Friday 8th September, 10am
“When I think of LEEE JOHN & IMAGINATION, the words music trailblazers come to mind, whose unique sound, definitive style, and body of work have unquestionably left an incredible music legacy, paving the way ahead for so many black British bands that have followed on”
– Trevor Nelson, MBE
With record sales in excess of over 30 million + albums, the incomparable, award winning LEEE JOHN of 80’s crossover soul hit-makers IMAGINATION has announced 10-date UK tour for 2024, performing their greatest hits as well as tracks from his diverse solo career.
To coincide with the 40th Anniversary of LEEE JOHN & his group IMAGINATION, the ‘Flashback Greatest Hits 2024 UK Tour’ will take place in May 2024, beginning in Glasgow Scotland on the 8th May before travelling across the country taking in a date at London’s Indigo2 on 11th May, concluding with the finale at Manchester’s RNCM on 19th May, reflecting an incredible musical career of songs spanning 4 decades.
The tour comes after the release of “40 Years” in February this year, a career-encompassing retrospective of IMAGINATION’s and LEEE JOHN’s recorded music output, with 189 tracks across 17-CD box set curated by LEEE, celebrating 40 years as one of the UK’s finest soul stirring voices with their perfect genre defining Brit Soul/Jazz/Funk songs, IMAGINATION established their landmark position and influence for future generations in the music industry, link here:-https://leeejohn.lnk.to/imagination40
IMAGINATION first burst onto the British music scene in 1981 with their unforgettable debut single ‘Body Talk’ becoming a favourite of pirate soul, jazz and funk stations, eventually propelling the track into the charts and the band onto their debut appearance on Top of the Pops.
The track was soon followed by so many amazing global classic hits singles and platinum, gold and silver albums with further chart hits such as ‘In and Out of Love’, ‘Flashback’, ‘Just An Illusion’, and ‘Music and Lights’, and the influential albums ‘Body Talk’, ‘In the Heat of the Night’, ‘Scandalous’, ‘Closer’, and ‘Like It Is’ and many more, all delivering them smash hits in over 30 countries.
In continuing with the 40th Anniversary celebrations, later this year will see the release of a LEEE JOHN OF IMAGINATION live album, recorded in 2022 at the legendary Olympia in Paris, with its release date soon to be announced.
In other creative projects LEEE has been busy producing and directed 5 documentaries taking him as far away as Zambia, Tunisia, South Africa and France. He is currently producing and directing ‘Flashback’ a Film of the history of British black music for which more than 200 interviews are already in the can, including Dizzee Rascal, Beverley Knight, Eddy Grant, Heather Small, Billy Ocean, Maxie Jazz of Faithless , Ali Campbell of UB40, Mike Lindup of Level 42, Trevor Nelson, Omar, Geno Washington, Maxie Priest, Sonique, Hamish Stuart of Average White Band, Courtney Pine, Ruby Turner and many more. Find out more about the Flashback Documentary here – http://www.flashbackprojectuk.com
LEEE JOHN OF IMAGINATION continues to tour the world and has appeared with many world renowned Artists such as The Jacksons, Earth Wind and Fire, Kool and the Gang, Nile Rogers of Chic, Incognito and Kid Creole and the Coconuts. Recently he was honoured and given a Lifetime achievement award in the UK and a Humanitarian award in France for his continuous ongoing charity work support in aid of SOS children, a world orphan charity.
Tickets available from www.Leeejohn.com | ticketmaster.co.uk
Wed 8th – Glasgow St Lukes
Thu 9th – Newcastle, Wylam Brewery
Fri 10th – Carlisle Old Fire Station
Sat 11th – London Indigo2
Sun 12th – Eastleigh Concord
Tue 14th – Southend Palace Theatre
Wed 15th – Birmingham Town Hall
Thu 16th – Norwich Epic Studios
Fri 17th – Stroud Subscription Rooms
Sun 19th – Manchester RNCM