Willcox Talks To BMS
Toyah, you're on tour at the moment playing the
Devil Queen in Steve Steinman's stage show Vampires
Rock' and are due to play the Brighton Centre on
Halloween night (of all nights). Can you tell me
a little bit about what we can expect to see?
It's a big rock show set in 2030 with fantastic
costumes, pyrotechnics and music including
Meatloaf, Rainbow, AC/DC, Alice Cooper, The
Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Queen, Whitesnake,
Bonnie Tyler and Cher - we let the classic rock
music tell the story! It's been touring for 6
years and has built up a massive following. It's
a vampire-based musical but we don't take
ourselves too seriously and you can expect a fun
What kinds of people come to see this
We get a lot of different people at the Vampire'
gigs: Rock fans, Goths, vampire
enthusiasts', as well as people who just enjoy
the whole dressing-up thing. Of course it's
really a fun show and everyone enjoys themselves.
I think this kind of role-play is all fine and
healthy - and of course we are all consenting
There is currently a resurgence of
interest in vampires, the Twilight' series
of books by Stephanie Mayer and the TV Series
True Blood' etc. - what do you think is the
attraction of vampires?
I think a lot of people find vampires very
romantic. There is a great deal of fantasy,
escapism and imagination involved, a huge erotic
element and I also think people enjoy the sense
of empowerment that being in that role brings.
Modern life sometimes lacks a spiritual dimension
and there is still a need in people for the
You are looking very vampish on the cover
of your new album, you've played Cruella De
Ville' and now your playing the Devil
Queen' - do you enjoy these types of roles?
Yes I love these roles - it's great to play the
Baddie'! I think the boundaries are much
wider and you get to show much wider extremes of
your personality. I also love being a Baddie'
and keeping the audience in suspense by being
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