Jools swears you’ll enjoy this

Jolls Holland
Jolls Holland

HE WAS once the Cool For Cats keyboard player with top-notch band, Squeeze.

He hosted Channel 4’s youth, pop programme The Tube until he let rip with an F-word on ITV early evening on a Friday and was sacked.

But, for the last several years he’s hosted BBC 2’s popular, late-night, music show Later...

Later... also allows Holland to showcase his outstanding talent as a pianist.

But if you’ve missed the show, you can see the modern maestro live on the Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra tour when it arrives at the Clyde Auditorium this month.

The 34-date tour, one of the UK’s most popular tours, kicks off at the Belfast Waterfront.

Additionally, there a three special guests joining the fun at certain points.

Folk-pop sensation KT Tunstall will make a guest appearance for eight dates.

The Brit-award winning, Scottish singer-songwriter boasts an impressive catalogue of hit singles including Suddenly I See, Black Horse and the Cherry Tree and Other Side of the World.

She originally broke into the music scene in 2004, when she performed live on Later... and appeared on Holland’s 2006 album Moving Out to the Country on the track Darkness on the Face of the Earth.

Marc Almond is another special guest who will be showing up for nine dates of the tour.

Having sold more than 30 million records worldwide, Almond has made an unprecedented contribution to British popular music.

In addition to numerous hits during his time in Soft Cell, including Tainted Love, Say Hello, Wave Goodbye and Besitter, Marc went on to become an internationally-acclaimed solo artist with chart-topping success around the world.

Finally, the last great addition to the line-up will be former lead singer with the Fine Young Cannibals, Roland Gift.

Gift had a huge success with the band during the 1980s with a number one, UK album — 1988’s The Raw and The Cooked — and two number one singles, She Drives Me Crazy and Good Thing.

The latter song also holds the honour of being the most successful record that Holland has ever guested on, after it went to number one in 17 countries.

Gift is joining the tour for 17 dates.

The tour arrives in Glasgow for two gigs on Friday, November 23 and Saturday, November 24.

Tickets are £34.50.