Live With The Undead
punk Toyah Wilcox has become queen of the
vampires for her latest musical venture. But
although the show is all about the undead, Toyah,
who has been in the limelight for three decades,
said: "I love life it's very eclectic
but always seems to fall into place."
An accomplished singer, actress, writer and
presenter, Toyah's career has been successful and
In fact, some may say it's been more colourful
than punk hair...
Next month, she's starring in Vampires Rock at
Buxton Opera House. In the fang-tastic musical
set in New York in 2030, Toyah plays the Devil
Queen who's married to the charismatic yet
demonic Baron Von Rockula.
She'd better watch out though because he's
on the lookout for new blood.
Throughout the highly entertaining and
tongue-in-cheek show, there's notable rock
anthems by legends including AC/DC, Alice Cooper,
Bon Jovi, Guns 'n' Roses, Meat Loaf and Queen.
Toyah says: "If you like classic rock,
you'll love the show.
"There's a stunning band and beautiful
dancers and the stage looks great."
She adds: "I love the audience interaction
too. During the tour, it's been fantastic seeing
people singing and exchanging banter with us.
It's really, really good fun."
Away from Vampires Rock, Toyah's band, The
Humans, has released debut album We Are The
The band, which includes Chris Wong and Bill
Rieflin of REM, was formed in 2007 and had
considerable success in Estonia.
Now, they're preparing to tour the United Kingdom
Of course, 51-year-old Toyah, who was born in
Birmingham, first became well-known during the
In 1981, she had hits with It's A Mystery and I
Want To Be Free. A year later, she was voted Best
Female Singer at the British Rock and Pop Awards,
now the BRITs.
Looking back at the punk era, Toyah has fond
She recalls: "For the first time, I saw the
human race embrace everyone
and everything. All was equal. It was
In total, Toyah's recorded 20 albums and had 13
top 40 singles.
If that wasn't enough, she's made ten feature
films, written two books and presented television
programmes ranging from Songs of Praise to the
Good Sex Guide Late.
She says: "As long as I'm working, I'm
She must be happy all the time then!
So while growing up, did she envisage rocking on
The answer is out of this world...
"When I was younger, I wanted to be an
astronaut," she says. "Even now, I'd
love to fly to the Moon and I'd love to be on the
first spaceship to go to Mars. But until then,
I'm very happy acting and singing."