Here Come the Aliens Tour

The ‘Here Come the Aliens’ tour took place in 2018. It was Kim’s first UK tour in 30 years, followed by dates in Europe later in the year. The UK part of the tour started on 30 March 2018 at Regent Theatre in Ipswich and ended on 30 April 2018 at the Lowry in Salford. The sole French date took place on 26 May 2018 at La Cigale in Paris. The German part of the tour started on 2 October 2018 at the Muffathalle in Munich and ended on 17 October 2018 in Nürnberg. After three dates in Austria, Slovakia and Belgium, the tour continued in the Netherlands, starting in Eindhoven on 14 November 2018 and ending on 23 November 2018 in Dordrecht. The final 2018 date happened on 23 November 2018 in Antwerp (Belgium). The total amount of live concerts in this 2018 tour was 45.

Kim’s band during this tour consisted of Steve Power (keyboards), Jonathan Atkinson (drums), Emily Dolan Davies (drums), Paul Cooper (bass), Neil Jones (guitar), Scarlett Wilde (backing vocals) and Ricky Wilde (guitar).

The songs played during the concerts were:
Stereo Shot, Water on glass, Never Trust a Stranger, Kandy Krush, Cambodia, Birthday, Yours ’til the End, Another Step (Closer to You), Words Fell Down, Bladerunner, If I Can’t Have You, Rosetta, View From a Bridge, Chequered Love, You Came, You Keep Me Hangin’ On, 1969, Pop Don’t Stop and Kids in America.

A live registration of this tour was released in 2019 on the album Aliens Live.

Tour dates

Ricky about the Here Come the Aliens Tour

I’m not going to name names, but we did have a lighting guy, and for whatever reason, right, like, a day or two days before the tour was starting, he decided that he wanted to pull out. And he pulled out. And we’d given them all the arrangements, we thought he was all on it, and right at the last minute he obviously wasn’t. And then we managed to get hold of a guy called John Davis and John, bless him, steamed in and said ‘send me a cd, or rather mp3’s of all the tracks you’re doing, with the arrangements’, and literally he had two days to get that organized. It was unbelievable. And then the first gig we did, Kim’s manager Sean Vincent, who’s doing the sound, so he’s right next to John, and he’s watching the lights, and Sean was absolutely blown away. It was a different level lightshow that we had. (1)

Interview source

(1) Unsung Heroes podcast, 23 July 2021