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Lloyd's back, and Lloyd's back, and setting Standards; LLOYD COLE, ARC, STOCKTON.

LLOYD COLE, ARC, STOCKTON LLOYD COLE, ARC, STOCKTON Standards as sounding "Like T.Rex or Led Zep playing Willie Nelson and Roy Orbison tunes".

Standards as sounding "Like T.Rex or Led Zep playing Willie Nelson and Roy Orbison tunes".

Next year will mark 30 years since the 1984 debut of Lloyd Cole and The Commotions' classic album Rattlesnakes - he's Next year will mark 30 years since the 1984 debut of Lloyd Cole and The Commotions' classic album Rattlesnakes - he's Lloyd Cole, who is stopping off at Stockton as part of a European and UK tour Lloyd Cole, who is stopping off at Stockton as part of a European and UK tour IT'S been a non-stop few months for Lloyd Cole. In fact, when he arrives on Teesside next Thursday it'll be after a string of dates that have taken the singer from Italy to Serbia, Paris to Barcelona.

To those of us old enough to remember the 80s, the indie performer needs little introduction. He burst on to the scene in 1984 with The Commotions notching up hits including Perfect Skin, Brand New Friend and Lost Weekend - and, it seems, has never stopped making music since.

Thursday night sees him bring his new show to ARC, Stockton as part of a European and UK wide tour. It might be almost 30 years since Cole set out in the music industry, but he is showing no signs of slowing down.

"I have a new album - Standards," said Lloyd.

"Hopefully this tour will bring it to the attention of a few folk. I'm all over western Europe - so far we've been to Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Serbia.

"It continues until almost Christmas." He has played ARC before, he says, and the gig went well - so what can audiences expect? "It's just me, a guitar and 30 years of songs," he said of the show which is billed as 'an intimate evening with one of rock's most razor sharp wits.'" ."

Described as intimate, funny and unpredictable, expect a rapport with the audience and a feelgood retrospective of Lloyd's career performed with humour.

Over the past few years, he's swung from lyrical indie to full-on rock to strippeddown acoustica - describing new album Standards as sounding "Like T.Rex or Led Zep playing Willie Nelson and Roy Orbison tunes".

Standards as sounding "Like T.Rex or Led Zep playing Willie Nelson and Roy Orbison tunes".

Next year will mark 30 years since the 1984 debut of Lloyd Cole and The Commotions' classic album Rattlesnakes - he's ' classic album Rattlesnakes - he's still in touch with the band, he said, but there are no plans to reunite to mark the anniversary.

"We are still in touch and I expect to perform with Neil and/or Blair at some point before we hang them up," he added.

"The Commotions played in 2004 for the 20th anniversary of Rattlesnakes and we were too old to play that set even then..."

Lloyd Cole, . ARC, Stockton, Thursday, October 24, 8pm. Tickets from PS20, 14 plus, 01642 525199 for more information.

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Oct 18, 2013
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