Richard Strange, One-Off At Bush Hall: 'The Phenomenal Rise of Richard Strange' 9 June

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'The Phenomenal Rise of Richard Strange' The first and the only full and complete performance of the political fantasy concept album


Political?  Damn right it’s political!

"The greatest concept album ever? Quite So."  AllMusic


AEG Presents are delighted to announce that on Saturday June 9th, 2018 at Bush Hall, London, Richard Strange will host the first [and the only full and complete] performance of the political fantasy concept album ‘The Phenomenal Rise of Richard Strange’ in 40 years. This prescient and wholly contemporary piece of work will be delivered in a Cabaret-style setting, with special guests and many surprises - plus a support. 

Imagine a 60s Italian arthouse movie, directed for the stage by Bertolt Brecht with a soundtrack by Jacques Brel, Lou Reed and Marlene Dietrich. 

You’ve got The Phenomenal Rise Of Richard Strange. 

Now imagine the greatest musicians from the bands of Nick Cave, The Who, Scott Walker, PJ Harvey, Tindersticks, Sarah Jane Morris, The Band of Holy Joy, Tom Waits’ Black Rider, Marianne Faithfull and Jamiroquai.

You’ve got The Phenomenal Rise Of Richard Strange.

Now imagine a front man who has worked as an actor with Tim Burton, Harmony Korine, Martin Scorsese, Jack Nicholson, Marianne Faithfull, Peter Capaldi, Robert Wilson and Neil Jordan, and as a singer with Tom Waits, Jarvis Cocker, Gavin Bryars, Frank Zappa and Doctors of Madness.

You’ve got The Phenomenal Rise Of Richard Strange.

Richard is best known for his band Doctors of Madness, of whom Vic Reeves said, “If you have never heard the Doctors of Madness, you should. Musically they are the Velvet Underground, New York Dolls with shades of glam, hippie, prog and punk all rolled into one, yet are still totally original. Vastly underrated, they should have been huge.Pure genius.”

Described as “the missing link between David Bowie and The Sex Pistols” [The Guardian], Richard and Doctors of Madness exploded onto the music scene in 1975 with their theatrical, William Burroughs-inspired Sci-fi nightmare, they were misunderstood by many, but those who knew understood the importance of the band’s dangerous, uncompromising approach to lyrics, to music and to performance.

It is that attitude and theatricality that underscores and defines ‘The Phenomenal Rise of Richard Strange’.

Richard himself says simply, “I promise you a night to remember”.