Live 2014: Revisit Toyah’s Year Of Concerts

November 22nd, 2014

live2014kBrowse Dreamscape’s dedicated news feeds on each of Toyah’s three 2014 UK Tours:

Acoustic, Up Close & Personal
Crimson Queen/Greatest Hits…Live!
Songs From The Intergalactic Ranch House

• You can also view the entire Live 2014 archive, which includes news on all of the above as well as the other non-tour live gigs and appearances that took place this year.

Songs From The IRH: Final Date TONIGHT!!

November 22nd, 2014

The final date of the Songs From The Intergalactic Ranch House tour takes place tonight, at the O2 Academy, Islington. Indeed, it’s the final live concert of 2014 for Toyah – an exceptionally prolific year of dates, with three UK tours as well as festivals. PAs and more. Next year is looking busy too (expect an announcement on this via Breaking Through soon). Toyah has been tweeting about tonight’s gig over the past few days. A huge thanks to everyone who contributed photos to Dreamscape’s Toyah Live 2014 Gallery

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Grimsby Telegraph: Punk Star Toyah Willcox at Yardbirds in Grimsby

November 22nd, 2014

grimsbytel14aToyah Willcox and her band are set to perform at Yardbirds Rock Club in Grimsby

Princess of Punk Toyah Willcox is heading to Grimsby’s Yardbirds Rock Club next year. The star will perform at the Church Street venue on Friday, March 6.

Toyah and her band had a number of hits in the eighties including Four From Toyah, Thunder In The Mountain and I Want To Be Free before she embarked on a solo career. She has had thirteen top 40 singles, recorded twenty albums, written two books and has also presented TV programmes such as Watchdog and Songs Of Praise.

Toyah has also appeared in a number of stage productions including the rock musical Vampires Rock which was performed at Grimsby Auditorium in 2009.

Tickets for the gig – which is part of her band’s greatest hits tour – go on sale this weekend priced at £18.

• Continue reading at the Grimsby Telegraph.

Live 2015: Toyah And The Humans

November 22nd, 2014

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Sunday 19 April 2015

Toyah Willcox announces a rare club show with The Humans

New Wave Superstar Toyah announces a club show with her band The Humans who feature Bill Rieflin (drummer with R.E.M.) & Chris Wong at the Britannia in Chatham Dockyard.

The Humans are the brainchild of Toyah Willcox and were formed in 2007. The band’s first single was a version of Nancy Sinatra’s “These boots were made for Walkin”. They recently released their new album “Strange Tales” which was recorded in Seattle.

• Continue reading at The Britannia Kent. Further info at AGMP. This concert isn’t officially confirmed as yet. View all comfirmed dates for The Humans in 2015 at toyahwillcox.com.

The Birmingham Press: Breaking Point

November 19th, 2014

Hazel O’Connor recalls the famous Rainbow Theatre gig with The Stranglers from 1980 in a new interview at The Birmingham Press.

You’re touring with Hugh Cornwell now; he’s seen as a distinguished elder statesman of the music business which is a long way removed from the time you played a gig for him when he was in prison for drug possession.

“That was a night. The Stranglers were due to play the Rainbow but with Hugh in prison a few of us replaced him as singer, or rather tried to, because Hugh’s irreplaceable. Myself an Toyah did couple of songs, that was when I did Hanging Around for the first time. We were singing backing vocals on Peaches with Ian Dury singing. Toyah was dancing round the stage as she always does while Ian was scrabbling around on the floor trying to pick his hat up which she’d knocked off. Robert Smith was playing guitar as well, in his pre-make up days. I wish someone could find footage of it.

“It wasn’t so good for Hugh though – he was in prison for something he might not have been charged for now. The authorities were making an example of someone famous.”

• Continue reading at The Birmingham Press.

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Bristol Post: Review: Toyah at the Bristol Fleece

November 17th, 2014

bristolpost14aForever a member of the exclusive Mononymous Club, Toyah is perhaps best known to most today as a TV personality appearing on quiz shows and umpteen celebrity reality programmes.

To others she will always be remembered as the once wild woman of British mainstream pop who in the early Eighties broke the mould for female singers who previously only sang songs about unrequited love. Starring roles in iconic films Quadrophenia and Jubilee cemented Toyah’s reputation as being bold and rebellious further still.

Gigging consistently since the beginning of her career the interestingly titled latest tour, Songs From The Intergalactic Ranch House, named after her original fan club, is a retrospective celebration spanning the 1979 release of her debut album, Sheep Farming in Barnet through to her last solo studio album In The Court Of The Crimson Queen.

• Continue reading at the Bristol Post.

Songs From The IRH: The Fleece, Bristol

November 16th, 2014

Great photos of Toyah, by longtime friend of this site Chris, from last night’s Songs From The Intergalactic Ranch House date at the The Fleece, Bristol. Click below to view larger versions of these, and more, at Dreamscape’s Gallery. (Thanks to Chris | Photos © Chris Cox)

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Songs From The IRH: The Brook, Southampton

November 16th, 2014

Fab shots of Toyah from Friday’s Songs From The Intergalactic Ranch House date at The Brook, Southampton. Toyah is holding the full set of the fanzines which my good friend Merx presented her with at the gig. Click below to view larger versions at Dreamscape’s Gallery. (Thanks to Merx | Photos © Merx)

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Toyah on TV: Choccywoccydoodah

November 15th, 2014

Choccywoccydoodah: Watch: Thursday 11th December: 8.30pm
Choccywoccydoodah: Watch: Sunday 14th December: 8pm
Series 5, Episode 13. Star-studded version of the show about the ultimate chocolate shop. (Thanks to Gina Glockler | Photo © Toyah Willcox)

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Songs From The Intergalactic Ranch House… Continues

November 15th, 2014

Following a great gig last night at The Brook, Southampton, the penultimate date of Toyah’s Songs From The Intergalactic Ranch House UK Tour takes place tonight at The Fleece in Bristol. There’s been such a good response to this tour and the setlist. The final date is next Saturday at the O2 Academy, Islington. Click below for details.

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Smash Hits 80s Annual: New 3CD Set

November 14th, 2014

sh80sannual14aToyah is included on the, just released, Smash Hits 80s Annual 3CD Set.

‘It’s A Mystery’ is track 14 on the second CD of the 66 song collection, released by Warner/Universal Music.

Other artists include: Wham!, Bananarama, Duran Duran, Adam & The Ants, Madness, Soft Cell, Kim Wilde, The Human League, Dexys Midnight Runners, The Specials, Belinda Carlisle, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Yazoo. Echo & The Bunnymen, Tears For Fears and many more.

• View the full tracklist here, and a larger version of the cover here. The CD is available to buy at Amazon.

Toyah on TV: Christmas @ Vintage TV

November 14th, 2014

Christmas gets well and truly underway over at Vintage TV very soon…

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Toyah’s Christmas At The Zoo: Vintage TV: Friday 21st November: 9am
Toyah’s Christmas At The Zoo: Vintage TV: Tuesday 25th November: 11.30pm
Toyah’s Christmas At The Zoo: Vintage TV: Thursday 27th November: 9pm
Cosy up with family and friends as Toyah Willcox brings you 30 of the finest Christmas songs and a sprinkling of festive stories, surrounded by an extraordinary variety of creatures great and small.

A Very Vintage Christmas: Vintage TV: Saturday 22nd November: 8pm
Presenters Toyah Willcox and Wizzard’s Roy Wood are cosying up by the fireplace with two guest artists on our new show as they talk Christmas and sing favourite festive songs. (Part 1)

A Very Vintage Christmas: Vintage TV: Sunday 23rd November: 11pm
Snuggling up by the fireside with Toyah Willcox and Roy Wood for some Christmas chat and festive songs are pop rock act The Feeling and Imagination’s Leee John. (Part 2)

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Toyah on TV: The Vintage TV Sessions

November 14th, 2014

The Vintage TV Sessions: Vintage TV: Friday 21st November: 11pm
Five great acts sing two songs apiece at our Vintage TV Sessions: indie rockers The Struts, punk princess Toyah Willcox, singers Judie Tzuke and Josephine, and Nik Kershaw.

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Toyah on TV: Toyah’s Christmas At The Zoo

November 9th, 2014

It’s the first signs of Christmas over at Vintage TV, with Toyah’s 2012 festive special, Toyah’s Christmas At The Zoo, airing on 21st November. No doubt Toyah’s Vintage Christmas (2011), and last year’s A Very Vintage Christmas will also air on the channel over the festive season. I’ll keep you posted!

Toyah’s Christmas At The Zoo: Vintage TV: Friday 21st November: 9am
Cosy up with family and friends as Toyah Willcox brings you 30 of the finest Christmas songs and a sprinkling of festive stories, surrounded by an extraordinary variety of creatures great and small.

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Toyah on TV: Celebrity Antiques Road Trip

November 9th, 2014

Celebrity Antiques Road Trip: Yesterday: Friday 21st November: 8am
Celebrity Antiques Road Trip: Yesterday: Friday 21st November: 2pm
DJ Tony Blackburn and punk rocker Toyah Willcox take to the road, scouring the shops of York and Pickering in the hope of finding some poptastic period pieces to flog at auction.