Art-pop pioneers 10cc will be performing their defining album Sheet Music in its entirety during a date at Sage Gateshead on February 13.
It will be one of a unique series of performances celebrating the 40th anniversary of the inventive long-player and will also incorporate a special video contribution from 10cc co-founder and acclaimed director Kevin Godley (50% of Godley and Creme).
Fans will hear both sides of the album (remember when they had sides?) straight through, including top 10 hits The Wall Street Shuffle and Silly Love. There will also be a special video contribution from 10cc co-founder Kevin Godley.
Released in 1974 and produced by the band, Sheet Music reached No 9 in the UK charts and entered the Top 100 in the US.
Fans of it will tell you it remains a masterclass in the composition of popular music and typifies the diversity and invention which characterised the band’s earlier work.
The second half of the evening will feature all the usual 10cc classics, including Dreadlock Holiday, Rubber Bullets, I’m Not In Love, The Dean and I, and I’m Mandy Fly Me.
Led by 10cc co-founder Graham Gouldman, the current live band has been together for over a decade, with Gouldman recently inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in America, joining legends such as Burt Bacharach, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney.
“Year on year we get busier and visit more countries,” says Gouldman. “It’s great, we love touring and playing together and the audiences these days are very gratifying. You get the people you would expect, who grew up with 10cc, but you also get young kids who know the songs too.”
Gouldman attributes 10cc’s lasting appeal to the quality and individuality of the band’s songs. “They don’t seem to date; they are original, we never followed any trend we simple wrote for our own pleasure. The fact that the songs are being played as often on the radio today as they ever were shows how true that is,” he says.