Yesterday evening, as the nation enjoyed the last of their Easter eggs, a somewhat lesser publicised resurrection took place in Oxford; the long awaited live comeback of Ride.
The band - one of Creation Records' first global success stories - played their first concert together in 20 years in their own hometown, in front of just 500 fans at a special warm up show at the O2 Academy2.
Announced only last week, this intimate show saw Mark Gardener, Andy Bell, Laurence 'Loz' Colbert and Steve Queralt back on a concert stage together for the first time since their last show at Benicàssim in 1995. Tickets for this club show sold out within minutes and fans were treated to a 90min set which included favourites 'Vapour Trail', 'Twisterella', 'Drive Blind' and 'Chelsea Girl.'
This show heralded the start of Ride's 2015 world tour, which sees them at Coachella in California next weekend along with dates on the West and East coasts, before heading back to the UK in May for a run of sold out shows in Glasgow, London and Manchester, as well as a headlining slot at Field Day in June. For full tour dates and information go to www.ridemusic.net.
Cool Your Boots
Black Nite Crash
Dreams Burn Down
Time of Her Time
Like A Daydream
OX4_ The Best of Ride will be released on limited edition double red vinyl for Record Store Day on Saturday 18th April.