Marc Almond Tickets
Marc Almond: synth pop legend
Rising to prominence during Britain's new wave era, vocalist Marc Almond – along with instrumentalist partner David Ball – (better known together as Soft Cell) created a uniquely seedy and deviant back catalogue of hits that was to become one of the defining sounds of the 1980s. Propelled by their 1981 global number one hit "Tainted Love" – which dominated night club playlists for over a decade – the duo's debut LP Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret was an enormous critical and commercial success. Over the proceeding half decade, the pair went on to record nine more UK Top 40 hits including "Torch" (#2), "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye" (#3), "What!" (#3), and "Bedsitter" (#4), achieve three Top 10 albums, and sell over 10 million records worldwide.
In early-2018, Soft Cell announced that they will reunite for one final show, with the pair to perform at London's O2 on 30 September. In a statement, Almond said the reunion will mark "unfinished" business with Soft Cell: "This last ever final show will be the best ever ending," he said. "It will be a real statement and send off, and thank you to every fan."
Billed as the "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye" event, it remains likely that the prolific Almond - who has released 23 solo albums since Soft Cell's heyday - will continue to make music and perform live after the reunion. Keep your eyes peeled for the latest news and tour dates and buy Marc Almond tickets at StubHub.
Marc Almond: prolific writer and producer
Long before Frankie Goes to Hollywood rose to the top of the charts with their famously explicit and highly suggestive tracks, Soft Cell had been credited with – and maligned for – introducing a previously unheard level of sleaze and deviance into the mainstream as Almond sang unashamedly about pornography, S&M and reckless drug use.
In some ways this was reflected in the duo's personal lives, as they struggled with fame and addiction after the global success of Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret. Nonetheless, they soldiered on to produce three more hugely successful albums – Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing, The Art of Falling Apart and This Last Night in Sodom – in their original run, before splitting in 1984. Following the breakup, Almond pursued a successful solo career; releasing 23 solo albums in a long and varied career. The Soft Cell pair reunited for a tour in 2001, released Cruelty Without Beauty the following year and announced their retirement gig at London's O2 in 2018.
Soft Cell's upcoming retirement follows a recent wave of musicians announcing an end to their live performances; with Sir Elton John, Neil Diamond, Paul Simon, and Slayer all hanging up their touring boots in the near future. What Almond plans to do post-Soft Cell remains to be seen, so watch this space for updates and Marc Almond ticket news as and when we get it.
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