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May 19th - Society For Ethical Culture, NYC
Photo by Brooklyn Sue

May 19th - Society For Ethical Culture, NYC
Photo by Brooklyn Sue

May 19th - Society For Ethical Culture, NYC
Photo by Brooklyn Sue

May 19th - Society For Ethical Culture, NYC
Photo by Brooklyn Sue

May 19th - Society For Ethical Culture, NYC
Photo by Brooklyn Sue

May 19th - Society For Ethical Culture, NYC
Photo by Brooklyn Sue

May 19th - Society For Ethical Culture, NYC
Photo by Brooklyn Sue

May 19th - Society For Ethical Culture, NYC
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Crash Mansion VIP pass
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May 20th - Crash Mansion, NYC
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May 20th - Andy DJing at The Bank, NYC
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May 20th - Andy DJing at The Bank, NYC
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May 20th - Andy DJing at The Bank, NYC
Photo by Brooklyn Sue


May 20th - Andy Bell and Larry Tee
at The Bank nightclub, NYC
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Acouistic Tour Book

Black Tee Shirt with blue art
(was also available with pink art)


Dark Brown Tee Shirt



February 4 - Convention Center, Palm Springs, California USA

Erasure performed: Blue Savannah, Chains of Love,
a My Foolish Heart/Over the Rainbow medley,
and A Little Respect



March 27 - Marriot Marquis, Times Square, New York City USA
Erasure performed: Boy and A Little Respect acoustically



April 14 - Usher Hall , Edinburgh Scotland UK

April 15 - Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow Scotland UK

April 16 - The Lowry, Manchester UK

April 17 - Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham UK

April 19- Shepherd's Bush Empire, London UK

April 21 - The Sage, Gateshead, Newcastle UK

April 25 - Music House, Aarhus DENMARK

April 26- Deutsches Schauspielhaus , Hamburg GERMANY

April 27 - Universität Der Künste, Berlin GERMANY

May 6 - Ryman Auditorium, Nashville Tennesse USA

May 7 - Lakewood Theatre, Dallas Texas USA

May 8 - Cullen Theater-Wortham Center, Houston Texas USA

May 10 - Ford Ampitheater, Los Angeles California USA

May 11 - Herbst Theater, San Francisco California USA

May 13 - Showbox Theater, Seattle Washington USA

May 15 - Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Salt Lake Cty Utah USA

May 16 - Boulder Theater, Denver Colorado USA

May 18 - Park West, Chicago Illinois USA

May 19 - NY Society For Ethical Culture, New York City USA

May 20 - Radio Jack gig @ Crash Mansion, New York City USA
radio contest winners only - no tickets for sale

(Afterwards Andy did a post-gig DJ set at the Bank nightclub in NYC)


Setlist for The Acoustic Tour includes:

- Home
- Boy
- Stay With Me
- Love Affair
- Oh L'Amour
- Alien
- Blue Savannah
- Spiraling
- How Many Times?
- Sometimes
- Tenderest Moments
- Ship Of Fools
- Love To Hate You
- Against My View
- Piano Song
- Rock Me Gently
- Stop!
- Chains Of Love
- A Little Respect
- Victim Of Love
- Breathe


To purchase an official live CD recordings of the London gig, visit :

To purchase an official live DVD of the Nashville gig, visit:


Backing singers:
Valerie Chalmers & Jill Walsh

Backing musicians:
Smith Curry (on pedal steel, dobro and banjo)
Richard Hammond (on acoustic bass)
Ben Wittman (on percussion),
Steve Walsh (on guitar and mandolin).

Merchandise sold includes:
Tee shirts, program books, keyrings, and coffee mugs, (UK)

Simple Kid was the opening act for the UK/Europe gigs.
There was no opening band scheduled for the USA gigs.


2006 - ANDY BELL


July 14 - Circuit Nightclub, Chicago Illinois USA
(Andy did not sing, but did a 1-hour DJ set)



July 15 - Soldier Field, Chicago Illinois USA
(Andy sang Victim Of Love -and- A Little Respect)



August 19 - Beverly Hilton, Los Angeles California USA
(Andy sang Breathe, Victim of Love, Chains of Love,
Oh L'Amour and A Little Resepect, and also spun a DJ set
afterwards at the reception.)


SPRING STREET - nightclub DJ set by Andy

November 3 - Spring Strreet club, Portland, Maine USA


THINK PINK - Hasting Arts Forum - opening night with Andy

December 1 - Hasting Arts Forum Gallery, East Sussex UK


(Charity providing meals & nutrition assistance to AIDs patients)
Show featured pop stars Andy Bell, Jimmy Sommerville,
Heather Small, and Julian Clary.

December 2 - Mermaid Theatre, Puddle Dock, London UK

Baby You Got What It Takes - Andy/Jimmy
Blue Savannah - Andy
The Man Who Said He Would - Andy/Jimmy
For a Friend - Jimmy
I Loves You Porgy - Heather
It Takes Two - Andy/Jimmy
I've Been Down So Long - Jimmy/Julian
Something inside so strong - CHOIR
Super Trouper - CHOIR
The Queen of Sheba - Pole Technicians
What have You Done For Me Lately - Andy/Jimmy
Heaven Knows - Andy/Jimmy
Ship of Fools - Andy
My Old Piano - Jimmy
Summer Wine - Jimmy/Julian
Proud - Heather
Don't Leave me this way - Heather/Jimmy/everyone


Show recorded with a live audience - Andy participated in a comic interview & a 'Jaws' spoof skit, and he sang: Sometimes - A Little Respect - One Way Or Another (Blondie cover)

December 21 - BBC studios, London UK
(aired at a later date - Jan '07)



ERASURE love to confound expectation. They have toured for years as a duo, featuring only synthesisers and vocals in shows of ever-increasing spectacle. For their current tour, however, there wasn't a synth in sight - instead, for the first time they were joined onstage by six musicians.

The angels' wings and Debbie Harry dresses of the past remained firmly in the wardrobe too, as singer Andy Bell, clad only in comfortable slacks and a T-shirt, sauntered onstage supping a cup of tea.

If the definition of a good song is that it can be performed either with full orchestration or arrangement, or simply with acoustic instruments in an intimate setting, then Erasure have nothing but great songs.

The Usher Hall might be anything but intimate, but the music drew the audience in so much, that it at least felt a little cosier.

The audience had begun roaring as the lights dimmed, but the hall's dome nearly blew off when Bell and keyboard player Vince Clarke actually appeared.

Opening with a blistering version of Home, the crowd weren't content to just sit or stand listening; they were singing along and even yelling their heads off between verses. Not quite Beatlemania, but not far off.

Next up was the new single Boy, followed by Stay With Me. The band comprised three guitarists, one of whom was Clarke, a double bass and a hybrid modern/ethnic drum kit, together with two backing vocalists. For Love Affair, singer Jill Walsh picked up an autoharp, and the music of Erasure took a swerve into very unfamiliar territory. Die-hard fans of the band knew the words to all of the songs, but the more casual listener might have been surprised that this wasn't just a greatest hits unplugged showcase - the band seemed determined not simply to rehash past glories, but to reinvent them.

One of the best reinventions of the night was Oh, L'Amour; played at half speed, but with none of the energy lost - if anything, it got the crowd even more excited.

The Grand Old Oprey might be the last venue you'd expect to see Erasure playing at, but if Blue Savannah was their demo song, they'd be booked there for a month. Bell was always known to be a nifty dancer, and any concerns that his recent double hip replacement might impede his footwork were forgotten, as he barn-danced his socks off. In fact, throughout the night Bell danced better than men half his age.

The notion that a banjo, a dobro and a pedal-steel guitar - instruments more closely associated with country music - would work with Erasure's back catalogue appears ridiculous. By the time they got to one of their best loved songs, Sometimes, it all seemed perfectly natural.

Tenderest Moments and Ship of Fools got the crowd whipped up and ready to burst, and when the band unleashed their banjo salsa version of Love to Hate You, what was probably one of the loudest roars ever heard in the Usher Hall nearly deafened both audience and group.

Piano Song, featuring one of the best ever opening lines - "Never get angry at stupid people" - was followed by Rock Me Gently, Stop! and finally, Chains of Love. In a nod to the excesses of previous Erasure tours, on the last number, drummer Ben Wittman used huge drumsticks over a metre long, coloured (what else) bright pink.

The band left the stage to inevitable foot-stamping and screams for more which, of course, they got. A slightly tired looking Bell thanked the crowd before leaping into one anthemic encore. He may have been fatigued, but he had given his all. A Little Respect was the last song, which is just what he got in return, and then some.

- Gareth Rose




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