Robby Burns’ Day, January 28, 2011. At T&T’s for traditional feast of haggis, tatties & neeps, Scottish ale and some single malt sin. Minding my own business, enjoying the company, T2 mentions having recorded a concert that celebrated Trevor Horn’s 25 years in the music business. He thought I’d enjoy seeing it, as we all share much the same taste in music from the same 80’s era.
Good fun, this concert film. Many familiar faces: Grace Jones, Pet Shop Boys, Propaganda, ABC, Seal… hugely enjoyable to see them all 25 years later, still rocking and still sure and solid presences on stage.
And then the concert ends with a reunited Frankie Goes To Hollywood. Holly Johnson would not participate – “he has his reasons,” said Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant – and so a new lead had to be found.
And indeed, found he was.
Ryan Molloy was mesmerizing in his delivery of the three Frankie songs Welcome to the Pleasuredome, Two Tribes, and Relax. He brought energy, power, and prowess to the performance, making these hits all that they ever should have been. The power of the music and the lyrics was finally being delivered by someone who looked the part, to evoke all the images that the music has always brought to bear within us. Utterly energizing. Everything old became new again.
If THAT was possible, ANYTHING is possible. Thanks, Ryan.