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Simply Red rolling back for reunion gig

SIMPLY Red fans will be Holding Back the Years after the band announced a comeback tour to include Dublin.

The group last performed together on stage in 2010 but have reunited for a series of 30th anniversary shows.

At his sold-out show in the Olympia Theatre last year, Mick Hucknall (inset) was reportedly blown away by the reaction to the Simply Red songs he performed.

He decided to get the band back together and return to the 3Arena on December 1 and Belfast on December 2. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 8am.

"I like an anniversary, and this is a big one," he said. "Thirty years. It's incredible. What a great thing to celebrate."

There was no major bust-up for Simply Red when they stopped performing in 2010 after 25 years. Rather, Hucknall decided to step out of the limelight to look after his daughter.

"I was brought up by my dad, and I wanted to be as good a parent to my daughter as my father was to me," he said. "Now she's seven, it's easier for her to go on the road."

News of the get-together will be welcomed by the band's Irish fans who have fond memories of their shows in the 1990s and legendary after-parties in the Pink Elephant Club.

Since they burst on to the scene in 1985 with Money's Too Tight To Mention, Simply Red have made a string of top hits including Holding Back The Years.

Tickets for 3Arena cost from €54.65 via Ticketmaster.