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Monday, 5 July, 1999, 18:09 GMT 19:09 UK
Eurythmics back on tour
Eurythmics launch their first tour in 10 years
Eighties pop group Eurythmics have staged a mini-concert on the River Thames to launch their first major tour in 10 years.

Proceeds from the set of worldwide tour dates will benefit the charities Greenpeace and Amnesty International.

And the kick-off concert was appropriately held on the Greenpeace campaign vessel, Rainbow Warrior II, in view of Tower Bridge.

Positive action

Speaking to the crowd of riverside onlookers, singer Annie Lennox said: "We are so proud to be here. This is a very noble boat."

Arriving for the concert aboard Rainbow Warrior II
The tour came about after Lennox and Eurythmics partner Dave Stewart decided to work on a new album last year.

New songs Peace Is Just A Word and Beautiful Child were among those they performed on the Rainbow Warrior.

But also included were Eurythmics classics Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) and There Must Be An Angel.

The "green" theme was inspired by the band's desire to do something positive for the environment and human rights at the start of the new millennium.

"We're giving all the tour profits and all the merchandising and everything connected with the tour to the two organisations," explained Stewart.

He added that he and Lennox aim to encourage concert-goers and album-buyers to make a personal pledge of at least 10 to Greenpeace and Amnesty International over the Web.

Happy returns

Eurythmics rose from the remains of Lennox's and Stewart's earlier band The Tourists.

Receiving the Outstanding Contribution to British Music award at the 1999 Brit Awards
They enjoyed huge success throughout the 1980s and while never officially splitting they wound down their activities to work on solo projects.

Speaking about their reunion after almost a decade of working apart, Stewart said: "It's been so long that we actually forgot how good it was to write songs together and play together."

He added: "We had a great time making the album and playing the songs. It's a great feeling. We've written songs that are really going to be fun to play together live."

The tour will begin in September in Germany. Next stops will be France, Italy, the United States, Australia, Sweden and Denmark.

It winds up in the UK in December.

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