|It's been a busy year
for Toyah Willcox - a new album, television work
and now she's on tour with Vampires Rock. As the
show prepares to sell out Ipswich's Regent
Theatre she chats to James Marston.
Toyah takes the
call in her dressing room at Manchester's Palace
She's cheerful and excited
and getting ready for a photo shoot when I ask
her about the Vampires Rock tour.
She said: "It's a
fabulous show. It's a bit like Rocky Horror Show,
it has a following all of its own. Audiences have
come along dressed as Dracula, vampires, ghosts
and ghouls. We're a good ten days into the tour
now and we've been selling out the venues which
"I play the part of
the devil queen. I'm 200 years old and the queen
to Baron Von Rockula played by Steve Steinman.
The story is he wants a younger wife. It's a
story that goes down well with the audience. It
is basically a heavy rock concert with a
When Vampires Rock
premiered in 2004, it was immediately popular.
Now the hit show, that according to the marketing
blurb "combines a unique twist of rock,
vampires, and comedy", is back for a new
44-date UK tour.
Toyah said: "I think
I get about four or five songs on my own and I'm
involved in some of the big group songs. It has
been fantastic so far and I'm having lots of
With a career that has
spanned more than 30 years, Toyah is no stranger
to the stage. Over the year's she's notched up an
impressive 13 top 40 singles, 20 albums, made ten
feature films and presented hundreds of TV shows.
And this year she has
brought out a new album - In the Court of the
Crimson Queen. She said: "It's coming out
commercially next Easter and it's been doing well
on the iTunes charts."
More recently she's
appeared in the hit TV series Secret Diary of a
Call Girl for ITV2, alongside Billie Piper.
During Vampires Rock she
sings not only her own songs from her new album
but also numbers by Twisted Sisters, Alice
Cooper, Billy Idol, Guns and Roses and the
Toyah said: "It's a
very loud show. The costumes are fantastic. What
I love about Vampires Rock is that it doesn't cut
any corners. There are pyrotechnics and
excellent lighting. It is a visual
The year is 2030 and Baron
Von Rockula (Steinman) is searching for a new
bride. When Pandora Honey Roseybox arrives to
audition for the resident vocalist position at
the Live and Let Die club, little does she know,
the only job on offer is to be the Baron's
The night of classic rock
is played out by the Baron's hand-picked band,
The Lost Boys, and more than a hint of comedy
thanks to his sidekick Stringfellow.
At the heart of the show
is the evil baron's attempt to convince Pandora
to lose her soul to rock and roll.
Toyah, 50, said: "It
reminds me of the visual rock I grew up with in
From her home in
Worcestershire, Toyah is used to spending time on
She said: "I've been
touring for 30 years so I'm used to it. I'm an
Ipswich Evening Star