Frankie Goes To Hollywood are to reunite for a pre-Eurovision event on May 7.
This Big Eurovision event kicks off a string of festivities which take place in Liverpool, the band’s hometown.
This show will also mark the first time that Frankie Goes To Hollywood will reunite, since they split up in 1987.
It will also include performances from fellow Liverpudlians Atomic Kitten, the Real Thing, along with The Lightining Seeds.
“very special event”
The return of Frankie Goes To Hollywood to the stage was confirmed by their frontman Holly Johnson via social media.
The show will also feature the band in its original line up, including Johnson, alongside Peter Gill, Brian Nash, Paul Rutherford and Mark O’Toole.
“To celebrate the UK hosting the @eurovision song contest for Ukraine in our hometown of Liverpool, I’m happy to announce that Frankie Goes To Hollywood will reunite to perform at the opening concert of this very special event”, Johnson shared via his Instagram account.
Frankie Goes To Hollywood are renowned for several hits during the 1980s, including their chart topping track ‘Relax’. The song reached number one in nine countries, including their native UK.
However, the track was banned by BBC Radio, due to its homoerotic and suggestive lyrics.
The band also released tracks ‘The Power Of Love’ and ‘Two Tribes’, which also topped the UK Charts.
Frankie Goes To Hollywood split up in 1987, following a disagreement among its members.
Speaking of controversial lyrics and words, Ireland’s Eurovision 2023 hopefuls Wild Youth, confirmed that they have parted ways with creative director Ian Banham, over alleged transphobic and ant-vax comments made by him.
“Wild Youth is a band that stands for unity and kindness,” they wrote. “Our song represents our beliefs as a band. We have cut all ties with Ian Banham and will not have him on or near our team or Eurovision journey”, the band tweeted. “We are so sorry for anyone offended by his comments”.
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