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We seem to be on a Disco theme at Vada this month (with a Disco Brunch) and now the 40 years of Disco Arena Tour 2019.
Tony Denton Promotions has lined up the 40 Years of Disco Arena Tour for 2019. The legendary acts confirmed so far include:
- Village People
- The Trammps
- Imagination featuring Lee John
- The Gibson Brothers
- The Three Degrees
- The Real Thing
For over four decades disco has ruled the charts and dance floors and is currently stronger and more popular than ever. The ‘40 Years of Disco’ show is a high-energy, hits-only, live extravaganza. Disco started in the early 70’s in the clubs of New York with Studio 54, which opened in 1977, being the most famous. The same year the ‘Disco Fever’ album spent 6 weeks at No.1 and was still there at Christmas.
The new 40 Years of Disco tour takes in 4 arenas across the country. Here’s a little history about the confirmed acts performing.
VILLAGE PEOPLE – One of the biggest Disco acts of all time with the classic hits ‘In The Navy’, ‘Go West’, ‘Can’t Stop The Music’, ‘San Francisco’, ‘Macho Man’ & the worldwide No. 1 anthem ‘YMCA’, which has sold over 12 million copies to date. The track and its iconic dance is part of almost every party, wedding and sporting event. Michael Jackson, Cher, Madonna and Joan Rivers are among artists who appeared on the bill with Village People. The Broadway hit ‘Priscilla: Queen of the Desert’ features their song ‘Go West’. The group even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
THE TRAMMPS – Have two of the most iconic Disco songs – ‘Disco Inferno’ for which they won a Grammy Award and ‘Hold Back The Night’, other hits include ‘That’s Where The Happy People Go’ and ‘Zing Went The Strings To My Heart’. ‘Disco Inferno’ has been covered by many major stars including Tina Turner and Cyndi Lauper and in 1977 was the hottest song on the International Disco scene.
IMAGINATION featuring Leee John – Over the past three decades the multi award winning British soul group have brought us such classic hits such as ‘Body Talk’, ‘Just An illusion’, ‘Music and Lights’, ‘Flashback’ and ‘In & Out of Love’ which helped secure their power and dominance over the charts with their genre defying music not only in the UK but across the world with sales in excess of over 30 million albums. Destiny’s Child (complete with Beyoncé) sampled ‘Just An illusion’ on their 1998 self-titled debut album and Mariah Carey reused the track on her top ten single ‘Get Your Number’.
THE GIBSON BROTHERS – Throughout the 70’s The Gibson Brothers dominated the charts and the dance floors and in 1978 released ‘Cuba/Better Do It Salsa’ with a catchy tune that propelled them to Number 1 in several countries, earning them four gold records. Other hits include ‘Ooh, What A Life’, ‘Mariana’ and ‘Que Sera Mi Vida’ which sold 5 million copies worldwide.
THE THREE DEGREES – The trio had a string of hits including ‘Giving Up, Giving In’, ‘The Runner’, ‘Take Good Care Of Yourself’, ‘My Simple Heart’, ‘Year Of Decision’, ‘Woman In Love’ and the No. 1 ‘When Will I See You Again’. More than three decades on, the ladies have retained everything that made them special – their beauty, their sparkling choreography and their precise vocal qualities.
THE REAL THING – The multi-million selling soul band features their two original vocalists Chris Amoo and Dave Smith who have just celebrated the 40th anniversary of their debut hit single ‘You To Me Are Everything’. The single reached No 1 in the UK. They have sold over 3 million singles that also includes the hits ‘Can’t Get By Without You’, ‘Whenever You Want My Love’ and ‘Can You Feel The Force’.
ODYSSEY – One of the most successful soul/disco acts of their era that culminated in the early 1980’s when they topped the UK charts with ‘Use It Up And Wear It Out’. They scored several other Top Ten hits in Britain and throughout the world. From their debut album emerged their first smash single – ‘Native New Yorker’, an international hit late in 1977.
40 Years of Disco arena tour dates below. Ticket and booking information available at tdpromo.com.
- 21 March 2019 – BRIGHTON – Centre
- 22 March 2019 – LONDON – The SSE Arena, Wembley
- 23 March 2019 – LIVERPOOL – Echo Arena
- 24 March 2019 – BIRMINGHAM – Genting Arena