Steps

Faye has had some more 101 Dalmatians dates announced - including the week that Here & Now opens in Birmingham. She’s in Glasgow for Previews Week and scheduled to be performing in Edinburgh for the Gala Night on 19th November. I presumed the band would be in attendance - but I’m guessing not?
What does Previews week mean? Will she be performing in Glasgow in front of an audience?
 
I’m so glad that in 2017-present they really have been able to display their vocal talents. The radio 2 piano room showed exactly how capable they are and it’s nice to see sone of the sneers from media admitting they were wrong in the past. Side note last thing on my mind played on radio 2 when I was at work earlier. God it’s such a great summer song.
 
As much as I love The Alias, I am so ready for a brand new chapter with Steps working with the other producers leading up to 2027 album campaign.

Unpopular opinion, but I really do not mind them going back to Uncle Pete. My partner is a new fan and much prefers the O.G. stuff like "Love's Got A Hold On My Heart" and "Better Best Forgotten".
 
I took would love for a mix up in production, but are there really that many who want to produce for Steps, or do they stick with the Alias because it's easier to keep projects/releases secret for longer?
 
They use The Alias largely because of cost, corporate synergy and creative control. The Alias are managed by Fascination too so everything is in-house and affordable with the band/Fascination being able to have complete control over the sound rather than handing that over to producers. They're already getting songs from a range of writers and producers but The Alias are fleshing the demos out and trying to meet the expectations of what Steps fans want their songs to sound like. If Xenomania had produced To the Beat of My Heart, it would sound like a Xenomania track rather than a Steps track. They gave it to Steve Smith rather than The Alias to produce, so there must have been conversations about who could turn it into the track they wanted it to be. Sia's What the Future Holds demo, produced by Greg Kurstin, isn't massively different to the final product by The Alias.

One of the last things Pete Waterman produced was the UK's 2010 Eurovision entry, which was met largely with ridicule and cringing over how dated it sounded. The man is 77, retired, and it isn't the 80s/90s anymore. They're using the Alias to hit a balance between nostalgia and contemporary, which has been well-received so far. If it isn't broken, don't fix it. They'd be better off trying to do some collabs rather than ditching The Alias completely.
 
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