Huey and the New Yorkers at the Sugarmill in Hanley: Fun Lovin' Criminal is returning to his roots
AS THE wise guy frontman of Fun Lovin' Criminals, Huey Morgan played venues across the world, performed in front of thousands of people and had an enviable entourage and a couple of tour buses thrown in for good measure.
But for former Marine Huey, it was always more than just for show.
For a start, he's a genuine music-lover – a connoisseur of blues, roots and soul, genres the Sony Award-winning DJ champions on his BBC Radio show.
Meanwhile, he's known the fellow musicians who make up his latest project for more than two decades.
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Huey And The New Yorkers, his new band, were formed out of the New York blues scene.
The group is about to embark on its March In Your Face tour, stopping off at The Sugarmill in Hanley on Saturday, March 16.
As part of a string of dates throughout March, the gig follows the release of Huey's solo debut, Say It To My Face, in 2011.
A number of places have been released to the charity, Tickets For Troops, which provides free entry to sports and music events to servicemen and women.
"The March In Your Face tour sounded so Spinal Tap, I could not resist it," says Huey, now based in London. "I didn't think it was going to be released into the wider world. It was supposed to be kept among us and seemed like a funny idea at the time.
"We really love playing together and have been doing so for 20 years.
"It's a project that we always wanted to do and now we're getting to do it, it's just the icing on the cake.
"Initially we recorded the album just for us.
"It came to the point where we wanted to do a little bit of a tour, but nothing on the scale of Fun Lovin' Criminals."