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They’ve sold over 10 million albums over the course of their 38-year career, and they continue to plug away throughout 2019. They’re Scottish rockers Big Country, and they’re headed to Australian shores this September.

Around The Sound had the chance to chat with Big Country’s guitarist, Bruce Watson, on life in the band, the tour and their album Steeltown, beginning with how he felt about where he and Big Country are at this deep into their careers:

“Yeah it’s good, we’ve been really busy throughout festival season. We’ve been playing throughout the UK and Europe so far this year and we’re really looking forward to coming to Australia later this year.

“One thing I’ll say is the weather is always good (laughs). The thing is we had never actually been to Australia until the last few years, and since then we have been coming back every 18 months or so. We love it there.”

On this tour Big Country will be highlighting their 1984 album, Steeltown, so we wanted to know how Watson felt the album measures up to Big Country’s legacy and why they wanted to dedicate a tour to it.

“It’s been 35 years since the release of Steeltown and we wanted to celebrate it. We’re going to be playing a lot of songs off the Steeltown album. It means a lot to us – it was number one in the UK when we released it, it’s a hard, dense sounding record. Those first three records are very important to us.”

But enough about the past, what about Big Country’s future?

“After Australia, we’re just going to keep doing what we keep doing. We’re always working, we’re always on the road and will be playing at least every weekend until the end of the year. We’ve been working on a new album too which should be released by Christmas.”

Big Country will be performing at The Rosemount Hotel on 25 September. tickets from Oztix.


It’s sure to be a great show and a big celebration of their number one UK record, Steeltown. For all the Scottish contingent here in Perth, I expect to see you all there to celebrate the album, and Scotland’s favourite sons.

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