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ROCKERS FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND have announced a Teesside show this autumn.

One of Britain's best loved and most enduring rock bands of recent memory, the five-piece (pictured right) have announced the UK tour to coincide with the release of the best of Your History Is Mine: 2002-2009 on September 28.

The album is a career retrospective from the early days of their formation in south Wales, through to gold albums, multiple worldwide headline tours and appearances at every festival that matters.

The release will include four brand new songs, notable for being the first involving new bassist Gavin Burrough fully in the writing and recording process.

"It's made a huge difference having Gav come into the band as a fan, and almost like a spokesman for all the fans out there who've been wanting to hear elements of the band they fell in love with that maybe have been missing for a while," says drummer/vocalist Ryan Richards.

"It's been hard," adds singer Matthew Davies, "whittling down the best of four albums and a bunch of EPs to come up with what we consider to be the best of our 'formative years'.

"We're still trying to rewrite the rock and roll music text book with everything we've done since then."

A quick scan through the tracklisting for the record confirms that picking songs for inclusion has been no easy task.

Moreover, it reaffirms the weighty contribution the band has made to the post-millennial British rock scene.

Classic fan favourite tracks like 10.45 Amsterdam Conversations and Red Is The New Black sit comfortably alongside the anthemic Juneau and the inspiring Roses For The Dead as well as firm live favourites Streetcar and Into Oblivion.

"It'll be quite a nice change to go out on tour and not have to concentrate on representing our latest album, instead putting together a set that represents all our best material from day one until now," says Ryan.

"The most exciting thing for us, though, is getting out and playing brand new stuff for the first time.

"It'll be a nice trip down memory lane, as well as a peek into the future of the FFAF."

FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND: Empire, Middlesbrough Tuesday, October 20
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jul 17, 2009
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