Due to one thing or another – being super busy with the Christmas fanzines, work, life, and having a week’s holiday – I missed posting about the final day of toyahwillcox.com’s great IRH Tour countdown. It was the third “Five Live” Toyah EP, so now is a good time to look at the set:
Five Live (Volume One: Rarities): Indecision (Belfast 1981); Ghosts (London 1981); We Are (London 1981); Victims Of The Riddle (Germany 1982); The Packt (Glasgow 1982) – Listen here…
Five Live (Volume Two: Hits): It’s A Mystery (Belfast 1981); I Want To Be Free (Germany 1982); Thunder In The Mountains (Germany 1982); Good Morning Universe (Germany 1982); Brave New World (Glasgow 1982) – Listen here…
Five Live (Volume Three: Classics): Race Through Space (Belfast 1981); Angels & Demons (Belfast 1981); Neon Womb (Germany 1982); Angel and Me (Glasgow 1982); Jungles Of Jupiter (Glasgow 1982) – Listen here…
• Revisit the full countdown at The Official Toyah Willcox Website.
She may be 56 and stand a mere 5ft 1in tall, but there’s no denying that actress, singer and TV presenter Toyah Willcox remains a powerhouse of energy on stage. Last Friday, her 1979 track Danced proved just that… and no doubt left more than a few of us in the audience with sore ankles the next day, having stupidly joined in with the bouncing. We are old enough to know better.
Actually, it’s hard to believe that is 32 years since I went to my first Toyah gig – The 1982 Changeling Tour at the Playhouse, for those who may have been there. Back then she easily sold out the 3000 seater… and I had dyed orange hair. Friday was a more intimate affair and all the better for it… I’ll pass on a hair update.
• Continue reading at the Edinburgh Evening News.
Toyah Willcox is to bring her ‘Up Close and Personal’ show to Lowdham Village Hall as part of the 2015 Lowdham Book Festival.
In this ‘Up Close and Personal’ show Toyah will perform an acoustic set of her much-loved hit singles and classic songs, accompanied by two acoustic guitarists. A big screen presentation will show clips of the many films and videos in which Toyah has participated and she will talk about these – and the various actors and musicians she has worked with over the years – in a relaxed and informal way. Tickets on sale now, priced £20.
• Continue reading at Warthog Promotions.
A fab shot of Toyah from last Friday’s Songs From The Intergalactic Ranch House date at the Classic Grand, Glasgow. Click below to view a larger version at Dreamscape’s Gallery. (Thanks to Sharon | Photo © Sharon Dickson)
Toyah Willcox is one of those performers who seems to be in the public eye but these days is never quite as much in our faces in the way she used to be. Known more these days for TV appearances and her acting it’s easy to forget that she took that acting talent onto the music scene to establish herself as one of the most intense performers to have survived the 1970s UK punk scene.
Tonight she lived up to that reputation from the moment she came on stage exploding into the energy of All In A Rage, her voice still perfect, and making it plain that she was the star here and the focus. She took to the front with her band in darkness against the back line to emphasise her presence. The crowd was here to see her and she was not about to disappoint them.
• Continue reading at Birmingham Live.
Toyah’s autumn tour, Songs From The Intergalactic Ranchouse kicked off in Birmingham on 18 October and so far has wowed Leeds, Glasgow and Manchester.
The tour is treating fans to a reworked set list which spans Toyah’s whole career from Sheep Farming In Barnet through to Crimson Queen. For the first time ever, selections from Minx are included with a fantastic rendition of Soul Passing Through Soul which can you hear a special audio preview of on this page or at Toyah’s official Soundcloud.
• Continue reading at toyahwillcox.com.
A lovely photo of Toyah and Richard, taken at the first date of the IRH Tour in Birmingham the weekend before last. Richard is doing the Fan Faq in the Christmas Issue of our Toyah fanzine too. Click below to view a larger version of this photo, and more, at Dreamscape’s Gallery. (Thanks to Richard | Photo © Richard Smith)
Russell Brand’s revolution, an X Factor star and an 1980s punk princess – here’s three things to do in West Yorkshire tonight
They say variety is the spice of life – and we’ve certainly got that for you today! If you’re looking for a night out, there’s plenty going on in West Yorkshire this evening – from a comedian predicting revolution to the return of an 80s punk princess.
Relive the eighties with Toyah — That’s right, 80s superstar Toyah is back — and she’s performing live in Leeds tonight. Her Songs from the Intergalactic Ranch House tour, her fourth venture this year, is calling at Leeds University Union tonight, features hits from the Safari catalogue through to Crimson Queen.
• Continue reading at The Huddersfield Daily Examiner.
• Toyah @ Twitter: Lots of tour tweets and links to Toyah TV – Go see…
• Memories Of Diana – Attending Women Of The Year Lunch 1986: Today’s Memories Of Diana is from October 27th 1986. Princess Diana was pictured with pop singer Toyah Willcox at the Women Of The Year lunch at the Savoy Hotel in London – Continue reading…
• Paul Gorman: Toyah Willcox and Midge Ure worked in Sex… Nostalgia Of Mud sold bondage trousers… Philip Hoare’s compromised review littered with as many howlers as contained in the Vivienne Westwood book – Continue reading…
• Music Radar: Simon Phillips on Jeff Beck, Toto and Protocol II: The Toto and session legend takes stock – A namecheck for Toyah in this new interview – Continue reading…
A couple of great photos of Toyah from last night’s Songs From The Intergalactic Ranch House opening tour date, at HMV Institute in Birmingham. Fans in attendance are already saying it was one of the most eclectic, and best, set lists they can remember. The tour continues at Leeds University Union this Thursday. Click below to view larger versions of these photos at Dreamscape’s Gallery. (Thanks to Paul Crutchley| Photos © PAC Photography)
This evening sees the first date of Toyah’s Songs From The Intergalactic Ranch House UK Tour take place, at the HMV Institute in Birmingham. There’s been a great build up/countdown to the tour via the official website, and Toyah has added to the excitement with teaser tweets about the set list and possible outfits: ”Running set list for 1st nite 2orrow. Its a heavy heavy gothic start……then lightens up half way. We will send u home dancing“. Wishing Toyah and the band a happy and successful tour.
This evening Toyah’s new UK tour begins. Revisit a selection of Toyah’s recent tours: From Sheep Farming To Anthem (2011); The Changeling Resurrection (Spring 2012); The Changeling Resurrection II (Autumn 2012); Love Is The Law & More (2013) – Click on each image below to view photographs from the tours…
In his fortnightly column, Shineback/Tinyfsh man Simon Godfrey reflects on his new life in the States.
September wasn’t just any old month boys and girls. It was the month King Crimson came to town.
Being located right next to the sound desk, I dutifully leaned over to a woman sat behind it and said ‘That guy is bootlegging the show I think.’ pointing in the direction of the bloke in front of me. It was only then that I realized the lady in question was Robert Fripp’s wife, Toyah Willcox. I’m not entirely sure what I expected Toyah to do with this information but the 14 year old boy in me who had fancied her madly back in the 1980s, probably hoped she would fell the guy with a well aimed flying kick and then thank me with a snog.
Well a boy can dream can’t he?
The reality was a little different. Toyah looked at me with a look of utter confusion on her face. In my haste to explain what I had seen over the thunderous sound of the band, I had taken to using hand gestures in an attempt to clarify what I had witnessed. To my horror, I realized that what had been an attempt to mimic the duel microphones using my index fingers either side of my head, actually looked like I was pretending to be a cow.
• Continue reading at Prog.
It’s the penultimate day of toyahwillcox.com’s countdown to the start of the Songs From The Intergalactic Ranch House tour. Yes, the first gig takes place tomorrow in Birmingham (Toyah has been tweeting photos of more potential outfits for the tour).
On Wednesday a selection of Intergalactic Ranch House era pamphlets & leaflets were made available via the countdown. Yesterday vintage live performances of classic singles from UK & Germany were added as ‘Five Live | Vol Two: Hits’, and today a scrapbook of articles and reviews, some rare, from the late 70s/early 80s.
• Visit the countdown/Open door 17 here.
Quadrophenia is airing again on ITV4 next week..
Quadrophenia: ITV4: Wed 22nd October: 11.45pm
Quadrophenia: ITV4: Mon 27th October: 00.05am
The Who wrote and produced this energetic story of a young man disillusioned with his life in 1960s London. Phil Daniels excels as the alienated anti-hero Jimmy Cooper. Director: Franc Roddam. Starring: Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Toyah Willcox, Philip Davis, Mark Wingett, Sting, and Ray Winstone. Also airing on ITV4 HD and Plus 1.