After the exceptional success of their festival shows in the summer of 2014, which included the 65,000-capacity British Summer Time in Hyde Park and a 23-date UK theatre tour through October-November, the legendary 10cc are back in 2015 with 19 major shows including a return to The Ipswich Regent on 18th February.
What is set to be a unique series of performances, the band will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of their highly inventive and creative album Sheet Music, and as a special treat for fans, the band are to perform the whole album in its entirety, including the Top 10 hits The Wall Street Shuffle and Silly Love, with a special video contribution from 10cc co-founder Kevin Godley.
The second half of the evening will feature all the usual 10cc classics, including Dreadlock Holiday, Rubber Bullets, I’m Not In Love, The Dean and I, and I’m Mandy Fly Me, making these shows a must-see for old and new fans alike.
Purveyors of some of the greatest pop records of the 20th century, 10cc were one of the most inventive and influential bands in the history of popular music, achieving commercial, critical and creative success in equal measure and selling more than 30 million record worldwide. In the UK, the band had 11 Top 10 singles and three No 1s – Rubber Bullets, I’m Not In Love and Dreadlock Holiday.
Released in 1974 and produced by the band, Sheet Music reached No 9 in the UK charts and entered the Top 100 in the US. It remains a masterclass in the composition of popular music and typifies the eclecticism and breathless invention that characterised the band’s earlier work – soft and fuzzed art-rock guitar, immaculate harmonies and elements of spoof and parody.
Led by 10cc co-founder Graham Gouldman, the current live band has been together for over a decade, with Gouldman recently inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in America, joining legends such as Burt Bacharach, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney.
The band continues to traverse the globe and play countries as disparate as Iceland and South Africa, Latvia and Japan, as well as across Europe, Australia and New Zealand, Canada and the US.
The band is set to return to London’s Royal Albert Hall on 28 May.
“Year on year we get busier and visit more countries,” says Gouldman. It’s great, we love touring and playing together and the audiences these days are very gratifying. You get the people you would expect, who grew up with 10cc, but you also get young kids who know the songs too.”
Gouldman attributes 10cc’s lasting appeal to the quality and individuality of the band’s songs. “They don’t seem to date; they are original, we never followed any trend we simple wrote for our own pleasure. The fact that the songs are being played as often on the radio today as they ever were shows how true that is,” he says.