Onward Promotions Makes Lineup Change For Upcoming Lost 80's Live Concerts: The Escape Club Added
Onward Promotions added the popular 80's band, The Escape Club, to the lineup for their Lost 80's Live shows on 81/0 in Sacramento & 8/11 in Visalia. Escape Club is best known for their hit song, Wild Wild West. Deon Estus is no longer on the lineup.
The Escape Club began in 1983 as an English pop rock band based in London. The band was composed of former Mad Shadows members' lead singer/rhythm guitarist Trevor Steel and guitarist John Holliday, along with former Expressos members bassist Johnnie Christo (a.k.a. John Christoforou)
In 1986, they signed with EMI and recorded the album White Fields, which was released in 1987.
Later in 1987, the group moved to Atlantic Records for their next album, Wild Wild West. The album was released in the summer of 1988. The first single, "Wild, Wild West" climbed to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the song's distinctive video received a lot of MTV airplay. However it was banned from being used in their homeland for being allegedly sexist and offensive.
In 1989, they released two more singles from Wild Wild West: "Shake for the Sheik," which climbed to #28, and "Walking Through Walls," which peaked at #81. The Escape Club's cover single of The Doors' "20th Century Fox" appeared on the The Wonder Years: Music From the Emmy Award-Winning Show & Its Era, which also received airplay on MTV. The band's official website reported that the song was produced by Ray Manzarek.
In 1990, the band returned to the studio to record what would be their final album, Dollars & Sex, which saw a March 1991 release. The first single, "Call It Poison" failed to crack the US Top 40. Atlantic Records then released the song "I'll Be There," which the group said was heavily influenced by the death of a friend's wife. The song has become an anthem among those who have experienced losses of their own. "I'll Be There" reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and achieved gold status in the U.S. The group disbanded in 1992. The Escape Club is the only British band to have a #1 hit in the U.S., while not charting at all in the UK.
Trevor Steel and John Holliday reunited in 2009 for a new album and a handful of live shows, and plan to release a new studio album in early 2012. Their current online presence is the band's Facebook page, where they post updates regularly, and http://theescapeclub.net/
The Lost 80's Live concert series, now in it's 7th year, features some of the most recognizable acts from that decade and is a unique opportunity to see a number of fan favorites performing live on one stage. The tour has been described by fans nationwide as a greatest hits show where every song played could legitimately be on a number of greatest hits albums.
The 8/10/12 Lost 80's Live concert in Sacramento is being held at the Crest Theatre and tickets are available on Tickets.com. The 8/11/12 Lost 80's Live concert in Visalia is being held at the Visalia Fox Theatre and tickets will be available soon on their website, foxvisalia.com.
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