On 15th July 1983, BIG COUNTRY released their debut album, ‘THE CROSSING’ - arguably what the record-buying public worldwide view as the definitive sound and songs of one of the most exciting post-punk and post-classic rock bands of all time. ‘The Crossing’ reached Number 4 in the UK album chart, remaining in the chart for a phenomenal 81 weeks. It also reached Number 4 in Canada and Number 18 in the USA Billboard 200, 11 in The Netherlands, Number 18 in Sweden and Number 8 in New Zealand - eventually being certified Platinum in both the UK and Canada.
Spawning their iconic songs and anthems ‘In A Big Country’, ‘Harvest Home’ , ‘Chance’ and their debut single, ‘Fields of Fire’ released in February (reaching Number 10 in the UK singles chart) , beyond the UK, the album was released in countries as diverse and far-flung as Japan, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, The Philippines , Mexico, Israel, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Ireland, Greece, Italy, Spain, Germany, Canada and the USA – where it was even available on 8 Track!
The band - Stuart Adamson, Bruce Watson, Tony Butler and Mark Brzezicki - performed on such iconic TV shows as ‘The Tube’, ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’ and of course, ‘Top of The Pops’ sealing their phenomenal appeal across the whole spectrum of music fans. As response grew internationally, the band would also appear on the legendary ‘Saturday Night Live’ TV show in the USA.
Following their celebratory tours marking the 30th anniversary of both their second and third albums – ‘Steeltown’ and ‘The Seer’ – Big Country now mark the 35th anniversary of ‘The Crossing’ in 2018, performing the album in its entirety including all the hit singles and iconic fan favourites such as ‘Inwards’ and ‘Porroh Man’.
The band BRUCE WATSON (guitars/vocals); MARK BRZEZICKI (drums, vocals); JAMIE WATSON (guitars/vocals) are augmented on stage by SIMON HOUGH and bassist, SCOTT WHITLEY.