Steps have damaged aside and reformed a number of occasions through the years. The band first got here collectively in 1997, till members parted methods in 2001, when Claire and H tried to make it as a duo. In 2011 the band had a 10-year reunion, and afterwards they reformed once more in 2017 and 2019 – however who’s in the line-up?
The present Steps line-up is strictly the identical because it was in 1997, once they grew to become hitmakers.
The members are: Lee Latchford-Evans, Claire Richards, Lisa Scott-Lee, Faye Tozer, Ian ‘H’ Watkins.
Technically, this isn’t the unique line-up, as the primary 5 band members included H and Lisa, in addition to Derek O’Brien, Maddy Chan and Mitch Stevens.
Derek, Maddy and Mitch left the band after a number of recordings, after which Faye, Lee and Claire had been subsequently employed from new auditions.
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Their first single 5,6,7,8, got here out in November 1997, and was a success in the UK and everywhere in the world, regardless of solely peaking at quantity 14.
Steps had been signed to Pete Waterman’s label, famed for his Stock Aitken Waterman songwriting days, and commenced releasing common Top 10 singles.
In 2001, the group cut up after Claire and H left the band to type their very own pop duo, H & Claire.
The duo solely launched one album, Another You, Another Me, which reached 58 in the charts, solely for the duo to disband in 2003.
Claire and Faye later revealed that the cut up was actually troublesome for all of them.
Speaking on BBC Breakfast in 2017, Claire mentioned: “When we cut up it was all a bit traumatic.”
Faye added: “Fractious. With lots of bands who achieve this a lot heavy work you get burned out.
“In hindsight it was the appropriate time to complete as a result of we left an excellent legacy behind us to return again.”
The group’s first reunion got here after they appeared on 2011 show Steps: The Reunion. During the show, they talked concerning the cut up and points which arose throughout their time in the band.
They launched albums till 2013 when the group went on hiatus, solely to return again collectively once more in 2017 to have a good time their twentieth anniversary.
The band launched a brand new album, Tears on the Dancefloor, and went on one other reunion tour.
However, the band members additionally took half in their very own tasks alongside their work in the band, with Faye participating in Strictly Come Dancing in 2018, Claire releasing a solo album in 2019, and H participating in Dancing on Ice in 2020.
In 2020, they launched one other new album, What the Future Holds, which was accompanied by a tour announcement.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the tour was not in a position to happen right away, and will as a substitute happen in 2021.
Along with the tour, Steps has additionally introduced one other new album, a Part Two of their What the Future Holds file.
The data embody collaborations with stars Michelle Visage, with whom the band carried out on Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, and Sophie Ellis Bextor.