Singer songwriter Andy Taylor will tease his new solo album during a string of intimate shows across the UK this spring.

Best known as a founder member of Duran Duran, the accomplished six-stringer has penned hits for The Power Station, Robert Palmer, Rod Stewart, The Almighty, Thunder and more.

But Taylor will also include brand new material from his long-awaited solo album at four shows in May – kicking off with an emotional return home to his native North East.

The City Of Night tour gets underway on May 1 at Cullercoats Crescent Club in North Tyneside.

And Taylor explained: “It was exactly 40 years ago – in May 1980 – that I left Cullercoats and started Duran Duran.

“So in my heart I felt that going back to Cullercoats, to the club my grandfather co-founded and where it all began for me, seemed like the right thing to do.

“And me Nan would haunt me if I missed her out!”

Taylor kickstarted his live career with a spellbinding sold-out show at London’s 100 Club last November.

And the reborn musician and producer can’t wait to recreate that vibe across the UK in 2020.

“As well as Cullercoats I also wanted to play some other cities that hold a special place in my heart,” he added.

“For starters we’re making noise in Glasgow then Manchester and, of course, Birmingham. Sadly there’s no Rum Runner on Broad Street anymore!”

New single Love Or Liberation, featuring Reef frontman Gary Stringer on lead vocals, became a instant favourite on Planet Rock last year.

And a full album of Taylor originals will be released via BMG later this year.

The live shows will feature Stringer and Reef band mates Jack Bessant and Jesse Wood – plus Skindred drummer Arya Goggin.

The May dates are as follows:

1 – Cullercoats Crescent Club

6 – Manchester Gorrilla

7 – Birmingham Institute

15 – Glasgow King Tuts

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