10cc Star Graham Gouldman UK Tour Dates To Coincide With First New Solo Album In Eight Years

10cc’s Graham Gouldman will embark on a run of UK tour dates in March and April 2020 to coincide with the release of his first solo album in eight years.

Long-established as one of the world’s greatest songwriters, Graham’s 14-date tour with his semi-acoustic band Heart Full of Songs begins in Gateshead on 19th March and ends in Cardiff on 4th April, including a date at London’s Union Chapel on 26th March.

Graham’s new solo album – the fifth of his career, and his first since 2012’s ‘Love And Work’ – is scheduled for release on 20th March on British independent record label Lojinx.

With 10cc tours enjoying ever-increasing success around the world, in 2018 Graham was invited by The Beatles’ drummer Ringo Starr to join his All Starr Band for tours of Europe and the USA, during which the band played three 10cc songs, elevating Graham’s profile yet further.

That relationship continues, with Ringo making a very special guest appearance on Graham’s new album, playing drums on a song called ‘Standing Next To Me’.

Graham said, “Playing with Ringo Starr and The All Starr Band was absolutely brilliant, and having Ringo play drums on one of my new album’s songs was the icing on the cake. The song is about how I came to be asked to join his band, and about my experience of being on the road with Ringo alongside Steve Lukather, Colin Hay, Gregg Rolie, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette, who also plays drums on four of the album’s tracks.

When Graham formed what became Heart Full of Songs it was purely for the pleasure of playing his songs in their simplest form: acoustically. The format became so popular that the acoustic four-piece undertook its first concert tour in April-May 2013.

The band now tours across Belgium, Germany, Holland and the UK and comprises Graham, Ciaran Jeremiah, Dave Cobby and either Iain Hornal, Nick Kendal or Andy Park, depending on their various commitments.

For lovers of perfectly-crafted music performed by the composer, a Heart Full of Songs concert is truly an exquisite experience, featuring 10cc classics such as I’m Not In Love, Dreadlock Holiday and The Things We Do For Love, Bus Stop – a hit for The Hollies, For Your Love (The Yardbirds) and Bridge To Your Heart (Wax), along with some new material.

Graham’s songwriting status was acknowledged in 2014 with his induction into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame – an arm of America’s National Academy of Music. Previous inductees include Noel Coward, Irving Berlin, Burt Bacharach, Neil Sedaka, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Leonard Cohen and Sting.

That was followed in 2015 by Broadcast Music Incorporated in the US anointed him an Icon of the Industry at a special ceremony in London, where he wowed the audience with an acoustic rendition of I’m Not In Love, accompanied by Lisa Stansfield on vocals.

Around that time, Graham got another unexpected lift. It happened backstage at the UK’s Cropredy Festival when Robert Plant walked up and thanked him for writing one of the songs that got him through the audition to join Led Zeppelin. The song was For Your Love.

Looking ahead to the tour, Graham said, “I always love taking my Heart Full Of Songs show on tour. Acoustic performances always create a very intimate atmosphere where every song – which is what it’s all about – can truly be heard. It also gives me a chance to explain how the songs came about and something of the writing process. We’ll see you there.

The full Heart Full of Songs tour:

  • 19 Mar Gateshead Sage 2 [tickets]
  • 20 Mar Aberdeen The Tivoli Theatre [tickets]
  • 21 Mar Edinburgh Pleasance Theatre [tickets]
  • 22 Mar Glasgow St Luke’s [tickets]
  • 24 Mar Solihull The Core Theatre [tickets]
  • 25 Mar Leeds City Varieties [tickets]
  • 26 Mar London Union Chapel [tickets]
  • 27 Mar Brighton St George’s [tickets]
  • 29 Mar Colwyn Theatr Colwyn
  • 30 Mar Liverpool Epstein Theatre [tickets]
  • 1 Apr Wavendon The Stables [tickets]
  • 2 Apr Manchester RNCM [tickets]
  • 3 Apr Bristol St George’s [tickets]
  • 4 Apr Cardiff The Gate

Tickets available now from all venues and ticket agencies. Album pre-order details coming soon.

Mick Wilson leaves 10cc replaced by Iain Hornal

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As a result of diverging interests, long-time band member Mick Wilson has left 10cc to pursue other projects.

He is replaced by Iain Hornal who has worked with 10cc on several occasions when Mick was unavailable. Iain supported 10cc on its last UK tour and is a key member of Graham Gouldman’s Heart Full of Songs band, which toured the UK in October.

10cc returns to live shows in March with five concerts in Germany, eight in Holland and a 12-show tour of Australia in April, summer festivals in Europe and a UK tour being planned for the autumn.

”Mick has been a friend and a valued member of the band for many years and I wish him all the very best for the future,” says 10cc’s Graham Gouldman.

Original post on 10cc.World

Graham joins Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band

Graham Gouldman has accepted an invitation to join Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band for a tour of Europe next summer.

Ringo has kept the same band line-up for several years, but wanted a change for the next tour and approached Graham with the idea some months ago.

The All Starr Band also features Steve Lukather of Toto, Gregg Rolie of Santana, Men At Work’s Colin Hay, Warren Ham (whose credits include working with Toto, Donna Summer and Olivia Newton-John) and Gregg Bissonette (Santana, Toto and ELO).

“I didn’t need to think about it,” says Graham. “As I’ve said before, without the Beatles there wouldn’t have been a 10cc, so to be asked to join Ringo’s band is a huge honour and very exciting. It’ll also be a great pleasure to play alongside such esteemed musicians as Steve, Warren and the others.”

The 21-date tour will take the band to Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Israel and Italy.

Before the Ringo tour, Graham and 10cc will tour Germany, Holland and Australia through March and April. with a UK tour being planned for the autumn. 10cc will also be playing festivals across Europe during July-August.

Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band tour:

05 Jun France Paris Olympia
08 Jun Netherlands Grolloo Holland Blues Festival
09 Jun Germany Flensberg Flens Arena
10 Jun Germany Hamburg StadPark
13 Jun Finland Helsinki Kaisaniemi Park
15 Jun Denmark Horsens Lunden
16 Jun Germany Berlin Tempodorm
17 Jun Germany Zwickau Stadhalle
19 Jun Czech Republic Prague Congress Hall
20 Jun Austria Vienna Stadhalle
23 Jun Israel Tel Aviv Menorah Arena
24 Jun Israel  Tel Aviv Menorah Arena
26 Jun Spain Barcelona St. Jordi Club
28 Jun Spain Madrid Wlznik Center
29 Jun Spain La Caruna Coliseum
01 Jul Spain Bilbao Bizkia Arena
04 Jul Luxembourg Luxembourg Rockhal
06 Jul Monaco Monte Carlo Sporting Complex
08 Jul Italy Lucca Piazza Napoleone
09 Jul Italy Marostica Piazza Degliscachi
11 Jul Italy Rome, Cavea Autorium

Love and Work Vinyl Release

  • Out for the first time on vinyl, Love And Workis the fourth studio album by singer, songwriter and musician Graham Gouldman
  • Features two brand new bonus tracks, Just Like Yesterday and the lead single Let’s Get Lost
  • Dedicated to his former Wax partner the late Andrew Gold, with whom he recorded four albums between 1984 and 1996
  • Includes the acclaimed single Daylight, which was written about Gold
  • 180g double vinyl in gatefold packaging, complete with a double sided colour lyrics insert 
  • Available now for purchase on Amazon

Love and Work Vinyl Release

Graham was born on May 10th 1946 in Manchester, England. He was given his first guitar at age eleven and started forming and working with local bands at age fifteen. Inspired by The Beatles and encouraged by his parents Betty and Hymie, who often helped him with lyrics and song titles, Graham started writing songs.

He had his first hit as a songwriter in 1965 writing ‘For Your Love’ for the Yardbirds and also wrote their follow up hits ‘Heart Full of Soul’ and ‘Evil Hearted You’. In the same year The Hollies recorded his song ‘Look Through Any Window’ followed by ‘Bus Stop’ in 1966 as well as hits with Herman’s Hermits ‘Listen People’ and ‘No Milk Today’.

In 1972, along with Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme, he formed 10cc. He co-wrote many of their hits including ‘Rubber Bullets,’ ‘I’m Not In Love,’ ‘The Things We Do For Love’ and ‘Dreadlock Holiday’. It’s the enduring popularity of these tracks and Graham’s love of playing songs in their simplest form, acoustically, that led him and fellow 10cc members Rick Fenn, Mick Wilson and Mike Stevens, into performing some of them – just with vocals and acoustic guitars – at 10cc concerts.

During the 1980s Graham formed ‘Wax’ with the late Andrew Gold. They enjoyed chart success in Europe with hits ‘Right Between the Eyes’ and ‘Bridge To Your Heart’.

Graham was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of fame in 2014 and received the BMI (Broadcast Music Inc) icon award in 2015.

DISC 1 SIDE A

The Halls of Rock ‘N’ Roll

Daylight

Ariella

DISC 1 SIDE B

Then It’s Gone

Let Me Dream Again

Lost in the Shadows of Love

Battlefield

DISC 2 SIDE A

Cryin’ Time Again

Any Day Now

Puttin’ My Faith in Love

DISC 2 SIDE B

Black Gold [Instrumental]

Memory Lane

Just Like Yesterday [Bonus]

Let’s Get Lost [Bonus]

Play Nicely and Share

Play Nicely and Share - Graham Gouldman

PLAY NICELY AND SHARE

  • Brand new 6 track EP from singer, songwriter and musician Graham Gouldman
  • Features the recently released single Let’s Get Lost
  • Gatefold-style digipack complete with 8-page booklet including photos and lyrics to all songs
  • Released 17th November, pre-order now from Wienerworld or Amazon

LINER NOTES

The album title, Play Nicely And Share, came from something my wife Ariella says to me before I go to a recording session or go on tour. It’s the sort of thing you’d say to a child before he/she goes out to play with friends, but I think you can apply it to anything you do. Play Nicely, in other words, do the best you can do; And Share, let others benefit from what you do.

 

  1. Let’s Get Lost

This song was originally written for a Radio 2 programme called ‘The Loss Of Lostness’ in which I was asked to talk about getting lost in music and record shops, I was also asked to come up with a song.

‘Let’s Get Lost’ is such a great and inspiring title. I wrote the music very quickly, which is usually a good sign. It took a little longer to finish the lyrics. Ironically, having extolled the virtues of getting lost, the thought of actually getting lost fills me with horror as I’ve got a lousy sense of direction!

  1. Come To Mine

I met Beth Neilson Chapman and Kevin Montgomery at a songwriters retreat held at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios. When we sat down to write together Beth said how much she liked the phrase ‘Come To Mine’. That is a very un-American phrase for someone who lives in Nashville to pick up on, but that’s what songwriters do. I started playing the opening chords and the melodies came very quickly. I recorded the track and my vocals in London and Beth added her vocals and guitars in Nashville. Just because I come from Manchester doesn’t mean that I can’t be a little bit country!

  1. Do You Wanna Go

I wrote this with Claudio Guidetti, someone I have known and written with for many years. He has a studio in Milan where we wrote the music and recorded most of the backing track. I wrote the lyrics back in London. They were based on the feeling I got listening to the track about travelling to new places. I’ve had a long-standing love affair with California so that is where the song is placed. I felt it had a party atmosphere so you can hear one going on underneath the guitar solo.

  1. Rave On

Originally recorded for a film where the music supervisor wanted new versions of old songs. The movie never saw the light of day but I really liked this version of the song so I thought I’d use it on this album. I’ve always been a massive Buddy Holly fan and, like many of my contemporaries, he was a huge influence on me both as a songwriter and a musician.

  1. Just Like Yesterday

Originally recorded by Tony Christie I used the backing track from the original demo of the song because it felt so right. I wrote it with Graeme Pleeth who also mixed this album. I’ve always used lots of minor chords because of the mood they create. I also like the Nashville sound on this track.

  1. Play Nicely and Share

This was originally intended to be an instrumental but when I listened to the finished track I felt like it should have some lyrics. They start in quite an odd place but it feels right to me. I nicked George Benson’s idea of scat singing with the melody guitar. Because of the title, I thought I should extend the lyric idea to become one of universal peace and love, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Jeff Beck

Here I am with the great Jeff Beck, unarguably the greatest guitarist to walk this earth, back stage at the ‘Concert At The Kings’ All Cannings Wiltshire for the  SAS band “Rock Against Cancer” gig.

Jeff played on my songs ‘Heartful of Soul’ and ‘Evil hearted you’ with the Yardbirds, as well as ‘Tallyman’ which he recorded as a solo artist.
Other artists appearing were Queen’s Roger Taylor, Madeline Bell and Kiki Dee.

It was a great gig for us after a viciously early start flying home from Denmark where 10cc played last night.
We’re all looking forward to our rescheduled Scandinavian tour which starts next Tuesday May 28th.

Love Graham

Heart Full of Songs Tour

Thanks to all who came to see us on our Heart Full of Songs tour and for your great feedback and photos (see the Facebook page).

Rick, Mick, Mike and I really enjoyed ourselves and look forward to taking this show back on the road again, whenever that may be.

I’ll keep you posted.

Graham Gouldman

Storm Thorgerson

I am extremely saddened to report the death of my dear friend Storm Thorgerson who passed away yesterday, April 18th.

I first met Storm in 1973 on the photo shoot for 10cc’s album ‘Sheet Music’.

Most of 10cc’s subsequent album covers were designed by Storm, and his company Hipgnosis, including The Original Soundtrack,  How Dare You and Deceptive Bends .

He also worked on several other projects with me including Wax and the cover for my Love And Work cd.

He also did designs for Pink Floyd (Dark Side Of The Moon), Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel and many others.

He was a true genius who will be sadly missed.

Graham

Rick Fenn Injured

I’m sorry to report that due to a serious hand and arm injury sustained while on a skiing trip in Japan my dear friend and 10cc cohort Rick Fenn will be unable to undertake our Scandinavian tour that was due to start on February 19th.

As a result of this we have been forced to postpone the tour.

I’m hoping that all the dates can be repositioned or replaced at a later date.

My sincerest apologies to all our Scandinavian fans and friends, and of course the promoters and venues.

Graham Gouldman

Ron Sexsmith

Ron Sexsmith & Graham Gouldman

Here I am with the great Ron Sexsmith who Ariella and I saw last night at a special gig showcasing tracks from his new album ‘Forever Endeavour’.

I’m a long-time fan of Ron.

We discussed the possibility of writing together.

I urge you to check out Ron’s last album ‘Long Player Late Bloomer’ and his beautiful song ‘There’s gold in them hills’.

Love and Work Vinyl Release

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