New Wave band The Vapors who had a worldwide hit with 'Turning Japanese' in 1980 have reformed after 35 years in 2016 to perform a small number of gigs.
The band who split in 1981 have resisted numerous offers to reform over the years but decided to get back together for the 'Waiting for the Weekend' mini tour which took in Dublin, London, Liverpool and Wolverhampton during Oct and Nov 2016.
Originally discovered by 'The Jam' Bass player Bruce Foxton and co-managed by Paul Wellers father John, the band reached number 3 in the UK charts with Turning Japanese, number 1 in Australia and Top 40 in the USA.
They also supported The Jam on tour playing to 1000s of fans nightly and toured the USA and Australia before internal issues with their record company saw the band split up. .
Taken from the now iconic album 'New Clear Days' the song Turning Japanese regularly features on 80s, Punk and New Wave Compilation albums and has been used in films such as Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion and Charlies Angels.
Guitarist Ed Bazalgette went on to be a successful TV director after the band split with notable credits such as BBCs Poldark and Dr Who and lead Singer Dave Fenton went back to being a Music Lawyer for the Musicians Union after but this year has retired from the practice to once again take up the reigns as frontman of The Vapors.
JIM JOHNSTON:Formerly one half of trip-hop band Monk & Canatella with Simon Russell in the 1990s. He now performs as a solo artist. He released his debut solo album, Voyage of Oblivion in 2012.The album featured guest vocals from Australian folk singer Emily Barker. In 2015, he released his second solo album, After All The Wishing… This time featuring guest vocals from Bristol post-punk musician Mark Stewart from The Pop Group.The track "Count Your Coppers" featured on BBC Introducing,and also on the Tom Robinson mix tape on BBC 6 Music in February 2015.
Doors Open: 7.30pm Admission:£20 on the Door
Tickets: £18 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk