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CUTTING IT; Saw Doctors return to Yorkshire Saw Doctors return to Yorkshire.

Byline: Nick LAVIGUEUR Rock, pop and anything else

The Saw Doctors are no strangers to music venues around Yorkshire. The Irish band, seen right, have been relentlessly touring for years, including several visits to Holmfirth's Picturedrome. But the Dublin based group has selected their upcoming Leeds gig for a very special one-off performance. They will play their debut album, 'If This Is Rock N Roll I Want My Old Job Back', in its entirety for the very first time.

The 1991 work sold more than 500,000 copies and contains the band's first two number one singles, I Useta Lover and N17.

On top of the hour-long nostalgia trip they will also perform the set for their '2525 Best Of' tour, that kicks off in Belfast tonight. Speaking to Wow, founding member Leo Moran, said they had picked Leeds as it was always one of the highlights of their busy touring schedule. He said: "It's euphoric there! "We've been very regular visitors to Yorkshire - you can't beat persistence. "The audiences at Leeds have been superb and the enthusiasm we've had has been incredible.

"It's always been a special gig for us, particularly on the last few tours.

"I think it will be great." Leo also paid tribute to fans that visited them at Holmfirth. "That venue's class," he added.

"It's a lovely little trip up there in the mountains. "We usually go in the spring and it's one I look forward to each year."

Leo said the idea of playing the full album hadn't been in the pipeline long.

He said: "We thought of it about a week ago.

"We had a meeting and said let's just try it.

"I'd like to present it as though you were listening to the album with no talking between songs, playing it track by track in the right order.

"It's a bit of a trend in the music business right now, I first saw Springsteen do it and I loved it.

"Fans do like and it should be interesting for the band as we won't have played all these songs for quite a while."

The primary reason for the tour is to promote the band's second "best of" album, celebrating their 25th anniversary. Leo admitted it had been released in the absence of a new album.

He said: "It's just an idea we had up our sleeves as we don't have any new material. "When we're touring we don't tend to stop.

"We've been busy all year and we've never written much while we're travelling. "For us we have to be static. "But we need to take some time off and try and figure it out."

? The Saw Doctors play Leeds O2 Academy on Friday, December 14.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
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Date:Nov 23, 2012
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