The Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey is back! | 19th June Concorde 2
19th June / Doors 7pm
Fans have been waiting for more live performances from one of the most iconic bands of the 80s. Now The Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey, with a new band, will be touring and performing the Thompson Twins hits, bringing those songs which meant so much to so many, back live in 2016.
Following a successful first festival performance in the UK in August 2014 in front of 40,000 people, Tom Bailey went straight into a highly successful 17 date tour of the USA included Tom making a special guest appearance on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
His all female band feature Angie Pollock (Peter Gabriel/Goldfrapp) on vocals and keyboards, Amanda Kramer (The Psychedelic Furs/Information Society) on vocals and keyboards and Paulina Szczepaniak on electronic drums.
The Thompson Twins had huge hits on both sides of the Atlantic. Songs such as ‘Hold Me Now’, ‘Doctor Doctor’, and ‘You Take Me Up’ provided the soundtrack for so many people’s lives worldwide in the mid-eighties. In 1985 The Thompson Twins played ‘Hold Me Now’ at Live Aid in Philadelphia and also performed the Beatles ‘Revolution’ with Madonna on backing vocals and Nile Rodgers on guitar.
Says Tom: “This is the first time I’ve sung the TT’s hits in decades. It’s taken a long time, but now I’m really enjoying playing those songs to a new generation as well as to the fans that were there first time around.”
Formed in 1977, the original Thompson Twins trimmed down their line-up in 1982 to a three piece of Bailey, Alannah Currie and Joe Leeway as they adopted a more electronic synthesizer based sonic line-up. Tom Bailey was the singer, multi-instrumentalist, producer and, along with lyricist Alannah Currie, composed and arranged the Thompson Twins music.
The last Thompson Twins show in the 20th century was in Austin Texas in August 1987 and the band finally broke up in 1993. Since then Bailey has worked in many different areas of music, from the experimental electronic Babble and Kolab to the Indo-fusion of the Holiwater Band, the visual astronomy project BSP and the sound-system dub of International Observer.
Much to TT fans delight, Bailey began writing contemporary songs again in 2015 with a view to releasing a new album in 2016/17. The first track ‘Come So Far’ was released as a single in April 2016. Written from the perspective of a refugee in the current crisis the song is a moving portrayal of a refugee abandoning their home and moving in to the unknown. Profits from the single will go to refugee charities.
Tom Bailey will be playing a special one off date at Brighton Concorde on Sunday 19th June. Get your tickets here.