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Mick Hucknall rehearses outside The BBC for The One Show

Mick Hucknall - Mick Hucknall rehearses outside The BBC for The One Show - London, United Kingdom - Monday 1st June 2015

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Mick Hucknell arrives at Heathrow airport

Mick Hucknell - Simply Red vocalist Mick Hucknell arrives at Heathrow airport to catch a flight at Heathrow airport - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 21st May 2015

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Are You Simply Red-dy For The Comeback? 'Big Love' To Arrive This Summer


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Simply Red are making a spectacular comeback with their first album since 2007, 'Big Love', coming this Summer via East West Records. The album will also mark the 30th anniversary since the release of the band's Platinum certified debut album 'Picture Book'.

Simply Red - Big Love album coverSimply Red return with 'Big Love' in June

Since 2007's 'Stay', the band have only released a handful of greatest hits compilations, namely 2008's 'Simply Red 25: The Greatest Hits'. But now they are back fresh from the studio having been working hard at bringing a new sound of Simply Red to the world. Leading 'Big Love' is their brilliant first single 'Shine On'.

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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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Mick Hucknall at BBC Radio 2

Mick Hucknall - Mick Hucknall at the BBC Radio 2 studios - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 28th October 2014

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Celebrities at BBC Radio 2

Mick Hucknall - Celebrities at the BBC Radio 2 studios - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 28th October 2014

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Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall in Dublin

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

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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."

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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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