Shakespears Sister confirm reunion after 26 years – with new music and a UK tour | Ents & Arts News

Shakespears Sister have announced their comeback, reuniting the original line-up after 26 years.

After much speculation, Siobhan Fahey and Marcella Detroit have confirmed to Sky News they are reforming the band – best known for the 1992 number one single Stay (and its eerily unforgettable music video) – with new music, a singles collection and also a UK tour.

Shakespears Sister - Marcella Detroit and Siobhan Fahey - from the Stay video
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The video for Stay was one of the most memorable of the 1990s

“I love our new music,” says Fahey. “I’m really, really excited about it.

“Live, we rock. It’s quite ballsy, it’s got a swagger to it.”

There was lots of bitterness between the two when they disbanded in the 1990s, she admits. “But there is no longer.”

Shakespears Sister in 1992 - Marcella Detroit and Siobhan Fahey
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The band headlined Glastonbury and supported Prince in their heyday

Both said they knew that for the band to reform, it “couldn’t be like it was before”.

“You have to be united and on the same page,” says Detroit.

It’s got to be fun,” says Fahey. “It’s got to be really joyful and pleasurable and so I don’t think either of us wanted to entertain the idea [of reforming] while there was any chance of there being any bad feeling.”

Formed by Fahey in 1988 after she left Bananarama, the act became a duo when Detroit joined during the making of the debut album, Sacred Heart, which charted in the top 10.

But it was their second album, Hormonally Yours, which brought bigger success, with hits including I Don’t Care, Hello (Turn Your Radio On) and Stay, which spent eight weeks at number one – still the longest reign at the top for any female group.

The band shifted more than a million albums, won a Brit award for best video for Stay and an Ivor Novello award for outstanding collection of songs. They also headlined the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury and supported Prince, at his request.

However, after an acrimonious split in 1993, they did not speak until finally meeting again in 2018.

“We talked things through,” says Detroit. “There was miscommunication, the people who were around us at the time, guiding us, feeding us little bits of information and us not being able to really talk about things and clarify things.

“There were misconceptions, misunderstandings, really. And so it was good to talk. To cleanse.

Detroit says she was “shocked” when Fahey got in touch, but that it had “always bothered me, you know, knowing that there was this angst and unresolved business between us”.

Now they are “older and wiser,” says Fahey, and ready to show they are a force to be reckoned with after fighting industry sexism the first time round.

“The sexism against women thing took a massive bash with the women’s marches two years ago,” she says. “And I think that’s created a momentum amongst women.

“The barrier of ageism is breaking down.”

Fahey says that after joining Bananarama once again for their reunion tour in 2017, she was “itching” to make music again.

Shakespears Sister's Siobhan Fahey (right) joined her former Bananarama bandmates Keren Woodward and Sara Dallin for their reunion tour in 2017.
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Fahey (right) joined her former Bananarama bandmates Keren Woodward and Sara Dallin for their reunion tour in 2017

“The Bananarama tour was a really wonderful experience for me,” she says. “That was like writing the closing chapter of that book and closing the circle, to celebrate what we had been and what we did together.

“But although it was wonderful, it felt a bit redundant because there was no new music.”

The duo say it feels like they have “knocked it out of the park” with their new songs.

Shakespears Sister’s first single, All The Queen’s Horses, will be released on 15 May.

The single will be followed by a singles collection, Singles Party, in July, and the Shakespears Sister Ride Again UK tour, including a date at the London Palladium, in October and November.

:: Read our full comeback interview with Shakespears Sister next week

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