ANDY BELL TO RELEASE 'VARIANCE' REMIX ALBUM IN SEPTEMBER
Andy Bell will release a remix album of songs from last year's Torsten The Bareback Saint project on September 4th. 'Variance: The Torsten The Bareback Saint Remixes' will be released as a nine-track CD packaged in a miniature replica LP gatefold sleeve. You can see the artwork and the tracklisting on Andy's website, along with pre-order details. Don't forget that 'Weston-Super-Mare (Radio Super Mix)' from the 'Variance' album will also be available as a download single on July 17th. If all goes according to plan I will have audio samples from the album for you next week...
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. VINCE CLARKE!
It will be Vince Clarke's birthday on July 3rd and in line with tradition we are collecting your birthday messages to send over to him on the day. In a break from tradition however we are now collecting your messages via the Erasure website and the messages from other people won't be on display. Many thanks to Sherry, who has hosted the birthday message boards in the past, for her sterling service. Hopefully doing it this way will eliminate some of the petty problems we've experienced in the past. Fingers crossed!
ANDY BELL LATIN AMERICAN SOLO SHOWS ONSALE
I know there's been a lot of concern over tickets from fans keen to book for the Andy Bell shows in Latin America in August as not all the shows are onsale yet, so this is just a reminder that as soon as those shows are onsale I will be updating the links on Andy'swebsite so that you can grab the tickets you want, so please do keep checking back for updates!
NEW GERMAN NOVEL PAYS TRIBUTE TO ERASURE...
Congratulations to German writer and Erasure fan Jens Hoehner who has just published his first novel 'Abschied von Fragola' (which, I think, translates as 'Farewell Fragola') which has Erasure running through the book by way of quotes from lyrics as well as an entire chapter that revolves around the song 'Matthew' that Andy Bell's recorded with Larry T. You can find out more about the book from Jens' own website, or from his publisher's website, and in case you don't know it you can listen to 'Matthew' online...
ERASURE'S 'LOVE TO HATE YOU' RUSSIAN TV TALENT SHOW PERFORMANCE
In the last newsletter you might remember I brought you Lois Keavey's piano-ballad version of 'A Little Respect' which divided your opinions to say the least! On the back of that however a number of people sent me this link, it's a cover of Erasure's 'Love To Hate You' that was performed on a Russian TV's 'Russia's got Talent' earlier this year... it will be a little less controversial I hope. Enjoy!
12 JUNIO 2015
ANDY BELL LATIN AMERICAN SOLO SHOWS - NEW SHOW IN BOGOTA, COLOMBIA
Since I announced the confirmed list of shows that Andy Bell will be doing in Latin America in August in last week's newsletter there has been another show announced, this one will take place at The Metropole in Bogota on August 28th. There may still be one or two more shows added to the tour, and you know that I will let you have all the details as soon as I have them. Over the course of the week I have also added more ticket links for the shows, and now have them in place for Santo Domingo (which goes onsale next week), Santiago, Cordoba, Buenos Aires, Montevideo and Mexico City. All those links are available now on Andy's website...
ANDY BELL IS TORSTEN - 'WESTON-SUPER-MARE' SINGLE AND 'VARIANCE' ALBUM NEWS
As you already know Andy bell is reprising his role as Torsten this year with the second part of the story that started in 2014 with 'Torsten The Bareback Saint'. The second show is called 'Torsten The Beautiful Libertine' and the gap between the two will be bridged with the release of a digital-only single, 'Weston-Super-Mare (Radio Super Mix)', on July 17th. The single release will precede an album of remixes of songs from 'Torsten The Bareback Saint' entitled 'Variance - The Torsten The Bareback Saint Remixes' which will follow a couple of weeks later and will be released on CD and via download. There will be more Torsten news very soon, but in the meantime you can check out the single artwork and get all the details from the Andy Bell website.
'THE VIOLET FLAME' POST-PROJECT SURVEY
Just a reminder that the EIS survey will close tonight at midnight (UK). If you haven't yet had a chance to fill it in and let us know your thoughts on the way The Violet Flame project was run, then please do so, and thank you so much to everyone who has already taken part!
'A LITTLE RESPECT' TEENSTAR COMPETITION COVER
There are so many covers of 'A Little Respect' out there that I don't usually include them here, but when I do it's usually because, like this one, they bring something new to the song. This is a video I found of Lois Keavey's cover of the song for a talent competition called TeenStar, and it's absolutely lovely, just have a listen and tell me if I'm wrong!
22 AGOSTO 2014
'ELEVATION (BT REMIX)' - DJ MAGAZINE PREMIERE + LIMITED EDITION 'ELEVATION' SINGLE PRE-ORDER
We were delighted this week to partner with DJ Magazine in the UK and the USA to premiere the BT Remix of Erasure's new single 'Elevation'. The premiere kicked off on Tuesday evening and the track is still available to listen to on their website, and is now publicly available on the Erasure Soundcloud page if you fancy a listen (and there's also a Soundcloud Playlist online which contains all the mixes we're revealed so far). Thanks to everyone over at DJ Magazine for their support!
The CD edition of the 'Elevation' single is available exclusively from the dedicated singles micro-site created by Lexer Music and will not be available anywhere else. The first people pre-ordering the single will also receive a limited-edition free integrated CD slipcase which will contain space for all the singles from 'The Violet Flame' project, and an immediate download of the extended mix of the track, but you already knew that didn't you?
ERASURE TO PLAY BBC RADIO 2 LIVE SESSION THIS SUNDAY!
Erasure will play a live session on BBC Radio 2′s 'Weekend Wogan' show this Sunday. The band will play two songs live as well as talking to Terry about The Violet Flame and all things Erasure!
'THE VIOLET FLAME' - FIRST ALBUM REVIEW
Slug Magazine have always been very supportive of Erasure, and once again they have delivered with their review of 'The Violet Flame' in this very detailed, considered and complimentary review... thank you Dean!
ERASURE INTERVIEW ON BBC RADIO 4'S 'FRONT ROW' THIS WEEK
I like to use the word 'prestigious' because it's a great word, and in the case of BBC Radio 4's long-running arts show 'Front Row' it is absolutely the right word to use, and I for one got goosebumps when I heard Vince and Andy interviewed on the show on Wednesday night. The interview last about ten minutes and is punctuated with all sorts of audio teasers from 'The Violet Flame' and you can listen to it online right now...
ANDY BELL IS TORSTEN THE BAREBACK SAINT... A HUGE THANK YOU FROM TEAM TORSTEN!
A huge, huge thank you from Andy (and from all of 'Team Torsten') to everyone who has supported the show so passionately and enthusiastically. The final show took place on Sunday, the reviews and the reactions have been amazing across the board and Andy has absolutely loved doing it, so let's keep our fingers crossed that we see more like this is the future. There is of course also a 'Torsten The Bareback Saint' soundtrack album which is available now on CD and via download. There is also a limited-edition 7" vinyl single of the radio versions of the tracks 'I Don't Like' and 'Fountain of Youth', plus the show's theatre programme available to buy online.
SHELTER LAUNCH CROWD-FUNDING APPEAL TO RELEASE LIMITED EDITION CD OF 'iPOP' SINGLES AND REMIXES
You all know about Andy Bell's collaboration with Shelter, the album 'iPop', which was released earlier this year, and I know that a lot of you were angling for a CD release of that material. Shelter have listened to you and as a result have launched a crowd funding campaign for their new album which also includes the production of a separate project, a CD of the four 'singles' from 'iPop' ('Beautiful', 'Stars', 'Friend' and 'Lift Me Up') plus a selection of their own favourite remixes of these singles. So if any of that appeals to you then check out their Crowd Funder page for all the details.
THE VIOLET FLAME - PLEDGE MUSIC EXCLUSIVE T-SHIRT: MORE SIZES + NEW PICTURES
I mentioned this was coming last week but we have now updated the Pledge Music site with an extended range of sizes, and some great new pictures of the finished samples. Online for you right now at Pledge Music...
'THE VIOLET FLAME' ALBUM AVAILABLE NOW
'The Violet Flame' is available to pre-order right now as a single album (and download); a 2-CD edition (and download) which features the album one one disc, and the eleven-track greatest hits set recorded at 2011's Short Circuit Festival on the other; and a 3-CD Deluxe Box Set which contains 'The Violet Flame' on one CD, the live Short Circuit festival set on the second CD, and 'The Violet Flame Remixed' (each track from 'The Violet Flame' remixed, reworked and reimagined by a diverse selection of artists and remixers) on the third CD. The 1-CD and 2-CD editions of the album are available for pre-order from Pledge Music, iTunes, Amazon and all good music retailers, however the 3-CD Deluxe Box Set is ONLY available from Pledge Music.
WERE YOU AT THE LONDON PREVIEW OF 'TORSTEN THE BAREBACK SAINT'?
Jane was there and sat next to a very nice guy who had travelled up that day from Devon, one of just a handful of people on the Upper Studio Gallery. Jane didn't get the guy's name or contact details but she and her husband really enjoyed meeting you, whoever you were. Jane does remember that you work at The Department of Work & Pensions and would love get in touch so if that's you, or if you know someone who fits that description then let me know and I will put everyone in touch again, another Erasure friendship signed sealed and delivered!
20 de Junio 2014
VINCE CLARKE AND ANDY BELL ANSWER MORE OF YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT 'THE VIOLET FLAME' PROJECT + ALBUM PRE-ORDER
I posted part one of Vince and Andy's 'Ask Erasure' feature in last week's newsletter, and today - as promised - part two has gone online. Andy and Vince answer another five of the most commonly asked, or most interesting, questions I received from you all, including current song titles, which one real instrument features on the album and, if 'The Violet Flame' was a colour then what colour would that be! The feature is available right now over at Pledge Music and on YouTube and Vimeo!
In case it's not already etched onto your heart 'The Violet Flame' will be released on September 22nd (23rd in the USA) and is now available for for pre-order at Pledge Music alongside VIP tickets (although there's only a few of those left now) and exclusive music, merchandise and experience bundles!
ERASURE 'THE VIOLET FLAME' TOUR ON SALE NOW!
For those of you who have been meditating on a mountain, or who have been trapped under a heavy object for the last couple of weeks this is a reminder that all the announced shows on 'The Violet Flame' tour later this year are now on general sale, but some are already sold out and there are only a very small number of VIP tickets (which include a meet and greet with Andy and Vince before the show, plus a CD copy of 'The Violet Flame') still available...
EXTRA VIP TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR 'VCDMNY' DJ EVENT ON VINCE CLARKE'S BIRTHDAY
I am delighted to tell you that more of the VIP tickets to Vince Clarke and Daniel Miller's forthcoming DJ date have now been made available via our friends over at Pledge Music. The date, at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 3rd, is also Vince's birthday, and as the VIP tickets give you the opportunity to meet Vince and Daniel before the show it means that you can wish Vince a happy birthday in person! Vince will be celebrating with a set that will include material from across the various stages of his career, including music from Depeche Mode, Yazoo (or Yaz for my friends on the other side of the pond) and Erasure...
ANDY BELL IS TORSTEN THE BAREBACK SAINT - SOUNDTRACK ALBUM (+ AUDIO PREVIEWS) AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER
I mentioned the pre-order for the CD edition of Andy Bell's 'Torsten The Bareback Saint' album a couple of weeks ago, but this week the album has also become available to order digitally via iTunes (including iTunes UK and USA) and Amazon (UK and USA) around the world which gives you access to audio previews from each of the album's 22 tracks! :-)
Here's what Amazon has to say about the album: "Torsten The Bareback Saint is a highly theatrical and moving song-cycle of lyrical postcards from the hotspots of an outsiders memory; memories from a life lived as a semi-immortal, learned sensualist. Andy Bell as Torsten sings deeply affecting expositional songs that incrementally illuminate his extraordinarily mysterious life as a man disconcerted by his own bizarre experience of the nature of passing time."
Andy will take the Torsten The Bareback Saint show to the Edinburgh Festival (at The Assembly in George Square) from the 5th to the 16th of August and tickets are onsale now!
'LOVE TO HATE YOU' HITS THE MOULIN ROUGE!
A few newsletters ago I gave you a link to a great video clip that married Erasure's 'Make It Wonderful' to wonderfully romantic footage from an insurance advert, well Vic, the creator of that clip, has done another one, this time cleverly combining Erasure's 'Love To Hate You' with footage from the movie 'Moulin Rouge', which also works really well. Here it is, I hope you enjoy it!
13 de Junio 2014
ERASURE 'THE VIOLET FLAME' TOUR - ALL SHOWS ON GENERAL SALE + SOLD OUT SHOWS + VIP TICKETS
You should know by now that all the announced shows on 'The Violet Flame' tour later this year are now on general sale, in fact the shows in Belfast, Dublin, Nottingham, Aberdeen and Newcastle are already sold out, with several other shows also close to selling out, so the message is simple: if you want to be sure of getting tickets to your show of choice then do try and get them sooner rather than later!
If you fancy upgrading your concert experience by buying VIP tickets - which also include a meet and greet with Andy and Vince before the show, plus a CD copy of 'The Violet Flame' - then you'll need to move even faster as there are now only a handful of tickets left. At time of writing the only shows that still have VIP tickets are Nashville, Homestead, Milwaukee, New Orleans and Reading on the North American leg of the tour, and Edinburgh, Southampton, Guildford, Reading and Nottingham on the UK leg... good luck!
VINCE CLARKE AND ANDY BELL ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT 'THE VIOLET FLAME' PROJECT + ALBUM PRE-ORDER
A few weeks ago, in this very newsletter, I offered you the chance to send in your questions about the new Erasure album 'The Violet Flame' for a special 'Ask Erasure' feature. Well today I have put online the first in a two-part EIS interview with Andy and Vince (part two will go online next week) which answers five of the most commonly asked, or most interesting, questions I received, including whether the album will feature any guest artists, the current tracklisting for the record, and how 'The Violet Flame' compare to previous Erasure records... the interview is available right now over at Pledge Music and on YouTube!
Just to remind you (there might be a test later), 'The Violet Flame' will be released on September 22nd (23rd in the USA) and is now available for pre-order at Pledge Music alongside VIP meet and greet tickets and exclusive music, merchandise and experience bundles!
VINCE CLARKE IN 'I DREAM OF WIRES' DOCUMENTARY - UK FILM PREMIERE
You might remember me telling you about the DVD of this a year or so ago, but 'I Dream of Wires' is a film documentary about modular synthesisers which - naturally - includes an interview with Vince. The DVD is already out, but the film has now been adapted into a theatrical format and the UK premiere will take place at the East End Film Festival in London on June 21st. All the details are available from the festival's own website and from the event's Facebook page. Vince can't be there himself, but the evening does promise 'live modular performances from secret guests' in addition to the film debut!
DAVE AUDÉ FEATURING ANDY BELL 'AFTERMATH (HERE WE GO)' CLIMBING THE BILLBOARD CHARTS
I thought you'd want to know that 'Aftermath (Here We Go)', Dave Audé's current collaboration with Andy, is still climbing the Billboard Dance Club Chart, and is now up to number 25 after five weeks on the chart. Both the single and the remix bundle - which features remixes from Denzal Park, Ralphi Rosario and Ikon - are available to buy digitally right now, as is the fab video for the track... did I mention that my right arm appears in the video!?!
CELEBRATE VINCE CLARKE'S BIRTHDAY WITH THE MAN HIMSELF (AND DANIEL MILLER!)...
I mentioned the DJ date that Vince will be playing in Brooklyn on his birthday in July in the last newsletter, but I've had so many questions about it that I thought I'd mention it again and answer some of those questions at the same time! Vince will be playing a DJ date at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 3rd, which is also his birthday. Also on the bill will be Daniel Miller (the man responsible for founding and running Erasure's record label, Mute, who also made music as The Normal - who released the rather brilliant songs TVOD and Warm Leatherette among others - and is a major figure in the careers of all of Vince's bands, from Depeche Mode and Yazoo to The Assembly and Erasure).
There are standard tickets available for $20 and VIP tickets for $50 - which include a meet and greet with Vince and Daniel - and Vince will be playing a set that will include material from various stages of his career, including music from Depeche Mode, Yazoo and Erasure... I hope that helps! :-)
TORSTEN THE BAREBACK SAINT - SIX-TRACK MEDLEY ONLINE NOW
It has been brilliant this week hearing so many lovely comments about 'Call Me Up', the track from Andy's one-man show 'Torsten The Bareback Saint', which I told you about in the last newsletter. So it's with particular pleasure that I bring you Soundcloud audio and a YouTube video featuring a medley of six tracks from the show for your listening and viewing pleasure... enjoy!
Andy's show 'Torsten The Bareback Saint' will play at the Edinburgh Festival (at The Assembly in George Square) from the 5th to the 16th of August and tickets are onsale now, and the 'Torsten The Bareback Saint' CD, featuring all the songs from the show, will be released in July and is available for pre-order now!
KIM WILDE COVERS ERASURE...
Kim Wilde is on the road at the moment, playing festivals here and there over the summer, and it looks like her own take on 'A Little Respect' is part of her set as you can see from this video snippet from a recent performance. The sound may be a bit dodgy but the song is going down an absolute storm!
06 Junio 2014
ERASURE 'THE VIOLET FLAME' TOUR - NORTH AMERICAN GENERAL SALES START TODAY + NEW SHOWS IN DUBLIN AND LONDON!
If you chose to steer away from the challenge of the pre-sales for the North American shows this week, then this is just a reminder that the general sales for all those shows start today and I advise you to jump in quickly, if you haven't already, while there's still a good selection of tickets available. All the North American shows go on general sale at either 10am or 12pm (local time to the venue you're booking for) today with the exception of Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas which all go onsale tomorrow. There are also a few VIP tickets available here and there.. :-)
Of course tickets for the shows in the UK, Ireland, Denmark and Germany are already on general sale and some shows are already sold out. However extra shows - with VIP tickets also on offer - have been added to the tour in Dublin (November 10th) and London (December 15th)!
BE ONE OF THE VERY FIRST PEOPLE TO LISTEN TO THE NEW ERASURE ALBUM 'THE VIOLET FLAME'!
In the last newsletter I tried to answer some of your general questions about the limited-edition boxset version of 'The Violet Flame' that is available exclusively through Pledge Music, and today I want to address some of your questions about the very special listening parties we've set up for July. Basically this is a chance to hear the new album about two-months before anyone else does, but we're not just offering an online stream or anything lo-fi like that, this is the chance to hear the album through the state of the art audio system at Mute's own recording studio, Studio Mute, in West London. There are just five listening parties and only six people will be able to attend each session, alongside a member of Mute's staff who will be able to talk to you about the project. And if that's not enough, there will be refreshments provided and, on release, you will receive a CD of the album signed by Vince and Andy plus a very special souvenir laminate to mark the occasion. I hope that helps? Let me know if you have any further questions.
CELEBRATE VINCE CLARKE'S BIRTHDAY WITH THE MAN HIMSELF (AND DANIEL MILLER!)...
For those of you who are new to this newsletter, having signed-up during the pre-sale process, I wanted to mention again that Vince Clarke will DJ at a special one-off show with Daniel Miller (the man behind Mute!) at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 3rd, which is also Vince's birthday! The duo will each DJ at the event and there are tickets - including a limited number of VIP tickets which include a special meet and greet with Vince and Daniel before the show - on sale now.
WATCH THE VIDEO FOR SHELTER FEATURING ANDY BELL'S 'BEAUTIFUL' SINGLE
Shelter have made a video to accompany their 'Beautiful' single, which is taken from 'iPop' their recent album collaboration with Andy Bell. The video is online from right now and is well worth checking out. The single 'Beautiful' and the album 'iPop' - which both feature Andy's vocals - are both out now as digital downloads!
SNEAKY PREVIEW OF 'DON'T CALL ME UP' FROM TORSTEN THE BAREBACK SAINT...
I know that lots of you are desperate to hear more material from Andy's upcoming one-man show 'Torsten The Bareback Saint', and today you can have a sneaky look and listen in a brand new video available now on YouTube. The clip is a Norwegian TV appearance from a long, long time ago and features the song 'Don't Call Me Up' from the show (and from the 'Torsten The Bareback Saint' CD). As if you need a reminder 'Torsten The Bareback Saint' will play at the Edinburgh Festival at The Assembly in George Square from the 5th to the 16th of August. Tickets are available now, and the CD will be released in July and is available to pre-order now!
DAVE AUDÉ FEATURING ANDY BELL 'AFTERMATH (HERE WE GO)' REMIXES OUT NOW + VIDEO ONSALE + COMPETITION WINNER
Thank you so much to everyone who entered last week's competition to try and win the white cloak covered with streamers that Andy wears in the 'Aftermath (Here We Go)' video. I've drawn the winning entry at random from all the correct entries received, and the winner is Majda Beallis in Chicago, congratulations Majda! For those of you with ageing eyes (!) who couldn't see what the hands coming out of the wall were holding, the answer was candles or candleabras!
The 'Aftermath (Here We Go)' remix bundle - a ten-track digital EP featuring remixes from Denzal Park, Ralphi Rosario and Ikon - was of course released this week, and I am delighted to have received such great feedback on the package, thank you! In addition to the remix bundle, the 'Aftermath (Here We Go)' video is also available to buy for your private viewing pleasure from iTunes and other download retailers.
ERASURE COCKTAILS, ROAD-TESTED FOR YOUR TASTING PLEASURE...
I have to confess that coming from Essex I'm more of a lager man than a cocktail drinker (I know, what a stereotype!), so I have to admit that I've not tried any of the Erasure cocktails from the cocktail book that came with the 'Snow Globe' boxset. Fortunately Mat Smith - who runs the excellent Documentary Evidence website - has already started working through the book, and is recording his experiences on his blog. He's tried two so far and he's not tackled the Marmite one yet, but hopefully he'll get to that one soon. Good luck sir! :-)
30 de Mayo 2014
ERASURE 'THE VIOLET FLAME' TOUR - GENERAL SALES START TODAY!
If you chose to steer away from the adrenalin and hysteria of the pre-sales for the UK, Ireland and Germany this week, then this is just a reminder that the general sales for all those countries started today and I advise you to jump in quickly, if you haven't already, while there's still a good selection of tickets available. If you're in Denmark then general sales start on June 2nd, and if you're in North America then general sales start on June 5th!
ERASURE 'THE VIOLET FLAME' TOUR - VIP TICKETS
I have had so many emails from people who have booked these very special tickets, asking all sorts of questions about them that I wanted to answer some of the most frequent ones here: the meet and greets will take place before the show you've booked for; thetickets are always from the very best selection that the venue has to offer; if you booked more than one VIP ticket in the same transaction then those tickets will be seated together; and finally you will need to collect the tickets from the venue on the night of the show, and someone will be in touch closer to the time to let you have all the details you need for a top night. I think that covers it! By the way, there are still some VIP tickets available for 'The Violet Flame' tour although a number of shows are now sold out of them...
ERASURE 'THE VIOLET FLAME' DELUXE BOXSET PRE-ORDER
As fans I know that loads of you are very keen on getting your hands on one of these, and I know lots of you have already pre-ordered one. We're still working on exactly what the box will contain but you can expect all sorts of extras, including a bonus disc of additional tracks and remixes. The first 1000 boxsets will also be signed by Vince and Andy. The reason I'm mentioning it again here is that I'm not sure if I made it clear that, unlike the other album formats which will be available everywhere, the boxset is exclusive to Pledge Music and will only be available as a pre-order!
ANDY BELL IS TORSTEN THE BAREBACK SAINT... MORE LONDON TICKETS, CD PREORDER AND PHOTO GALLERY
The special London preview of Andy bell's one-man show 'Torsten The Bareback Saint' will take place in London on Saturday July 26th and offered all the tickets exclusively to the EIS (that's you!), it's a tiny theatre so it sold out almost immediately, however by taking out some tables (or something) they have managed to open up some space for a small additional number of people and those tickets are onsaleright now if you fancy going along (I am!). If Scotland is a better fit for you geographically then, of course, Andy will be playing a residency there as part of the Edinburgh Festival and those