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 AUGUST 2008 NEWS:
 New Song Preview - Love Crazy
 Saturday 30th August, 2008.............................................................Music
Toyah's Official My Space has a preview of another new song, 'Love Crazy', from the forthcoming 'In The Court Of The Crimson Queen'.

The tracklist for 'In The Court Of The Crimson Queen', is: 1. Sensational, 2. Latex Messiah (Viva La Rebel In You), 3. Heal Ourselves, 4. Lesser God, 5. Angel In You, 6. Love Crazy, 7. Bad Man, 8. Hyperventilate, 9. Come , 10. Legacy.

Thanks to everyone who emailed me about 'Love Crazy'.

 Toyah on BBC London 94.9 - Listen Again
 Saturday 30th August, 2008.............................................................Radio
Toyah's two guest presenting stints on BBC London 94.9, last Thursday and Friday, are available to listen to again at the BBC London website.

Toyah played some of her favourite music, as well as a couple of songs from 'In The Court Of The Crimson Queen', she also read out emails from listeners (including Minna) and chatted to some on the phone (including Dean).

Toyah also revealed she will be guesting on a future edition of Mastermind, and her specialist subject will be David Bowie.

 Toyah on BBC London 94.9 - Screenshots
 Saturday 30th August, 2008.............................................................Radio
A couple of screenshots, from the BBC London webcam, of Toyah in the studio on Thursday with Gary Crowley. Toyah was stand-in guest presenter on BBC London 94.9 last Thursday and Friday.

Minna has added a transcript of Thursday's show to her Toyah Interview Archive, with Friday's to follow soon.

 Toyah on TV
 Saturday 30th August, 2008......................................................Television
Quadrophenia : ITV4 - Friday 5th September : 11.20pm
Quadrophenia : ITV4 - Saturday 6th September : 10.10pm
The Who wrote and produced this energetic story of a young man disillusioned with his life in 1960s London. Phil Daniels excels as the alienated anti-hero Jimmy Cooper. Director: Franc Roddam. Starring: Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Toyah Willcox, Philip Davis, Mark Wingett, Sting, and Ray Winstone.
 Secret Diary Of A Call Girl - Series Two: Preview
 Saturday 30th August, 2008......................................................Television
There's a preview of Secret Diary Of A Call Girl available to view at www.itv.com.

 Secret Diary Of A Call Girl: Series Two - Cast Interviews
 Saturday 30th August, 2008......................................................Television
Series two of Secret Diary Of A Call Girl will begin airing soon. Toyah appears in the first episode. Keep an eye on www.itv.com for cast interviews and more.

 In The Court Of The Crimson Queen - Pre-order Online
 Tuesday 26th August, 2008..............................................................Music
'In The Court Of The Crimson Queen', Toyah's long-awaited new studio album, is available to pre-order online at the Remember The Eighties website.

Look out for news of a digital download version of the album on iTunes soon. 

Written by Toyah Willcox and Simon Darlow, In The Court Of The Crimson Queen is Toyah's first studio album release for five years and follows last Autumn's digital single Latex Messiah (Viva La Rebel In You). 

In The Court Of The Crimson Queen will be released on September 12th and is now available for preorder exclusively at www.remembertheeighties.com. The album will also be onsale at Toyah's forthcoming Vampires Rock appearances.

Remember The Eighties will have a very limited number of albums AUTOGRAPHED by Toyah which will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Preordered albums will be shipped on September 10th.

 Venue Magazine - Toyah Interview
 Tuesday 26th August, 2008......................................................Press Clips
Toyah was interviewed in the early August issue of 'Venue' magazine, Bristol and Bath's What's On Guide to the area.

Since the age of seven, when I saw the Sound of Music about six times in a row, I just knew show business was the job for me. Even now I still have a rebellious streak, I don’t feel like I’m a conformist at all. I think I’ve always bucked the trend. I was one of the first people to be singing and acting and have two completely separate careers. Now that’s bog standard. When I started thirty years ago celebrity didn’t exist the way it does now, today it’s big business. I’m not scared of celebrity but I never expected it to become a worldwide industry.

I like new challenges, if something is difficult I really like it. It means your breaking your own habits. There are times when thing are difficult. The hardest thing I have ever done is having to film on a busy street like Oxford Street in London. People always want to know what you’re doing and you can’t be left alone to get on with it. Every job has its own difficulties but I enjoy that. I’m still striving to achieve, for me once something is done its gone and forgotten. It’s history. In many ways I’m still trying to achieve the impossible dream.

I didn’t enjoy I’m a celebrity get me out of here, it was actually incredibly hard. They starve you, they play psychological games with you and no-one ever mentions that its freezing cold. You go out and think you are going to have a lovely time in the sunshine and the reality is horrible. Leeches are prolific in the jungle and they are attracted to body heat. When we were talking a clump of leaves would move towards us and it would be leeches. Really spooky. But despite being smelly and dirty I realised this is the nature of the beast and celebrity telly is part of what I do.

I believe firmly that everybody has a right to work, regardless of age. I came into the business never expecting to retire and I still feel the same way. Pure pigheadedness keeps me going, I think I’m going to fight ageism all the way. I have worked with brilliant people in their late seventies like Catherine Hepburn, the legendary Hollywood actress. It’s people like her that inspire me to keep going. I’m still enjoying myself and I feel I have a right to keep working until that changes.

The most successful things are the simplest things. If you told me last year I would be doing a 44 date tour wearing big teeth I would have gone mad! ‘Vampire’s Rock’ has been around for a couple of years and it’s building a huge following. The audience come along wanting to be part of the show, and it doesn’t disappoint. It has more pyrotechnics than the Olympic games! Its got humour, it’s fun and it has really great music. I initially said yes because I wanted to enjoy myself, but since then it’s taken on a life of its own and I really respect the fact it’s a high quality show. This is what theatre does, it’s about enjoyment, and this is no exception.

There is a lot of people out there who really romanticise about being vampires, and that’s what this is about. The audience can expect a rocky horror-esque atmosphere, and lots of comedy. The story is slightly sexist but it’s all tongue in cheek – or tooth in cheek! I think the audience needs to come along and enjoy the fetishism of being a vampire. I play the Devil Queen and will I be using a lot of my potential for wifely tantrums and seduction. I have definitely been typecast for the role and I’m not afraid to say it.

Interview by Tom Tainton.

Vampires Rock comes to Bristol on Monday 6 Oct. For ticket information contact 0844 847 2325 or visit www.bristolhippodrome.org.uk

 Docklands 24 - Toyah's Revamp
 Tuesday 26th August, 2008......................................................Press Clips
Toyah was interviewed by 'Docklands 24' in July.

Punk legend Toyah Willcox will be first on stage strutting her signature vampy style for the Here and Now 80s concert at the ExCeL. 

"I'll be wearing a pair of four-inch heeled thigh boots that come right up to my bum," the eccentric pop star and actress told The Docklands.

Never one to be shy of a crowd, Toyah is part of a bill that includes Bananarama, Belinda Carlisle, Paul Young and Midge Ure on July 27 for the British International Motor Show.

She said: "I love all their music - the best thing is that we're all quite diverse. You couldn't get a more eclectic mix."

Toyah emerged as a rebellious punk figure in the late 70s and had UK hits including It's a Mystery. 

More recently she's had a successful acting career playing Billie Piper's mum in ITV's Secret Diary of a Call Girl, as well as appearances in I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here and Living with the Dead.

Toyah first visited the Docklands area in 1979, filming Jubilee with Adam Ant and cult art figure Derek Jarman. 

"We filmed on the back streets around Butlers Wharf," she said. "We were a gang of punk rockers and at lunch would all pile into proper old East End pie and mash shops - the locals thought aliens had landed! 

"Back then, the area was undiscovered. All you could smell was hops and barley from the breweries. Lots of artists were taking over the warehouses - it was very exciting."

Toyah has been part of the worldwide Here and Now tour for five years. "They just keep getting bigger and the audiences are getting younger - I love doing it," she said.

 BBC London - A summer of starry sidekicks
 Saturday 23rd August, 2008.............................................................Radio
Don't forget that Toyah is guest presenter on BBC London 94.9 this coming Thursday and Friday, airing between 3 and 5pm.

 Toyah to guest on Celebrity Best Dish
 Saturday 23rd August, 2008......................................................Television
Toyah will guest on ITV1's Celebrity Best Dish

Former EastEnders actress Michelle Gayle and ex-Coronation Street star Sherrie Hewson will be joined by Vanessa Feltz, Toyah Willcox, Aggie MacKenzie, Jennie Bond and Derek Hatton for the new show, which is set to air in September.

Each contestant will be filmed on location showcasing their homes and their local towns. The filming will then move to a studio and the first competitive heat will see all the celebrities cooking against each other.

The programme will hit television screens in September.

 Toyah @ Breamore - Here and Now: Back To The 80s
 Saturday 23rd August, 2008 • Thanks to Louise..........................Live/Gigs
Toyah appears at Breamore, in the New Forest in Hampshire, in another Here and Now concert concert on Saturday 13th September. Please click below for further information on this.

Toyah has been interviewed by a number of radio stations in the area, including Ocean FM. She will possibly also be featured on Radio Hampshire and Spire FM too.

 Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces!
 Saturday 23rd August, 2008..........................................................Various
The first series of Secret Diary of a Call Girl premieres on Channel Nine in Australia, on Tuesday 2nd September. The first series has just finished its run on Showtime in the US.

Series Two of Secret Diary of a Call Girl should begin airing on ITV2 in September.

Toyah was mentioned in an article in The Guardian yesterday, in a feature on Shakespeare. Click here to read the full piece.

The Official Toyah My Space now has the full list of tour dates for Vampires Rock. The tour opens at the Majestic Theatre, Retford on Friday 12th September.

 Toyah on TV
 Saturday 23rd August, 2008......................................................Television
Cherry Red : Rockworld.TV - Sunday 24th August : 3.00pm
Cherry Red : Rockworld.TV - Monday 25th August : 3.00pm
Cherry Red : Rockworld.TV - Sunday 31st August : 1.00pm
Cherry Red : Rockworld.TV - Monday 1st September : 3.00pm
Cherry Red : Rockworld.TV - Thursday 4th September : 1.00pm
Cherry Red presents classic iconic punk/indie star Toyah Willcox live in Wolverhampton, 2005.

Most Fertile Man In Ireland: Sky Movies Comedy- Tue 26th Aug: 8.05am
Most Fertile Man In Ireland: Sky Movies Comedy- Wed 27th Aug: 2.45am
Twenty-four year old virgin, Eamonn Manley, lives with his mother in Belfast and is painfully shy with the ladies. Things change for Eamonn when Mary Malloy decides to make the first move and soon Mary realises that she is pregnant even though she was using birth control. The doctor discovers that Eamonn has an unusually high sperm count... His mother has the idea that he can help the local ladies who have had problems conceiving a baby... Director: Dudi Appleton. Starring: Kris Marshall, Kathy Kiera Clarke, Bronagh Gallagher, James Nesbitt, Kenneth Cranham, Toyah Willcox and Olivia Nash. 

Secret Diary Of A Call Girl : ITV2 - Thursday 28th August : 11.45pm
Secret Diary Of A Call Girl : ITV2 - Monday 1st September : 1.15am
Drama series starring Billie Piper. Belle thinks she has hit the big-time when an American film producer gets her an interview to join a group of exclusive prostitutes who work with the world's wealthiest men. However, working for the mega-rich comes with its own price tag, and Belle soon starts to miss her independence. Meanwhile, Ben has been dealing with a few changes in his own life, which may offer him a much-needed change of perspective. Starring: Billie Piper, Cherie Lunghi, Iddo Goldberg, Colin Salmon, Toyah Willcox, and Stuart Organ.

Cash In The Celebrity Attic : BBC1 - Friday 5th September : 2.45am
Toyah Willcox. Series 1, episode 10. Eighties pop star and actress Toyah Willcox invites the Cash in the Attic team into her beautiful home to raise money for MacMillan nurses. Toyah even gets on the podium herself to help sell some of her items.

 Toyah @ British International Motor Show at ExCeL
 Saturday 16th August, 2008.........................................................Pictures
A selection of amazing photographs of a glowing Toyah from the Here & Now British International Motor Show concert at ExCeL, on Sunday 27th July.

PS: Apologies for the longer than expected hiatus. OK, I think the catch-up below covers just about everything from the last five weeks. I need a lie down now ;)

 Toyah to host BBC London radio show 
 Saturday 16th August, 2008.............................................................Radio
Toyah has been signed up as a radio presenter on BBC London 94.9.

She will be one of a number of celebrities who are covering Danny Baker’s afternoon slot between August 18 and September 12, while he takes a break for summer.

Here is the line-up in full: 18-20 August Lucinda Ledgerwood, 22 August Katie Melua, 26-27 August Phil Daniels, 28-29 August Toyah Willcox, 1 September Mitch Winehouse, 2-3 September Clare Grogan, 4 September Sandie Shaw, 5 September Alison Moyet, 8 September Sharleen Spitteri, and 9-12 September David Grant.

 Time Out at 40
 Saturday 16th August, 2008.....................................................Press Clips
Time Out magazine recently celebrated 40 years since first being published. In an article in The Guardian, Toyah, one of its cover stars, was mentioned.

And so it went on, measured out in Time Out covers as the decades passed through punk and clubbing, 'loadsamoney' and Ken Livingstone, New Labour, Princess Diana and Facebook. Gay liberation in the Seventies was marked by a giant pink triangle on the front page and the headline: 'A mark of oppression becomes a badge of pride.' Toyah Willcox, red hair spiking out in all directions, was hailed as one of 'pop's new mini moguls' in 1982. Arnold Schwarzenegger, muscles rippling, stared out from the cover 20 years ago in August 1988. The face of Kate Moss dominated the London Fashion Week special of 2001. The Valentine's special of 2003, published on the eve of the invasion of Iraq, urged: 'Make love not war'.

 Daily Cooks Challenge - Pictures/ITV Catch Up
 Saturday 16th August, 2008......................................................Television
A gorgeous Toyah guested on Daily Cooks Challenge on ITV1 on Thursday 10th July. Here's some great pictures from the show. The programme is still available to watch at the ITV Video Catch Up for the next few weeks.

 Toyah Gig Guide 2008
 Saturday 16th August, 2008.......................................................Live/Gigs
Sat 13th September - Brearmore State, Hampshire - Here & Now band
Sat 1st November - Embassy Ballroom, Selsey
 A Day At The Races!
 Saturday 16th August, 2008.....................................................Press Clips
Toyah was namechecked in a variety of articles thanks to her gig slot at Ascot Races last weekend.

These included the Maidenhead Advertiser, the Oxford Mail, The Scotsman, The Times, and The Telegraph.

 Toyah @ Shugborough Music & Fireworks Festival
 Saturday 16th August, 2008 • Thanks to Paul..............................Pictures
Toyah at the Shugborough Music & Fireworks Festival on Friday 1st August. She played a full band set and co-presented the evening of entertainment. Toyah was also interviewed for BBC Midland News.

Shugborough Music & Fireworks Festival: 1st August 2008: Set List:

Are You Gonna Go My Way, Schools Out, Echo Beach, Thunder In The Mountains, Word Up, She Sells Sanctuary, Heal Ourselves, It's A Mystery, Sweet Child O' Mine, I Want To Be Free, Crazy Horses.

 This Morning - More Screen Captures
 Saturday 16th August, 2008......................................................Television
More This Morning screen captures.

 This Morning - Screen Captures
 Saturday 16th August, 2008......................................................Television
A selection of screen captures from Toyah's guest appearance on This Morning on ITV1, which aired on Thursday 24th July.

 Toyah on TV/Sky Movies
 Saturday 16th August, 2008......................................................Television
Cherry Red : Rockworld.TV - Sunday 17th August : 4.00pm
Cherry Red : Rockworld.TV - Monday 18th August : 8.00pm
Cherry Red : Rockworld.TV - Wednesday 20th August : 4.00pm
Cherry Red : Rockworld.TV - Sunday 24th August : 3.00pm
Cherry Red : Rockworld.TV - Monday 25th August : 3.00pm
Cherry Red presents classic iconic punk/indie star Toyah Willcox live in Wolverhampton, 2005.

Most Fertile Man In Ireland: Sky Movies Comedy- Wed 20th Aug: 7.45am
Most Fertile Man In Ireland: Sky Movies Comedy- Thu 21st Aug: 3.25am
Most Fertile Man In Ireland: Sky Movies Comedy- Sat 23rd Aug: 6.55am
Most Fertile Man In Ireland: Sky Movies Comedy- Tue 26th Aug: 8.05am
Most Fertile Man In Ireland: Sky Movies Comedy- Wed 27th Aug: 2.45am
Twenty-four year old virgin, Eamonn Manley, lives with his mother in Belfast and is painfully shy with the ladies. Things change for Eamonn when Mary Malloy decides to make the first move and soon Mary realises that she is pregnant even though she was using birth control. The doctor discovers that Eamonn has an unusually high sperm count... His mother has the idea that he can help the local ladies who have had problems conceiving a baby... Director: Dudi Appleton. Starring: Kris Marshall, Kathy Kiera Clarke, Bronagh Gallagher, James Nesbitt, Kenneth Cranham, Toyah Willcox and Olivia Nash. 

Secret Diary Of A Call Girl : ITV1 - Thursday 21st August : 11.10pm
Drama series starring Billie Piper, based on the real-life diaries of an upmarket escort. Belle finds herself in a difficult situation when she meets an attractive author at a sex party. He wasn't the man she came with - should she ditch the client who brought her, or remain professional? Starring: Billie Piper, Toyah Willcox, Aleksandar Mikic, Jamie Sives, Aislinn Sands, and Scarlette O'Harlette.

TV Scrabble : Virgin 1 - Friday 22nd August : 5.00am
Toby Anstis presents the popular word game turned into a TV game show. Played on a dynamic 3-D board, it is a fast-moving battle of words where contestants compete for a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas in the Grand Final. With celebrity guests Toyah Willcox and Rick Wakeman.

 Hello! - Toyah 'having the time of her life' on Eighties nostalgia tour
 Saturday 16th August, 2008.....................................................Press Clips
Toyah Willcox seemed to have cheated time when she performed at an Eighties revival gig over the weekend. The punk queen once famed for her outrageous outfits and hits such as Echo Beach was a ball of energy at the 'Here And Now' concert in London.

During the show - which also featured Paul Young and Heaven Is A Place On Earth star Belinda Carlisle - Toyah pogo-danced and sang her way through songs from her 30-year career plus covers including Guns N' Roses classic Sweet Child O' Mine. 

The singer, who's now 50 and enjoys a fortune established selling stocks and property, has mellowed somewhat. On occasion she's been known to tell audiences: "Don't worry, I'm going to behave myself – there are children here I realise." 

That doesn't stop the former rebel "having the best time of my life" on this summer's special tour.

 Toyah @ British International Motor Show at ExCeL
 Saturday 16th August, 2008.......................................................Live/Gigs
Getty Images have a great selection of photographs of Toyah taken at the Here & Now British International Motor Show concert at ExCeL, on Sunday 27th July. Toyah, again, opened the show, performing three songs; 'Sweet Child O' Mine', 'It's A Mystery' and 'I Want To Be Free'.

 Toyah @ Powderham Castle
 Saturday 16th August, 2008 • Thanks to Stephen/Andrew.........Live/Gigs
Toyah played a Here & Now show, at Powderham Castle on Saturday 26th July. She, again, opened the show, performing three songs; 'Sweet Child O' Mine', 'It's A Mystery' and 'I Want To Be Free'.

Do a Toyah search on You Tube, there seems to have been a number of video clips from the various Summer concerts added recently.

 Cash In The Celebrity Attic - Screen Captures
 Saturday 16th August, 2008......................................................Television
A selection of screen captures from Cash In The Celebrity Attic. Toyah's edition finally aired on BBC2 on Thursday 24th July. Toyah and John raised over 1500 for the MacMillan Cancer Trust. Click to enlarge the captures.

 ITV.com - This Morning: Toyah Willcox
 Saturday 16th August, 2008.....................................................Press Clips
Soap addict Toyah Willcox is such a massive fan of ITV soap Emmerdale, she’d pay to be in it!

The punk singer and actress, best known for her roles in cult films Jubilee and Quadrophenia, would love to appear in the programme. 

“I just love soaps, I think they’re fantastic,” she told presenters Ruth and Eamonn. “Britain does them brilliantly. I’d love to go in one.” 

Thanks to some photo wizardry This Morning team made her dream come true!

Toyah is set to star as the Devil Queen in Vampires Rock, a musical production touring the UK from 12 September 2008. The 50 show tour starts on September 12 in her Majestic Theatre, Retford and travels the country until February 2009.

 ITV.com - Toyah in the Dales
 Saturday 16th August, 2008.....................................................Press Clips
If it’s your lifelong dream to appear in your favourite village soap, you may be a little jealous of Toyah Willcox.

Why? You ask. Well, thanks to technological wizardry, we at ITV have created a gallery of pictures, putting the singer where she longs to be. 

Want to see Toyah in bed with Eric Pollard? Or standing in front of a naked Eli Dingle? (No cringing now). 

Click on the link below – it’s worth it just for a giggle.

 Places2Stay - Vampire Rock set for Blackpool
 Saturday 16th August, 2008.....................................................Press Clips
A punk inspired vampire musical starring eighties pop star Toyah Willcox is due to hit Blackpool later in the year which will be a real treat for guests staying at one of the resort's B&Bs.

Willcox is to take the role of the Devil Queen in Vampires Rock which has been created by Steve Steinman and is due to appear at the Blackpool Grand Theatre on November 15th.

The story is set in 2030 New York at the Live and Let Die club where young singer Pandora, played by Emily Clarke, arrives to audition for job on the stage.

However, the dastardly club owner Baron Von Rockula, played by Steinman, actually decides he wants her to become his eternal bride. 

The show mixes humour and music from resident band the Lost Boys as the Baron and his sidekick Stringfellow entice Pandora into a world of rock 'n' roll and evil. 

 Toyah @ Stanstead Proms: The Very Best Of The 80s
 Saturday 16th August, 2008 • Thanks to Paul..............................Pictures
Toyah onstage, and with fans, at The Stanstead Proms: The Very Best of the 80’s at Stansted Park, Rowlands Castle on Sunday 20th July.

 Vampires Rock @ Christmas - New Promo Image
 Saturday 16th August, 2008.....................................................Press Clips
Steve Steinman’s Vampires Rock Christmas! 

Special Guest Star Toyah Willcox As The Devil Queen.

Hailed by some of Rocks royalty including Brian May ‘Queen’ Paul Crook ‘Meat Loaf’ and Eddie Ojeda ‘Twisted Sister’ Vampires Rock Christmas is a show like no other. With a twist of rock and a hint of comedy, and jam packed with the greatest anthems you know and love, you’re guaranteed to be on your feet!

Along with Steve Steinman and Toyah Willcox, a full cast of superb singers, dancers and formidable band, blast their way through some of the greatest ever rock anthems including songs from; Roy Wood, Slade, Bon Jovi, Queen, Meat Loaf, Suzi Quattro and many more! 

All teamed with an amazing stage set and pyrotechnics to blow your mind, this rock spectacular is not to be missed!

 European Social Fund - Toyah at the Crystal Chandelier Project
 Saturday 16th August, 2008.....................................................Press Clips
ESF boost for basic skills training in South West

The South West region has recently celebrated the completion of the largest ever project in the region aimed at improving adult literacy and numeracy skills. Singing, screen and stage star Toyah Willcox attended the celebrations, which took place in Torquay on 18 June.

Toyah, who suffers from dyslexia, has a passionate interest in helping adults and young people overcome difficulties with written and spoken English, and maths. Speaking at the event, she said: “Thanks to the Crystal Chandelier project and the hard work of the specialist teachers it’s never too late to improve skills which can really help people achieve their potential.”

Paula Jones Deputy Chief Executive at Learning South West and manager of the 2.5 million project said: “The success of the project can be attributed to the fantastic way in which individuals, teams and organisations from across the South West have worked together in partnership.”

Mark Williams, LSC Skills Development Director said: “The LSC is pleased to support this project. We believe that the project has truly contributed to the general regional capacity to deliver Skills for Life programmes and is enabling us to train teaching staff.” 

The Crystal Chandelier project, funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and supported by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) helped 1,510 trainers undertake qualifications that support adults to improve their basic skills.

 Blackpool Gazette - Punk Toyah returns in dark rock musical
 Saturday 16th August, 2008.....................................................Press Clips
Former punk chart star Toyah Willcox joined the dark side for her latest venture.The singer and television personality - last seen in Blackpool starring the musical Annie Get Your Gun – is to play the Devil Queen in the latest tour of Steve Steinman’s Vampires Rock at Blackpool Opera House on Saturday November 15.

Set in New York in the year 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 for the resident vocalist position.

Little does she know that the only job on offer is to be the eternal bride of evil Baron Von Rockula! (Steve Steinman)

Cue a host of classic rock, played live by the Baron’s hand picked band, The Lost Boys, and a hint of comedy, as the Baron and his sidekick, Stringfellow attempt to convince Pandora to lose her soul to rock and roll.

The show includes songs made famous by the likes of AC/DC, Queen and many more. 

Steve Steinman’s Vampires Rock, Blackpool Opera House. Saturday November 15 at 7.30pm. Tickets: adults 19, 17 and children 10. On sale now (0844 856) 1111 or online at www.blackpoollive.com

 Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces
 Saturday 16th August, 2008..........................................................Various
In a recent interview with Scottish newspaper 'The Herald' (24th July) Limahl was very complimentary about Toyah:

Limahl, who is appearing at Retrofest with the recently reformed Kajagoogoo, cites Toyah Willcox as a style icon. "Everything was more colourful in the eighties. Punk had been dirty, painful pins, anarchy and almost no melody, which for me was a no-go because I love melody. The eighties get a bad rap but I'm not sure it's justified.

"We live in an era now where pop feels like one culture. All the big record companies will have style gurus. We didn't have that kind of help back then, so people were very individual and you had great images of people experimenting with make-up and hair, like the Eurythmics and Soft Cell."

Click here for the full article.

Toyah was recently namechecked in this 'Times' feature on Laura Marks, the Scottish TV presenter and member of El Presidente, who was a regular in Barmy Aunt Boomerang with Toyah in both series of the show in 1999/2000. Both Laura and Richard Madden, the two child leads in Barmy Aunt Boomerang, have gone onto have successful adult careers in music/presenting and acting.

Toyah was mentioned in 'Portsmouth News' (18th July) here, and 'Shropshire Star' (19th July) here. She also was namechecked in a 'Guardian' article here on Melody Klyman on 21st July.

'Norwich Evening News' (24th July) mention Toyah in another Vampires Rock news article here. The 'Exeter Express & Echo' (27th July) namecheck her here, and again here on 28th July. 'North East Gazette' report: 

'North East Gazette' on 31st July reported:

Speaking of the darker side, VAMPIRES ROCK, headlined by Toyah Willcox, is a musical show with real bite. Playing on November 28, it’s packed with rock anthems, including Bat Out Of Hell, Sweet Child Of Mine and Total Eclipse Of The Heart.

 Toyah @ The Quarry, Shrewsbury
 Saturday 16th August, 2008.......................................................Live/Gigs
Toyah performing 'It's A Mystery' at The Quarry on 12th July.

 Sunday Mercury - Toyah Willcox blames BBC...
 Saturday 16th August, 2008.....................................................Press Clips
Willcox blames BBC for her missing out on Ashes To Ashes success

Singer Toyah Willcox claims a BBC bureaucratic bungle denied her the chance to feature in a hit TV series.

She says she discovered by accident that the Beeb wanted to use at least one of her hits in the 1980s-set BBC1 drama Ashes To Ashes, starring Keeley Hawes and Philip Glenister.

But the chance passed her by because the BBC did not know who to ask for the rights to license her music.

Toyah is fuming because her record company is owned by the BBC!

The Birmingham-born former punk star, who now lives in Pershore, Worcestershire, says: Its astonishing. The BBC, or at least that department, is run by idiots.

Someone sent me, too late, a copy of an e-mail that was sent by the BBC to Virgin asking to use my music on Ashes To Ashes and the soundtrack album.

Im not with Virgin! Its easy enough to track me down, especially as the BBC actually part-own 2Entertain, the record company who has reissued four of my albums and released two compilations, including my new album Good Morning Universe.

Come on guys, use your brain power! Its really frustrating and an indication of how the modern world works. The left hand of the BBC doesnt know what the right hand is doing.

I hope the person responsible has been moved on to another job, preferably making the tea.

Toyah, who turned 50 this year, will be performing her old hits like Its A Mystery and I Want To Be Free on August 1 at the Shugborough Music and Fireworks event in Staffordshire.

The entertainer has just returned from a two-week walk across China with Olivia Newton-John and Dannii Minogue to raise money for a new cancer centre.

Toyah is used to people doing double-takes when they spot her, but she wasnt prepared for the reaction she received when meeting a Mongolian tribe.

She said: We were in the middle of the Gobi desert when we met these Mongolians, who had never seen a white person before. They were just amazed. It was one of the loveliest moments I have ever experienced.

I loved China, there were no gangs, alcoholism or homeless people, everyone seemed happy and looked after. But its certainly not without its problems.

The pollution is staggering and caused my nose to bleed every day.

We saw two instances of the police beating men up in the street. They pulled a man off his bicycle and attacked him but no-one batted an eyelid at the police publicly humiliating someone. And they simply cannot fathom why we value the rights of Tibetans.

The autumn brings an appearance as Billie Pipers mother in the second series of ITVs The Secret Diary Of A Call Girl, and then a tour of the musical Vampires Rock which comes to Birminghams Alexandra Theatre and the Wolverhampton Civic Hall in October.

Toyah plays the Devil Queen, complete with vampire fangs.

It has a cult following, its the new Rocky Horror Show, says Toyah, who has been married for 22 years to guitarist Robert Fripp.

I wear very dramatic glam rock costumes and devils horns. Its not the easiest thing speaking and singing with vampire teeth, but they are quite sexy. I will have lots of fun terrorising Robert with them!

A BBC spokeswoman said: We are not aware of any communication problem. 

At the start of the series, general inquiries were made with many record companies before decisions were made about which tracks to use.

There was only room for a certain amount of songs, but for the second series we are happy to look at opportunities to feature Toyah.

 Ripon Gazette - Centre show set to have audience rocking in the aisles
 Saturday 16th August, 2008.....................................................Press Clips
Vampires Rock, a show like no other, comes to Harrogate International Centre later this year.

A twist of rock, a hint of musical theatre and jam packed with great rock anthems, you can catch the show when it flies into Harrogate on Saturday, October 25.

Set in New York in the year 2030, the undead are livelier than ever, especially in club ‘Live and Let Die’, where Baron Von Rockula, played by Steve Steinman, and The Devil Queen, his long-suffering wife, played by Toyah Willcox, reside.

Toyah says: “My husband, the baron, is on the look-out for a new bride, but not if I have anything to do with it! I would say ‘over my dead body’, but then I’m already dead, aren’t I?!”

The new bride in question is innocent, aspiring singer, Pandora, (Emily Clark), who stumbles across the club in need of a job.

Cue a host of classic rock, played live by the baron’s hand-picked band, The Lost Boys, and a hint of comedy, as the baron and his sidekick, Stringfellow (Mike Taylor), attempt to convince Pandora to lose her soul to rock and roll!

With songs made famous by the likes of AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses, Bon Jovi, Meat Loaf, Joan Jett, Suzi Quatro, Queen and many more, audiences should be rocking in the aisles.

Tickets cost 24 and 18.50, with early bird booking offer of 3 discount on top-priced tickets. Call the box office on 0845 130 8840 or visit www.harrogateboxoffice.co.uk for details.

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