The Rich Kids Lead the March of the Charitable New-Wave at the Islington Academy, Jan 2010

Posted: 3rd December 2009

It's been a bloody aeon since Midge Ure and Glen Matlock shared a stage together but now is the time for The Rich Kids to reform, gather up some friends and icons from the new-wave era and perform a charity concert for their guitarist, Steve New and family. New has suffered from cancer for the last 12 months and all proceeds will go towards his rehabilitation.

The special reformation event will take place at the Islington O2 Academy on Thursday 7th January with tickets going on sale tomorrow (Friday 4th December) at 9am. When you see the line-up, I am sure you will get clicking sharpish. Tickets cost £17.50. Please note that the gig will start promptly at 7pm.

The Rich Kids were formed by Glen Matlock after he left punk legends, The Sex Pistols, and Midge Ure, Rusty Egan and Steve New completed the line-up. Their sound drew influence from 60s Brit-rock and new-wave sounds and spawned one album, 'Ghosts Of Princes In Towers', as well as three singles, including the Top 30 hit, 'Rich Kids' in 1978.

This fund-raising concert will feature a performance by the original line-up as well as solo slots by the members of the band. Other acts will include Carbon/Silicon (Mick Jones, who played on early RK material, The Illuminations (Ian Broudie of the Lightning Seeds, Clive Langer and Steve Allen), TV Smith (Adverts and Explorers), Viv Albertine (Slits), Patti Paladin (Johnny Thunders and Flying Lizards) and Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet). A decent roll-call for a very worthy cause.

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