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Marc Almond

It was the end of July when Marc Almond took to the stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall to pay tribute to his childhood hero David Bowie.

We lost the Thin White Duke at the start of this year, of course, and Marc was one of a number of musicians and friends of Bowie who came together as part of the BBC’s Proms programme to celebrate his life with reworkings of some of his classic tracks.

“It upset a lot of die-hard Bowie fans,” chuckles Marc when we meet a couple of months later at London’s Soho House.

“One person on Twitter said, ‘Marc Almond strapped a musical bomb to himself, detonated it, and John Cale made sure the body parts were strewn all across the floor.’” Marc takes a well-timed sip of his tea and chuckles again: “A little tasteless in the current world, but I quite liked that one.”

In reality, Marc brought the Royal Albert Hall to its feet that night, pouring his heart and soul into charmingly off-kilter renditions of Starman and Life on Mars. And besides, “detonating a musical bomb” is hardly the worst critique he’s received during his distinguished 40 year career; gyrating across the stage on Top of the Pops, in thick eyeliner and borderline S&M gear, at the height of his Soft Cell fame meant Marc was the recipient of both death threats and press harassment for much of the 80s.

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