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Homecoming gig for OMD; Electro pop duo to take city by storm.

Byline: By MICHELLE FIDDLER Chief Reporter

ELECTRONIC pop gurus OMD will appear at the ECHO Arena as part of their UK tour this autumn.

The show will take place on Friday, October 3 and tickets go on sale today.

OMD emerged from the dynamic music scene of Liverpool in the late 1970's.

Founder members Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys had originally been inspired by German bands such as Kraftwerk and Neu.

Working with radio sets and home-made synthesisers, they created their own music.

Naming themselves after one of their own early songs, McCluskey and Humphreys launched their own unique style of catchy electronic melodies that helped form OMD's reputation for intelligent pop.

OMD rapidly became one of the UK's premier pop acts with the release of their first single Electricity in 1979.

They continued to have hits throughout the 80s and into the early 90s.

After effectively retiring for the latter part of the 1990's, they decided it was time for an OMD revival. McCluskey and Humphreys reunited alongside former band members Mal Holmes and Martin Cooper.

In 2007 they embarked on an extensive UK and European tour showcasing their classic Architecture & Morality album(1981).

To book tickets go to www.liverpool.com, log on to www.accliverpool.com or call the Echo Arena Box Office on 0844 8000 400. Tickets cost pounds 28.50 and subject to a handling/booking fee.

Tickets also go on sale today for Paul Weller's concert at the Echo Arena on November 17.

Tickets are priced at pounds 30 plus booking fee.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 2, 2008
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