Autumn Music at The Apex...
Don’t fear the end of summer (it barely got started anyway), The Apex has invited a host of popular artists and tribute shows to brighten the darkening nights.
Returning after last year’s sell-out show, Midge Ure presents the ‘Something From Everything Tour’ on 25 October, with at least one song from every album he has released – from the Rich Kids in 1977 to recent solo albums, via Visage and Ultravox.
10cc are among the most inventive and influential bands in the history of popular music. The first half of their gig on 17 October will feature material from their classic album 'Sheet Music', while the second half will be filled with all their biggest hits.
Heaven 17 celebrate the 35th anniversary of their seminal debut album ‘Penthouse and Pavement’, by playing it in full on 28 October. They will be joined by British Electric Foundation, with special guests Glen Matlock (The Sex Pistols), Mari Wilson, Peter Hooton (The Farm), and Glenn Gregory.
Legendary Derry band The Undertones celebrate their 40th Anniversary by playing all their greatest hits on 17 November. Glenn Tilbrook is armed with a shed load of great, grin-inducing songs, from the plentiful back catalogue of Squeeze and his new solo work on 13 December. The following day, Big Country will perform their album ‘The Seer’ in its entirety, as well as classic hits including ‘Fields of Fire’, ‘In A Big Country’, ‘Wonderland’, ‘Look Away’ and ‘East of Eden’.
Elaine Paige will be ‘Stripped Back’ on 5 & 6 December, when she performs her favourite tracks from an array of contemporary songwriters, including Jimmy Webb, Burt Bacharach, Sting, Elton John and Lennon & McCartney.
Jimmy Webb himself will appear on 20 September, in Still On The Line: The Glen Campbell Years, which features his songs ‘Wichita Lineman’, ‘By the Time I Get to Phoenix’ and ‘Galveston’. Fellow songwriter Albert Hammond presents his own hit songs on 12 September; Albert is responsible for ‘It Never Rains In Southern California’, ‘The Free Electric Band’, ‘The Air That I Breathe’ and ‘When I Need You’, among many others.
Internationally acclaimed Tenor Noah Stewart performs classical favourites, plus West End and Big Screen masterpieces, on 26 September. Lauded for his distinctive timbre, magnetic stage presence and movie star good looks, Noah ‘has a marvellous stage presence. The tenor flows through the music like a soft-edged knife through butter" (Concertonet.com). Vonda Shepard (13 October) first shot to fame on the US TV show Ally McBeal. The theme song ‘Searching My Soul’ reached the top 10 and Vonda released a series of Ally inspired albums which went on to sell 12 million copies worldwide.
Take a voyage back to the 1960s, with The Animals (with original drummer John Steel), Love Affair’s Steve Ellis, Dave Berry and Vanity Fare in the 60s Hits and Laughter Show 3 on 25 September. The 1970s will be brought to life by Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers on 23 September, Slade and Mud II on 29 October and The Stylistics on 29 November, while Cheryl, Mike & Jay, formerly of Bucks Fizz take you back to the 1980s on 16 November.
Elio Pace performs the Billy Joel Songbook on 16 September, featuring massive hits ‘Uptown Girl’, ‘Just The Way You Are’ and ‘My Life.’ Illegal Eagles, the world’s official No.1 Eagles tribute, perform all their classic songs on 17 September, while Think Floyd's atmospheric show on 28 September features complete performances of 'Dark Side of the Moon' and 'Wish You Were Here'.
Original Drifters member, Roy Hemmings and his 13-piece cast bring Motown, smooth soul and uptown funk on 18 November. Clive John accurately recreates the Johnny Cash Roadshow on 30 November, while the following day, Lee Memphis King brings ‘The ’68 Comeback Special’ and The ‘Vegas’ years in One Night of Elvis.
More events are being confirmed every day, see www.theapex.co.uk or ring 01284 758000 for more information, or to book.