Mark Hollis, the frontman for the British band Talk Talk, which had synth-pop hits in the early 1980s before veering into a more experimental sound that influenced a generation of musicians, has died. Mr. Hollis, about whom personal details are scarce, was widely reported to have been 64.
Talk Talk was formed in London in 1981, when new wave and synth-pop groups like A Flock of Seagulls and Duran Duran were beginning to receive heavy airplay. Talk Talk’s biggest hits, among them “It’s My Life” and “Such a Shame,” were typical of the style: buoyant songs built on catchy, danceable beats and Mr. Hollis’s plaintive lyrics.
Echo and the Bunnymen has returned with their first new album in four years,The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon. Spanning 15 tracks, this collection strings together reimagined versions of songs from their back catalogue along with two brand new recordings.
In other words, if you’re open to the idea of hearing favorites like “The Killing Moon”, “The Cutter”, “Bring on the Dancing Horses” and “Lips Like Sugar” with “strings and things,” this album is right up your alley. But it’s also not for you, according to frontman Ian McCulloch. Tonight Room Festival present them in concert at Razzmatazz.
The Seattle band of Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament and Matt Cameron are at long last back in Barcelona after their last visit, more than a decade ago, in 2006. The classic grunge band, who celebrated 25 years together in 2015 have released 10 albums, selling more than 85 million copies, and have become members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Big stuff ahead of their much-anticipated return, this time in the Palau Sant Jordi.
And expectations are high: first, because over the last decade they have relaunched their career with a trilogy of inspired, energetic and impeccable albums – ‘Pearl Jam’ (2006) ‘Backspacer’ (2009) and ‘Lightning Bolt’ (2013) – casting them as a mature band and dismissing any accusations of a decline or a comeback; second, because at first Barcelona wasn’t a stop on this European tour, and the surviving heroes of grunge are one of the most popular bands in the country. Today at Palau Sant Jordi.
Elvis Costello is back in Barcelona five years after his last visit. He’s coming armed with his greatest hits, and taking a musical look back at his extensive career, along with his band The Imposters. One of the most influential writers of all time, Costello has recorded more than 30 albums and has worked with the likes of Paul McCartney, TonyBennett, Brian Eno, Bill Frisell, Buch Bacharach and Rubén Blades, among so many others. He’s joining in the Pedralbes Festival with a good dose of pop, rock, new wave, country and punk, playing every instrument he touches with precision, be it guitar, piano, bass, drums or harmonica. And wearing those glasses, of course.
During the ’80s English band The Psychedelic Furs were a big part of the pop and melodic new wave scene along with other groups like Simple Minds, though they didn’t seem to enjoy as much commercial success. The comparison with Simple Minds doesn’t come out of nowhere: both showed up on soundtracks of movies by John Hughes, with The Psychedelic Furs song inspiring the film of the same name, ‘Pretty in Pink’ (1986), and Simple Minds having a huge hit with ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’ from the 1985 film ‘The Breakfast Club’. After breaking up in the early ’90s, The Psychedelic Furs got back together at the turn of the century and since then they’ve been touring and revisiting their hits, as they do tonight whey they stop in Barcelona on their ‘The Singles Tour’.
The Chameleons, who started out in 1981, are living legends of post punk whose atmospheric pop could be considered the opposite of that of The Cure. Originally from Middleton in England, the band is led by singer Mark Burgess and drummer John Lever, who have been part of the line-up since the start. Opening for them are Sixth June from Berline, making their concert debut in Barcelona. Tonight at sala Bikini.
Scottish band Deacon Blue, who have given us songs such as ‘Dignity’ and ‘Real Gone Kid’, celebrate 30 years together with their anticipated ‘To Be Here Someday’ tour, which brings them to Barcelona for the first time since 1993. What’s more, the Glasgow group are touring not as a nostalgia act but with fresh material, as they’ve released three albums in rapid succession. With ‘The Hipsters’ (2012), ‘A New House’ (2014) and ‘Believers’ (2016), Ricky Ross and Lorraine McIntosh and company show they’re still in fine form. Tonight a sala Barts.