Leeds: I'm A Celebrity star returns to gig job

He was a surprise hit with viewers during the last series of TV's I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!

Now, though, reformed rock 'n' roll hellraiser Shaun Ryder is returning to his day job.

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The former Happy Mondays frontman has announced a series of solo gigs next year, including a date at the O2 Academy in Leeds on February 22.

And music fans are being told to expect a night to remember courtesy of a singer responsible for famed tracks such as Step On, Wrote For Luck

and 24 Hour Party People.

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Ian De-Whytell, boss of Leeds's Crash Records store, said: "I'm looking forward to seeing the always entertaining Shaun Ryder at the O2 Academy.

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"It's 20 years ago since Happy Mondays were at their peak, but their

music still sounds great today."

Happy Mondays were among the main players in the Madchester music boom that injected new life into the moribund UK indie scene at the tail end of the 1980s.

The high water mark for the Mondays came in 1991 when they played Leeds United's Elland Road ground alongside other Madchester luminaries such

as The Farm, Northside and The La's.

Two years later the band split, stymied by in-fighting and their singer's well-documented problems with drugs.

Ryder, however, resurfaced with a new outfit called Black Grape during the Britpop era of the mid-1990s.

And earlier this month he celebrated a decade clean of drugs by finishing runner-up on ITV reality show I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!

The publicity for his gig in Leeds promises a mix of Mondays, Black

Grape and solo material.

Support will be provided by Birmingham band The Twang.

Tickets for the show cost 16.50. For more details, visit the www.o2acade myleeds.co.uk website or ring 0844 477 2000.

* Ryder's ex-bandmate Bez is DJing at the Elbow Room bar in Leeds city centre on New Year's Eve.

The night will also feature a performance from a Stone Roses tribute band.

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