Enjoys Vampire Rocking
Steinman's, Vampires Rock returns to Blackpool
Opera House tonight this time with special
guest, former chart star and television
personality Toyah Willcox.
It's a return visit to the
resort for the actress and rock star who was here
for Gay pride last year.
"I was on North Pier
and it seemed very shaky," she said. "I
thought 'this is moving' so I did my show and
In a career spanning over
30 years, Toyah has notched up 13 top 40 singles,
recorded 20 albums, written two books, appeared
in over 40 stage plays, made 10 feature films and
presented hundreds of TV programmes from The Good
Sex Guide Late to Songs of Praise.
"I've always been
careful to try and maintain a healthy career
balance," she says. "I've been lucky
with good management.
"Most of the time I
create documentaries I'm lucky in that
people phone me about work not the other
Her acting career began at
the Old Rep Drama School in her home town of
Birmingham and her breakthrough was playing Mad
in Derek Jarman's 1977 epic punk film Jubilee.
It was later that year she
put her first band together and within two years
she was juggling hit records with roles such as
Miranda in The Tempest and Monkey in the film
"It was a case of my
chart success interrupting a healthy acting
career," says Toyah.
That's part of the reason
she had no qualms about joining up with Steve
Steinman in Vampires Rock.
"It's one or those
shows that is growing and growing," she
says. "I was asked if I could go into it and
I thought 'why not?' It's one of the largest
touring one night shows in the country with a
full band and a full show and it's a rock
show rather than a concert."
Set in New York in 2030,
the undead are among us and livelier than ever,
none more so than in club Live and Let Die, where
aspiring singer Pandora (Emily Clarke) arrives to
audition to be resident vocalist.
Little does she know that
the only job on offer is to be the eternal bride
of evil Baron Von Rockula (Steve Steinman)
alongside current spouse the Devil Queen (Toyah).
It's been one of her
busiest years a best selling Best Of
album, a record audience for her documentary on
insomnia ("l am an insomniac - so I've got a
lot of time on my hands"), a free festival
in King's Lynn performing to 15,000 people and
playing Billie Piper's mum in Secret Diary of a
She has also embraced new
ways of marketing her past and future recording
"I-Tunes and YouTube
are phenomenal vehicles - I've taught myself all
about them because I saw them as the way
Hence the Official Toyah
MySpace site which previews her new material and
the Toyah YouTube channel with her videos.