Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Eurythmics Star Is Back Home - and He's Celebrating; Eurythmics Legend Dave Stewart Has a Big Birthday Date Coming Up - and He's Returning to the Region to Party, as BARBARA HODGSON Found Out

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Eurythmics Star Is Back Home - and He's Celebrating; Eurythmics Legend Dave Stewart Has a Big Birthday Date Coming Up - and He's Returning to the Region to Party, as BARBARA HODGSON Found Out

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SWEET Dreams are made of this for Eurythmics fans as they are invited to join a very special birthday party.

Dave Stewart will be back in his home town next month to play a one-off concert at Sunderland Empire to mark his 65th birthday.

And having flown in from America - where he now lives - for a pre-gig stop-off this week, the singersongwriter told how he's expecting the night to be emotional.

Sunderland will feature in the night's celebrations which are set to rekindle memories and feelings that have fed into Stewart's songwriting. He said: "I think it will be a very sentimental concert."

" It will feature hits from across aSongwriting remarkable career which has seen a music-loving Sunderland lad propelled to global fame.

funny might be that trigger something He says: "I left when I was about 16 then came back regularly until I was about 27 when Eurythmics became huge."

The father-of-four, who is married to third wife Anoushka Fisz and lives in LA, was born in Barnard Street, where he recalls being out playing football.

He was just a teenager when his band Longdancer secured a record deal, although he laughs about his first ever paid job being getting dressed in medieval clothes and playing a lute at a Lumley Castle event. He's never played Sunderland Empire, having only been backstage once to watch the band Free.

When he takes the spotlight there on September 10, fans can enjoy a back catalogue that will, of course, showcase chart-toppers from the partnership with Annie Lennox that created the unique Eurythmics sound.

Fans can also expect to hear solo successes and a few surprises are in store, with songs he's written or co-written which have become hits for other stars.

Then there are his many collaborations - from Ringo Starr to Celine Dion - through his work as an award-winning producer.

Local talent The Lake Poets, aka Martin Longstaff, is among them.

Stewart was last in Sunderland a few years ago for the launch of a Lake Poets album he produced and Longstaff is set to up his profile even further as he sets out this weekend on a trip to Nashville - though he will be back for the birthday gig.

is a It two words He has also hand-picked local bands Social Room, Lilliput and Picnic to appear and will include tracks of his own whose lyrics have been inspired by his hometown: "songs that are particularly poignant for Sunderland".

Dave Stewart While he says the area has changed so much over the years, citing the difference made by university buildings along the river, he suggests the "nuts and bolts" of the town are the same.

When he left - his brother, four years older, having already moved away - the community was already being altered. …

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