In 2009 the Soldiers - Ryan Idzi, Richie Maddocks and Gary Chilton - became the first group of serving military personnel to hit the British pop charts. Their two albums, the double platinum-selling Coming Home and follow-up top ten hit Letters Home, sold more than 800,000 and raised over £500,000 for army charities. Along the way they have performed for Her Majesty the Queen at the Royal Variety Performance and the Festival of Remembrance, two years running.
Not bad for a “weekend job” as the lads are also war heroes, having served in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait amassing a considerable number of medals between them, and could be called back to active duty at any time.
The current tour is to promote their newly-released third album, entitled Message to You, featuring I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You.
See The Soldiers in Motherwell Tickets £22.50 (concessions £20.50). To book call 01698 403120 or go online at www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk.