Dust off your dance moves for Steps O2 reunion
If you normally spend your time at a gig or concert firmly rooted to your seat, you’re going to look out of place at next year’s Steps reunion at The O2.
As their name always suggested, the five-piece pop group, who split in 2001, always liked their fans to join in with the moves on their hits.
Now reunited for their Ultimate tour, they will be putting their audience through their paces at The O2 Arena next April, as singer Faye Tozer reveals.
She says: “We’re at a really early stage of putting our heads together but we’ve been told to look outside the box and make it as big as possible.”
Audience participation is guaranteed, says Faye, though she remains tight-lipped on the details, but expect all their best-selling singles to feature, including Tragedy, Stomp and 5,6,7,8.
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The 35-year-old, who developed a successful career in the theatre following the group’s demise, explains why a reunion has now happened.
She says: “Right now we didn’t expect to be here at all.
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“It was going to be like a school reunion more than a band reunion. We were overwhelmed by the offers we got.
“We found out that Sony were releasing The Ultimate Collection [a greatest hits album].
“We wanted to give something back to the fans and tell our story.”
Following a less than harmonious split, they’ve also recently indulged in a spot of group therapy, so to speak, on national television by taking part in a four-part documentary.
Shown on UK Living, it allowed all the members – Lee Latchford-Evans, Claire Richards, Lisa Scott-Lee and Ian “H” Watkins – to speak about the group’s career and break-up.
Faye says: “It was really honest and it touched a few raw nerves. It documented each person’s view on the split.
“It took a couple of years to get back together as friends.
“To tell you the truth, we blocked it out and got on with our lives.”
Having been working together for over a month, they’ve recorded together again, a version of Abba’s Dancing Queen which is on The Ultimate Collection.
They’ve also performed live for the first time in a decade, switching on the Christmas lights in Manchester last Thursday (“It was such a big buzz. We walked out to this sea of faces in front of us.”)
Now it’s time to hone the choreography ahead of the UK tour.
Those planning on seeing them at The O2 are advised to do so as well.
Tickets are available at www.the02.co.uk.