Popular Melton band set to play reunion gig

Popular Melton band Shine pictured in their heyday in 2006, from left, guitarist Nick King, vocalist George Simpson, drummer Steve Carr and bass guitarist Keith Brooks EMN-151109-132827001

Popular Melton band Shine pictured in their heyday in 2006, from left, guitarist Nick King, vocalist George Simpson, drummer Steve Carr and bass guitarist Keith Brooks EMN-151109-132827001

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Fans of one of Melton’s most popular bands are to get one last chance to see the line-up from its heyday a decade ago at a reunion gig later this year.

Shine have been delighting audiences for 17 years playing covers of pop music classics, as members have come and gone, .

They really started packing them in for gigs at pubs, clubs and other venues in late 2004 after George Simpson, who is now a successful solo artist, joined as lead vocalist.

And now the line-up from that era - George and guitarists Nick King and Keith Brookes, plus drummer Steve Carr - are re-forming for one last time at the Noels Arms in Melton, on Friday November 13.

George, who recalls his first gigs with Shine were at the Bricklayer’s Arms and at Nottingham Castle, said: “We have all gone off to do other things and I thought, I really miss the type of music we played back then and it was where it all began for me.

“And I thought it would be really nice to have a get-together to do something nostalgic for the band and the fans who used to come and support that particular line-up.”

During George’s time in the band they played in pubs throughout Leicestershire, as well as weddings, parties and corporate events.

He recalled: “We had a variety of fans aged between 18 and 50.

“Our music appealed to everyone and we had a brilliant following.

“The local music venues such as the Noels Arms, Generous Briton and the Bricklayer’s Arms were always packed when we played and Shine still have a strong following today.”

The group became renowned for performing Indie, rock and pop covers from yesteryear and up-to-date chart music.

Drummer Steve is the longest-serving member of the band.

He replaced the late Nigel Robinson in 1999 and has been instrumental in ensuring that Shine can still continue to grow and keep going strong despite a number of changes in band members in recent years.

Keith took a break from performing when he left the band but in recent years he has performed around Europe with a Shadows tribute act.

Nick was the first of the line-up for the reunion gig to move on and he went on to play with local band Up the Junction before moving on to form The Veltones, who are now one of the most popular and busiest bands in the Melton area.

George moved on to join another covers band, Maslow, and to focus on his solo career - he has enjoyed great success with album sales around the world, singles being played on BBC Radio 2 and regular well-supported gigs, including several at Melton Theatre.

The current line-up of Steve Carr, Dave McSwiney (keyboards), Jon Arno (guitar/vocals), Nick Hudson (bass/vocals) and Artit Burasite (lead vocals) have continued tobuild on the success of Shine, which was originally named after a popular series of compliation albums similar to Now That’s What I Call Music.

But the group from George’s era will always be special to the band’s hardcore fans.

Their reunion gig is set to feature tunes by Coldplay, Keane, Crowded House and the Stereophonics.

George added: “The night is free entry but it will be very busy, so we recommend that people get down to the Noels Arms early to make sure they can see the gig.”