Following two successful performances of ‘An Audience with Rusty Egan’ at Pizza Express Live in London’s Holborn, not far from the location of The Blitz Club, there are two additional Spring 2018 dates.
The two dates in Birmingham and Maidstone will again be hosted by The Electricity Club’s Chi Ming Lai, who will be using his insight and knowledge of electronic pop history to connect the various topics being discussed.
Beginning with a set of great electronic music and a short introduction film narrated by Midge Ure, there will be lots of chat as Rusty Egan shares private moments from his career and discusses songs as a ‘Pioneer – From Punk to New Romantic’. The audience will also have the opportunity to field their questions to Rusty from a list of categories for what will be a very lively evening of forthright chat.
As the DJ originally at a Bowie Night and then later at The Blitz Club, Egan introduced German electronic music like KRAFTWERK and LA DÜSSELDORF to the British club scene, as well as international acts such as TELEX and YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA.
But sensing a lack of this synthesized neu musik emerging from the UK, he subsequently co-founded VISAGE with Midge Ure to help fill the void.
Fronted by The Blitz Club’s flamboyant host Steve Strange, the collective enjoyed considerable success with ‘Fade to Grey’ which was No1 in West Germany. As well as his musical achievements with VISAGE and contributing the thundering drums to Phil Lynott’s ‘Yellow Pearl’ which was the theme tune to ‘Top Of The Pops’ between 1981 to 1985, Egan was also a catalyst.
It was at his suggestion that Midge Ure joined ULTRAVOX, while he also found Carol Kenyon for HEAVEN 17 when they were looking for a singer on what was to become their best known song ‘Temptation’.
The Camden Palace was notable for hosting live performances from Grace Jones and a then unknown Madonna making her London debut. Still active as a DJ and musician, Egan recently released his long-awaited debut solo album ‘Welcome To The Dancefloor’.
Featuring vocal performances from Peter Hook, Tony Hadley and Midge Ure, as well as musical contributions by ‘Fade To Grey’ co-writer Chris Payne, attendees to ‘An Audience with Rusty Egan’ will have the opportunity to purchase physical copies as a vinyl LP or deluxe 2CD featuring remixes by Youth and Mark Reeder, as well as having it signed by the man himself.
‘An Audience with Rusty Egan’ takes place at the following Pizza Express Live locations in Spring 2018: Birmingham (Saturday 17th March) and Maidstone (Saturday 21st April)
Tickets are available from: https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/an-audience-with-rusty-egan
‘Welcome To The Dance Floor’’ is released by Black Mosaic and widely available in digital formats from the usual outlets
Text by Kerstin Key
9th March 2018