Review: Midge Ure celebrates his birthday at the Cambridge Corn Exchange
The Scottish singer-songwriter turned 66 on Thursday, October 10.
Support came from Rusty Egan, a former bandmate of Midge's in Visage and Rich Kids, who played a DJ set for around half an hour.
Telling stories about the old days, recalling some of the famous artists he's worked with and discussing the equipment used to make certain records, the rather eccentric Rusty was certainly entertaining.
He then came back out with Midge following a break and played drums standing stage front for the first part of the set.
Midge, whose otherwise solid vocals were slightly drowned out at times, stated that it was strange to be on stage with him after all these years and said it was an "honour" to be performing these songs live.
Ahead of the outstanding Fade to Grey, he joked that it was "great that we're still alive," later expressing disbelief that these songs were written 40 years ago.
Rusty then left the stage leaving the band (Midge's Band Electronica), comprising two keyboard players, a bass player and a drummer, and Midge on keyboards and guitar to perform Ultravox's classic Vienna album from start to finish.
Midge spoke of that period as a wonderful time when everything was changing, and thanked the other members of the "mighty Ultravox" for their help in making the music.
High points from the Vienna album included solid renditions of Sleepwalk, All Stood Still and, of course, Vienna, while Dancing with Tears in My Eyes lit up the encore.
It was a pleasure hearing these timeless tracks in a live setting, with many of them sounding like they could have been written yesterday.