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into-the-valley-skids-scotland-greatest-albumA new program by STV in partnership with The Scottish Sun and Real Radio is due to be aired later this year.

Scotlands Greatest Album will feature 3 tracks from 70s’, 80s’, 90s’ and the 00s’ the 3 winning tracks from each decade will then make the album.

Vewers will get the chance to interactively vote and choose track from the shortlist.

Among the 70s’ category  will be Into The Valley, so Skids fans can tune in and vote!

I have been speaking to some of the production team over the last few weeks and the program will also have a lot of interviews and guests on the show, including Bill Simpson who was recently asked to do an quick interview and chat about Into The Valley and its iconic bassline.

The program is initially schedule to be aired at the beginning of October.

You can read the article and more about this programme on the STV website  by clicking here, there is also a Facebook page where you can get involved in the big debate! More details and official statements to follow soon…

Bill-Simpson-message

Ahoy Just a few more sleeps till the first gig and we’re all starting to get really excited now! Rehearsals have been going well and the set is sounding fantastic.

Hopefully everyone will have a fun and memorable night (or nights) and enjoy one or two surprises we have in store for you.Looking forward to meeting friends old and new.
Anyway, back to rehearsals..1..2..3..4……..

 

Bill

bill-simpson skids bass and vocals

To all Skids fans old and new, and in particular to The faithful who have amazed me with their passion, dedication and love of all things Skids, may I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

 

On behalf of Richard, Mike, Bruce, Jamie and myself we hope to see you all again soon in 2010.

Keep searching for the blue vinyl.

Best wishes,
Bill

** Submitted by Pete (PT/PTnobluevinyl

richard-jobsonFrom Richard

Hi all you skids fans out there…….

I am currently immersed in filming my new movie in Edinburgh,
so will not be able to join you all in Dunfermline tonight
to celebrate what would have been the 50th Birthday
of the late great Stuart Adamson.

But I will take a private moment to reflect and remember
his genius and his wonderful spirit, like you, I loved the way he played,
so today, let’s get his music playing everywhere.

Have a great one everybody.
Richard Jobson

 

bill-simpsonFrom Bill


Stuart, you were a giant among men and a true guiding light.

I cherish the friendship we had and the times we spent together
in High School, Tattoo and The Skids.

I’ll never forget you
and wish we had never drifted apart.

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RIP my friend.

Bill Simpson

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mike-baillieFrom Mike


Thinking back all these years to when I first met Stuart it seems unbelievable that I was playing music with him.

I realize now how fortunate I am to have known him, not only as a friend but as a musician.
His loyalty to his family, friends and fellow musicians has always been an inspiration to me.
I believe that Stuart was the most inspired and influential Scottish songwriter of our generation, his genius reached us all.

I am privileged to count myself as one of the many who loved him.

Mike Baillie

bill_simpson-the-skidsThe three gigs in July 2007 were a fantastic experience for myself and the rest of the band, memories I will personally treasure forever.

The atmosphere and excitement generated at both gigs in The Glen Pavilion was electric, the sense of anticipation being tangible even before we took to the stage for the first show.

The amazing reaction we received from the dedicated fans who had travelled from far and wide, as well as the mildly curious who were perhaps there to see what all the fuss was about, was inspirational in making both nights a memorable and joyous experience for us all. I wish we could have played even longer, I was having so much fun.

Before, during and after the gigs, the warmth and affection shown to us was humbling, with the enjoyment of the occasion truly being a two way thing. The fans knowledge and love of the band is unbelievable, I thank you all and feel privileged to know some of you as good friends now.

T in the Park was certainly a day I will never forget, the sun shone and we all had a ball performing to the biggest crowd we had ever seen, possibly the biggest crowd at T for that early afternoon time slot. Thanks to Geoff Ellis of DF Concerts and Michael Jobson of MJM Ltd for giving us the opportunity.

I would like to reiterate Richard’s message and personally thank all of the wonderful people for their hard work, tireless effort and enthusiasm in contributing to the success of the project, I salute you all.

Last but by no means least I would like to thank the late great Stuart Adamson, without whom there would be no Skids.

Bill Simpson