10cc head to Alban Arena on 40th anniversary tour

CHART-TOPPING band 10cc are performing at the Alban Arena tomorrow (October 12) as part of a 28-day tour celebrating 40 years of their music.

Original member and famed songwriter Graham Gouldman revealed this is the fourth time the group have played at the arena. He said: “It’s a venue we regularly do. It’s a lovely gig.”

He added that although the band are not doing a “proper London show” on their current tour, playing in St Albans is good for their fans in the capital as it’s still close by.

The group enjoyed worldwide success during the seventies spawning super-hits I’m Not in Love and Dreadlock Holiday.

Their fan base is said to include Axl Rose of Guns N’Roses, The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde, and Huey Morgan of Fun Lovin’ Criminals.

Graham puts the band’s popular and unique sound down to the broad range of common influences they share, such as the Beatles, the Beach Boys and Steely Dan.

Their upcoming show at the arena will kick off with an acoustic set of Graham’s songs from the sixties, prompting the musician to joke: “We’re our own opening act.”

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It will also feature a “proper 10cc mix” along with “some surprises”.

Those who managed to score a ticket to see the band in action will also get a taste of Graham’s newest release in 12 years Love and Work, a record he “really loved doing”.

The 66-year-old, originally from Manchester, is renowned for his song writing and musical ability and has penned songs for renowned bands The Yardbirds and The Hollies.

He recently also leant his talents to pop-rock boyband McFly and helped them with a song.

It seems as though a love of writing runs in Graham’s family, as his father Hyme Gouldman was a poet and playwright.

When asked if his dad influenced his passion for song writing Graham replied “of course”. He added: “He loved words.”

The tour runs from October 11 to December 2 and will take the band all over the UK, as well to Russia for a gig in January.