Navigating the change from successful boy band to ‘man band’ is tricky.
For every Take That, there is an East 17 or a Blue.
But following a run on last year’s wildly popular Big Reunion on ITV2, 911 have decided to give it another roll of the dice.
The trio of Lee Brennan, Jimmy Constable and Spike Dawbarn sold six million albums and scored 10 consecutive top 10 hits in the ’90s, including hits such as Bodyshakin’ and A Little Bit More.
However, in 2000, they called it a day, live on Radio 1.
Jimmy, 42, told The Guide: ‘After the split we didn’t speak for about two years. For me it was a bit of a downward spiral, with alcohol and drugs and that. I lost the plot a bit, but I’m clean now.’
It is the success of the Big Reunion, which saw the lads appear alongside Five, Atomic Kitten, B*Witched, Blue, Honeyz and Liberty X, that has enabled the new tour and album.
‘When ITV came along,’ Jimmy recalls, ‘they told us it was going to be a documentary, they didn’t really know themselves how it was going to turn out.
‘They thought it was going to get about 300,000 viewers. Instead it was getting 2m viewers a week.
‘It has been strange for us. You are only as good as your last hit and we realise people have grown up and moved on.
‘We want to give people a night of letting their hair down.
‘It’s just been great to have the opportunity to be back on the road.’
‘When people saw us at the Big Reunion shows, we were limited in what we could do, we only had three songs.
‘But we’ve got 21 songs in our own show. We have got quite a few hits from the old days and then we’re putting some new ones in as well.’
And they all had to go back into training to make sure they could recreate the dance routine they were known for. ‘It is testing – the body does take a beating,’ he chuckles.
911 play the Kings Theatre on Tuesday. Go to kings-southsea.com or call (023) 9282 8282
n See the video for 911’s new song 2 Hearts 1 Love at portsmouth.co.uk/video