10cc celebrate 40th anniversary

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WHEN you count the likes of Axl Rose and Chrissie Hynde among your fans, you know you’re doing something right, and 10cc certainly did things right.

The original band might have split up some time ago, but their music has been kept alive by founder member Graham Gouldman.

Graham Gouldman, of 10cc fame, performing live. Photo contributed.

Graham Gouldman, of 10cc fame, performing live. Photo contributed.

For a number of years, Graham has been taking his band out on the road performing the very best of the band and such is the demand, he is undertaking a 28-date tour of the UK – calling at Buxton Opera House on Thursday November 29.

It is, in fact, the second part of a 40th anniversary tour which began in May.

“This is as near as you’re ever going to get to hearing the perfect 10cc,” promises Graham.

“There will be the hits and more, plus some new stuff. By that I don’t mean newly recorded material – I would never do that as we are just a touring band; I mean that we’ll be playing some tracks that we haven’t done much before.”

Formed in Stockport by Graham, Eric Stewart, Lol Crème and Kevin Godley, 10cc racked up almost a dozen Top Ten hits, which included Art For Art’s Sake, The Things We Do For Love and Life Is A Minestrone from 1972 to 1978.

Three of their hits, Rubber Bullets, Dreadlock Holiday and the sublime I’m Not In Love all topped the charts, with I’m Not In Love having received a BMI citation for five million radio plays in the US.

Not content with just having hits with 10cc, Graham penned hits for The Hollies, Herman’s Hermits and The Yardbirds, later teaming up with Andrew Gold as Wax and having a hit with Bridge To Your Heart. But he always returns to 10cc.

Joining Graham on stage will be his band: Paul Burgess on drums, Rick Fenn on guitar, Mick Wilson on vocals, keyboards and guitar, plus Mike Stevens on keyboards.

Fans will get to hear some new songs, as Graham is releasing a new solo album.

“The new album is called Love and Work and I’ll play some of the songs in my solo spot in the show,” says Graham.

A 10cc retrospective called Tenology is also due for release in October featuring the input from all four members.

And as it’s a special anniversary, could any former members make an appearance?

“There is a possibility yes, but not at all the gigs so I can’t say where…. or who,” Graham adds.

* Tickets for 10cc at Buxton Opera House, priced £26 and £28, are available from the Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or online at www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.