13 May 2015
TONY VISCONTI AND WOODMANSEY’S HOLY HOLY
The Man Who Sold the World – Live in London
Live Album & Tour. Album Released 1 June 2015
The performance “captured the nascent brilliance and towering ambition of Bowie’s songs from this era” THE TIMES - David Sinclair, September 2014****
Tony Visconti (bass) and Woody Woodmansey’s (drums) Holy Holy with Glenn Gregory (vocals) and Steve Norman (acoustic guitar, saxophone, percussion and vocals) announce the release of a historic live double album The Man Who Sold the World – Live in London on 1 June via Maniac Squat Records. The album comprises David Bowie’s entire The Man Who Sold The World album (also produced by Visconti) alongside other classic Bowie songs from 1970-73, and was recorded at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London on 22 September 2014. This remarkable performance features very specials guests Marc Almond and Gary Kemp from Spandau Ballet.
The Man Who Sold the World is unusually sonically heavy and dystopian for a Bowie album; with lyrical themes including annihilation and a totalitarian machine. The sound combines riff-laden heavy rock with futurist synth sounds and Visconti’s innovative production techniques. The distinctive and robust guitar playing which contributed so much to the artistic success of this remarkable record was Mick Ronson, who sadly died in 1993. Mick’s daughter Lisa and niece Hannah performed on this live album.
"I am thrilled how well this new album represents the live show we did last September. I always wanted to have a fresh go at playing the The Man Who Sold The World album live as it was never played live ever! Woody Woodmansey and I, two of the original musicians who recorded this dark masterpiece, are still ready, willing and able (and, I might add, FIT) are joined by Glenn Gregory, not stepping into Mr Bowie’s shoes, but making this music his very own. So to say I’m in HEAVEN when I’m playing with this band is understating how satisfying it is to revisit something I’ve been wanting to do all these years.” TONY VISCONTI
“In September last year Tony and I had the pleasure of joining forces as a rhythm section for the first time since 1970 when we recorded the The Man Who Sold The World album with David Bowie and Mick Ronson. At the time we were all looking forward to presenting it to audiences in a live situation as we felt it would be exciting for them and us. Unfortunately this never came to pass… until September last year. From the first song in rehearsals, which was Width Of A Circle, it was obvious that we were right about our earlier excitement. With Glenn Gregory on lead vocals, Steve Norman and the rest of the band, each song had its own special magic, as Bowie songs do. We stayed true to the spirit and essence of the songs whilst adding a contemporary edge to them”. WOODY WOODMANSEY
“Singing those iconic songs live on stage with such amazing musicians was, I think, one of the most exciting things I have ever done in my life. And fuck me I’m going to do it again… yeehaaaa.” GLENN GREGORY
Track listing on the live album:
1 The Width of A Circle
2 All The Madmen
3 Black Country Rock
4 After All (with Marc Almond)
5 Running Gun Blues
6 Saviour Machine
7 She Shook Me Cold
8 The Man Who Sold The World
9 The Supermen
10 Life On Mars
11 Hang Onto Yourself
12 Ziggy Stardust
13 Watch That Man (with Marc Almond)
14 Cracked Actor
15 Lady Stardust
18 Five Years
19 Moonage Daydream
20 White Light/White Heat
21 Jean Genie/Love Me Do
Tony Visconti and Woody Woodmansey’s Holy Holy with Glenn Gregory are touring the UK and Dublin at the following venues this June:
Friday12 Isle of Wight Festival
(*) Sat 13 Oxford, O2 Academy
Sun 14 Bournemouth, O2 Academy
Mon 15 Bristol, O2 Academy
Wed 17 Norwich, Arts Centre
(*) Thurs 18 Liverpool, O2 Academy
(*) Sun 21 Leeds, O2 Academy
(*) Mon 22 Hull, The Welly
Wed 24 Dublin, Olympia
Thurs 25 Glasgow, O2 ABC
Fri 26 Newcastle, O2 Academy
(*) Sun 28 Colchester, Arts Centre
(*) Mon 29 Birmingham, O2 Academy
(*) Tues 30 London, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
(*)= Marc Almond will be appearing at these shows
13 May 2015
Jobriath AD, the fascinating film documentary about Jobriath by Kieran Turner, is released on DVD/LP on 19 May 2015. It features wonderful rare footage, extended interviews, extras and the clip of Jobriath's song Be Still by Marc and filmed by Jamie Mcleod.
13 May 2015
An article on DangerousMinds about the forthcoming book from First Third Books is available here.
8 May 2015
The Velvet Trail competition is now closed and the winners have been chosen. The winning entries are:
SCAR - Aly Lyu (via Instagram)
EARTHLY - Christine Bintcliffe (via Twitter)
THE VELVET TRAIL - Bittersweet (via Twitter)
OVERALL WINNER - Lisa Wesley (via Twitter)
Thank you to everyone that took part in the competition, the amount of entries was fantastic, and, of course, massive congratulations to all the winners.
14 April 2015
We are delighted to annouce that The Montecristos will be the special guest support on some of the dates on The Velvet Trail Tour which starts in just two days time. The Montecristos are the brainchild of Marc's long term collaborator and guitarist, Neal X, and will be appearing at Brighton Dome, Manchester Bridgewater Hall, Basingstoke Anvil and London Shepherd's Bush Empire. The Montecristos debut album, Born To Rock And Roll, which features Marc on the track Brand New Cadillac, is available now from Easy Action.
1 April 2015
Marc would like to announce:
'It is with a tinge of sadness that The Velvet Trail tour is to be my last major solo British and European tour.
I would like to make clear that this is not the end of concerts or live appearances. I would just like to, in future, consider one off special concerts, special events, festivals and, of course, guest spots on other artists tours, such as Jools Holland and Holy Holy which I enjoy. I've made a move into more theatre based work over the past few years (Ten Plagues, Poppea, Tyburn Tree) and this is something I also want to persue more of. Things can't go on for ever and it is clear that there is no longer the audience to sustain a large tour to the standards I require. As much as I love performing live, I find the whole process of my own tours stressful and i want to end them before I no longer feel any enjoyment from them. I also have other issues to consider. This past year has been a wake up call. I'm looking forward to seeing you on The Velvet Trail tour and I hope you enjoy the show. Once again, thank you for your support of the tour and the record."
Vintage TV will be showing its recorded Live With session with Marc on 8 April at 10.30pm. Marc performs six songs from The Velvet Trail and a couple of old favourites. Bad to Me is also still on the Radio 2 Playlist.
27 March 2015
We have launched the third and final act of our Velvet Trail competition and for the next two weeks we're asking fans to upload images relevant to the theme of the Velvet Trail:
ACT 3 - The third and final theme is based upon the concept of The Velvet Trail. You have until midnight on Thursday 9 April to upload an image you feel represents the theme and imagery of The Velvet Trail to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Just use the hashtag #thevelvettrail to automatically enter. Good luck!
13 March 2015
A half hour interview with Marc about the creation of The Velvet Trail is now available to watch here.
The Velvet Trail Competition
ACT 2: The second theme of the competition runs from Friday 13 March to Friday 27 Marchwith the theme of Earthly - our aim is to collect as many images as we can of what fans consider to be Earthly.
All you need to do to enter is upload a photo or image directly to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag with the hashtag #thevelvettrail
Entries so far can be viewed at www.cherry-red.co.uk/marcalmond/
2 March 2015
To celebrate the release of Marc Almond's new album The Velvet Trail on SFE/Cherry Red Records, we have signed, exclusive Marc Almond merchandise to give away with #thevelvettrail competition, including signed CDs, an extremely rare hand-signed vinyl test pressing of The Velvet Trail and a pair of tickets to one of Marc's forthcoming UK live shows.
Over the next six weeks we'll be asking you to help create the ultimate fan-led online Velvet Trail. The competition will consist of three phases, with a different image theme running every two weeks.
ACT 1: We're kicking off the competition on Monday 2nd March with the first theme, Scar - the aim is to collect as many images of fans with scars and the story behind them. They could be real scars or metaphorical scars. They could also be tattoos, piercings or birthmarks. Submissions of artwork are as welcome as photograph entries. Please keep it clean and tasteful though.
The first Act of the competition will run from Monday 2nd March until Friday 13th March 2015. All you need to do to enter is upload a photo or image directly to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag with the hashtag #thevelvettrail
As the release of The Velvet Trail draws near Marc will be appearing on various television and radio shows over the next few weeks. Keep an eye on local listings for details.
You will have seen the Scar Performance video on the front page of this website but the official video is now having its VEVO Premiere which you can view here.
18 February 2015
A special warm up show ahaed of the forthcoming The Velvet Trail tour will take place on 15 April at The Trades Club in West Yorks. Tickets will go on sale from 8pm this evening and will be available from then direct from The Trades Club website.
17 February 2015
A new in depth interview with Marc ahead of The Velvet Trail has been published by The Quietus. You can read the interview online here.
11 February 2015
Headway is a charity that is special to Marc and many of his fans following th infamous accident in 2004. A donation from all ticket sales on the forthcoming Velvet Trail tour will be going to Headway to support their work. All details about the tour are on the Live page and you can read about this in an article on the Headway website.
29 January 2015
As well as the physical formats available as listed below, Marc's new album The Velvet Trail is now available to pre-order from iTunes. Anyone pre-ordering from iTunes will also get an instant download of When The Comet Comes which features Beth Ditto. To place a pre-order, and recieve the instant download, visit http://geni.us/TheVelvetTrail
28 January 2015
The Song Of The Blackbird is a Roma Folk song recorded by Marc with Martin Watkins and Armen Ra. Marc is making this track available in memory of Auschwitz and the Holocaust Memorial. Click here to listen to the song.
9 January 2015
The new album, The Velvet Trail, will be released on 9 March 2015 and is available to pre-order from today. Along with regular download the album is being released in a choice of three physical formats: Standard CD Edition, Limited Edition Double Gatefold Vinyl With Poster and a Limited UK Edition 2 Disc CD/DVD Set. You can pre-order now by clicking the images below.
|Standard CD Edition||Limited Edition
Vinyl With Poster
|Limited UK Edition
2 Disc CD/DVD Set
5 December 2014
The build up to the release of The Velvet Trail has officially begun; below is a copy of the press release
MARC ALMOND ANNOUNCES BRAND NEW ALBUM
THE VELVET TRAIL TO BE RELEASED IN MARCH 2015
Celebrated vocalist and performer Marc Almond announces the release of a new studio album The Velvet Trail for 9 March 2015 through Cherry Red Records. Marc had previously hinted that his 2010 album Varieté would be his last recording to feature his own original material. Famed English producer and songwriter Chris Braide, a huge fan of Marc's work, set to change his mind and succeeded after sending him a trio of tracks written especially for Marc.
Los Angeles based Braide - who has also worked alongside Lana Del Ray, Beyoncé, Britney, and David Guetta – was determined: "I simply had to get in touch to try and tempt him to do the exact opposite. It was such an absurd idea to think there would be no more new Marc Almond original songs. This is the man who wrote 'Say Hello Wave Goodbye' and we need more of those passionate, unique and original songs. Just like Bowie and Bolan before him, he's a true original" says Braide.
Marc explains "I felt the songwriting muse had left me, possibly forever. Then an email arrived with three instrumental tracks. I got goose bumps. I was blown away. Chris had an understanding of the chord changes I adored, of the sounds I loved; songs in minor keys with big dark dramatic pianos and strings. I sat down to write, both excited and inspired. Three songs were written in a matter of days: 'Minotaur' a dramatic song about rage and animal passions, 'Scar' a torch song about deception and 'Winter Sun', a melancholic reflective song about fading love".
Almond and Braide continued their long distance arrangement with intensity and enthusiasm. Chris would send new songs to Marc; in turn Marc would record the vocals and send files back to Chris. They would exchange several long emails a day, discussing ideas as well as music, films and T-Rex, inspiring each other as the chemistry deepened. "I didn't have to labour over lyrics, as they came to me, sometimes telling a story and often abstract, a colourful line or an image was enough", Marc remembers. To keep that chemistry unaltered, they decided not to speak on the phone until the record was complete and only then would they meet - at London's Delauney over tea.
Talking more in depth about the album, Marc adds: "Some of the songs have a more personal melancholy, reflective and evocative, like the title track 'The Velvet Trail', a song about memories, nostalgia, childhood and death. So it is too with the song 'The Pain of Never' (Chris Braide's personal favourite). Chris wanted to create his ultimate Marc Almond record, electric, lush, emotional, dark and sexy and I felt inspired by his tunes and production to deliver just that". He then explains the seamless format of the album: "Chris saw the record as one journey, one record you put on from beginning to end, linking tracks with musical interludes. This a reaction against the downloaded digital age, where individual tracks are taken or albums re-arranged in different orders. I always see my records as a show running from beginning to end that takes you on a ride".
The Velvet Trail is an album that wasn't supposed to exist - born from a spontaneous, organic inspirational process. It wasn't just written and recorded, but felt and created. For all those who love Marc Almond's work and those who just love true music and the emotions it generates, this is one not to be missed.
The 9 March release will be followed by a UK tour. "I'm really excited about the tour and the new album 'The Velvet Trail', I can't wait to perform some of the songs live" – says Marc passionately - "this will be one of the most exciting shows I've ever staged".
The Velvet Trail will be available in the following formats:
Regular CD Digipack - SFE039
Limited UK Edition CD/DVD - SFE039D
Limited Edition double LP with poster plus 2 bonus tracks - SFELP039D
Bad to Me
Zipped Black Leather Jacket
Pleasure's Wherever You Are
The Pain of Never
When The Comet Comes
Life in My Own Way
The Velvet Trail
Details of The Velvet Trail tour, along with ticket information, is available on the Live page.
1 December 2014
Marc has been added to two additional dates on the current Jools Holland Tour.He will now also be appearing as a special guest at Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, on 5 and 6 December. For tickets and further information visit the Jools Holland Tour Page.
28 November 2014
'Marc Almond' by First Third Books will be published in June 2015, with advance orders being taken from Wednesday 3 December 2014.
Marc has opened up his personal archive and, alongside contributions from the major music photographers of the last 35 years, we will present the very best images from each era. Influential music journalist Mark Paytress has interviewed Marc to provide an insightful commentary.
A strictly limited edition of 1300 copies will be available in two formats:
Music + Edition - 1000 copies with an exclusive music release (details of tracks to be announced) - £60 (Available to order in advance from 8pm GMT on Wednesday 3 December)
Standard Edition - 300 copies only - £40 (Available to order in advance from 9pm GMT on Wednesday 3 December)
The first 500 customers to order the Special Edition will receive a copy signed by Marc.
First Third Books cannot guarantee a signed copy, this is simply a bonus for those who order early. Books will be delivered in early June 2015. www.firstthirdbooks.com
27 November 2014
Little Annie, who sang with me on my Bluegate Fields show at Wilton's Music Hall and who was my special guest with Dee on my tour a few tears back, is wanting to make a new record and is hoping to raise money to do just that. I think Annie is very special and her records are wonderful, a singer in the Torch tradition, and if you feel like pledging read on
Little Annie has launched a PledgeMusic campaign to record her new album. Your gift right now will help her return to the studio without delay.
I started writing a torch/jazz-flavoured collection but the songs have a way of telling you what they want to be, and these ones had ideas of their own. I wrote with the fantastic string and horn players I've known in mind but my inner sound-sculptor has reawakened, too.
Synthesizers, noise generators, samplers… I combined all the elements I've embraced through the ages to see if they could play nice together. You don't know until you try. I feel stretched and challenged and sometimes uncomfortable, and that feels good.
There's that saying about the journey being the destination and that's really the case with this album. I don't know what the end result will be yet, but I will when we get there.
And I do mean "we". It's you and me, kid. This has always been a group effort. You have given me your precious time, listened to my work and paid hard-earned money to see the shows that are an integral part of my work. You brought me this far. Thank you.
As uncomfortable as I am soliciting your help to make this album, asking you also feels refreshingly honest and appropriate. Your love and interest have always made my music possible, and now the only path I have to continue recording music that I still feel compelled to make is with your financial support.
Thank you for your time, interest and faith in my work. Please know that your donation of any amount will have a huge impact on making this record. Bless you.
You are indeed loved
Little Annie XXX
25 November 2014
The charity Mildmay will be holding a 'joyful evening of carols, readings and spectacular performances' at St Botolph Without Aldgate, London, EC3N 1AB, on 16 December. Marc will be a special guest at this event and will present a solo performance. For further information and tickets please visit the Mildmay website.
13 October 2014
Marc has had a busy few weeks. On 22 September he sang with Holy Holy at Shepherds Bush Empire. A performance of David Bowie's classic album The Man Who Sold The World with a band that included the original rhythm section, producer Tony Visconti and Woody Woodmansey, Vocalist Glen Gregory, Steve Norman on Guitar and Sax and Maggi and Lisa Ronson on Backing Vocals. Marc sang After All from the album and Watch That Man with Glen.
Marc sang at the Diversity Awards held at the Natural History Museum and on Wednesday 8 October he appeared at a special evening celebrating 100 years of ASCAP, the society of American song writers and music publishers. Marc was a special surprise guest for song writer Roger Greenaway, the retiring president of ASCAP and the co writer of Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart which Marc sang for Roger.
On 9 October he performed at the after show party at the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch for an exhibition of famous photographer Bob Gruen who photographed many of the Punk Stars of the 1970's, including The New York Dolls, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and The Ramones as well as Bowie, Andy Warhol and the New York Punk Club scene. Marc sang Vince Taylor's Brand New Cadillac with a Punk/Rockabilly Super Group featuring Walter Lure ex of The Heartbreakers, Smutty Smith from The Rockats, Phil Polecat, Dave Ruffy of The Ruts and Neal X.
Marc also found time to film a clip on Southport Beach for a track from the forthcoming Velvet Trail album.
Marc is to record a special radio program for The BBC World Service and possibly Radio 4 about the life of the Russian singer Vadim Kozin. Marc recorded an album of his songs, Orpheus in Exile, which was released in 2009. Interviews for the program will be recorded in Moscow.
Marc begins the Jools Holland Autumn tour later this week in Ireland. Unfortunately he can not appear in Killarney due to a family funeral but will be in Dublin for the 17 and 18 October shows.