Written by: Alex Green
Bananarama, the beloved trio who yielded such hits as “Venus,” “I Heard A Rumour” and “Cruel Summer” have announced that they will reform with their original lineup for a UK tour.
The pop outfit of Siobhan Fahey, Sara Dallin and Keren Westwood haven’t performed together since 1988.
Formed in 1979 in London by the Bristol-born childhood friends Westwood and Dallin, the band became a trio with the addition of Fahey, who had met Dallin when the two were fashion journalism students.
Signed to the Decca label, Bananarama became a global musical force, selling over 40 million albums worldwide and scoring 11 Top 100 hits in the U.S., including the chart-topping “Venus.”
Although Fahey left the group in 1989 with attendant bitterness, all seems to be healed between the members of Bananarama.
In an interview with The Sun, Dallin had this to say: “We first had a chat about it over Christmas and before we knew it the whole thing snowballed. Keren and I called Siobhan to chat about it and things went from there.”
Recalling the phone call, Fahey told the paper: “I didn’t say ‘yes’ immediately…I was in complete shock but my heart felt a sense of absolute joy and I just felt it was the right time in my life. Emotionally it felt like something I needed to revisit, to go back to my roots and that time with my best friends. We’re going to go back and celebrate that extraordinary life we led together in our twenties.”
At this point, the group will not be recording new material.
Westwood says the new tour will be “a celebration of the years we were together.”
As for getting back on stage, Fahey said: “It’s pretty nerve wracking for me, it was 29 years ago that I left so I’m rusty to say the least.”
The tour will begin in November (12) in Glasgow and stretch through to December, with more dates possibly being added in 2018.