LIVE REVIEW: Marc Almond

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE: Camden Roundhouse

WHEN: 22/3, UK tour runs to 28/3

SETLIST: Adored and Explored; Stories Of Johnny; A Lover Spurned; The Days Of Pearly Spencer; Tears Run Rings; The Idol; Where The Heart Is; Child Star; Desperate Hours; Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart; Scar; Torch; A Kind Of Love; Jacky; Bedsitter; What; Down In The Subway; Soul Inside; Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go; Hand On My Heart; Memorabilia; Say Hello Wave Goodbye

We’ve seen Marc Almond several times over the last four decades but never performing such a lengthy greatest hits set – until tonight.

  • Read on for reasons including Marc’s emotional tribute to Soft Cell partner Dave Ball

On 9/7 Almond celebrates his 60th birthday and, as he takes to the stage to celebrate the opening night of his latest tour, his greatest hits album is at number 7 in the UK charts.

This, perhaps, should not be a great surprise. Not least because it’s the first comprehensive Almond/Soft Cell singles album for 26 years.

We’re wracking our brains to remember how many times we’ve seen him live (Victoria Palace Theatre in the 80s for The Stars We Are album, Shepherd’s Bush Empire for Stardom Road in 2007 with probably a Rewind festival performance and a solo spot at a Jools Holland gig thrown in) but this is the set we’ve always wanted him to perform.

It’s the first time we’ve seen him do the panoramic pop songs from The Tenement Symphony album including the divine Hand On My Heart and also there’s about as much Soft Cell as we could ever wish for.

The crowd singalong during Bedsitter and the legendary extended mix of Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go? were just two extraordinary pop highlights that we never dreamed we’d see. Towards the end Marc thanks his Soft Cell partner Dave Ball for his help in creating many of the songs we hear tonight and the emotion moves the room.

It’s easy to forget what a strong voice he has amidst the drama of his performance. There are only a few dates left on this UK tour currently but, judging by his Roundhouse reception, we wouldn’t be surprised if many more were added. Don’t miss your chance to see him and this superb hits-filled set.

  • Picture by Awais via Facebook courtesy Marc Almond. Tickets
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