Art-pop pioneers 10CC will celebrate the 40th anniversary of their seminal album Sheet Music – which included Top 10 hit The Wall Street Shuffle – taking to the Congress Theatre Stage, Eastbourne on 8 October as part of a UK tour.
A concert of two mind-blowing halves led by 10cc co-founder Graham Gouldman, the band will perform the first half of the evening comprising Sheet Music in its entirety, with a pause for the symbolic turning of the vinyl album.
Released in 1974, Sheet Music reached No 9 in the UK album charts and entered the Top 100 in the US. It remains a masterclass in the composition of popular music and typifies the eclecticism and remarkable invention that characterised the band’s earlier work, said to have influenced Freddie Mercury and Queen.
The second half is a comprehensive spread of the band’s eleven Top 10 hits and more, including their three No 1s - I’m Not In Love, Dreadlock Holiday and Rubber Bullets.
Purveyors of some of the greatest pop records of the 20th century, younger audiences may recognize their bigger hits from Hollywood blockbusters - such is the enduring nature of their music that movie-makers can’t resist including the band in soundtracks, with I’m Not In Love featuring in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and 2014 blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy, while Dreadlock Holiday was used in The Social Network (2010), about the founding of Facebook.
The current live band, which has been together for more than 10 years, features Gouldman on vocals, bass and guitar; Rick Fenn (lead guitar, vocals), Paul Burgess (drums, percussion), Mick Wilson (vocals, guitar, percussion) and Keith Hayman (keyboards, guitar, vocals). Rick and Paul have both worked with 10cc since the mid-‘70s line-up.
Get your 10CC fix at the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne on Saturday 8 October. Tickets £33.50. Book online or call Box Office on 01323 412000.