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Craig Charles on going back to his poetic roots

Actor Craig Charles has been telling us how the sudden death of his brother Dean made him re-think his career.

It happened four years ago when Craig was in I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. He says it made him decide to try new artistic adventures, but also return to his roots as a performing poet.

Now, he's bringing his talents together in two very special shows just behind us at the Lowry Theatre.



Bon Jovi announce first UK tour in six years will begin in Liverpool

Bon Jovi announce UK tour will begin in Liverpool Credit: PA

Bon Jovi have announced their first UK tour in six years.

The American rock band will return to the UK in 2019, continuing a world tour that has visited the US, Canada, Brazil, Argentina and Chile and will hit Japan and Australia later in 2018.

Their This House Is Not For Sale tour will arrive at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, on June 19.

On June 21 the rockers return to Wembley Stadium, 19 years after they were the last band to play the old Wembley and 13 years since they almost became the first to play the new stadium - until overrunning building works got in the way.

They will end the tour at Coventry's Ricoh Arena, where they performed in 2006 and 2008, on June 23.

"Those huge shows, tens of thousands of people all together as one, that's what we do.

"And we've got a few things to put right by playing Wembley Stadium.

"We were so excited to be the first band to play that new stadium, I would have helped build it myself to make it happen.

"So we have a new history to write there."

– Jon Bon Jovi

This will be Bon Jovi's first UK tour since 2013, when the band played at British Summer Time Hyde Park Festival and headlined the Isle Of Wight Festival.

They will be joined by special guests Manic Street Preachers on their UK dates.

The band now features Bon Jovi originals David Bryan and Tico Torres alongside Jon Bon Jovi, plus long time bassist Hugh McDonald, co-producer and co-songwriter John Shanks, multi-instrumentalist Everett Bradley and lead guitarist Phil X, who joined the band in 2013 tour.

"We've become a new, rejuvenated Bon Jovi," "A refreshed line up that kills every night. We sound better than ever and we're enjoying every minute. We are out there as a band, feeding off each other and the fans, having the time of our lives all over again."

– Jon Bon Jovi
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