VIDEO: Beautiful ‘homecoming’ for Paul Heaton

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Ex Beautiful South stars Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott are back with a new smash-hit album and this week play a sold-out ‘homecoming’ gig in his beloved Sheffield, writes Graham Walker.

They will sing tracks from new album, What Have We Become - which has charted at number three - plus classic hits from their past...so expect, the likes of A Little Time, Don’t Marry Her, Perfect 10 and Rotterdam.

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott return with chart hit album What Have We Become and play Sheffield's Leadmill, Thursday, May 29.

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott return with chart hit album What Have We Become and play Sheffield's Leadmill, Thursday, May 29.

But don’t expect a full blown Beautiful South reunion anytime soon...or ever.

“I’ve never reformed the band and I never will. There’s no chance of doing that - over my dead body. It’s just not the sort of thing I do,” said Paul, in an exclusive chat with The Star.

“There’s always a demand for people to look at their back catalogue. But I also think when people reform there’s an explosion of interest and unfortunately it sort of peters out after a while, so I think it would be a mistake to do that.

“I’m about making new records and going forwards, not backwards.”

Paul Heaton plays Sheffield's Leadmill on Thursday, May 29.

Paul Heaton plays Sheffield's Leadmill on Thursday, May 29.

AUDIO: Listen to Paul Heaton’s full chat with Graham - CLICK HERE.

VIDEO: Press the play button to watch Paul and Jacqui’s music video for the album’s debut single DIY, directed by Johnny Vegas and featuring him in a hilarious cameo role. Let’s just say he appears in a flash.

Jacqui, the female voice of all their former band’s greatest hits, reunited with him and his current band to do just that. They have recorded aptly titled new album, What Have We Become.

Paul, aged 52, says they will revisit some of their former hits in the name of fan nostalgia. He’s also thrown in some classics from The Housemartins, on a sold out tour including The Leadmill on Thursday, sponsored by the GMB Trade Union with support from Cherry Ghost.

The Blades fan, who was raised in Sheffield, can’t wait to play one of his favourite venues, with fond memories of seeing Richard Hawley there and many indie bands.

“Even when I was living away, I would come to Sheffield for the football and frequently end up in The Leadmill.

“I remember a lot through football, like the geography of the whole country.”

For more visit www.whathavewebecome.net and for Leadmill returns see www.leadmill.co.uk.