22 July 2016
The Spectropic Illusions Of Professor Purblind is the debut solo ablum from Professor Singleton Purblind, co-founder of the Gaslight Troubadours, and features Marc on two tracks (Blue Spirit Blues and The House Is Haunted)and Neal X on another (The Dead Return). Released on 8 August, the digipak CD edition of the album is limited to 100 copies and is available from https://professorpurblind.bandcamp.com/ and the digital version can be pre-ordered from Amazon. For further information visit the Professor Purblind website.
17 July 2016
As well as the second night Marc has now also been confirmed for the first night of the 80's Weekend in Los Angeles on 12 August where he will be presenting a slightly shorter set than the second night. See the Live page for further details.
13 July 2016
Many people have been asking about the set list for the two shows with Leeds College Of Music so here is the complete set along with a full list of all the musicians involved:
Part One: Choir Medly Intro, The Big Hurt,
In My Room,
Lost Without You,
Shadows On My Heart,
Blue On Blue,
Why Was I Born,
I'm A Fool To Want You (Performed In Part 2 At Festival Hall),
Willow Weep For Me,
The Shadow Of Your Smile,
The House Is Haunted By The Echo Of Your Last Goodbye,
The Sun Will Rise,
Part Two: Scar (Choir Only), Trials Of Eyeliner, Tenderness, The Glance Of Your Dark Eyes, Please Dont Leave Me (London Only), Life In My Own Way, Torch, Somethings Gotten Hold Of My Heart, Jacky, Tainted Love, Say Hello Wave Goodbye, Baby Love
Musicians: Flute - Jess Shears, Oboe - Mikey Sluman, Clarinet - Helen Goldsmith, Alto Sax - Charlotte Counter, Baritone Sax - Lara Jones, Trumpet - Tom Hill, Flugel Horn - Jack Grime, Trombone - Danny Barley, Violins - Lauren Hinds and Emma Fry, Violas - Sam Chilvers and Will Harrison, Cellos - Simona Mannu and Alex Marshall, Piano - Martin Longhawn, Bass - Andy Leggett, Guitar - Kieran Gunter, Drums - Josh Smout, Percussion - Matt Simm and Michael Cunningham
Choir: Robyn Keech, Lily Kerby, Rebecca Dunn, Lucy Ankers, Amy Griffiths, Amber Furssedon Coates, Molly Puckering, Amelia Streatfield James, Hannah Slavin, Dominika Haskova, Idele Imade, Rachel Cawte, Kadija Bhlue Wilson, Joe Yates. Marc would like to apologise for any mispronunciation of names on the night)
Musical Director - Damien Harron, Choral Director - Craig Lees. Also thank you to Gerry Godley And Miz Deshannon
Marc would like to extend a big thank you to the Leeds College Of Music team for two wonderful shows and to Senbla.
11 July 2016
Marc will be taking part in the BBC's David Bowie Prom at the Royal Albert Hall on 29 July. Guest singers and collaborators will be appearing in a celebration and reinterpretation of the music of David Bowie with the Berlin-based, genre-defying musicians’ collective Stargaze and its Artistic Director André de Ridder. Marc will be singing three songs. For further information and tickets visit www.bbc.co.uk/events/e63p6q
8 July 2016
Trials Of Eyeliner, the 10CD Career Super Deluxe Box Set, will be released on 28 October 2016. Personally curated and overseen by Marc himself, the 10 disc Trials Of Eyeliner box set is both the first and the definitive career overview of one of contemporary music's most respected artists - from the huge pop success of Soft Cell to the tormented beauty of the Marc And The Mambas projects to a dazzling solo career that's encompassed smash hits, cutting-edge electronica, torch songs, rock 'n' roll and much, much more.
The 10 disc set is themed into three sections: the four disc 'History' recounts Marc's journey via his favourite and best-loved album tracks and B-sides; 'Singles' gathers together all of Marc's official Soft Cell, Mambas and solo singles in chronological order for the first time; finally the 3-disc section 'Gems' pulls together nuggets and rarities from fan-only releases, one-off collaborations,soundtrack contributions and includes 18 tracks previously unreleased from Marc's own collection.
Beautifully presented with all new artwork the box also comes with a 64-page hardback book packed with photos and featuring Marc in conversation with Alexis Petridis in an all-new career overview.
For a limited time, the first pre-orders through uDiscover will receive a free EP containing four different versions of If You Go Away recorded at different stages in Marc's career.
To view the promotional video, click here
To see the complete listing of all 189 tracks and to pre-order click here.
11 June 2016
UDiscover from Unviersal have run a retropsective review of the 1985 album Stories Of Johnny. You can read it on the UDiscover web site.
7 June 2016
Marc Almond and Rumer are the first special guests to be announced for a special show by Burt Bacharach at the London Palladium on 25 June. Bringing a new take on songs from his extraordinary catalogue, each guest will perform a couple of songs throughout the concert alongside Burt, accompanied by his exceptional group of singers and orchestra. Further guests will be announced in due course and tickets are available from ticketmaster.co.uk and the venue box office.
5 June 2016
My new Spotify playlist is up on Spotify called Brit 60's, just a few of my favourite 60's tracks from Beat and Ballads, Psychedelic to Folk and Blues/Rock. Joe Meek, Billy Fury, Donovan, Cilla, pink Floyd, The Nice. Give it a listen. My playlist changes regularly.
23 May 2016
Marc's latest Spotify Radio playlist was published on Friday and includes Bowie, Siouxsie, Dinah Washington, Juha, Alice Cooper, Empire Of The Sun and more. You can listen to it on Spotify by clicking here.
The 02 Shepherds Bush Empire has been confirmed for the 2017 Marc Bolan tribute show; 40 years since his death. The show will take place on 15 September 2017 and will most likely be the last big Marc Bolan/T Rex celebration of this kind as the next major anniversary of his passing will be in 2022.
The celebration will be organised by Danielz of T Rextasy, Marc and Neal X with very special guest T Rex's producer and dear friend of Marc Bolan, Tony Visconti (the man who discovered him). T Rextasy will be the band and it is hoped that a number of special guests will be added nearer the event. Howard Casey (T Rex's saxophonist) and Andy Ellison (from Marc Bolan's first band, Johns Children) have already signed on as well as Tony. It will be some time before tickets are released but we're telling you now so you can plan way ahead and put the date in next years diary. We want all Bolan fans there to sing with us and celebrate the songs of T Rex and the everlasting legend that is Marc Bolan.
13 May 2016
Marc's Spotify Radio playlist published today is entitled Marc Almond - Inspired By... and can be heard on his Spotify channel by clicking here.
11 May 2016
Marc is pleased to announce he will be personally compiling weekly music playlists for you to follow on his Spotify Radio channel. Marc will put up his favourite tracks, influential tracks and tracks he is currently listening to. An eclectic mix of pop and rock; anything from Prog to 1950's teen ballads, classic Torch songs, Punk and Electro. He'll will also occasionally include his own tracks. You could get anything from Emerson Lake & Palmer to Madonna!
Keep an eye on Marc's social media pages and tune into his Spotify channel for his latest playlist releases.
15 April 2016
Ahead of the release of the limited edition 12" pink vinyl of Sex Dwarf for Record Store Day tomorrow, a great review of Sex Dwarf has been published on Thump. You can read it online at https://thump.vice.com
11 March 2016
For this year's Record Store Day, on Saturday 16 April, a special limited edition 12" pink vinyl of the Soft Cell classic Sex Dwarf will be available from high street record stores only. Featuring the Erotic Cabaret and Ecstatic Dancing versions as well as The Grid rework from 2007's Heat: The Remixes this gorgeous artefact will sell out fast. Full details of participating stores is available at http://recordstoreday.co.uk
5 February 2016
Marc will be presenting a special one off performance alongside Stephen Coates at an event about the history of Russian bootleg recordings entitled X-Ray Audio at Rough Trade East. Entry is free but limited. For further information and to book a space visit www.roughtrade.com
3 February 2016
A video of The Green Fairy which was recorded in November 2015 at the Against Nature live workshop in front of an invited audience from Kickstarter is now available to view on YouTube.
31 December 2015
Thank you everyone for a great 2015 and what a brilliant year it's been.
I released a brand new album of original songs co-written, produced and played by Chris Braide to a really warm reception with a number of singles and clips to go with it; Scar, Bad To Me, Life In My Own Way and Demon Lover. There was also a tour, The Velvet Trail tour took me across Britain as well as Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Russia and Croatia and continues into next year with Spain and beyond.
I toured with Tony Visconti and Woody Woodmansey's Holy Holy band as a special guest singing songs from David Bowie's classic album The Man Who Sold The World as well as classic Bowie songs, duetting with Glen Gregory of Heaven 17. I also continued guesting on the Jools Holland tour in 2015, visiting Istanbul on the way. I covered a lot of Britain in 2015!
I did my first Kickstarter fund to realise my long time dream of recording a Song Cycle Pop Operetta piece based on JK Huysmans Against Nature, a fabulous and Strange decadent novel. I worked on the project with Othon composing with a libretto by Jeremy Reed. We went over our target thanks to you and recorded the album. I hope we can take it further in the future to performance stage and it'll have a wider public release next year. It was great fun meeting many of you in the playbacks, workshop and pledge tea at the Wolsley prizes. Thank you all again for making it happen.
I worked with the fantastic Leeds College Of Music students on a show project and next year we take it a couple of steps further to a full special concert at London's Royal Festival Hall on 10 July (it also doubles as a birthday show) when I will be joined by musicians and choir (up to 50 people) singing Torch songs, some of which I've done before and many I haven't. I've a lot to learn, as well as some of my own songs and classics. It's going to be a great show and tickets are on sale now.
First Third Books bought out a beautiful glossy photo Biog. I loved working with Ritchie and Fabrice of First Third and we all were dismayed of how many great shots we had to leave out because of space and design limitations. Fabrice did a fabulous design job on the book. A lot of Love went into it.
My documentary on Vadim Kozin with producer and director Monica Whitlock went out on BBC World Service on 27 December and is available to hear online. It was a thrill to do, thank you to the BBC and Monica for making it happen and to all who took part and helped us in Moscow, and the next stage we hope is to take it into a documentary film project.
I presented Holly Johnson with his Attitude Icon Award and ended the working year taking part in a charity concert St Albans Cathedral singing some of my classics with Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull. What a diverse and creative year.
Already I'm planning things for next year; apart from the Festival Hall show, I'll be appearing at all Rewind shows, more shows abroad and a stint at Wilton's doing a varied program in the Autumn (though there will be no tickets on sale until mid year so don't call them yet)
There will be a special release much later in the year but no new original material until 2017 which will be a landmark year for me.
All that's left is to wish you all a wonderful Happy New Year, a great 2016 and thank you all for your support.
Marc Almond 2015
16 December 2015
Marc will be live on the BBC Radio 3 programme In Tune at 4.30pm today talking about his forthcoming documentary In Search Of Vadim Kozin.
In Search Of Vadim Kozin is broadcast 2pm on BBC World Service on 27 December 2015.
Marc Almond travels to Moscow in search of the marvellous Russian tenor, tango-singer and superstar, Vadim Kozin.
The darling of the Soviet Union, Kozin melted hearts by the tens of millions in the 1940s, playing to packed concert halls and rallying Red Army troops in World War II. Kozin made dozens of hit records and lived the high life of a celebrity in the rarest circles around Stalin. But he vanished one day in 1944 when the secret police arrested him and sent him to the GULAG for homosexuality. His records were pulled from the shops, his voice from the radio. The public thought him dead, but Kozin would spend the next 50 years in Siberia, still singing and performing in the strange, looking-glass world of internal exile.
Marc fell in love with Kozin's radiant voice when he heard it on a tape while on a tour of Russia 20 years ago. Now he hunts down the faint traces that remain of the man himself - an old friend from Siberia, a diary and a handful of photographs. Each fragment reveals something of this enigmatic celebrity and his extraordinary life that spanned the whole of the Soviet century. For further information visit www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2015/52/vadim-kozin-search
9 December 2015
The soundtrack album for series three of the TV show Hannibal, scored by Brian Reitzel, features an original track by Marc Almond titled Snake Charmer as well as one featuring Siouxsie Sioux. For further information and to order visit filmmusicdaily.com
4 November 2015
The BBC Music documentary, Better Than The Original: The Joy Of The Cover Version, which features Marc, will be broadcast in the UK this Friday, 6 November, at 10pm on BBC FOUR.
27 October 2015
On Saturday 24 October the Against Nature album played back for the first time to Kickstarter pledgers. Marc Almond, Jeremy Reed and Othon welcomed 24 pledgers to Dean Street Studios and the reaction to the album was fantastic. Thank you to all who pledged and attended.
3 October 2015
On 7 November Marc will be appearing as a special guest at La Nuit De La Diva, the long awaited Immodesty Blaize show at the Cafe Royal. The evening will be compered by Scottee and they will be joined by soaring soprano from company Gestalt Arts, a smoking hot Jazz trio and the cream of cabaret aristes. This never to be repeated one off show is part of the Cafe Royal's 150th Anniversary celebrations. Tickets include meal, wine and, of course, the show and are priced at £200. For tickets please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org