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Simply Red Announce Tour To Celebrate 30th Anniversary

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Simply Red have announced a string of shows to celebrate the band’s 30th anniversary. The shows - including a date at Leeds’s First Direct Arena – will come five years after their last performance.

Mick Hucknall & his band Simply Red perform at Motorpoint Arena. Sheffield, England
Mick Hucknall released a 'hand-written' note on the band's website in celebration

First Direct spokesman Tony Watson said: “Iconic and with a back catalogue the envy of many a musician, it’s going to be great to welcome Simply Red to the arena celebrating 30 years of topping the hit parade.”

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Picture - Mick Hucknall - Simply Red... Dublin Ireland, Tuesday 9th April 2013

Mick Hucknall - Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall seen with his trademark ginger hair blowing in the wind at The Stage Door of The Olympia Theatre where he performs his 'American Soul' tour tonight - Dublin, Ireland - Tuesday 9th April 2013

Can Brad Pitt and Angie Crack Winemaking? Other Grape Based Success Stories

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have announced they are moving into the wine business and will release their first effort - a Vintage Rose - later this year. The grape industry is a fashionable movie for celebrities nowadays, though some take it more serious than others. It's likely that Brangelina have tasted a nice fruity rose and decided to put their name to it, though some actors and musicians have gone the hold hog and bought entire vineries. In 2007, Nielsen's research of supermarket wine purchases showed sales of celebrity wines were up by 19%. It probably gives the consumer something to impress friends with after popping open the cork, "This one is made by Brad and Angelina, you know."

One actor very much active in both the production and business dealings of wine is French-turned-Russian star Gerard Depardieu, who owns wineries in several countries across the globe and even has his passport (now Russian) listing his occupation as vigneron. Since 2001, Depardieu has put his name to 13 different wines with wine mogul Bernard Magrez, mostly in conjunction with another expert, Michael Rolland. During an interview with Decanter.com, the Green Card actor said, "What I don't like is to publish a ban des vendages on a certain date [before which one is not allowed to harvest], I find that stupid. When you taste and you say "that's ready" I don't know why I need to keep it ripening. Sometimes I find wines that are a little overripe. I like wines to be a bit nervy, that aren't too aggressive."

Gerard Depardieu, Cannes Film FestivalDan Aykroyd, Yogi Bear Premiere

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Manchester Holds Sad Memories for Mick Hucknall

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Mick Hucknall is back with a new solo album - American Soul - and the Simply Red man has been discussing his long and illustrious career and music, his new family and memories of his beloved Manchester. 

American Soul sees Hucknall handpick twelve of his personal favourites from the genre's rich back catalogue, including Etta James' classic I'd Rather go Blind, The Flamingo's I Only Have Eyes for You as well as tracks by Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes, Gregory Isaacs, and the Valentine Brothers. As you may well be aware, Hucknall has been out of the limelight for a while, bringing up a young family, though does he ever get back to his old stomping ground? Speaking to the Manchester Evening News after announcing a show at the city's Apollo theatre, the singer explained, "Since my father died I get a bit sad when I go back. I can't deny it. But on the other hand, Manchester's been so good to me. I made it in Manchester, and it was the things that Manchester provided for me shaped who I am. I remain ever grateful for what that city did for me." You'd be forgiven for suggesting American Soul is a quick money spinner for Hucknall and his record label, though the 52-year-old clearly has plans to get back into the studio and start making records again. Another album in the pipeline sees Hucknall returning to songwriting, "They're all original compositions, I've worked very hard on them and I hope people will like them," he says.

American Soul hits shelves in the UK on Monday (October 29, 2012).

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Johanita

I love you Mick.. You are the best !!

2 years 3 months ago
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MaterI am here for you just call I love you my Son and will do anything in the world to make you happy, I gave you the gift of life now give me the gift of you lovethe gift of your lovecomes from abovethe gift of life comes from the greatest lovethe need for understanding and compassion I can giveYour happiness to me, is the one thing missing, your love.Mater

9 years 4 months ago
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I LOVE YOU MICK. THAT`S IT.TUYA...ALE

5 years 5 months ago
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LISA-JANE

I have just watched the home/Life video and cannot get over what an amazing voice and prescence Mick has.Mick your voice and songs are so amazing and hearing you sing you make me feel brand new brings a lump to my throat.I have just bought tickets to your concert at leeds castle for my mother and I (she has followed all your english tours)and I am really excited to see you perform.keep up the enjoyment from the shows that you get and your ozzing charisma XX

8 years 11 months ago
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amoamick

NO ES COMENTARIO , ES UNA CARTA DE AMOR PARA MICK HUCKNALL, NECESITO QUE LO SEPA, QUE SE ENTERE DE UNA VEZ LO QUE HA HECHO CONMIGO, POR QUE EL ESTA TAN TRANQUILO EN MILAN O DONDE VIVA Y YO AQUI SUFRIENDO ,PORQUE YA NO SE QUE HACER CON TODO LO QUE SIENTO Y DE DONDE LO AGARRO PARA RECLAMARLE, QUE ESAS CANCIONES, ESA MANERA DE CANTAR, ESE PELO, ESE TATUAJE EN EL BRAZO, ESA BOCA, PERO SOBRETODO ESA MIRADA, ME TIENEN LOCA, ENAMORADA, ENAMORADA COMO UNA LOCA!QUE LO QUE ME HACE SENTIR, NO TIENE NOMBRE Y QUE ES SU RESPONSABILIDAD CURARME O DEJARME COMO ESTABA. HACE 20 AÑOS QUE LO CONOCI Y NUNCA PENSE QUE CON EL TIEMPO LO PODRIA AMAR DE ESTA MANERA. ESPERO ALGUN DIA LLEGAR A CONOCERTE. TUYA POR SIEMPRE... ALE

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redfan

words from the heart. i could almost believe you really are micks mother!!!

9 years 4 months ago
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