Who are Big Country?
Big Country was originally formed in 1981 by guitar playing founder members Stuart Adamson and Bruce Watson both native of the band’s hometown Dunfermline in Scotland.
The band members are: Bruce Watson (guitars/vocals); Mark Brzezicki (drums, vocals); Jamie Watson (guitars/vocals); Simon Hough (vocals); Scott Whitley (bass).
Initially driven by a shared vision of widescreen guitar melody, harmony and lyric, the classic Big Country sound was further enhanced later that summer by the arrival of drummer Mark Brzezickiand bass player Tony Butler. This is the Big Country that (with producer Steve Lillywhite), recorded the classic debut album ‘The Crossing’ in 1983.
The band broke massively worldwide with the release of the album’s classic singles ‘Fields Of Fire’, ‘Chance’ and signature song ‘In A Big Country’, which went on to become massive worldwide hits, selling over 2 million copies.
The run of success continued throughout the 1980’s with the release of the anthemic single ‘Wonderland’ and the second album ‘Steeltown’ (1984), which debuted at Number 1 in the UK and contained the hit singles ‘East Of Eden, ‘Just a Shadow’ and ‘Where The Rose Is Sown’. In 1985, Big Country appeared at Live Aid in London.
At the start of the 90’s ‘Through A Big Country’, featuring all the bands classic hits was released, followed by the fifth studio album ‘No Place Like Home’ (1991) taking the band’s total record sales to well over five million copies.
In August 1998 they were once again invited to open for the Rolling Stones on their ‘Bridges To Babylon” tour of Europe prompting Mick Jagger to say that Big Country were “one of the best opening bands we ever had”.
By now singer Stuart Adamson had relocated to Nashville, Tennessee and so his fellow bandmates decamped to America to join him in writing and recording the album ‘Driving To Damascus’. It would be the last album they recorded together.
On December 16th 2001, Stuart Adamson took his own life in Honolulu, USA. The remaining three members had no real thoughts of performing as Big Country again. But, Tony Butler, Mark Brzezicki and Bruce Watson re-united in 2007 to celebrate the band’s Twenty-fifth anniversary.
In the summer of 2010, Bruce Watson finally picked up the phone and asked Mike Peters of The Alarm to do what he had previously been reluctant to do and sing with Big Country officially. There was instant chemistry with the band also being joined by Bruce Watson’s son Jamie on guitar asBig Country again sought solace in the music and the freedom to express their love and admiration for their departed friend Stuart Adamson.
Where can I see Big Country play live?
Big Country will play awesome headline shows at The Flowerpot, Derby on Thursday 24th of November, 2022.
Plus, The Picturedrome, Holmfirth on Friday 3rd of March, 2023.
Where can I get Big Country tickets?
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Big Country concert tickets are limited we do advise that you book early to avoid disappointment. With ten years of experience giving excellent customer service, you can be sure of making a stress-free booking on your essential gig tickets with Gigantic.
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Fantastic performance really engaged the crowd, awesome.
Posted by Martin Horn on 24/11/2019
Big Country, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter - 23rd November 2019
I missed seeing these guys back in the day and had regretted it forever, so a chance to see them now although not the same for both them and me was something I'd looked forward to for months. I wasn't disappointed, the atmosphere from the crowd was electric which must have boosted the guys on stage and they warmed and played to it. Some of the songs didn't sound as good as they did, but the important ones sounded as good as the first time they played them on Top of the Pops. an awesome night with an all time awesome band!
Posted by Lampy on 23/11/2019
Big Country, Gloucester Guildhall, Gloucester - 22nd November 2019
Great concert - no encore which is a shame - sound system a little ropey at the end of the gig
Posted by David Mad Dog on 07/11/2019
Big Country, The Flowerpot, Derby - 6th November 2019
Great gig the boys were amazing especially Bruce Watson who is still one of the best guitarists in the business . Jagger centre not a bad venue
Posted anonymously on 03/11/2019
Big Country, Mick Jagger Centre Dartford, Kent - 2nd November 2019
Cracking venue, cracking band, Would go again!
Posted by Darren Kelly on 15/02/2019
Big Country, The Flowerpot, Derby - 14th February 2019
35 years after I first saw them, Big Country are still awesome live. Great rapport with their fans and Under the Bridge is a superb venue where you can get right up close to the band. First rate evening
Posted by Rob on 19/11/2018
Big Country, Under The Bridge (at Chelsea Football Club), London - 16th November 2018