Iconic rockers 10cc are celebrating the 40 years since the band formed in Stockport in 1972 with an anniversary tour that will take them to Aberdeen’s Music Hall this autumn.
The Saturday, October 20 gig will feature all their big hits and tickets go on sale this Friday (May 11) online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.
Says founder member Graham Gouldman: “It’s hard to believe it’s 40 years since 10cc was born in Strawberry Studios in Stockport.
“I’m immensely proud of all we have achieved. As long as the fans want to hear the songs played live I’ll be happy to oblige.”
Alongside fellow travellers Queen, Rod Stewart, Elton John and David Bowie, 10cc - Graham Gouldman, Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme - ruled the airwaves in the 70s with monster hit after monster hit.
From their breakthrough debut single Donna in ’72 to their final No 1 Dreadlock Holiday in ’78 via solid gold classics such as I’m Not In Love (a worldwide smash in ’75), Rubber Bullets, The Wall Street Shuffle, I’m Mandy Fly Me, Life Is A Minestrone and The Things We Do For Love, they combined progressive art-rock with once-heard-never-forgotten melodies.
The original line-up of 10cc stayed together from 72 to 76 and released four albums 10cc (’73), Sheet Music (’74), The Original Soundtrack (’75) and How Dare You (’76) after which Godley and Creme departed to pursue their own path as a duo.
Gouldman and Stewart continued and 10cc released Deceptive Bends (’77) that featured another global hit The Things We Do For Love and Bloody Tourists (’78) which gave the world Dreadlock Holiday, a song that has soundtracked hundreds of hours of cricket coverage!
The early 80s saw three more albums from the Gouldman/Stewart 10cc Look Hear (’80), Ten Out Of 10 (’81) and Windows In The Jungle (’83) then both pursued other projects before reconvening in the 90s for Meanwhile (’92) and Mirror Mirror (’95).
At the turn of the millennium, encouraged by fans and friends, Graham put together a band to play all the 10cc hits everyone wants to hear.
10cc (Mk III) features Graham, Paul Burgess (a touring member of 10cc back in ’73 and a full-time member from ’76), Rick Fenn (who joined 10cc in ’76), Mick Wilson and Mike Stevens.