Sparks have today confirmed that they will be performing an unprecedented 21 nights in London next May and June – performing every album in their back catalogue.
As previously reported by UNCUT, the cult 70s band fronted by Ron and Russell Mael will also be unveiling their 21st album live to fans at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire on June 13th.
Sparks have explained their decision to do such a challenging residency saying: “How do we best unveil our new album, Sparks as yet untitled 21st? How about playing in concert every single song off of every album that preceded it, all 20 albums on 20 consecutive nights, culminating in the premiere of our latest? That’s approximately 250 songs, or for you musicians, 4 million, 825 thousand, 273 notes. Come celebrate each and every one of those notes with us!”
The first 20 shows will take place at the Carling Academy in Islington and tickets will cost £20 per show.
Some special deals have been made on offer from ticketweb.co.uk, where tickets for three shows or more are available for £18 each, and a Golden ticket for all of the whopping run will cost £350.
Meanwhile, a night celebrating Sparks is to take place at London’s Madame Jojos tomorrow (November 29).
Launching a new tribute compilation ‘A Rainbow Over The Freeway‘ – the night will feature several artists performing a selection of Sparks songs.
All proceeds from sales of the CD will go to rainbowtrust.org.uk.
Catch Sparks perform the following albums in their entirety on the following nights, all at Islington Academy except June 13. Tickets are on general sale from November 29. Fan club pre-sale is underway.
Halfnelson (May 16)
Woofer In Tweeter’s Clothing (17)
Kimono My House (18)
Big Beat (23)
Introducing Sparks (24)
No.1 In Heaven (25)
Terminal Jive (27)
Whomp That Sucker (28)
Angst In My Pants (30)
Outer Space (31)
Pulling Rabbits Out Of A Hat (June 1)
Music That You Can Dance To (3)
Interior Design (4)
Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins (6)
Lil Beethoven (10)
Hello Young Lovers (11)
New Album – Shepherd’s Bush Empire (13)