Tribute gig to take place for Scottish pop legend

Billy MacKenzie is remembered

The tenth anniversary of the death of Scottish pop legend Billy MacKenzie is to be marked with a special charity gig in London.

‘A Tribute To Billy MacKenzie’ takes place on March 28 at Shepherds Bush Empire.

Claudia Brucken, The British Electric Foundation, Apollo 440, The Electric Soft Parade and Subterraneans (who feature former Josef K frontman Paul Haig) are among the names confirmed to appear so far.

It will be The British Electric Foundation’s first ever live show, while Haig appears onstage for the first time since 1989. The gig aims to raise awareness and money for the Sound Seekers charity, which works to help deaf children in the developing world.

MacKenzie is best known as the singer with The Associates, who scored a Top Ten hit in 1982 with the classic ‘Party Fears Two’. He committed suicide on January 22, 1997. The gig comes a day after what would have been the star’s 50th birthday.

Haig said of the show: “This tribute night is very poignant, a worthy cause taking place at the time he (Billy) would have celebrated/questioned his 50th year on the planet. I can imagine he would find it all surreal, emotive and flattering. I’m wheeling myself on stage in a basket chair just for him.”

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