Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Art for Art's Sake. 10cc back for 40th Anniversary Tour

10cc will tour the UK in 2012 to mark 40 years since the band formed in Stockport in 1972. The 2012 40th Anniversary tour will feature all the 10cc hits and more and will culminate in an extra special show at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Says Graham Gouldman: “It’s hard to believe it’s 40 years since 10cc was born in Strawberry Studios in Stockport. I’m immensely proud of all we have achieved. As long as the fans want to hear the songs played live I’ll be happy to oblige.” The full list of shows is:
  • 30-Apr GLASGOW Royal Concert Hall
  • 01-May GATESHEAD The Sage
  • 02-May MANCHESTER Bridgewater Hall
  • 03-May YORK Barbican
  • 05-May LIVERPOOL Philharmonic Hall
  • 06-May CARDIFF St David's Hall
  • 07-May BIRMINGHAM Symphony Hall
  • 08-May LEICESTER De Montfort Hall
  • 10-May LONDON Royal Albert Hall
10cc, (Graham Gouldman, Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley and Lol Crème) were four accomplished musicians/writers/producers who cared more for the sound of their records than the trappings of celebrity. Alongside fellow travelers Queen, Rod Stewart, Elton John and David Bowie they ruled the airwaves in the 70s with monster hit after monster hit. From their breakthrough debut single “Donna” in ’72 to their final No 1 “Dreadlock Holiday” in ’78 via solid gold classics such as “I’m Not In Love” (a worldwide smash in ’75), “Rubber Bullets”, “The Wall Street Shuffle”, “I’m Mandy Fly Me”, “Life Is A Minestrone”, “The Things We Do For Love”, “The Dean And I”, “Art For Art’s Sake”, “Silly Love” and many more, 10cc combined progressive art-rock tendencies with an ear for melody to create songs of the ‘once heard, never forgotten’ variety. While their singles burned up the charts, the band simultaneously embraced the artful and the esoteric on their albums creating a truly ground-breaking and influential body of work. The original line-up of 10cc stayed together from ‘72 to ‘76 and released four albums “10cc” (’73), “Sheet Music” (’74), “The Original Soundtrack” (’75) and “How Dare You” (’76) after which Godley and Crème departed to pursue their own path as a duo. Gouldman and Stewart continued and 10cc released “Deceptive Bends” (’77) that featured another global hit “The Things We Do For Love” and “Bloody Tourists” (’78) which gave the world “Dreadlock Holiday”, a song that has sound-tracked hundreds of hours of cricket coverage! The early 80s saw three more albums from the Gouldman/Stewart 10cc “Look Hear” (’80), “Ten Out Of 10” (’81) and “Windows In The Jungle” (’83) then both pursued other projects before reconvening in the 90s for “Meanwhile” (’92) and “Mirror Mirror” (’95). At the turn of the millennium, encouraged by fans and friends, Graham Gouldman put together a band and went out and played all those 10cc hits that everyone wanted to hear. 10cc (Mk III) features Graham, Paul Burgess (a touring member of 10cc back in ’73 and a full-time member from ’76), Rick Fenn (who joined 10cc in ’76), Mick Wilson and Mike Stevens. The band have toured the world and, as well as delighting their fans of old, have found there is a whole new generation discovering the band for the first time.

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