Marc Almond has announced the release of double A side single Burn Bright/The Dancing Marquis on 4th November, the stunning result of his collaboration with legendary record producer Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T-Rex, The Moody Blues, Morrissey). Marc defines the partnership as one of the highlights of his career.
“I’ve wanted to work with Tony more than any other producer” – comments Almond on his latest achievement. – “He produced some of the most life changing and seminal records of my life. Working with Tony, brings things into a full circle – it was a fantastic, fascinating and fun experience working with him.”
Visconti produced and mixed both tracks with a distinctive pop feel: Burn Bright, a brief burst of light in a dark world and The Dancing Marquis, an exotic Glam track for the perfumed exhibitionist inside us, in typical Almond meets Visconti style. Martin McCarrick (ex-Siouxsie and the Banshees and Therapy?) from Marc’s Torment and Torero’s to Mother Fist days, is back working with Marc again after many years and wrote the string arrangement for The Dancing Marquis, a song partly inspired by Henry Paget 5th Earl of Angelsey, who was also known as The Dancing Marquis.
Burn Bright/The Dancing Marquis will be available as a download from all usual retailers; for the die hard fans looking for a highly collectable piece, Strike Force Entertainment will print 1,000 copies on 7″ purple coloured vinyl in a beautifully designed gatefold sleeve, complete with a CD version of the tracks. The double-A single precedes an EP/Mini album out early next year, with a full studio album to follow in the summer.
Marc Almond, who won the Ivor Novello Inspiration Award this year, will be touring the UK in autumn following the release. His London date at Union Chapel on November 3rd is already sold out.
Nearly two years after his acclaimed debut at Edinburgh’s Festival Fringe, Marc Almond brings award winning song cycle Ten Plagues to a 3 week residency at Wilton’s Music Hall, from 24th April to 18th May 2013; the iconic singer will perform at the grade II-listed Hall in London’s East End from Tuesday to Friday with two performances on Saturdays.
Ten Plagues is a one hour long, song cycle born from a play written by celebrated artist/journalist Mark Ravenhill with music by Conor Mitchell and designs and direction by Stewart Laing. Words and music tell the story of the 1665 London Plague through the eyes of a survivor (Almond); however the dark feelings of fear, grief and death are something our world can relate to, with its many epidemics. The deep sense of isolation brings on a poignant parallel with Aids, a pestilence Marc himself knows well through the loss of many loved ones.‘You could take Ten Plagues literally, as a historical piece. But you can also see parallels at a time when we seem to be obsessed with fear, pandemic and viruses’, he comments.
With the help of video projections and minimalistic set up, Almond brings to life Ravenhill’s thought-provoking script through his poignant vocals and charismatic stage presence. Ten Plagues conveys music, theatre and opera in a unique piece of art that, while depicting a tragic time in London’s history, is more relevant than ever to our days.
‘The best theatrical song cycle since Don Black and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tell Me On A Sunday’, said the Guardian about this unique show, adding about Almond’s radiant performance ‘.is proving his innate talent all over again, in different and challenging ways.’; ‘Simply beautiful’according to The Independent, which describes Marc’s ‘piercing floated tones’ as ‘truly spine-tingling’.
Ten Plagues will run from 24 April to 18 May 2013 at Wilton’s Music Hall. Show times are Tuesday-Friday 8pm, Saturday Matinee 4pm, Saturday Evening 8.30pm. Please note there’s no show on 16th May.
Tickets are priced between £12.50 and £25 and available now on www.wiltons.org.uk or through the Wilton’s Box Office on 020 7702 2789.
Five years after his memorable 50th birthday show, Marc Almond is back at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Monday 9th July, to celebrate 55 with his fans for another one-off performance not to be missed. Marc Almond in Concert – A Birthday Celebration will be showcasing a selection of Marc’s personal favourites picked across his whole remarkable career, plus a few surprises, which will include a celebration of Northern Soul. The famous cover of Gloria Jones ‘Tainted Love’ – a Northern Soul classic – was a huge hit worldwide.
Marc says “The 9th of July Shepherds Bush show marks my 55th Birthday and still being here against the odds. Starting with a selection of some of my favorite self-written songs and fan favorites, it’ll finish with a Celebration Northern Soul Set. Why? Because it’s my Birthday and I want to dance!”
Full Details are:
Monday 9th July
Marc Almond In Concert – A Birthday Celebration
O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London, UK
Tickets available online from www.gigsandtours.com or 24hr Credit Card line 0844 811 0051
Ticket prices – £35 £27.50 and £19.50 (subject to booking fee) Doors 7pm – no support onstage 8-10.15pm
Critics recently praised Marc Almond for his portrayal of Philosopher Seneca in the opera Pop’pea at the Paris Chatalet Musical Theatre (29th May – 7th June), which received rave reviews.
Next on the agenda will be a once in a lifetime performance of the 30 year old’ Marc and the Mambas’ classic album Torment and Toreros in its entirety. This will be one of the main events at the Meltdown Festival on 9th August. Almond is adamant that the show will not be filmed or recorded and the album will not be re-released in the future, making this a unique event not to be missed.
Thursday 9th August
Marc Almond presents Torment And Toreros at the
Meltdown Festival, South Bank Centre, London, UK For tickets and further info visit www.southbankcentre.co.uk
Busy Marc will then hit the road in September for 9 UK shows with his Pop Troubadour, Hits and More Tour. Despite a delay with the album release due to legal issues, Almond decided to proceed with the tour as planned. “I imagine this is the last time I will do a tour of this type and I would still like to celebrate my 55 years of still being alive” says Marc. The album will be released in 2013. Full dates are:
Tickets for all shows are all subject to booking fee. Under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
Finally, in between all of his personal commitments Marc will be appearing as special guest on the Jools Holland Tour of the UK. a very busy few months for him and his fans, with plenty of treats to make 2012 a year to remember!