T. Rex tribute band salutes glam rock's main man
PUBLISHED: 14:39 08 August 2016 | UPDATED: 14:39 08 August 2016
Marc Bolan was one of the glam era's biggest stars
A tribute act to one of the biggest glam rock acts of all time is set to rock the Churchill Theatre this weekend.
Hailed as the best live tribute band in the UK by BBC One, T. Rexstasy recreates the magic of one of the most flamboyant and charismatic stars of the original glam rock era.
Stoke Newington boy Marc Bolan took the world by storm with songs like Children of the Revolution, 20th Century Boy, Metal Guru and Bang A Gong (Get It On), which helped to define the glam rock era as much as fellow Londoner David Bowie’s hits.
T. Rex’s huge riffs, driving rhythms and surreal, suggestive lyrics pushed the boundaries of music, laid to rest the hippie era and enabled a new generation to express itself.
Frontman Bolan’s charismatic personality was as big as the music itself, inspiring legions of admirers and imitators.
The band scored four UK number one singles over the space of just two years in the early 1970s, while albums Electric Warrior and The Slider are recognised as all-time classics.
Sadly, Bolan’s death in a car accident at the age of just 29 brought his career to a premature end, but his music lives on and has continued to resonate with fans old and young.
Punk rock and Britpop were both influenced significantly by T. Rex, with bands such as The Smiths, Siouxsie and the Banshees and Oasis hailing them as an inspiration.
Tribute act T.Rextasy have now been performing around the world for more than 20 years - even longer than the original T. Rex.
The band is now accepted as the world’s only official live tribute band dedicated to Marc Bolan and T .Rex, and the only band endorsed and approved by Marc Bolan’s family, estate, original ex-members of T.Rex, and Bolan’s catalogue management.
T.Rextasy has been described by many as ‘beyond the boundaries of tribute’.
The group’s I Love to Boogie - 40th Anniversary Tour will stop off at The Churchill on Saturday.
Tickets for the show are priced at £26.