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The Rainband – Rise Again (Guy Garvey, Elbow, Johnny Marr, Mike Joyce, Ocean Colour Scene, James, Simple Minds,Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber, Jensen Button, Bradley Button)

 

Rise Again is the new single from The Rainband and is released in tribute to MotoGP legend Marco Simoncelli on 17 June with profits going to the charitable foundation named in his memory.

With a live tribute to Simoncelli already in mind for their June gig in front of 60,000 race fans at Silverstone, The Rainband were approached by the newly formed Marco Simoncelli Foundation and agreed to write a song to help raise funds to build disabled care homes across the world, a cause close to the racing hero’s heart. 

The Rainband were booked to play at Silverstone after event organisers got in touch following the band’s sell out hometown show at Manchester’s HMV Ritz at the end of last year.

 

Martin Finnigan, lead singer of The Rainband, said
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“Being invited to open the British and Italian MotoGPs is a big honour for us. When we met Marco’s dad Paolo he talked about his vision for the Foundation. I agreed straight away to donate everything from the single to the work of the Foundation. It’s a great cause, in the name of a great man and I am proud we are involved. MotoGP champion and friend of Simoncelli, James Toseland plays keyboard on the single, another huge honour. It’s also wonderful that so many sport and music personalities have agreed to get behind the track including; Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber, Jensen Button, Bradley Button, Guy Garvey, Elbow, Johnny Marr, Mike Joyce, Ocean Colour Scene, James, Simple Minds…”

With the blessing of the Simoncelli family, the band filmed the video for Rise Again in Marco’s hometown of Coriano, Italy. It is also cut with previously unseen family film footage, which makes the video extra special. There is also discussion about recording the song in Italian. There is a 30 second clip below: 

 

 

Key dates are:

3rd June: Eurosport will use ‘Rise Again’ to close the MotoGP in Catalunya

14th June: First Live performance with James Toseland beamed globally – Epic TV

15th June: Opening the British MotoGP – Full band performance with James Toseland

16th June: British MotoGP Silverstone – stadium Performance with James Toseland

17th June: Eurosport will use ‘Rise Again’ as their official song for the British MotoGP.

17th June: James Toseland and Martin Finnigan interviewed in Eurosport Commentary box

17th June: ‘Rise Again’ single release date

21st June: In-store showcase at Honda UK

23rd June: In store performance at Dainese Manchester (Marco only came to Manchester       once and when he did, he came to this store. The band felt it apt to play here).

23rd-26th August: Leeds/Reading Festival

13th July: Italian MotoGP – The Rainband perform with James Toseland

23rd-26th August: Leeds/Reading Festival

15th September: San Marino Moto GP – The Rainband and James Toseland confirmed to play. The racetrack is being named after Marco

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