Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Rick Wakeman, Boy George, Marc Almond, Steve Harley & More to Salute Marc Bolan


Marc Almond will join a stellar line-up of artists for a special concert to mark the 35th anniversary of Marc Bolan's death, it was announced Friday.

Organised by the PRS for Music Members Benevolent Fund, it will also feature former T. Rex producer Tony Visconti and Howie Casey, the band's saxophonist. The concert will take place on the 15th September at the 02 Shepherd's Bush Empire in London.

The line-up spans the most pivotal decades in British musical history across glam rock, new romantic and punk and includes, Glen Matlock from the Sex Pistols, Rick Wakeman, Alvin Stardust, Boy George, Danielz and T.Rextasy, Cockney Rebel's Steve Harley, Andy Ellison and Linda Lewis. The audience will be treated to some fantastic performances and special duets, which Marc Almond will be a part of.

As a successful and acclaimed artist, Marc Almond has sold over 30 million records worldwide and is an icon and influence to a generation of musicians.

On being part of the 35th anniversary concert, Marc Almond said: "It's a privilege to be asked to be a part of something so special. Marc Bolan was an amazing artist and person. It will be a fantastic night to commemorate Marc and T.Rex."

The Members Benevolent Fund has been helping songwriters and composers in crisis due to illness, disability, older age-related and financial difficulties for 78 years. Since 1977 when Marc Bolan tragically died, a share of his song royalties has been paid to the PRS for Music Members Benevolent Fund, enabling his music legacy to assist and inspire thousands of other songwriters.

The Fund has also been caring for families since 1934 and is committed to providing help to those in need. The changing nature of the music industry and increasing pressures on living standards and health mean the Fund's role will prove particularly vital for many artists over the coming years. The Marc Bolan 35th anniversary concert is the perfect platform to celebrate the Fund's efforts and raise funds for future of this important organisation and the hard work it does.

The charity event is supported by PRS for Music which has over 90,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members, collecting and paying royalties to them whenever their music is played, performed or reproduced.

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