THE ENEMY are heading out on their final ever tour with no plans in the pipeline to cancel their break up. Listing a lack of media coverage and health issues as reasons for their split, frontman Tom Clarke posted a message on Facebook with further details.
Four albums and endless tours/support slots later, it is the end of an era for one of the most passionate bands.
Before they disappear into the scrapheap of former greats, I got the chance to speak to bassist Andy Hopkins ahead of the September/October shows about what being in The Enemy for ten years has been like.
YOU ARE PLAYING NEWCASTLE ON 24TH SEPTEMBER HOW ARE YOU FEELING ABOUT THE SHOW?
“To be honest it will be our last tour ultimately and it has just been building to this point over the last ten years. I think it will be pretty emotional but we are treating like a normal tour and we always put 100% in so we will be putting 100% into these as well.”
WHAT CAN FANS EXPECT FROM THE SETLIST?
“We are putting the set together next week, but we have had conversations about it and there are songs we are going to throw in that have not been played for eight years. We are going to re-learn loads of them next week which should be cool and hopefully the fans love it.”
DO YOU HAVE ANY OUTSTANDING MEMORIES OF NORTH EAST SHOWS?
“What is that festival…EVOLUTION! We played that the first couple of yeas we were together. Newcastle was literally one of or favourite places to go. They got on board with our music really fast. There’s another place as well..with punk music upstairs? DIGITAL! We played there quite early on as well!”
WERE YOU SURPRISED BY THE SHOWS SELLING OUT STRAIGHT AWAY?
“For this tour we did not expect any of them to sell out. It was weird because we have not been selling out Academy venues, but they all sold out in a day. It was overwhelming to know that the fans are still there and they are actually bothered that we are breaking up. We did not expect anything and we are really grateful.”
IT IS A FAREWELL TOUR THAT KEEPS ON GETTING BIGGER – ANY REASON IN PARTICULAR OF THE VENUES THAT WERE CHOSEN?
“It turns out they are the right size venues and hopefully the Academy will be good to play. You just turn up and it is all there. Brilliant rooms!”
YOU HAVE BEEN TOGETHER AS A BAND FOR 10 YEARS – WHAT HAVE BEEN THE HIGH POINTS?
“I think supporting Oasis and The Rolling Stones. When we think that we have actually done that it does not seem real. When we were doing it we were just like: “Ah yeah we are on tour with Oasis and supporting The Rolling Stones” – but when I think about it I am like WHAT?! We actually achieved that. Over the whole ten years being able to do that and have those experiences with your two mates is amazing. To still be mates now is class.”
THE OASIS GIGS HAD AMAZING LINE-UPS, DIDN’T THEY?
“The line-up was class! We said that at the time! Reverend and the Makers and Kasabian were playing as well!”
WHERE DO YOU GO NOW?
“A bit of a chill out time. That is what we all want to do then work something out. We have not decided what we want to do yet.”
HOPEFULLY SOMETHING WILL BRING YOU BACK SOON?
“Unfortunately, there won’t be anything in the pipeline for the next few years.”
ANY FINAL WORDS FOR PEOPLE GOING TO THE SHOW?
“I love Newcastle so the show should be wicked!”
Remaining tickets for their almost sold-out tour are available from See Tickets.