Visage (Steve Strange) & Electro 80'S
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Steve Strange is an iconic figure of the 80s. A true pioneer and one of the original new romantics. Close friends with David Bowie and Boy George, Steve has recently built up a strong relationship with Electro 80s.
Shortly after leaving punk band The Photons, Steve Strange formed Visage with then Rich Kids members Rusty Egan and Midge Ure as well as Magazine members Barry Adamson, John McGeoch and Dave Formula. Intended as a studio-based project, they signed to the small label Radar Records and released their first single "Tar" in 1979. The single was not a success, but the following year, Strange appeared in the video for David Bowie's no.1 hit "Ashes to Ashes", a song which helped to propel the burgeoning New Romantic fashion movement into the mainstream. Later that year, Visage signed a new record deal with the major label Polydor and released their second single, "Fade to Grey". The single became a top 10 hit in the UK and topped the charts in several other countries. As the public face of the band, Strange shot to stardom in Britain and other parts of Europe. Visage enjoyed a string of hit singles and two hit albums until their break-up in 1985.
In February 2012, Strange appeared as a guest on the ITV chat show Loose Women. He stated that he was still working on a new Visage album and that nine tracks had been completed to date. In early 2013, Strange announced another new version of Visage featuring himself and former member Steve Barnacle, along with former Ultravox guitarist Robin Simon and vocalist Lauren Duvall. A new album, Hearts and Knives, was released in May 2013. In support of the album, the band made several live appearances in the UK and Europe in 2013 with support from Electro 80s.
Electro 80s are regular visitors to The Citadel, having played twice in 2014 already. Their high tempo show complete with lights and smoke effects will cover several 80s hits from the likes of Kraftwerk, Ultravox and Gary Numan. A St. Helens band, Electro 80s love nothing more than a home crowd so don't miss this fantastic night of 1980s music from two fabulous bands.
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