Hit Nineties boyband 911 are back together and back on the road – with a 20th anniversary tour heading for Sheffield.
The trio behind a string of top 10 hits in the late 1990s – including Bodyshakin, The Journey, All I Want Is You and number one smash A Little Bit More – have announced The Journey 20 tour to mark two decades since they first began.
And the tour includes a show at Sheffield’s O2 Academy on Monday, October 12.
The band – Lee Brennan, Simon ‘Spike’ Dawbarn and Jimmy Constable – split in 2000 before a brief reunion in 2005.
Three years ago, they reunited again for reality-documentary TV series The Big Reunion – alongside bands such as Atomic Kitten – which has inspired a string of concerts and led to a new album and headline tour for 911.
Jimmy, now aged 43, says: “It’s hard to imagine it’s been 20 years in this business, but it’s been great.
“We have enjoyed an amazing 20 years in the industry and hopefully provided the soundtrack to many a moment for Bodyshakers over the years.
“We can’t wait to tour again as a band and recreate some special memories for us and our loyal fans – it’s going to be a real celebration and we can’t wait.”
Jimmy admits the tour will be a different experience to when they were starting out, but is adamant there will be no slowing down of the dance moves the band became famous for.
He says: “We were three young, single lads, and we are all grown up now, with children and families. It’s a different kind of touring, but we’ll still do all the big dance moves, the flips etc.”
The Liverpudlian remains grateful to The Big Reunion for giving 911 another chance at the big time.
“This tour is all on the back of The Big Reunion,” he admits. “If it wasn’t for that, we wouldn’t have been able to raise our profile sufficiently to do this.”
The trio split while the band was still at the top in 2000 – and it was a mutual decision to get back together for the ITV show.
Jimmy says: “When we discussed The Big Reunion, no-one knew how it was going to go. There was no talk of a tour.
It’ was a decision we all took. We sat down and discussed it, but we made the right choice.
“We have done three tours with Big Reunion – including shows at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena.
“If it wasn’t for The Big Reunion, we would have that.”
And he hopes fans will join the band for the trip down memory lane with The Journey 20 tour.
Jimmy says: “It’s going to be a nostalgia night.
“Anyone at The Big Reunion tour should enjoy it, anyone who has bought singles or an album should.
“We will do songs they won’t have heard on The Big Reunion tour .”
The show is set to feature vintage videos and photographs, as well as the band talking about some of the early days.
“It’s a whole celebration of 20 years,” says Jimmy. “We want to be intimate and get to know our fans.”
n Tickets for the Sheffield show are now on sale, priced from £23.50, from www.o2academysheffield.co.uk