Cliff Richard and The Shadows reunite for final tour

Now that is a quality record sleeve...
Now that is a quality record sleeve...

Cliff Richard and The Shadows have announced plans to reunite for a final tour. It will be the first time that Richard has played with the band in 20 years.

The UK arena shows will begin in September 2009 and will be the last chance for fans to see Cliff Richard, now 68 years old, onstage alongside Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch and Brian Bennett.

Cliff Richard originally split with The Shadows in 1968 to pursue a successful solo career, while the band continued to record and perform extensively.

Here are the tour dates in full:

September 2009

Friday 25 and Saturday 26 - London O2 arena
Wednesday 30 - Nottingham Trent FM Arena

October 2009

Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 - Birmingham NIA
Tuesday 6 - Cardiff CIA
Wednesday 7 - Liverpool Echo Arena
Friday 9 - Glasgow SECC
Monday 12 - Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Wednesday 14 - Sheffield Arena
Saturday 17 - Manchester Evening News Arena

While it's easy to think of Cliff Richard as the guy who sings at Wimbledon when the tennis is rained off, he was pretty rock 'n' roll back in the day. Here's proof:

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