Sparks announce autumn 2012 UK tour for Two Hands and One Mouth

Posted: 12th April 2012
The Mael Brothers to perform stripped-back hits shows, tickets on sale at Friday 13th April

This week, American art-glam-poppers Sparks announced an intimate one-off London show at Bush Hall on 21st June 2012. Within minutes of going on sale, it sold out. Boo. Or hooray if you managed to obtain a ticket, of course.

Good news - The Mael Brothers have now announced an autumn 2012 tour along the same lines as the sold-out London gig, featuring just the two of them armed with little more than a piano and voice. It's unlikely that Ron and Russell will do this too many times in the future, so you'll have to be quick to nab these tickets as well.

The chosen towns are Edinburgh on 21st October 2012, followed by Manchester, Birmingham, Brighton and London again, but this time at the grand Barbican venue on 26th October. Tickets will go on sale from 9am on Friday 13th April, priced from £20 for regionals and £27.50 for London.

The UK's earliest memory of this glammed-up duo was surely their string of '70s hits, as performed on Top of the Pops and Old Grey Whistle Test. Russell held viewer's attention and trilled hit songs such as 'This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both of Us' and 'Something For The Girl With Everything', while brother Ron stood still, prodding a keyboard while staring into the camera with the most sinister glare and Hitler-esque moustache.

During the '80s they hooked up with motorik electro-disco producer Giorgio Moroder and created the hit-album 'No.1 in Heaven', including the hits 'Beat The Clock' and 'Number One Song in Heaven'. But, in typical UK style, the Great British Public gave up on them for the excellent Moroder-tweaked follow-up, 'Terminal Jive'. However, their fanbase has remained loyal and large - something worth considering when you read on! After selling-out nearly all of their 21 2008 London shows, where they performed EVERY Sparks album in it's entirety, you can expect shows like these to sell out in seconds (again).

Paul Pledger