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Newton band Slydigs to support The Who on US tour

Slydigs on stage supporting The Who. Picture by Radka Dolinska
Slydigs on stage supporting The Who. Picture by Radka Dolinska
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Two Newton musicians are looking forward to a dream tour supporting rock legends The Who in the USA.

Drummer Peter Fleming and bassist Ben Breslin will join their bandmates in rock four-piece Slydigs on a jaunt across the arenas of USA and Canada in the company of rock music’s originally pinball wizards.

Slydigs soundchecking before supporting The Who. Picture by Radka Dolinska

Slydigs soundchecking before supporting The Who. Picture by Radka Dolinska

The band, whose line-up is completed by singer and guitarist Dean Fairhurst and lead guitarist Louis Menguy, will meet up with Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and the rest of The Who once again after supporting them at a string of UK arena dates.

It will be the first time Slydigs have performed in the States and the band say they cannot wait to visit the country where rock ‘n’ roll was created and where many of their musical idols come from.

Drummer Peter said: “I can’t really express how happy I am to be touring America with The Who. After all, this is the birth place of the music that had a profound effect on me, and gave me some sort of direction in life.

“America is the promised land for any lover of rock ‘n’ roll music, and is certainly on the bucket list of any band coming out of the UK.

“I’m sure in 1967 Roger, Keith, Peter and John felt just as hungry as me and the rest of the band do, to go over there and blow as many people away as possible.”

Bassist Ben added: “To be going on the road again with The Who is mind blowing and unheard of for working-class lads from Newton-le-Willows, and it doesn’t get better than going across North America and in such big arenas.

“It’s everything we have worked towards. We are feeling blessed and can’t wait to grab it by the ears.”

The tour starts in Toronto on April 24 before taking in Kansas City, Minneapolis, a further five dates in Canada and half a dozen shows on the west coast of the States, finishing in San Diego on May 27.

Slydigs secured the support slot following a hugely-successful tour of Europe with Vintage Trouble, and will also perform with them in the UK in 2016 as well as appearing at Kendal Calling festival.

The band has previously supported The Who at arenas in Liverpool, Manchester and Cardiff as well as at London shows at the O2 Arena and in Hyde Park.

To find out more about the band, visit www.facebook.com/slydigs