A St. Patrick's Day special event - March 17th - may soon be confirmed for Steve and the rock band at a venue off the north-west of England. Also, from April 19th into the middle of May, dates should soon be confirmed in Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland. More as it comes.... All sorts of possibilities are being worked on for weekends throughout the summer.
Friday morning dawns grey and drizzly in London and, with complete trust in the optimistic BBC weather forecast, I load my rucksack (minus the wellies) into the car and set off. A quick stop for petrol and to pick up Clare, a work colleague who has not had the chance to camp or visit a festival for 20 years, then we make our way out onto the M25 and immediately wish we’d chosen a better route. As we crawl our way along in 2nd and 3rd gear for about an hour we have the consolation of seeing the rain dry up and little patches of blue appear ahead of us in the sky, roughly in the direction we are headed.
Steve has agreed to act as a panellist choosing "Best Local Hero" for ANGLIA TV. The programme is part of the regional series "Britain On The Move" and is scheduled for broadcast on Anglia Television, TUESDAY 19th at 19.30hrs. Check local listings.
BBC RADIO 5 LIVE (909am) SATURDAY, 9th APRIL, 9 - 11 a.m. Steve will appear 'live' on the Eamonn Holmes show. On Grand National Day, Steve will be discussing his passion for horse racing and his hobby as owner and gambler, and chatting about the summer concerts, Glastonbury Festival and the big autumn tours.
This interview was postponed from Grand National Day (as a result of the Royal Wedding and the Pope's funeral) to be broadcast on 30th April 2005 - the day of the 2,000 Guineas Colts' Classic at Newmarket.
Steve's first all-new studio CD, "The Quality Of Mercy," is being prepared for a September, 2005 release. The tracks are being fine-tuned at a studio in Suffolk, and are almost ready for mixing.
Manfred Esser will be shooting a cover photo at a session in Cologne, Germany, in April.
The CD will include three tracks already familiar with concert going fans, such as "A Friend For Life," "The Last Feast" and "Saturday Night At The Fair."
Steve and his regular band have spent many long days in recent weeks working in a Pro-tools studio in Suffolk. The album is now at the mixing stage and Steve, to demonstrate his own feelings with the way the work has developed, said at his "An Audience With....." show in Stamford, Lincs. recently, "I am making a record that pleases me - I can only hope it then pleases lots of other people, including the critics. We have a wild drum sound on the rocky tracks and the lyrics are flowing once again. I am very, very excited about this project. The band have looked at me as though I'm mad, when I've put forward certain production ideas, but they've come to accept now that sometimes the safe way is not necessarily the best way forward."
To support the new album, a 30+ date UK Tour, as Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel, is being planned for the autumn, beginning at the end of September, running through to a handful of Christmas Specials in December, when The Backbeat Beatles will appear as support. The tour winds up at Shepherds Bush Empire, December 9th.
In November, Steve takes an Electro-Acoustic band to Holland for a run of around 15 shows, then the set-up moves into Belgium (Dec 1-4).
Steve's debut DVD, "Live At The Isle Of Wight - plus 45-minute backstage documentary," is due for a May release. The DVD, which includes an in-depth interview with Steve, backstage and soundcheck footage, plus a Live bonus track, "Death Trip," filmed at Edinburgh's Queen's Hall, last December.