Scottish music legend Midge Ure returns to the UK theatre circuit with a special concert experience.

Midge is bringing his Songs, Questions and Answers tour to the Watford Colosseum on Thursday, April 25.

Twenty-five years ago, Midge presented a theatre show with a Q&A element to it and in 2019 he will revisit that concept with an updated version.

There is plenty to talk about too while covering a 40-year professional career from Ultravox, Midge’s solo work to Band Aid and his Orchestrated CD from 2017.

Midge will also perform songs from the Ultravox catalogue alongside his solo work.

Accompanying Midge are his multi-instrumentalists Cole Stacey and Joe O’Keefe. Stacey and O’Keefe will also open the show playing their own original material as India Electric Company.

We caught up with the musician ahead of the new tour, which kicks off in Inverness on March 7.

The idea for the Songs, Questions and Answers tour is quite unique. What inspired you for the tour?

I did an ‘out alone’ tour a while back where I took questions from the audience where whatever they asked or talked about would lead me to play a specific song which meant that every show was different. The problem with not having a set list is you have absolutely no idea how long you have been on stage. I have to set my watch to vibrate to let me know when to wind the evening down!

Do you have a pre-show ritual?

Nope. Turn up and do your job well. All the hand holding, chants and rituals won’t help if you haven’t prepared!

How do like to relax on a day off during a tour?

Days off during a tour don’t really exist. They tend to be ‘travel’ days. Record labels used to drive me crazy when they would set up a day of interviews for you on your ‘day off’ cos they never realised you would be spending that day in a bus or a plane!

What is the one item you can’t go on tour without?

My computer. It’s my recording studio, communication centre, entertainment centre.

You started your music career in the 70s with Slik, Rich Kids, Ultravox, etc. Do you think it was easier then to “make it” than today?

If anything, it seems more difficult to get noticed today, even with all the social media and alternative platforms. There used to be a tried and tested route, play, get spotted, be offered a contract etc, but that route doesn’t exist anymore. Technology is the major change in the music industry both for the better and the worse.

What’s the best gig that you’ve been to, or has inspired you the most?

I saw Bowie playing the Ziggy Stardust album in 1972 to a half empty Greens Playhouse in Glasgow and it was outstanding. Very simple set up but brilliant concert.

What has been your career highlight been so far and why?

Too numerous to mention... sharing the stage with my heroes.. .Band Aid/Live Aid...

What are you listening to at the moment?

Sadly, all my old stuff. I never listen to anything I have done but because of this tour I have to refresh my memory in case I am asked about a specific song, not that I will remember everything anyway but if I know the first chord then I can probably give it a go.

Do you listen to music video streaming, CD, downloads or vinyl?

A bit of everything. I’m not a purist. Having grown up listening to British radio in the 60’s and 70’s broadcast on medium wave, every medium sounds great to me!

If there was one piece of advice you could give to musicians starting out, what would it be?

If you want to make music to become famous or rich, best find another career. If you can take rejection, failure, scathing reviews or don’t mind spending most of your life in a box (car, van, bus, plane, hotel, dressing room) can survive the highs and lows, the adulation and humiliation and still wake up every morning doe eyed and grateful you are allowed to carry on doing what you do, then welcome to my world.

Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford, Thursday, April 25, 7.30pm. Details: 01923 571102