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23 January 2014

Return of The Human Menagerie
and The Psychomodo Shows

Following his critically acclaimed sold out show in Birmingham in November 2012, Steve Harley is delighted to announce a new series of dates in June 2014 where he will reprise this performance “The Human Menagerie” and “The Psychomodo” albums in their entirety, in sequence, back to back. Once again the shows will feature accompaniment by Cockney Rebel but also the Orchestra Of The Swan and their Chamber Choir. The demand for tickets for Birmingham was massive from the moment the show went on sale, and it sold out five months ahead of time, with no advertising. A Manchester date in April had already been confirmed [and is virtually sold out]. Tickets for the June dates are on sale now and available from www.ticketline.co.uk.

APRIL 2014
26 BRIDGEWATER HALL, MANCHESTER

JUNE 2014
21 THE SAGE, GATESHEAD
28 ROYAL ALBERT HALL, LONDON
29 SYMPHONY HALL, BIRMINGHAM

Steve explains, “The albums were both heavily orchestrated, and I’m bringing the original arranger, Andrew Powell, with me to conduct The Orchestra of the Swan and their Chamber Choir, all complementing my 8-piece rock band. There will be almost 50 players on stage, and ‘Sebastian’, ‘Death Trip’, ‘Ritz’ and other big productions will be played in their original format. To say I am excited about the new shows would be a massive understatement.”

Cockney Rebel’s debut album “The Human Menagerie” was released by EMI in 1973, immediately marking Steve out as an original and distinctive artist and Cockney Rebel as a versatile and charming band playing music that ranged from pop to glam-rock and progressive-rock. The epic 12-minute ‘Death Trip’, taken from the album, will be performed live with the full orchestration of the recorded version.

The band’s follow-up album, 1974’s carnival-esque “The Psychomodo”, further established Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel as an eclectic musical tour-de-force - particularly unique for their use of violins in place of electric guitars. The album features the hit track ‘Mr. Soft’ and was co-produced by The Beatles and Pink Floyd engineer Alan Parsons.

2013 saw the release of a live DVD and 2CD album recorded at the first of these shows, acclaimed by The Times as an “Exhilarating journey of a lifetime”, by Record Collector as a “rapturously received repertoire” and by Classic Rock as “Simply breathtaking”. The “Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, Birmingham 2013 - Live” DVD and double album is out now.

For more information please see www.steveharley.com or contact Chris Hewlett on 0845 601 2833 or chris@chrishewlett.com

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