Talk Talk Personnel Announce London Show In Honour Of Mark Hollis

The concert, billed ‘A Celebration Of Talk Talk And Mark Hollis’, takes place at London Royal Festival Hall on 26 November.

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Mark Hollis photo by Pete Still and Redferns
Photo: Pete Still/Redferns

Several musicians with influential ’80s pioneers Talk Talk are reuniting for a one-off performance to honour late singer Mark Hollis. The concert, billed ‘A Celebration Of Talk Talk And Mark Hollis’, is at London Royal Festival Hall on 26 November.

It’s the first time the band’s music will have been performed together by any of the band since Hollis stopped playing live in 1986. The concert will feature founding keyboardist Simon Brenner alongside several of the musicians to play on the band’s albums and tours. These are percussionist Martin Ditcham, pianist Rupert Black, guitarist Jeep Hook and bassist John McKenzie.

As uDiscover Music previously reported, Hollis died aged 64 in February. He had quit making music altogether following his only solo album, the self-titled Mark Hollis, in 1998.

Special guest vocalists are promised for the performance. Tickets go on sale on August 1 to South Bank members and on general sale on August 2. It should be noted, however, that the key mid-to-late-80s line-up of Talk Talk – bassist Paul Webb, drummer Lee Harris and keyboardist Tim Friese-Greene – are not involved in the concert.

The show promises music from throughout the influential outfit’s career, including the seminal albums Spirit Of Eden and Laughing Stock, which were both released after the band quit playing live. The concert’s musical director is Phil Ramacon, the songwriter who co-wrote ‘The Colour Of Spring’ on Hollis’ solo album.

Bengi Unsal, senior contemporary music programmer at The Southbank Centre, said: “We are honoured to be holding this beautiful event. Tom Baker of Eat Your Own Ears and I were talking about staging a celebration of Talk Talk even before Mark passed away.

“When he sadly died, it became inevitable for us, the fans, and for all the artists who adore the band to pay tribute to them and appreciated the indelible mark they left on music. This is a product of love and admiration – our way of saying thank you to Mark Hollis and Talk Talk.”

For tickets and further information about ‘A Celebration Of Talk Talk And Mark Hollis’ visit the Royal Festival Hall’s official website.

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