Talk Talk Announce Live Show To Honour Mark Hollis

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Talk Talk are set to reunite for a one-off performance to pay tribute to the late frontman Mark Hollis.

According to the NME, The show, titled ‘A Celebration Of Talk Talk And Mark Hollis’, will take place at London’s Royal Festival Hall on November 26.

Hollis died aged 64 in February. He had stopped making music altogether following his only solo album, the self-titled ‘Mark Hollis’, in 1998.

This will be the first time Talk Talk’s music will have been performed by the group since Hollis stopped playing live back in the mid-eighties.

 The show will comprise of founding member and keyboardist Simon Brenner. The line up will feature many of the musicians who performed on the band’s records and tours.

This includes percussionist Martin Ditcham, guitarist Jeep Hook, pianist Rupert Black and bassist John McKenzie.

Bengi Unsal, the senior contemporary music programmer at The Southbank Centre, said:

“We are honoured to be holding this beautiful event. Tom Baker of Eat Your Own Ears and I were talking about staging a celebration of Talk Talk even before Mark passed away.”

“When he sadly died, it became inevitable for us, the fans, and for all the artists who adore the band to pay tribute to them and appreciated the indelible mark they left on music. This is a product of love and admiration – our way of saying thank you to Mark Hollis and Talk Talk.”

However, the integral line-up of Talk Talk bassist Paul Webb, drummer Lee Harris and keyboardist Tim Friese-Greene are not going to be involved in the tribute show.

A statement from the musicians promises to cover key aspects of Talk Talk’s career, including the seminal albums ‘Laughing Stock’ and Spirit Of Eden’, which both surfaced after the band quit playing live.

Special guest vocalists are anticipated for the performance. The musical director of the performance is Phil Ramacon, the songwriter who collaborated on ‘The Colour Of Spring’ on Hollis’ solo record.

Tickets go on sale on August 1 to South Bank members and on general sale on August 2nd.

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