Goodbye Mr Mackenzie – in session – BBC Radio Scotland – November 24, 2021 – The Quay Sessions
Goodbye Mr Mackezie in session tonight. Their first live session at BBC Scotland since before the Lockdown and ahead of the release of their latest; A Night In The Windy City scheduled to be available in February 2022 and just before they kick off their 30th anniversary tour on the release of their debut album Good Deeds and Dirty Rags, beginning on December 2nd.
Goodbye Mr Mackenzie formed in Bathgate near Edinburgh in 1981. At the band’s commercial peak, the line-up consisted of Martin Metcalfe on vocals, John Duncan on guitar, Fin Wilson on bass guitar, Shirley Manson and Rona Scobie on keyboards and backing vocals, and Derek Kelly on drums.
The band came to prominence in the early 1980s after releasing two independent label singles, and were signed to Capitol Records. They charted in the UK with their debut album, Good Deeds and Dirty Rags, and single release “The Rattler” but the band were hindered by record company conflicts and failed to break through outside the UK. The band split up in 1993, leaving Manson, Metcalfe, Wilson and Kelly to form Angelfish to continue recording music. Manson left for Garbage in 1994, and Goodbye Mr Mackenzie played their final live show at the end of 1995.
In an interview with the Edinburgh Evening News on 4 April 2019, Martin Metcalfe announced that Goodbye Mr Mackenzie would be reforming and would be performing a mini Scottish Tour. Warm up gigs were performed in Dundee on 17 May and Dunfermline on 18 May, followed by full shows in Glasgow at The Garage (venue of their farewell concert) on 22 May, Aberdeen Lemon Tree on 23 May and Edinburgh Liquid Rooms on 25 and 26 May 2019. These shows were followed up by a winter tour of the UK, culminating in a sold out performance at the Glasgow Barrowlands on 20 December.
During interviews to promote their tour, Metcalfe revealed that a number of hurdles had to be overcome to reunite the band, including Duncan’s multiple sclerosis and the fact that Scobie had not played keyboard in over 20 years. He described Duncan’s ability to relearn his guitar parts in spite of his ongoing health concerns as “something of a miracle”. A documentary about the reunion entitled Until the End of the Road was released in 2020.
Here to celebrate that reunion is their session from just two days ago via BBC Scotland and the legendary Quay Sessions.
Crank it up.
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