After the success of last year’s “40 Years Of Disco” UK tour, the 2019 follow-up brings together Village People, The Trammps, Imagination featuring Leee John, The Gibson Brothers, The Three Degrees, The Real Thing and Odyssey for four shows this month.
The new tour kicks off on Thursday 21st March at the Brighton Centre and visits SSE Wembley in London, Echo Arena in Liverpool and closes on 24th March at Birmingham’s Resorts World Arena (formerly Genting Arena).
Village People are one of the biggest disco acts of all time, with the classic hits ‘In The Navy’, ‘Go West’, ‘Can’t Stop The Music’, ‘San Francisco’, ‘Macho Man’ & the worldwide anthem ‘YMCA’, which has sold more than 12 million copies.
The group has sold in excess of 100 million records around the globe, with their hits being heard in many TV commercials.
Their hits have also been featured in dozens of films including ‘Wayne’s World II’, ‘Addams Family Values’, ‘The Nutty Professor’ and ‘Despicable Me 2’. The Broadway hit ‘Priscilla: Queen of the Desert’ features their song ‘Go West’.
The group has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. On their 40th anniversary, Willis, the original lead singer returned to front the group. He’s the motorcycle cop, by the way!
The Trammps made two of the most iconic disco songs: “Disco Inferno” (Grammy-winner) and “Hold Back The Night”. They also created the hits “That’s Where The Happy People Go” and “Zing Went The Strings To My Heart”.
The soundtrack for the movie “Saturday Night Fever” included ‘Disco Inferno’, sold a staggering 45 million copies and is the biggest selling disco album ever. It remains the second biggest selling film soundtrack of all time behind The Bodyguard.
Imagination featuring Leee John have had hits across three decades, such as “Body Talk”, “Just An illusion”’, “Music and Lights”, “Flashback” and “In & Out of Love”.
They sold more than 30 million albums and their music has been sampled, remixed and adapted by the likes of Destiny’s Child, Mariah Carey and Kanye West.
The Gibson Brothers dominated the charts and the dance floors in the 70, and scored a number one single in 1978 in several countries with “Cuba/Better Do It Salsa”, earning them four gold records.
Other hits include “Ooh, What A Life”, “Mariana” and “Que Sera Mi Vida” which sold five million copies.
Prince Charles’ favourite group – dubbed “Charlie’s Angels” – The Three Degrees had a string of hits including “Giving Up, Giving In”, “The Runner”, “Take Good Care Of Yourself”, “My Simple Heart”, “Year Of Decision”, “Woman In Love” and the # 1 smash hit, “When Will I See You Again”.
They are the longest running female vocal group in history, as confirmed by Guinness Book of Records. Today’s line-up consists of Valerie Holiday, Helen Scott and Freddie Pool.
The Real Thing are a multi-million selling British soul band, which today features their two original vocalists, Chris Amoo and Dave Smith. They just celebrated the 40th anniversary of their debut hit single “You To Me Are Everything’”. It reached # 1 in the UK.
The group sold more than three million singles, which includes the hits “Can’t Get By Without You”, “Whenever You Want My Love” and “Can You Feel The Force”.
Odyssey is one of the most successful soul/disco acts of their era, topping the charts in the early 80s with ‘Use It Up And Wear It Out’.
They scored several other Top 10 hits, including “Native New Yorker”,”If You’re Looking for A Way Out”, “Going Back To My Roots” and “Inside Out”.
“40 Years Of Disco 2 Tour” – MARCH 2019:
Thurs 21st BRIGHTON – Centre 01273 290131 www.brightoncentre.co.uk
Fri 22nd LONDON – The SSE Arena, Wembley 0844 815 0815 www.ssearena.co.uk
Sat 23rd LIVERPOOL – M&S Bank Arena 0844 8000 400 https://www.mandsbankarena.com/
Sun 24th BIRMINGHAM – Resorts World Arena 0121 780 4141 https://www.resortsworldarena.co.uk/