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Marc Almond as an international artist is both critically acclaimed and hugely successful as a singer, songwriter and performer. Marc returns to the Pavilion for what will surely be another special experience.
There can’t be many who don’t know Marc’s rollercoaster career. From Soft Cell, the first successful British electro-duo in partnership with Dave Ball, with a string of international hits: Bedsitter, Numbers, Torch, Say Hello Wave Goodbye and, biggest of all, their version of northern soul classic Tainted Love, while 'Memorabilia' is cited as the first techno record ever). 10 million-plus worldwide record sales later, Soft Cell are a British icon, influencing several subsequent generations of musicians - from Pulp, The Pet Shop Boys and Suede, to Goldfrapp and onto Antony Hegarty of Antony & The Johnsons fame.
“I suppose I am a survivor since I am still here recording an album,” says Marc. But he hasn’t only survived that near-fatal motorbike crash on 17 October 2004, that put him in a coma for two weeks, included emergency surgery and a protracted, agonising but triumphant recovery from critical injuries; he’s survived the vagaries of fashion and trends, solo voyages and band reunions, creative highs and writers-block lows, acceptance and rejection, love affairs, the death of loved ones and collaborators, the passing of time. He has lived, alright. Like a cat, Marc appears to have more than one life…
All the above, and most likely much more, can be found on his new album Stardom Road, the first he has recorded since his accident. With one exception, it’s an album of covers, chosen and sequenced to tell Almond’s story – no wonder, with such a life-threatening trauma, that he has taken stock of how he has lived that life to date.
Among the tracks, there are some very personal tributes: Backstage I’m Lonely is a song made famous by Gene Pitney, while Ballad Of The Sad Young Men (written by Thomas J. Wolf Jr. and Frances Landesman), recorded by Shirley Bassey among others.
Support by Little Annie playing with Baby Dee
Little Annie aka Annie Anxiety Bandez, is a smokey contralto, raconteur and restless spirit who has spent the last 30 years creating a body of work that would take much more space than available here to list. Since stepping onto her first stage at the age of 16, her music – and her life – have defied categorization, limitations and/or restrictions. She is a chanteuse and lyricist, a self-taught painter, a multimedia artist, and an ordained interfaith minister. She has recorded with vanguard figures of late twentieth century music – everyone from Adrian Sherwood and the ON-U Sound Stable to Crass to Current 93 to Antony Hegarty to Marc Almond. She is a prolific songwriter who has written for likes of the late Bim Sherman, Paul Oakenfold and most recently Living Color. She is a published author and a stage and screen actress.
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