When Bros thrilled Tyneside fans.
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WHEN will I be famous? Yes, 1980s pop heartthrobs, Bros, are back.
Earlier this week, the band announced they would play a reunion gig at London's 02 Arena next August.
When the 20,000 tickets for the show sold out in "seconds", a sevendate UK tour was promptly announced.
Bros will appear at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena on August 26, next year, and the Geordie teenagers who flocked to see the band three decades ago will sure to be out in force again - as women approaching middle age!
Formed in Peckham, London in 1986, Bros were made up of twins Matt and Luke Goss, and bassist Craig Logan.
They immediately occupied the pretty-boy musical landscape vacated by Wham! and A-ha.
Their first hit, When Will I Be Famous reached number 2 in January 1988, and they would fly high in the charts with the likes of Drop The Boy, I Owe You Nothing, I Quit, Cat Among The Pigeons, and Too Much.
The band were no strangers to the North East.
Under the headline "There's no dross from Bros", the Chronicle praised the boys' Newcastle City Hall concert in June 1988.
"This was a slick show, milking audience reaction for all it's worth from three lads whose clean-cut, well-scrubbed image appeals to mums and dads as well," we reported.
However, by December, 1988, the "Brossettes" and their parents were under fire from police after hundreds of young fans slept rough in freezing conditions as they queued for tickets for the band's Whitley Bay Ice Rink show.
A Northumbria Police superintendent told us: "I was appalled. Many of them should have been at school. It was lucky nobody was killed or seriously injured in the rush."
In the meantime, Bros had even been filmed in front of 6,000 screaming fans at the Arbeia Roman fort in South Shields for the Get Fresh TV show.
But things would soon turn sour. Logan felt the pressure and quit the band early in 1989, and by the following year, they were being sued for PS1.2m by their former managers.
Bros split in 1992, solo careers for both brothers followed, and a planned reunion in 2008 came to nothing.
In 2005, during a book signing in Newcastle, Matt Goss told us: "Bros always had a brilliant time in the North East."
And now Matt and Luke, both 48, are heading back to Tyneside together after a break of 24 years. It's not clear whether Craig will join them.
"This is a dream come true. It's always something I've wanted to do but at the right level," declared drummer Luke, while Matt promised the a "spectacle". | |Bros will be at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena on Saturday August, 26, 2017.
Bros in their heyday, May, 1988
Matt Goss and Luke Goss of Bros, October 5, 2016
Matt and Luke Goss of Bros meet fans at Metro Radio, March 1992
Matt Goss, ex-Bros, at Whitley Bay Ice Rink, 1995
Matt Goss at Century FM, mid-2000s