The chart topping band are again with sequel album What the Future Holds Pt. 2 – however do not anticipate to ever see them symbolize the UK in Eurovision like their idols ABBA did for Sweden
Steps are again with a brand new album, goals of duetting with ABBA – however admit they’ve banned themselves from getting into the Eurovision Tune Contests.
The pop group – consisting of Lee Latchford-Evans, Claire Richards, Lisa Scott-Lee, Faye Tozer and Ian “H” Watkins – unleashed their seventh studio album final Friday.
The band – who first burst onto the music scene means again in 1997 with there debut single 5, 6, 7, 8 – had meant for brand new album, What the Future Holds Pt. 2, to be a remix album of final years’ Quantity 2 document What the Future Holds.
However they ended up recording 10 model new tracks and re-recording 4 stripped again variations of earlier songs to be able to launch a ’sequel’ document as a substitute.
The group are making their return to the music world within the wake of reports that iconic Swedish pop group ABBA are returning to the charts with a brand new album of their very own later this 12 months.
Talking to The Solar on Sunday, 45-year-old H mentioned he would love to hitch forces with ABBA to kind a super-group.
He joked: “I need a mission the place Steps be a part of forces with ABBA. We could possibly be a super-group referred to as STABBA.”
Steps paid tribute to ABBA in 1999 after they labored with Billie Piper, B*Witched, Cleopatra and Tina Cousins within the medley single Thank ABBA For The Music which included segments from Take a Probability on Me, Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia, and Thank You for the Music and reached quantity four within the charts.
The one was launched to coincide with the opening of stage musical Mama Mia! – which went on to turn into a smash hit film starring Meryl Streep in 2008.
Whereas ABBA loved success internationally, partly following their music being uncovered to an enormous viewers through the Eurovision Tune Contest, Steps have vowed to by no means symbolize the UK on the annual music contest.
Explaining that they’ve banned themselves from the present, 45-year-old Faye mentioned: “When we now have labored so exhausting to have individuals take us critically, and never snicker, to be informed: ‘Nil level’ could be such a disgrace.
“H loves Eurovision and is eager, however I don’t need us to do it.”
And 44-year-old Claire agreed, including: “It might be an unimaginable expertise. However there are a whole lot of causes to not.”
In the meantime, 45-year-old Lisa recommended the band are pinching themselves that they’re nonetheless related.
She gushed: “We by no means thought we’d be right here 24 years on, speaking a few new album and a brand new tour. It’s unimaginable a lot has come from one single deal all these years in the past. We really feel very blessed to have had the help we’ve had.”
In addition to releasing new music, Steps are set to hit the highway with a UK Enviornment Tour kicking off in November.
The present will soak up dates in Belfast, Cardiff, Manchester, London and extra – with tickets on sale now through Steps’ official web site.