As fans wait with baited breath for the release of their highly anticipated new studio album What The Future Holds Pt. 2, pop legends Steps today (August 20th) reveal another track set to feature on the record, The Slightest Touch – an EPIC remake of the classic Five Star hit!
As self confessed super fans of the iconic 80’s collective, Lee, Lisa, Faye, H and Claire work their collective magic to transform the 1987 dance-floor filler into a contemporary pop masterpiece; complete with dramatic electric synths, irrepressible disco beats and multi-layered trademark Steps harmonies.
In a joint statement issued to accompany the songs release, the British quintet say: “We are SUCH massive fans of Five Star, when we started brainstorming a possible cover idea to include on ‘What The Future Holds Pt 2’ this felt like the natural choice. They are absolute idols of ours and have always dreamed about giving one of their songs a euphoric Steps makeover. We are SO excited about the end result and hope fans love it as much as our part covers like ‘Chain Reaction’ and ‘Tragedy’.”
Steps - The Slightest Touch (Backstage Party Visualizer)
We LOVE The Slightest Touch so much it inspired a party backstage after our show in Manchester!
Steps were rolling back the years as they performed their first live gig together in three years in Manchester - but couldn't resist celebrating afterwards with a cheeky KFC fry up.
The reunited band are looking in sensational form as they celebrate 24 years in the business this year with a new album and upcoming UK arena tour.
They performed an exclusive live gig at Manchester 02 Ritz attended by just 50 lucky fans that will be broadcast on BBC iPlayer and Radio 2 next month to herald their return to live performance after the easing of lockdown restrictions.
After the gig, the MEN caught up with the band's Lisa Scott-Lee, who said they've all been working hard to get physically fit for their return to performance.
But after the show, it was time for them all to kick back and tuck into some Kentucky Fried Chicken treats here in Manchester.
Lisa said: "Because we have such a big element of dance in our performance we have to keep fit, it's important to us, and we're lucky to be at the top of our game right now.
"When I look at them [the band] I think they're all amazing, 24 years on, I do feel proud of them, we are looking well right now... But we did have a KFC on the way home.
"We were so good in the day, but then we cracked opened the prosecco and had a KFC after the show!"
Lisa, alongside Faye Tozer, Claire Richards, Ian "H" Watkins and Lee Latchford-Evans, are now preparing for their full UK tour after the release of their new album What The Future Holds Part 2 on September 10.
At their intimate Ritz show on Tuesday, the band showcased new tracks as well as all the old fan favourites - kicking off the night with Deeper Shade of Blue.
What The Future Holds Pt. 2 is set for release September 10th, and will be available to buy in CD (both standard and deluxe versions), vinyl, cassette and on digital formats. Additional to the five other formats, the CD will also be available in a stunning rainbow laminate, exclusive to HMV. Spanning 15 tracks, the album includes 10 brand-new unheard songs and special stripped-back acoustic versions of previous singles
What The Future Holds, Pt. 2 Set for release Friday, September 10th 2021 What The Future Holds, Pt. 2 comes hot on the heels of Steps previous album of the same name, which went Silver within the first month of its release and was the most downloaded album in the UK over Christmas 2020!
Spanning 15 tracks, including 10 brand-new unheard songs along with special stripped-back acoustic versions of previous singles as well as the revamped single mix of Heartbreak In This City, featuring RuPaul’s Drag Race star Michelle Visage – the album also includes the groups current single Take Me For A Ride, a super melodic classic pop bop that the group performed live for the first time last week at their Radio 2 Live headline performance at Manchester’s O2 Ritz.
Fans can hear the electrifying show in full the weekend of September 11-12th 2021 when it airs exclusively on the much loved BBC national station online and on radio at 88-91 FM.
Steps – Take Me For A Ride (Official Audio)
In celebration of the albums release, Steps are set to hit the road this winter to play 18 arena shows across the UK including two dates at London’s The O2 with support from the queen of the kitchen disco, Sophie Ellis-Bextor!
Kicking off in Sheffield November 2nd, the pop supergroup promise fans a night they won’t forget as the perform tracks from both What The Future Holds parts 1 + 2, as well classic hits including Tragedy, One For Sorrow, Stomp and Scared Of The Dark.
What The Future Holds 2021 UK Tour Dates November 2nd – Sheffield, FlyDSA Arena November 3rd – Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena November 5th – Birmingham, Resorts World Arena November 6th – Birmingham, Resorts World Arena November 8th – Newcastle, Utilita Arena November 11th – Manchester, AO Arena November 12th – Manchester, AO Arena November 13th – Aberdeen, P&J Live November 15th – Belfast, SSE Arena November 18th – Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena November 19th – Leeds, First Direct Arena November 22nd – Glasgow, The SSE Hydro November 23rd – Glasgow, The SSE Hydro November 25th – Brighton, Centre November 26th – London, The O2 November 27th – London, The O2 November 29th – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena December 1st – Bournemouth, International Centre
To buy tickets, please visit aegpresents.co.uk/steps.
Pop icons Steps are set to release new album 'What The Future Holds Pt. 2' later this year.
The group returned in 2020 with their exuberant Pt. 1, before starting 2021 with a Michelle Visage team up.
Planning a full arena tour later this year, Steps have now laid out plans for 'What The Future Holds Pt. 2'.
Out later this year, Part Two will be available digitally, on cassette, CD (both standard and deluxe versions), and a vinyl pressing.
The new album contains 15 tracks, and will include 10 brand new songs, special acoustic versions, and an overhauled single mix of 'Heartbreak In This City'.
Steps star Lisa Scott-Lee said: “We couldn’t have been more thrilled about the reaction to our What The Future Holds album last November, and the ongoing love from fans for all our single and video releases since”.
Pop co-conspirator Faye Tozer added: “While lockdown has been really tough, we were fortunate enough to use the time to record a load of brand-new songs for you all! What originally started as a deluxe version of the album has now become a full new record”.
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