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D:Ream are Peter Cunnah (right)  and Al Mackenzie (left)

D:Ream are Peter Cunnah (right) and Al Mackenzie (left)

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You don’t have to be a boffin to have noticed the well-timed revival of 1990s pop band D:Ream, just as former member Professor Brian Cox becomes one of the most celebrated brainboxes on TV.

The physicist-cum-TV personality played keyboards with the pop/dance band in the early 90s while he was studying at the University of Manchester.

Cox returned to record keys for three tracks on the band’s new album, In Memory Of…, but there are no plans for him to appear on tour with the duo.

Having formed 20 years ago, D:Ream’s biggest hits were UR The Best Thing and Things Can Only Get Better. They also produced remixes for Duran Duran and EMF, and toured with Take That.

Singer Peter Cunnah remembers: ‘I have so many great memories from those times – appearing on Top of the Pops, getting a Brit nomination and, of course, getting to number one with Things Can Only Get Better.’

They disbanded in 1997, then after a chance meeting in 2009, the duo made plans to get back into the studio and back out on tour.

‘We, quite literally, bumped into one another in a park a couple of years ago, having not been in contact for a good few years.

‘It was great getting back in touch with Al [Mackenzie] and chatting like we used to. We agreed the band had never fulfilled it’s potential and it felt like there was still some unfinished business to take care of,’ continues Peter.

The result was In Memory Of…, an album that fuses their trademark uplifting sound with more modern, guitar-led, synth pop.

See them on Thursday at the Cellars at Eastney. Tickets cost £14 on the door or £12.50 in advance from the Cromwell Road box office, (023) 9282 8249 or thecellars.co.uk. Existing tickets from the original show date in March remain valid.

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