The steps return: “People say we saved 2020!” “| Ents & Arts News

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When Steps recently announced that they are returning with new music and are planning a tour for next year, it’s fair to say their fans were more than a little excited.

The group, which rose to fame in the 1990s and is best known for their anthems in the charts such as Tragedy and 5,6,7,8, released their latest album over three years ago, but it seems hungry. for their brand of upbeat disco-pop. has not declined since then.

The band’s Lee Latchford-Evans told Sky News that despite the success of Tears On The Dancefloor in 2017, they were still a little worried ahead of their recent comeback – and it was a relief when the the announcement earlier this month was so well received.

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The group was huge when they emerged in the late 1990s …
Steps and Prince Charles at Party In The Park in 1999
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“We were seeing, like, ‘The Steps Saved 2020’ and things like that,” he says. “I wouldn’t go quite that far but it’s nice to be appreciated.

“It’s good that people are very positive towards us again. And I think, you know, we’re going through some very strange times right now; we don’t really know what’s in store for us, but we’re doing our best to get there. ”

Stages were to announce the new music and tour in the spring, but like so many others, the group had to put their plans on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Latchford-Evans says the debut single, titled What the Future Holds (from the upcoming album of the same name, and written by Australian popstar Sia), has been a long time coming.

“We shot the video for What The Future Holds almost a year ago and the single was first dropped on our manager’s desk almost three years ago,” he says.

“It was around the time we were finishing our last tour, the Tears On The Dancefloor tour, and we were deciding, should we continue? Are we going to look for new music?

“What The Future Holds landed was obviously a very different version with Sia on it, and we kind of loved it as soon as we heard it. “

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The stages will mark 25 years since their launch in 2022

The singer says the track, which rose to number one on iTunes within an hour of its release, stood out because it represents what the band is trying to achieve.

“There’s a text in there that’s ‘one foot in the past, one foot in the future,’ and as soon as we heard those lyrics we were like, there are just steps written all over the place – it’s us. .

“We’re nostalgic for all of our old hits, but we’re making new music, it’s just perfect for us. ”

In addition to delaying the release of the album, plans the band was to put on ice included a tour of Australia with the Newly Reformed Pussycat Dolls.

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The Pussycat Dolls reformed in 2019

Latchford-Evans is philosophical about the changes, but says he can’t wait to get back on the road.

“We had so many things lined up and everything was put on hold, like everyone, you know, everyone’s jobs were put on hold – there are a lot of people on leave, there are a lot of people in pain. .

“We’re now at a point where we’re allowed to do this, it’s good to do it, it’s great to be together.

“We always say our tour is our baby, it’s who we are, it’s what we do best. Don’t get me wrong, we love to be in the studio and we love to create, but when we’re on tour that’s really what it’s about. ”

The band took a 10-year hiatus between 2001 and 2011, and there’s been more than a three-year gap between their last album and What The Future Holds.

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But it looks like fans shouldn’t be worried about them taking longer, as Latchford-Evans says he suspects they’ll continue working together for the foreseeable future now, due to a milestone in come.

“We talked about it and we probably would have taken a little break because I think it’s so intense when we work together and especially when things are going well – which we obviously can’t complain about is amazing – but that’s enough long days and it’s back to back, ”he says.

“So it’s good to have that little break at the end and then just disappear for a few months, reload and come back – but with this one, because of the coronavirus and the way it all came to a halt, we were talking that ‘in 2022, it will actually be 25 years of Steps, believe it or not.

“I think we need to do something for our 25th anniversary, so I can imagine this whole project going on now for the next two or three years, really. ”

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