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Texas is a Scottish rock pop band formed in 1986, hailing from Glasgow. The band are currently signed to Pias Recordings.
The band was the brainchild of bassist Johnny McElhone in the late 80’s, who was joined by fellow Glaswegians, Stuart Keer (Drums), Ally McErlaine, and future 90s pin up, lead guitarist and singer, Sharleen Spiteri.
The Ry Codder scored 1984 film, Paris, Texas, inspired the group. Not only did they borrow their name from the feature, but also the American guitair heavy sound featured in the background. After playing shows in Glasgow, McElhone, who had been in two previous bands, made use of a connection with Mercury Records with whom they released their debut single "I Don't Want a Lover," which reached number eight in the charts. They quickly released their debut album “Southside” which was another top ten hit, selling two million copies, and a UK and European tour quickly ensued.
After a short break the band released two moderately fruitful albums in the early 90’s, “Mothers Heaven” and “Ricks Road”, before experiencing their comeback success with their fourth release “White on Blonde” in 1997, which spawned four top then UK hits.
Going into the 2000’s era, the band released a further three LP’s, all to critical and commercial triumph, before going on a surprise hiatus from 2005. During this time, bandmember Ally McErlaine survived a brain anyuersm. In 2013, the band signed with Pias Recordings to release their album, “The Conversation”. During the launch of the album, Texas played two special intimate shows, one at Kings Tuts Wah Wah Hut in their hometown of Glasgow, the other at The 100 Club in London.
As well as touring around the world, Texas have also performed at awards shows such as the BRITs, alongside legendary rap group Wu-Tang Clan. Their music has also been used in TV shows such as “Ellen”. Sharleen Spiteri has also embarked on a solo career, having released her debut album “Melody” in 2008.
With that mop of black hair and cheekbones to die for still in place, you could swear you were looking at the Sharleen Spiteri who gave us, as part of Texas, the album Southside way back in 1989. She’s barely changed, and still singing those songs like they’re brand new and she’s not belted them out a million times over the years. While never critical darlings, it’s easy to forget what a great and soulful singing voice Spiteri has, while also being in possession of a writing talent, alongside bassist Johnny McElhone, that’s given us classic tracks like "I Don’t Want a Lover" and "Say What You Want" that despite countless plays still sound as fresh as ever. Texas has been playing live long enough to know how to create a set list which will visit the classics as well as hit on the tracks from their latest record, so everyone is kept rapt and entertained for as long as the show lasts. While the band is still full of excellent musicians, the focus is always on the eternally youthful and engaging Spiteri – and I’m sure they wouldn’t have it any other way. Of course, sets always close out with "Say What You Want," from the band’s resurgent second period of success, but encores take on some of the most recent material which has been co-written with Richard Hawley and Bernard Butler. It just goes to show that despite the years rolling by, Texas still know their way around a good pop song.
Scottish rockers Texas, headed up by the evocative Sharleen Spiteri were a staple frequenter of the charts in the 90's and their energetic live show took them around the world to their fast growing global fanbase. Years later, the band have all aged and the shows may have slowed down in pace but the sincerity and musical talent is ever present.
Their fanbase is one of true devotion so there will be audience members who have followed the band's entire career along with those who are later to the party. Either way, Sharleen greets them all in a warm manner and builds a wonderfully natural rapport onstage. Showcasing new material from the mature pop record 'The Conversation' the fans remain enthusiastic and applaud with real effort for these tracks. It is however the countrified pop of 'Say What You Want' and 'Don't Want A Lover' that really gets the crowd singing at deafening levels. It is fair to say that Texas have achieved consistent relevance throughout their career and the new music is sounding fresh as ever.
Very nice performance of Sharleen and her band in Antwerp. I think we've heard all the famous songs of the last 25 years. She has a lot of contact and interference with her audience. But You have to understand her English with the Scottish accent ;-)
They 're a real life band !
They came back twice for some extra songs. Also the covers were excellent !
Don't hesitate to go to their 25th anniversary tour !
This was the first time I got to see Texas, what a memorable gig! I enjoyed it from start to finish. The lead singer was very funny and really interacted with the crowd. This was probably the best gig I have been to that involved the crowd as much as they did. There was a big Scottish following. The music was excellent and you can tell that the band enjoyed performing.
Great show, Sharleen obviously loves to come home to Glasgow to perform.
Not only great music but the banter was first class. We were lucky as went on second night (1stAug) so had good weather for this open air show but not so good night as raining(2nd Aug)
Never seen her live before but even though wrong side of 60 we are now firm fans.
Mike and Mo (M & M )
Excellent performance in front of a packed Usher Hall.
Not having seen Texas for a few years, we loved Sharleen's chat between the music, very funny and as always very accommodating for the fans coming to the front for selfies and a chat!
Great mix of tracks from their entire back catalogue including the latest album.
A terrific evening's entertainment.
Great night, hugely enjoyed the show all the hits and more, Sharleen definately knows how to work a crowd, only drawback was she asked the crowd to stand for the complete show,but as we are of a certain age we had to sit down after a while and then we couldn't see the show any more, shame otherwise very, very good.
Fab event.. I last saw the band when they supported Simple Minds at Wembley Arena.. They were great then and just as good today., 25 years of entertaining fans around the world is a great achievement..
The set was tight, Charlene's voice was superb.. Atmosphere in the Roundhouse was electric..
Due to parking problems we missed the first 2 tunes. But having arrived to a packed Bridgewater Hall we quickly got into the mood of the evening.
Texas didn't disappointed either singing all the well known hits including my favourite Insane.
Great night had by all plus a superb venue .
Great venue and great gig. Sharleen's vocals and stage presence are still right up there among the all time best. She had the capacity crowd eating out of her hand. The rest of the band were also on top form and rocked the house. Looking forward to the next chance to see Texas live.
The Queen's Hall
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