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911 play Rothes Halls, Glenrothes
911 play Rothes Halls, Glenrothes

Up until last year it had been a while since 90s ‘boyband’ 911 last graced our television screens.

But following the popularity of the documentary ‘The Big Reunion’ , Lee Brennan, Spike Dawbarn and Jimmy Constable are going back out on a nationwide tour.

It’s been a bit of a journey for the trio, but they are delighted to be back on the road for what they themselves call “nostalgia”.

The band, which formed in 1995 before splitting in 2000, have included a date at Rothes Halls in Glenrothes on this latest tour.

Lead singer Lee took time to speak to the Press ahead of the show on March 14.

He said: “I don’t think I’ve ever been there before!

‘‘It’s amazing to get the chance to do a little tour again of our own - it’s what we’ve always wanted to do.

“Scotland is where we started and it’s always great to come back.”

The band got together when Britpop and club music collided when Jimmy met Spike while working as a dancer on the cult late-night TV show ‘The Hit Man and Her’.

The pair started to receive more recognition than the acts they were dancing for and started a pop group of their own.

911 was born and Lee soon joined.

After achieving two consecutive top 40 singles independently the band were snapped up by Virgin Records, before scoring their first top 10 hit in May 1996 with the single ‘Don’t Make Me Wait’.

Nine more successive hits followed including the top five singles ‘More Than a Woman’, their signature anthem ‘Bodyshakin’’ and their first UK number one, ‘A Little Bit More’.

The band became one of the biggest selling tour acts in the country in that period and were a huge success elsewhere across the globe.

But having split in 2000 to go their separate ways, the television documentary came out of the blue.

“It was good, but when ITV approached us to do it we spoke about how to approach the TV documentary. We decided between the three of us to speak the truth on camera.

“Anything that bothered each other when we were together we spoke about and how it ended. It made us respect each other more.”

The Big Reunion was broadcast on ITV2 in early 2013 and instantly became the biggest show the station had had for more than five years.

Immediately after the series was aired, 911 joined the show’s other bands - Liberty X, Five, Atomic Kitten, Honeyz and B*Witched - on a UK arena tour.

But this time they are hitting the road with their own headlining show for the first time in a number of years.

Lee said: “We’re going to do all the hits and we’ll add a few of our newer ones in.

“It’s a nostalgia gig and we want people to come along and enjoy that moment of time from the past. We want everyone to have a good time.”

And touring this time round will be different.

“The guys have got kids and are married - Spike’s got one and Jimmy has three kids.

“We’re in our 40s now and it’s a completely different thing for us. It’s just an opportunity to have a bit of fun.

“It’s a chance to do what we’ve always loved doing.

“They [Spike and Jimmy] have all moved on with families and kids and it’s just that nostalgia trip for us and the fans.”

But it’s not just a tour for the band - 911 are back with a brand new album, ‘Illuminate - The Hits and More’.

The trio have written and recorded seven brand new tracks including their latest single ‘2 Hearts 1 Love’. It also features seven greatest hits.

And once this tour is over, what’s next for 911?

“We’ll wait and see what happens,” he said.“Y ou never know what’s going to happen.

“We never knew that [The Big Reunion] was going to come out and give us an opportunity. We’ll all just keep chipping away at different things. It’s nice to jump into the crazy life again for a while.”

911 play Rothes Halls on Friday, March 14.