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Steps announce new album, 20th anniversary tour

By | Published on Tuesday 7 March 2017


Steps are back. Yes, again. And this time they have a reason – it being the 20th anniversary of their formation and debut single, ‘5, 6, 7, 8’. And bloody hell, if they haven’t gone and recorded a new album.

The band did actually release a new record in 2012, but I think the less said about that the better. This one they apparently spent two years working on. Two years! On a Steps album. Will it be some sort of massive rock opera concept album? Thankfully no. It’s just your standard non-political solution to the current political situation.

“We’re marking our 20th anniversary, but also a lot’s happened within the world in those 20 years, hasn’t it?” Lisa Scott-Lee tells Popjustice. “It’s a tough place out there. We’re not here to get into the politics of the world but what we can offer is escapism and a bit of positivity in people’s lives. Everyone’s dealing with lots of different things but music’s universal, and it takes you to another place and time, and this album – I feel – is where Steps should be 20 years on”.

Titled ‘Tears On The Dancefloor’, the album will be released through the band’s own label, Steps Music, via a label services deal with Absolute, on 21 Apr. The first single, ‘Scared Of The Dark’, will be out this Friday.

“When it came time to choosing a label services partner for Steps’ ‘Tears On The Dancefloor’ album, Absolute was the natural choice because of their successful track record with other pop artists”, says Fascination Management’s Adam Klein. Who manages the group, in case you wondered. “Their enthusiasm about this project and their attention to detail has made our experience leading up to release a very positive one”.

Songwriters on the album include Ina Wroldsen, Steve Mac, TMS, Carl Ryden, Fiona Bevan and Metrophonic. And staying true to Steps’ roots, there’ll be a song written by Abba’s Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson – a cover of the Benny Andersson Band’s ‘Story Of A Heart’.

Steps will also be touring the UK and Ireland in November and December. These are the dates:

13 Nov: Dublin, 3Arena
14 Nov: Belfast, SSE Arena
16 Nov: Glasgow, Hydro
17 Nov: Aberdeen, AECC
18 Nov: Liverpool Echo Arena
20 Nov: Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena
21 Nov: Leeds, First Direct Arena
23 Nov: Brighton Centre
24 Nov: London, O2 Arena
25 Nov: London, Wembley Arena
27 Nov: Bournemouth, BIC
28 Nov: Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena
29 Nov: Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
1 Dec: Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena
2 Dec: Manchester Arena