swindon
Jul 26 - Indietracks Indiepop Festival Nr. Ripley, Midlands
Jul 27 - Blackpool Tower Lounge Blackpool
Sep 5 - Bestival Bestival
Sep 12 - Lemon Pop Festival Murcia
Oct 1 - Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
Oct 6 - Middle East, Cambridge, MA
Oct 8 - Bowery Ballroom, NY, NY
Oct 9 - Southpaw, Brooklyn, NY
Oct 11 - Black Cat, Washington DC
Dec 2 - Arts Centre Colchester
Dec 3 - Wedgewood Rooms Portsmouth
Dec 4 - Academy Oxford
Dec 5 - Princess Charlotte Leicester
Dec 6 - Academy 2 Manchester
Dec 8 - Pavillion Cork
Dec 9 - Andrews Lane Theatre Dublin
Dec 10 - Limelight Belfast
Dec 12 - Liquid Rooms Edinburgh
Dec 13 - Moshulu Aberdeen
Dec 14 - QMU Glasgow
Dec 15 - Academy Newcastle
Dec 16 - University Leeds
Dec 17 - Academy Bristol
Dec 18 - Forum London

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