by Peter Aaron
Ure is one of those Zelig/Forrest Gump figures of rock lore, an artist who seems to pop at pivotal times before flitting away before anyone can get a serious bead on him. After first appearing in teenage UK bubble-glam hitmakers Slik, he makes an underrated one-off single with punk unit PVC2 (1977’s “Put You in the Picture”) before joining ex-Sex Pistol Glen Matlock’s short-lived Rich Kids. From there, he forms New Romantic staples Visage, tours and records with Thin Lizzy, signs up with new wavers Ultravox, and co-writes the 1984 Band Aid hit “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” with Bob Geldof. (Like Gedof, Ure has been bestowed with an esteemed title in his homeland; that of an OBE, or Order of the British Empire.)
This video shows Ure singing Visage’s “Fade to Grey” on Irish TV last year:
Midge Ure will perform at the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center in Sugar Loaf, New York, on February 28 at 8pm. Tickets are $22. For more information, call (845) 610-5900 or visit http://www.sugarloafpac.org/.