August 31 2014 Latest news:
By Alan Davies
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Madness singer Suggs will be appearing live in Hertfordshire next month.
Suggs is instantly recognisable as the frontman of Madness.
The legendary 2 Tone ska revivalists, famous for hits Our House, It Must Be Love and House of Fun, have performed on top of Buckingham Palace, at the 2012 Olympic Games closing ceremony and at Alexandra Palace, in London.
However, Graham McPherson – aka Suggs – will be presenting his one-man show My Life Story – In Words and Music in Hertfordshire on Saturday, May 3.
Part cabaret, part music hall, the Madness singer will take to the Watford Colosseum stage in a hilarious, yet moving, one-man tour de force, which has played to rave reviews this year.
Suggs is no stranger to the county though. Back in Madness’ early days, the group appeared at the old Forum in Hatfield.
In 1980, they debuted then forthcoming single Baggy Trousers on youth programme White Light, which was co-presented by DJ Gary Crowley and decathlon champion Daley Thompson, and filmed in Hatfield.
More recently, Suggs played live in the Galleria at the opening of the Hatfield shopping centre’s Christmas lights in 2011.
But fans have probably never seen Suggs as they do in his own show.
The death of Suggs’ beloved cat on his 50th birthday triggers a personal quest to discover what happened to the father he never knew.
Stunned by what he learns, Suggs is taken back to his childhood on the tough streets of 1970s Soho and his first appearance on Top Of The Pops at the age of 18.
Is it a play? Is it stand-up comedy? Is it music hall?
Whatever it is, hold on to your seats as Suggs goes on to stumble and plummet through the trap door of failure. Then trampoline back up to catch the passing trapeze of showbusiness success.
With musical accompaniment and uncalled for interjection from Deano, his loyal manservant-cum-pianist, Suggs – My Life Story is at Watford Colosseum on Saturday, May 3 at 7.30pm.
Tickets cost £26.50, with a £1.50 per ticket booking fee added to all orders. Visit www.watfordcolosseum.co.uk for more information and to book online 24 hours a day.