Willcox Stars in Steve Steinmans Vampires
first said she could do only 20 shows, vamping it
up as the Devil Queen in a special guest star
role in Steve Steinmans touring musical
Steve, however, talked her into playing 44
performances last year and the Eighties pop
star, film and stage actress, television
presenter and author has agreed to return to the
rock musical for another run of 55 shows between
September and mid-February.
Why? Im enjoying doing other peoples
songs because your memories are very different.
They tend to be much more romantic than when youre
writing your own material to deadlines,
says Toyah, who returns to the Grand Opera House,
York, on Thursday night.
The songs we sing are great and mean
something to everyone; the band is really
phenomenal, the girls are phenomenal and its
just a great show. Its fun, and its
a tough environment at the moment, people are
struggling, and so this show is a real tonic for
the audience and performers alike.
Vampires Rock is a musical spoof cum fantasy
concert set in the year 2030 in a New York City
where the undead are livelier than ever,
especially Steve Steinmans evil,
club-owning, 2,000-year-old Baron Von Rockula.
Cue covers of Meat Loaf, Queen, AC/DC and some
new additions for Toyah: Live And Let Die
thats going to be quite a challenge, that
one; Shot Through The Heart; Knockin On
Heavens Door. Thats part of the shows
humour. Obviously, with Knockin On Heavens
Door, theres just such an irony to singing
that, she says.
The 51-year-old Toyah loves the dressing up
for playing the Devil Queen, a woman as red hot
in her wardrobe as her name would suggest.
There are new costumes for this tour, but I
want them to be a surprise. One is red; there are
two sets of armour, eight costume changes and
three pairs of shoes over ten inches high; three
sets of thigh-high boots; a silver thong and a
gold thong. Theres great fun in planning
them as you never know when youll find.
You can see an example of Toyahs costume
designs in the video for her new single, a cover
of Nancy Sinatras These Boots Are Made For
Walkin, recorded with her new group The
I have a place in Seattle now with my
husband Robert Fripp and Im going out to
America regularly, playing in the band I have
there with REM drummer Bill Rieflin and Chris
Wong, she says. We now have an
American manager and well touring next year
in the spring.
First vampires, now Humans, whatever next awaits