Tuesday, November 16, 2021
In autumn 2022
Kelly Family goes on tour with cult bus
In the 1970s, the Kelly Family traveled across Europe with their famous double-decker bus. After 27 years, the family has made its heartbeat ready to drive again – it should go on tour again next year.
The Kelly Family will return to the stage in 2022 after a two-year hiatus. The band has confirmed this to the “Bild” newspaper. In autumn, Kathy, Patricia, Jimmy, Joey, John and Paul Kelly are going on a big Christmas tour through Germany.
Concerts are planned in a total of 27 cities from November 18, 2022. Advance sales should start on Thursday. A surprise on the tour: the famous family double-decker bus. The band traveled across Europe in this vehicle from the 1970s onwards. “All tours of the Kelly Family before the breakthrough were carried out by bus. It is the heart of the Kelly Family, I associate it with my whole childhood and my parents,” explains Joey Kelly in the “Bild” interview.
“The bus was built in 1962 and was last approved by the TÜV last week,” says the 48-year-old. Before that, it had been out of service for 27 years and housed in a hall. “It was a lot of work to make it fit for driving and TÜV again.”
Angelo Kelly, who retired from the band in 2020, will not be on the tour, according to “Bild”, he is planning performances with his own family. Before the tour starts next year, the band wants to give their fans presents for Christmas again this year: On Tuesday the musicians will release the song “One More Happy Christmas”.
The song from 1994 was re-recorded and produced in a modern way. In addition, an EP with three more songs is to be released on November 26th. At the beginning of September it was announced that the band would be back with new music and a four-part documentary series.
RTLzwei confirmed on its homepage that the Kelly Family will get its own documentary soap, which will be broadcast in 2022. The station will accompany the musicians on a trip to the “most important stages of their careers”. In addition, the original Kelly bus will be restored. On Instagram, the family explained that the Kellys’ houseboat should also be used and that they would visit places all over Europe.