Sharleen Spiteri back for Texas 25th anniversary

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SCOTTISH super-group Texas are back on the road to celebrate their 25th anniversary – and lead singer Sharleen Spiteri promises fans that tonight’s gig at the Usher Hall will be special.

“There’s a good mix of everything, from the beginning right through to the new stuff,” says the 46-year-old, who took a break from fronting one of Britain’s most successful bands to go solo in 2009. “The good thing is that the newer tracks have mixed in perfectly.’

Since making their live debut in 1988 at the University of Dundee, Texas have gone on to enjoy no fewer than 11 Top 10 singles and sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.

But in 2005, the chart-topping band began a hiatus, which was to last eight years until their latest album, The Conversation, released in May this year.

Back on tour with her band for the first time in years, Spiteri has been pleased to see some young faces in the crowd.

“We have gathered some new fans, younger 20-year-olds, and it’s kind of weird seeing all these different generations in front of us,” she says. “You get the original 1989 fans from the very beginning and then you’ve got the 1997 fans from White on Blonde.

“And now there’s these new fans that know all the Say What You Want/White on Blonde songs from when they were about six years old and heard them.

“This is their first chance to see us. It’s a nice feeling.”

Surprisingly, Spiteri seems genuinely taken aback at how well the comeback has gone.

“It is going really very well,” she says. “You don’t put a record out for eight years and then when you do it does amazingly well, in the top five of the album charts.

“You never know what to expect and what people are going to want, but it’s been good.”

Having taken a long break, the band are relishing playing some of the old favourites again.

“Even I Don’t Want A Lover feels new because it’s been such a break,” she says. “We’re enjoying everything so much that it all feels fresh.’

Texas, Usher Hall, Lothian Road, tonight, 7pm, £37-£48.50, 0131-228 1155