Pop icon Kim Wilde is heading out on a brand new 19-date UK tour in spring 2018. The multi-award-winning artist – who has sold more than 30 million records worldwide – is currently completing work on her 14th studio album 'Here Come The Aliens'. Kim is delighted to announce she will take to the road across England, Scotland and Wales in March and April with her HERE COME THE ALIENS TOUR 2018 – her first full UK tour since 1982. 

 

The 'Here Come The Aliens' Tour will head to Birmingham Town Hall 21 April 2018. Kim said: “I'm really excited to be announcing a new tour. I don't think I’ve toured the UK for over 30 years so I can't wait to play this brand new show with my fantastic band We are going to be playing my biggest hits and some fabulous tracks from the new album which is coming out next spring. We can’t wait.”

Kim has recorded her new album at London’s legendary RAK studios – the very same studios where she began her career back in 1981 and recorded such seminal hits as 'Kids In America', 'Chequered Love' and 'Cambodia'. The 'Here Come The Aliens' Tour is presented by promoters Cuffe and Taylor. Director Peter Taylor said: “Kim Wilde is one of the most successful female pop stars the UK has ever produced. She has sold more than 30 million records and has been a trail-blazer for many of the British female artists who followed her success. Kim has played to sell-out crowds across Europe and the world and we expect this tour to be massively popular with her army of fans across the UK and beyond. It is going to be something really special.”

 
This is your first headline tour in over 30 years – what can people expect at your new shows? Why has it been so long since you toured?

I have toured more in the past 20 years than I ever did in the first 20 years of my career! My band and I have headlined on several tours abroad but this is the first one in the UK, mostly due to the fact that I have not released a new album here (my Christmas album Wilde Winter Songbook apart). My fantastic experience of touring with 'Rewind and Let’s Rock' (80’s retro shows) gave me the confidence to announce this tour, the U.K audiences have a very special place in my heart and I can’t wait to see them all up close and personal!

There are 7 of us rocking out on stage tearing through my greatest hits and introducing several of the new tracks from the new ‘Here Come The Aliens’ album. I have a 12 strong entourage making sure we look as good as we sound.


Your new album is out in March, titled ‘Here Come The Aliens’. What’s the story behind that title?

‘80’s Pop Star has Close Encounter in Back Garden!’

Yes, it’s true, something very unusual happened in my garden in 2009, and has in many ways inspired the new album, not least of course with the amazing artwork by my niece Scarlett Wilde.


The album is a celebration of pop music from throughout the years, with nods to artists like Blondie, Billy Idol and Gary Numan, and more recent ones such as Goldfrapp and Chvrches. How and why did you come up with that concept? And what is it about pop music that you love?

I grew up in the 60’s and fell in love with the amazing music that filled that decade, the Beatles of course, but also growing up listening to my Dad writing songs on his guitar. Dad had an amazing vinyl collection, and as Ricky and I grew up we heard everything from Tchaikovsky to Elvis, Frank Sinatra to Mike Oldfield. Pop music had always been at the heart of our family life, always playing in the house with new albums arriving weekly for Ricky and I to absorb. Some love affairs never die, and our love affair with Pop Music continues to this day, stronger than ever in fact! This album happened subconsciously, before we knew it all our influences came together in a perfect storm and ‘Here Come The Aliens’ is the result.


You’ve worked with your brother Ricky again on the new album, a working relationship that has lasted 36 years. How has that relationship changed over the years? And are you able to leave work behind when you see each other on family occasions?

Ricky and I share the same passion and excitement for Pop music, we grew up together with the same influences, we speak the same language when it comes to all things musical. Initially Ricky started writing on his own, and then with my Dad Marty Wilde with hits such as 'Kids in America', 'Cambodia' and 'Chequered Love'. Soon after I began song writing with Ricky, which continues to this day. Family occasions often end up with someone grabbing a guitar or playing piano; it’s hard to leave work behind when you love music so much!


Your niece Scarlett is also working with you, as a songwriter and the designer of the artwork. Will she be following in your shoes as a solo artist?

Scarlett has been studying art in Australia and has done an incredible job with the artwork for the album, in fact the best artwork I have EVER seen! Scarlett is also a natural songwriter and singer, and has been in my band for over a decade, her phenomenal talent and energy will take her wherever she wants to go!


What song(s) on the new album are you most excited for people to hear?

There are 12 songs which were chosen from many written for this album, and each have their place and reason for making it to the last 12. Of course I am excited to hear how it is to be received and hope the singles inspire people to buy the album, it was made with a lot of love and supernatural energy!


How is the music industry different now compared to when you released Kids In America? 

Of course the music industry is transformed from the 'Kids in America' days of only vinyl, no mobiles, no Internet in ways I could never have imagined. Music however, still has passion at the heart of the very best examples, and that will never change.


If you could go back in time what’s the one piece of advice you’d give to your younger self?

I’d say not to worry so much, I did a lot of that in my 20’s!


There’s a rumoured lost album from the late 1990s. Will Kim Wilde fans ever get a chance to hear some of the music from it?

Never say never!

What current music are you enjoying at the moment? 

Frida Sundemo, Slaves, Daft Punk and Lawnmower Deth.

Voted Best British Female Singer at the BPI Awards in 1983 (Forerunner to the Brits), Kim also supported Michael Jackson on his ‘Bad’ tour in Europe, playing to more than two million people and supported the legendary David Bowie across Europe on his 1990 ‘Greatest Hits’ stadium tour. The 90s saw Kim continue to remain in the spotlight with the albums ‘Love Moves’ and ‘Love Is’ featuring singles including ‘Love Is Holy’ and the Bee Gee’s classic ‘If I Can’t Have You’ from ‘The Singles Collection 1981-1993’. After a break from music to get married, have children and re-discover a love for gardening, Kim returned to playing live in 2001 with various festivals and tours including Australia in 2003 before signing to EMI in Germany in 2006 and releasing the ‘Never Say Never’ album.

After several chart successes with the singles from the album, Kim and her band took to the road, performing more than 50 shows in 2007 including two tours and various festivals in 2008. 2009 saw another European tour followed by the ‘Come Out And Play’ album in 2010, which went top 10 in Germany and Switzerland and was followed by a sell-out European tour, 2011 also saw the release of ‘Snapshots’, Kim’s album of her favourite cover versions. In 2013 Kim released the beautiful and critically acclaimed, ‘Wilde Winter Songbook’ album, which featured her favourite Christmas and winter inspired songs, both cover versions and original material. 2015 and 2016 saw Kim continuing with her popular radio show on Magic FM and putting in some amazing performances at festivals across Europe, while also touring Holland twice and doing a tour of Australia in November 2016 with Howard Jones. 


Grab your tickets for 'Here Come The Aliens' Tour for Birmingham Town Hall HERE.

Watch Kim live in action HERE.

 

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