Eddy Grant and The Frontline Orchestra

Eddy Grant
Eddy Grant and The Frontline Orchestra
June 30th 2008

Touring for the first time in 15 years, Eddy Grant heads to Bournemouth with his frontline orchestra for a very historic show, performing all his greatest hits including “Electric Avenue,” “I Don’t Wanna Dance” and “Gimme Hope Jo’anna” and many many more….

Many people call themselves ‘solo artists,’ but few fit the tag as well as Eddy Grant. Since the 1970’s, this gifted performer has released several albums on which he wrote and performed every note of the music, in addition to recording it in his own studio manufacturing it in his own factory and issuing it on his own record label. In fact, Grant is said to be the only major artist who over a forty year plus career owns every recording and song he ever created. The totally personalised music Grant made was a deft blend of pop songwriting, dance rhythms, reggae and colorful international elements, making him an international solo hit-maker

It was from his base in the Caribbean that he recorded his breakthrough album, “Killer on The Rampage”. This record blended social-commentary themed lyrics with a complex but pop-friendly sound that deftly mixed international influences and pop hooks. It became a hit when the songs “I Don’t Wanna Dance” and “Electric Avenue” were released as singles.

The very danceable tune, “Electric Avenue”, talked about tensions in the streets over a pulsating instrumental track that mixed new-wave synthesizers (with which Grant had been experimenting for years) and a funky groove. It became a #2 hit in the UK following the #1 hit “I Don’t Wanna Dance”, a hit in every country except the USA where the radio DJ’s refused to stop playing the first release “Electric Avenue” (which was #1 on the Cashbox chart and #2 on the Billboard Hot 100). The extraordinary success of both singles helped to make the parent album a worldwide success.

Eddy Grant and The Frontline Orchestra
June 30th 2008
The Opera House, Bournemouth Doors: 7pm-11pm
Tickets: Go on sale at 9am on Thursday 4th April -£25adv – more on door
www.ticketweb.co.uk 08700 600 100 (24hrs)
or from venue: www.operahouse.co.uk 08701 98 98 98 (9am-5pm)
or from cash outlet: YDNA Surf + Skate Shop, 8a St Michaels Rd, Triangle, Bournemouth Town Centre.

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