Monday, November 29, 2010

Kajagoogoo-Yes, They are still Around; Still Awesome!

The Band back in the 1980s'

The band Today! Mac
The original five-piece line-up of the band briefly joined forces again on VH1's Bands Reunited in 2004. Following the VH1 reunion, the original group received offers to continue to play in this line-up,[2] but disagreements continued between band members and the reunion was short-lived. The group felt that the VH1 feature was unfairly edited to portray simplified reasons as to why Strode and Limahl had left the band in the 1980s, and complained that it also suggested the band remained together in the fairy tale ending.[3]
In 2007, Nick Beggs, Steve Askew and Stuart Neale decided to continue to play together as Kajagoogoo and released the track "Rocket Boy" on 24 June 2007, the first Kajagoogoo single in 22 years. The single received airplay on Steve Wright's BBC Radio 2 show in the UK, and a new album, Gone to the Moon, was also recorded and was scheduled for release but then postponed until late 2008 when it became available via the live shows and "Kajashop", the band's website store[4] (although it was made available for free download on the band's official website until February 2009).
In February 2008, the three Kajagoogoo members announced plans to reunite with original members, lead singer Limahl and drummer Jez Strode. This was due in part to Bradley Snelling, the organizer of the Retrofest event and the band's new manager, who had succeeded in arranging for Kajagoogoo to have their first photo shoot in 25 years. The band wrote on their official site that "The atmosphere was relaxed, jovial and, after 25 years, Kajagoogoo, in their original five-piece line-up are back". Since reforming, the band have written new material, released an EP, and have extensively toured throughout Europe (with the first date taking place in Denmark on 14 June 2008, at Esbjerg Rock Festival.[5]).

 Current activities

Kajagoogoo are currently writing new material following the completion of their "Space Cadet" tour, which kicked off in Liverpool, England on 17 September 2009, and ended in Southampton on 1 October.[6]
On 24 August 2009 Kajagoogoo headlined The Hobble on The Cobbles all day music event in Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire
On 7 September 2009, the long awaited retrospective 'Best Of' CD/DVD was released by the band's original label EMI Records called 'Too Shy - The Best Of Kajagoogoo & Limahl'. It features two of the newly recorded tracks from the 'Death Defying Headlines E.P.', plus a brand new promotional video, newly commissioned by the label to showcase "Space Cadet", one of the new recordings .[7]
On 14 December 2009, EMI (UK) released the "White Feathers (Manhattan Clique Remixes) E.P." .[8]
On 16 December 2009, Kajagoogoo performed their last remaining UK concert of 2009 with a return to 'The Stables' in Wavendon, Milton Keynes.[9]
On 16 March 2010, 'dPulse Recordings' release the Kajagoogoo track 'First Girl on Mars' as a part of The 'Who Made Your Music?' benefit CD, released to raise funds for, and bring awareness to the rights of marginalized women. The album will be made available on Compact Disc and digital download format.[10]
On Saturday 17th July 2010, Kajagoogoo performed at the Midland Music Festival in Tamworth. [11]
On Saturday 21st August 2010, Kajagoogoo performed at the Rewind Festival in Henley-on-Thames to a huge audience of appreciative fans.[12]

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