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…
Toyah tweeted the other day that the Autumn dates (marking the 30th anniversary of the Love Is The Law album and tour) will be announced soon. Now seems as good a time as any to take a look back at the other recent anniversary Toyah tours. Click on each of the below to view numerous photos from each tour. (Thanks to Angus Turner & Ray Sears)
• The Changeling Resurrection II: Anyone For a T? If you didn’t manage to get a t-shirt from the autumn tour, there are now some limited stock for sale online. All T-shirts are signed too! Get in quick if you would like one.
• Slightly late for the panto season that has just gone, but Toyah’s panto-themed guest appearance on Gloria Hunniford’s Open House has just been uploaded to You Tube. This originally aired on Channel 5 in December 2002.
• Cumbria Crack: Hormonal Houswives: With previous Hormonal Housewives including Margi Clark and Carol Smillie, this year the ladies are led by British pop icon Toyah Willcox and writer Julie Coombe, with further casting to be announced.
• Toyah paid tribute to Reg Presley of The Troggs, who died on Monday: “Dear Reg Presley God Bless You. A true wonderful legend. U will b missed“.
• Birmingham Mail: Birmingham Cluedo inventor to be honoured on Kings Heath Walk of Fame: Another mention for Toyah and more news on plans for the KH WOF.
An interview with Toyah, from last October by Glasgow’s Evening Times, which was previously only viewable to subscribers is now available to all.
Toyah’s performing her classic album, 30 years on
It’s her fans’ favourite record – but it’s taken 30 years for Toyah Willcox to face up to playing The Changeling album again.
The popular singer, actress and TV personality released the album in 1982, and it captured a dark, stressful time in her life. It’s only now that she feels she can perform it.
“The important thing about The Changeling and now is that I feel I can face it again,” she says ahead of her show at Classic Grand in Glasgow on Friday. “It was a pretty intense time making it, and being extremely famous is not a comfortable place to be, especially when you’re trying to write an album.
“I found the pressures of that one difficult, especially with the demands on time and the technology was very new as it was being made on digital.It brought back difficult memories revisiting it, as it was so intense at the time and I was just trying to remain true to myself. Being the most commercial female pop star at the time and wanting to write really dark material doesn’t go hand in hand.”
• Continue reading at the Evening Times.
A great review of Toyah’s London Changeling Resurrection II gig at Islington Academy by Record Collector.
Next, Toyah pounced into the opener Good Morning Universe, dressed in a black flowered kimono, her bright red wig in flamboyant geisha style. She held court, playing a large chunk of The Changeling, celebrating its 30th anniversary…
• Continue reading at Record Collector.
The Resurrection Live Sessions: An occasional series of videos, filmed at Brighton Concorde 2, the final date of The Changeling Resurrection II UK Tour. First up is Danced. I think this was filmed and, brilliantly, edited by Ali Carron who is also making a Toyah related documentary that will air next year. NB: The gig footage won’t be released on DVD but more will feature exclusively at Toyah’s new Official Vimeo Channel. (Thanks to Michael)
A few more photos from The Changeling Resurrection II Tour, taken at The Horn, St Albans and Concorde2, Brighton, the final two dates. View these and numerous others from many of the tour dates at Dreamscape’s TCRII Gallery. (A huge thank you to Angus Turner)
Striking similarities between these two amazing live photographs of Toyah, taken 30 years apart during tours celebrating the same album: One from The Changeling Resurrection II 2012, by the very talented Paul Crutchley, and the other from The Changeling Tour 1982. Please click below to zoom. (2012 photo by Paul Crutchley | Photo © PAC Photography)
A year of celebrating Toyah’s 1982 masterpiece ‘The Changeling’ has now ended. Two UK tours, The Changeling Resurrection last Spring and, the just completed, The Changeling Resurrection II saw Toyah embrace the album for the first time in 30 years. Click below to revisit each tour by browsing numerous news posts about both. There are also dedicated TCR and TCRII pages at Dreamscape’s Gallery. (Thanks to Kevin McNamara & Damon King – and everyone else too – for the amazing photos throughout the tours)
• SOS Film Photography Sound: A rare photo of Toyah and the artist PJ Crook.
• An excellent selection of footage from the final Changeling Resurrection II Brighton gig at Concorde2 was uploaded yesterday to ‘You Tube’ at the brilliant Toyah Fan Videos channel: The Packt, Dawn Chorus, Obsolete, Latex Messiah (Viva La Rebel in You), Castaways, Angel and Me, Blue Meanings, Thunder In The Mountains, Danced, Good Morning Universe are all now online. There are more to come too!
• We still have a two month chunk of 2012 left and already live Toyah dates for 2013 are appearing: Toyah will be headlining the 70’s & 80’s Weekend at St Audries Bay Holday Club, West Quantoxhead, Somerset: Friday 1st – Monday 4th March 2013. Info & Booking: Tel: 07407 635 802, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Thanks to Rob Wenham)
• Tomorrow Calling: I had completely forgotten that Colin Salmon of Doctor Who, James Bond & much more fame, and just voted off Strictly Come Dancing last Saturday starred with Toyah in Tomorrow Calling, the Short & Curlies CH4/British Screen film that was shot in Blackpool, London and at Pinewood in 1993. (Thanks Rachel)
Brilliant photos of Toyah at the final Changeling Resurrection II gig, Brighton. View larger versions of these at Dreamscape’s TCRII Gallery. (Thanks again to Sharon Dickson)
Great photos of a weekend in Brighton! Sharon Dickson with Toyah, and Chris & Andy. Andy Mansfield with Toyah, and Sharon visiting Wykehurst Place. View larger versions of these photos at Dreamscape’s TCRII Gallery. (Thanks to Sharon)
Sensational photos of Toyah from Brighton on Saturday night. View larger versions of these, and more, at Dreamscape’s TCRII Gallery. (Thanks again to Paul Crutchley for his generosity in sharing his, always amazing, photos | Photos © PAC Photography)
Toyah being presented with The Changeling cake, at the final gig of ‘The Changeling Resurrection II’ gig at Concorde2 in Brighton, by Nigel Glockler. How brilliant to see Nigel onstage with Toyah again. View larger versions of these, and more, at Dreamscape’s TCRII Gallery. (Thanks to Paul Crutchley | Photos © PAC Photography)
Not being a die hard Toyah fan, I did find the support act, Andi Fraggs, slightly bizarre. It was also brilliantly odd as our very own Choccywoccydoodah had their film crew present. Nigel Glockler, one of Toyah’s former drummers, introduced Toyah on stage, presenting her with a typically extravagant cake to celebrate the anniversary.
It was clear throughout that Toyah has a fantastic set of adoring fans. It’s not hard to see why either, with her infectious energy embracing the whole crowd.
• Continue reading at The Argus.