Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey
For nearly three decades fans of the Thompson Twins have been waiting for more live performances from one of the most iconic bands of the eighties. Now The Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey, with a new band, will be touring and performing the Thompson Twins hits.
Following a successful first festival performance in the UK in August 2014 in front of 20,000 people, Tom Bailey went straight into a highly successful 17 date headlining tour of the USA. The US tour included Tom making a special guest appearance on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and playing to a 4000 strong audience at LA’s legendary Greek Theatre.
The Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey features Tom Bailey on vocals, keyboards, guitar, harmonica and percussion. His all female band feature Charlotte Raven on vocals and keyboards, Amanda Kramer (The Psychedelic Furs/Information Society) on vocals and keyboards and Paulina Szczepaniak on electronic drums.
The Thompson Twins had huge hits on both sides of the Atlantic.
Songs such as ‘Hold Me Now’, ‘Doctor Doctor’, ‘You Take Me Up’ and ‘Love On Your Side’ provided the soundtrack for so many people’s lives worldwide in the mid-eighties. In 1985 The Thompson Twins played ‘Hold Me Now’ at Live Aid in Philadelphia and also performed the Beatles ‘Revolution’ with Madonna on backing vocals and Nile Rodgers on guitar.
Says Tom: “It’s so good to reconnect with the audience who loved these songs the first time around, as well as with new fans of the music. That’s what gets me on stage every time.”
Formed in 1977, the original Thompson Twins trimmed down their line-up in 1982 to a three piece of Bailey, Alannah Currie and Joe Leeway as they adopted a more electronic synthesizer based sonic line-up. Tom Bailey was the singer, multi-instrumentalist, producer and, along with lyricist Alannah Currie, composed and arranged the Thompson Twins music.
The Thompson Twins also enjoyed big success on the US dance chart with ‘Lies”, ‘In the Name of Love’ and ‘Hold Me Now’ all reaching No 1.
In 1988 they had another No 1 dance chart hit in the US with ‘In the Name of Love 88”.
The last Thompson Twins show in the 20th century was in Austin Texas in August 1987 and the band finally broke up in 1993. Since then Bailey has worked in many different areas of music, from the experimental electronic Babble and Kolab to the Indo-fusion of the Holiwater Band, the visual astronomy project BSP and the sound-system dub of International Observer.
In December 2014 The Thompson Twins Tom Bailey headlined their first tour of Japan in 30 years and in the summer of 2015 headlined no less than six major festivals in the UK including Rewind Perth Scotland in front of 30,000 people.
Much to TT fans delight, Bailey began writing contemporary songs again in 2016 and will be releasing a new album in 2018. The first track ‘Come So Far’ was released as a single in June 2016. Written from the perspective of a refugee in the current crisis the song is a moving portrayal of a refugee abandoning their home and moving in to the unknown. “I know where I’ve come from…don’t know where I go”. The single was released through Cooking Vinyl and all proceeds went to refugee charity Médicins Sans Frontières. A special numbered and signed 7” vinyl version of the single was also released through Pledge Music.
Tom Bailey played with Nile Rodgers on Nile’s London Fold Festival on 24th June 2016 before going on to headline Rewind North in Cheshire, after which he co-headlined at the Microsoft Theatre in LA (home of the Grammies) as well as headlining a major festival in Tucson Arizona.
In April 2016 Bailey won the ‘Best Live Show 2015’ award in the UK’s Classic Pop magazine. Up against the likes of Duran Duran, Kylie and Kraftwerk, this confirmed Tom Bailey’s current live shows as amongst the best on the planet.
In November 2017 Bailey played a festival in the Dominican Republic which was immediately followed by a highly successful arena tour of Australia with Culture Club taking in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Newcastle, Wollongong, Canberra, Adelaide and Perth.
In January 2018 a new Metro Boomin mix of the Thompson Twins’ ‘Hold Me Now’ will be used on the US GAP online ad to coincide with the Grammies.
In May 2018 Tom Bailey will be playing the UK’s Lets Rock Cookham festival and six festivals with Aha and OMD in the UK in June. This will be followed by a massive 60 date tour of the US and Canada with Culture Club and the B52s.
The music and videos of the Thompson Twins became a fixture on hit radio and music television throughout the world in the eighties. They were the soundtrack of our lives. Tom Bailey is at last performing those songs again that meant so much to so many.