September 17 2014 Latest news:
By Alan Davies
Saturday, August 2, 2014
After a two-year break since their last UK concert tour, 10cc are back on the road this autumn with a 23-date headline tour, including two shows in Hertfordshire.
One of the most inventive and influential bands in the history of popular music, 10cc are coming to the Gordon Craig Theatre’s Concert Hall in Stevenage on Friday, October 10 and Watford Colosseum four days later, on October 14.
Fronted by co-founder Graham Gouldman, the current live line-up has been together for more than a decade.
“Year on year we get busier and visit more countries,” said Gouldman, who was recently inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in America, joining legends such as Burt Bacharach, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and The Beatles’ Paul McCartney.
“It’s great, we love touring and playing together and we get on really well. The audiences these days are very gratifying.
“You get the people you would expect, who grew up with 10cc, but you also get young kids who know the songs too.”
Two years ago marked the 40th anniversary of the release of 10cc’s first single Donna, which reached number two in the UK charts and kick-started a career that has seen the band sell in excess of 30 million albums around the world.
The missing link between The Beatles and Gorillaz, 10cc ruled the pop world at a time – the 1970s – when the charts were dominated by some of the most creative and colourful artistes in pop history.
Unlike David Bowie, Queen, Elton John or Rod Stewart – all of whom they stood shoulder-to-shoulder with for a decade – 10cc worked not on image or celebrity status, but on the art of making highly sophisticated rock masterworks into simple-sounding pop hits.
From their breakthrough hit Donna to their final number one Dreadlock Holiday in 1978, via such landmark releases as I’m Not In Love, their worldwide smash in 1975, and Rubber Bullets, 10cc achieved critical, commercial and creative success in equal measure.
Before forming 10cc, Gouldman – then in his late teens – wrote a string of million-selling hits for other groups, including For Your Love and Heart Full Of Soul for The Yardbirds, Bus Stop and Look Through Any Window for The Hollies, No Milk Today for Herman’s Hermits, and Pamela Pamela for Wayne Fontana.
Testament to 10cc’s on-going appeal, the band can count a generation-straddling array of fellow artists among their many millions of fans, everyone from Chrissie Hynde to The Feeling’s Dan Gillespie and Axl Rose to Sophie Ellis Bextor.
And after an appearances at British Summer Time in Hyde Park, a new generation is discovering 10cc for the very first time.
The current 10cc line-up comprises Gouldman (bass, guitars, vocals), Rick Fenn (lead guitar, vocals), Paul Burgess (drums, percussion), Mick Wilson (vocals, percussion, guitar, keyboards) and Mike Stevens (keyboards, guitar, sax, vocals). Rick and Paul have both worked with 10cc since the mid-70s.
“The band, as it stands now, is absolutely fantastic,” said Gouldman.
“And, of course, our main strength and what we’re selling is the songs, nothing else.
“This is as near as you’re ever going to get to hearing the perfect 10cc. Hit after hit after hit. It’s relentless.
“We show no mercy.”