Mirror: Masked Singer Fans Think Panda Is Toyah!

January 26th, 2022

Masked Singer fans ‘rumble’ celebrity on show – but for more than one character

The Masked Singer UK fans say they’ve got clues and proof that one star is under the mask, but she’s been named as playing multiple characters

The Masked Singer UK viewers have shared their thoughts on Twitter over the latest batch of characters. One name in particular has been shared constantly with fans believing they have proof she is on the show. However, the particular celebrity has in fact been suggested for multiple characters, while one in particular.

Musician, actress, and TV presenter Toyah Willcox is tipped to be unmasked as Panda on the hit ITV series, with fans convinced it is her. That said, she’s also been thrown into the mix for Rockhopper and Mushroom, as well as Firework.

Basically, fans are convinced the vocals and clues match her for all of the characters, but she can’t possibly be playing all of them can she? While we wouldn’t put it past the double-bluffing bosses on the show, the characters have all appeared on stage at the same time at one point, or at least most of them have. It is also very unlikely they have one celebrity performing as more than one character, meaning someone else has to be the other characters.

It’s Panda that has had the most guesses as being Toyah by viewers, with many convinced the vocals gave the game away.

• Continue reading at The Mirror. NB. The Sun, Express, Independent and others have a similar story but they have Cyndi Lauper as Panda. The Masked Singer continues this Saturday evening on ITV at 7pm. Have a listen…. Definitely not Toyah but it does sound sort of like Cyndi!

Toyah On TV: Help! My House Is Haunted

January 26th, 2022

Toyah is one of six celebrities appearing in the fourth series of Help! My House Is Haunted, airing soon on Discovery +

Singer, actress and 80s icon Toyah Willcox has experienced persistent paranormal activity in her Worcestershire home ever since she moved in 20 years ago. To lend a helping hand, the team undergo one of their most terrifying investigations to date and uncover a nearby medieval tragedy that could be linked to the hostile entity dwelling in the property. Toyah features in Episode 5 with broadcast details coming soon.

• Continue reading at toyahwillcox.com. (Photo © Discovery +)

Merchandise: The Eyes Of An Angel + The Beast Looks Back…

January 26th, 2022

Click below to watch Toyah introduce The Eyes Of An Angel + The Beast Looks Back… a brand new collectable art series by Toyah. Prints and tees available now in strict limited quantities. (Image © Toyah Willcox)

Toyah on TV: Quadrophenia Reunited – 40 Years On

January 26th, 2022

Quadrophenia Reunited – 40 Years On: Sky Arts: Saturday 5th February: 2.30am
Lauren Laverne hosts a one-off special bringing the stars of Quadrophenia together. Featuring reminiscing, interviews, a table-read of the script and plenty of surprises. (Photo © Sky Arts)

Charles Hutch Press: Posh Pop Queen Toyah In Pocklington

January 26th, 2022

Sunday Lunch video star and Posh Pop queen Toyah to play Pocklington in March

Eighties’ pop star Toyah will play Pocklington Arts Centre on March 3 on her up-close-and-personal Posh Pop Tour.

Her “lively cinematic sound” will combine Toyah’s vocals with keyboards and stand-up bass in her arrangements of such hits as It’s A Mystery, Thunder In The Mountains and I Want To Be Free, modern-day works Sensational and Dance In The Hurricane and selections from last autumn’s Posh Pop album.

These will be complemented by stories from her colourful 40-year career that has gained YouTube momentum latterly with Toyah’s Sunday Lunch videos with husband Robert Fripp, drawing ten million views since being started in lockdown. A new season was launched last weekend with their quickfire take on The Undertones’ Teenage Kicks.

Toyah: Posh Pop Tour, Pocklington Arts Centre, Thursday, March 3, 8pm. Box office: 01759 301547 or at pocklkingtonartscentre.co.uk.

Ahead of her Pocklington show, Martin Hutchinson profiles Birmingham-born singer, actor, television presenter and writer Toyah Willcox

Once known as the “Punk Princess”, Toyah has proved that she is no one-trick-pony. She is an actor of note, featuring in films such as Jubilee, Quadrophenia and Ghosts Of Borley Rectory and the TV shows Shoestring, Minder, Kavanagh QC and Maigret.

She supplied her voice to the animated Mr Bean series and Teletubbies and has ‘done’ Shakespeare, playing Miranda in Derek Jarman’s 1979 film version of The Tempest.

To most of us, however, Toyah is a singer, who took the charts by storm when she first erupted on the scene in 1980. After five releases that failed to interest the mainstream Top 40, despite going top ten in the independent charts, Toyah broke through with the Four From Toyah EP, featuring the fantastic It’s A Mystery that propelled it to number four.

• Continue reading at Charles Hutch Press. Browse all of Toyah’s upcoming live gigs and festivals at toyahwillcox.com.

Toyah On TV: 50 Wild Women Of The 80s

January 26th, 2022

50 Wild Women Of The 80s!: NOW 80s: Saturday 29th January: 12pm
Brilliant songs, big voices, blazing hair & bags of attitude – the ladies of the 80s had the lot! From Toyah to Tina & Joan Jett to Janet Jackson.

Toyah On TV: Celebrity Catchphrase

January 26th, 2022

Celebrity Catchphrase: ITV2: Monday 7th February: 6pm
Stephen Mulhern hosts a celebrity special of the classic game show, with Nicola Coughlan, Stephen Mangan and Toyah Willcox all trying to say what they see as they guess well-known phrases for the chance to win a £50,000 jackpot for their chosen charity.

Podcasts: My Time Capsule – Toyah Willcox

January 25th, 2022

Toyah is the latest guest on the My Time Capsule podcast.

Ep. 158 – Toyah Willcox

Toyah Willcox or “Toyah” is a musician, actor, and presenter. In a career spanning more than 40 years, Toyah has had 8 top 40 singles, released over 20 albums, written two books, appeared in over 40 stage plays and 10 feature films, and voiced and presented numerous television shows.

Toyah Willcox is guest number 158 on My Time Capsule and chats to Michael Fenton Stevens about the five things she’d like to put in a time capsule; four she’d like to preserve and one she’d like to bury and never have to think about again.

• Listen at My Time Capsule.

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Close Up Culture: Gig Review: Toyah – The Whitty Theatre

January 25th, 2022

Toyah Willcox – Live Music Review

It’s a mystery. It really is. How can a 63-year-old dressed to kill in a glittery gold dress bounce around a stage like a manic teenager and still look divine in the process?

It’s exactly what Toyah Willcox did on Friday night (January 21) as she shook a rather polite and conservative Wokingham audience out of their torpor and (eventually) onto their feet. Thrillingly so. Toyah was born to perform and age ain’t going to get in the way. Whatever she takes, I want.

It’s A Mystery was a massive hit for Toyah in 1981 and in introducing it at the impressive Whitty Theatre (Lucklow House School) she admitted it changed her life. A song she was reluctant to take on board when she was first approached to sing it because of her connection with the punk scene, but one which received immediate widespread approval from her supporters.

Toyah, a pocket dynamo on stage, is as much a raconteur as a singer – she’s done some mean acting in her time, starring with Katharine Hepburn in the 1979 film The Corn Is Green. And her show is all the better for the fun insight she gives on an artistic career spanning more than 40 years – and a long-standing marriage to King Crimson founder Robert Fripp that goes back to 1986. If you read her latest blog on her website (Toyahwillcox.com) you can tell straightaway that they remain very much in love.

• Continue reading at Close Up Culture.

Toyah & Robert: You Tube Success!

January 25th, 2022

Toyah & Robert’s Sunday Lunch series continues to be phenomenally successful, but overall Toyah’s You Tube channel is performing amazingly in itself. In the past two years the channel has gained 149K followers and each Sunday Lunch video receives hundreds of thousands of views each week. Although as the trilogy of retrospective Sunday Lunch collections from the beginning of the year testified, some of these cover clips have been viewed in their many millions!

Toyah At Home, Burning Question and sporadic other content such as Toyah promo videos or announcements all attract big audiences, with Sunday Lunch the cherry on top of the icing on the Toyah & Robert cake! Sunday Lunch also hits the You Tube Top 10 Trending For Music almost every week, which is, frankly, an amazing reach. (Image © Toyah Willcox)

Toyah & Robert’s Sunday Lunch: Press

January 25th, 2022

More great press for the second Toyah & Robert’s Sunday Lunch of 2022! (Images © Toyah Willcox)

NME: Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox share cover of The Clash’s ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’: It’s all “tease, tease, tease” for this week’s Sunday Lunch cover. King Crimson founder Robert Fripp and his wife, singer Toyah Willcox, have shared a cover of The Clash‘s ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’ – Continue reading…

Guitar.Com: Fripp and Toyah Go Punk with Cover of The Clash’s Should I Stay Or Should I Go: Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox’s Sunday Lunch cover series has returned, and this time the pair take on a punk classic – The Clash’s Should I Stay Or Should I Go. Willcox wrote in the video’s description: “They are back for another edition of Sunday Lunch. It’s always tease, tease, tease, you’re happy when I’m on my knees…. I don’t think we need to say anything else :-)” – Continue reading…

Brooklyn Vegan: Watch Toyah and Robert Fripp cover The Clash’s “Should I Stay Or Should I Go”: This week on their saucy “Sunday Lunch” series, Toyah and King Crimson’s Robert Fripp take on The Clash’s 1982 hit. They take the lyric “It’s always tease, tease, tease / You’re happy when I’m on my knees” as inspiration and run with it – Continue reading…

Classic Rock/Louder: Breaking: Toyah Willcox and Robert Fripp show no sign of letting up: Toyah and Robert Fripp’s kitchen comes alive as the frisky duo cover The Clash’s Should I Stay Or Should I Go: Alternative national treasures Toyah Willcox and Robert Fripp have once more stepped into the breach to lift the spirits of an embattled population. At the end of a week in which the flood of Downing Street chaos became a deluge, the pair have released a performance video in which they cover of The Clash’s Should I Stay Or Should I Go, presumably in “tribute” to under-pressure UK Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson. – Continue reading…

Metal Sucks: King Crimson’s Robert Fripp & Toyah Willcox Cover “Should I Stay Or Should I Go”: After a few weeks devoted to holiday-themed songs and recapping their greatest hits of 2021 (part one, part two, part three), King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp and his wife, the actress and singer Toyah Willcox, have returned to their usual “Sunday Lunch” cover video hi jinx – Continue reading…

Ultimate Guitar: Toyah and Robert Fripp Are Back With the Breast Cover of The Clash’s ‘Should I Stay’ Out There: “Sunday Lunch” is back on the menu!: The series of lockdowns that first bestraddled the world in 2020 saw a couple of unlikely heroes rushing in to help combat the lockdown blues with music and laughs. So far, the King Crimson guitar mastermind and his post-punk trailblazing spouse have released scores of covers on Toyah’s YouTube channel, ranging from Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” to Eurhythmics “Sweet Dreams” – Continue reading…

Metal Injection: Watch: King Crimson’s Robert Fripp & Toyah Willcox Cover The Clash: Vocalist Toyah Willcox and her husband King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp are back once more, this time with a cover of the 1981 classic “Should I Stay or Should I Go” by The Clash – Continue reading…

DGM Live: Toyah & Robert’s Weekend: Toyah And Robert’s Sunday Lunch – Toyah & Robert’s Sunday Lunch – Should I Stay… Toyah & Robert’s Burning Question (January 22nd, 2022)… Toyah At Home – Zoom Zoom (January 22nd, 2022) RF: Toyah interviews an aproned Robert regarding his soloing on Posh Pop’s Zoom Zoom… – Continue reading…

Sunday Lunch: They are back for another edition of Sunday Lunch. It’s always tease, tease, tease, you’re happy when I’m on my knees…. I dont think we need to say anything else :-) – Watch the video…

Toyah Live 2022: The Whitty Theatre

January 25th, 2022

Toyah onstage at The Whitty Theatre in Wokingham last Friday (21st January). The set list included Thunder In The Mountains, Dance In The Hurricane, Levitate, Summer Of Love, Good Morning Universe, Rebel Run, Rhythm In My Heart, Brave New World, Danced and Take Me Home. This was an “Acoustic/Electronica Up Close & Personal” gig! Please click on the photos below to view larger versions. (Thanks to Ian | Photos © Ian Davis)

Toyah & Robert: At Home/Burning Question/Sunday Lunch

January 25th, 2022

Toyah At Home – Zoom Zoom: This week Toyah is joined by Robert for a very special insight to Zoom Zoom – Watch here…

Toyah & Robert -Burning Question: More of your social, emotional and music tuning predicaments are addressed with care and attention by the deeply unqualified Toyah Willcox and Robert Fripp in this Saturday’s Burning Questions – Watch here…

Toyah & Robert’s Sunday Lunch – Should I Stay: They are back for another edition of Sunday Lunch. It’s always tease, tease, tease, you’re happy when I’m on my knees…. I dont think we need to say anything else :-) – Watch here… (Images © Toyah Willcox)

Toyah On TV: The 1981 POWER Hour!

January 25th, 2022

The 1981 POWER Hour!: NOW 80s: Saturday 29th January: 12pm
60 minutes of power pop & rock! Earplugs at the ready as we rewind to 1981 with Toyah, Genesis, Rick Springfield & Meat Loaf.

Hazel O’Connor: Fundraiser

January 25th, 2022

Hazel O’Connor’s team are helping fundraise to support her recovery and recuperation. If you’re able to support this iconic artist, you can do so at this page.

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Toyah On TV: 80’s Stars – Then & Now!

January 25th, 2022

80s Stars – Then & Now!: NOW 80s: Sunday 30th January: 4am
Where are they now? Classic hits, followed by some recent songs – Including Pet Shop Boys, Kylie, Toyah, The Stones, Gary Numan, The Pretenders, New Order, Rick Astley & T’Pau!

Get To The Front: Gig Review: Toyah – Robin 2, Bilston

January 20th, 2022

TOYAH – ROBIN 2 BILSTON – 16 JANUARY

In these days of uncertainty causing even major acts, sometimes struggle to sell out venues. Tonight, there was a more than decent turnout to see the rescheduled date at the Robin 2 by Toyah.

Obviously, she has a great connection with her fans and talks to them a bit like old mates, which was nice, but of course it’s music we had come to hear and let’s face it Toyah has a large back catalogue to choose from. But kicking off the night with a cover of ‘Echo Beach’, it was easily apparent she still has a very good voice.

And if you haven’t seen any of her now famous Sunday lunch performances with husband guitar legend Robert Fripp, have a look, very entertaining.

Of course, the hits were performed, ‘It’s A Mystery’, ‘Thunder In The Mountains’, ‘Good Morning Universe’ ‘I Want To Be Free’, but apart from those other less well known songs like ‘Hurricane’ and ‘Rebel Run’ given a slight reworking, which went down very well.

• Continue reading at Get To The Front.

Daily Mail: Toyah Willcox Prays For Hazel O’Connor

January 19th, 2022

‘We love you’: Toyah Willcox prays for eighties punk star Hazel O’Connor, 66, after she was hospitalised due to bleed on the brain

• The Coventry songstress, 66, was discovered at her home in south-west France on January 9 – following a ‘serious medical event’

• Hazel was then admitted to hospital and placed in an induced coma for 24 hours after the brain bleed was diagnosed

• The singer has shown a lot of progress and is ‘responding to stimuli and to treatment’, but her recovery will ‘take a while’

• The Eighth Day and Will You singer had been scheduled to play an anniversary tour in March, as well as tour with Toyah in June

Toyah Willcox said Hazel O’Connor is in her prayers after the singer was taken to hospital following a bleed on her brain.

The singer, 63, took to Twitter on Monday, after Hazel’s family announced the Coventry songstress, 66, had been placed in an induced coma for 24 hours. Hazel was found at her home in south-west France on January 9th, having experienced a ‘serious medical event’.

• Continue reading at the Daily Mail.

Mirror: Hazel O’Connor Is In Toyah Willcox’s Prayers

January 19th, 2022

Toyah Willcox says Hazel O’Connor is ‘in her prayers’ ahead of their June tour

Toyah Willcox, 63, says her friend Hazel O’Connor is ‘in good hands’ after she suffered a bleed on the brain earlier this month. Hazel, 66, was found at her home in France after suffering a ‘serious medical event’ and was placed in a coma for 24 hours.

Toyah Willcox says 80’s star Hazel O’Connor is “in her prayers” after she suffered a bleed on the brain.

Taking to Twitter, the singer shared a trio of photos from their glory days and recent snaps where the pair were rehearsing for a joint tour.

The 63-year-old wrote: “Dearest Hazel you are in our prayers, you are in good hands and we love you, Toyah xxx”

Toyah is still planning to take the stage with Hazel for their Electric Ladies of the 80s gig in June this year. Hazel, who invited Duran Duran to join her tour as a support act before they hit the big time, suffered a bleed on the brain on January 9.

• Continue reading at The Mirror.

SLAP Magazine: Gig Review: Toyah – Acoustic, Worcester

January 18th, 2022

Toyah – Acoustic | Huntingdon Hall, Worcester, 15th January 2022

The night’s format was easy and accessible, as you would expect from our generous hostess: Toyah. A lady who is most definitely growing old disgracefully – as she openly admits herself. Illuminating narratives of the song’s origins were rolled out before Toyah and her young band offered up an urbane & naked rendition…the whole performance certainly chimed with her audience.

The confessional story of a ten-year old Toyah buying a cow-bell in Evesham to wear in 1968 “because that is what we did back then” introduced the newish track “Summer of Love”. A song Ms Willcox and her “adorable husband” Robert Fripp have a very personal connection with. The sentiment of the song – peace and love – was particularly pertinent tonight as the love in the room for Toyah was palpable. Toyah was obviously pleased to perform a near home-town gig in Huntingdon Hall and the audience was even more pleased to witness this seemingly timeless atom of energy.

• Continue reading at SLAP Magazine. NB. SLAP is an acronym for Supporting Local Arts & Performers.

Get Well Soon, Hazel O’Connor

January 18th, 2022

Best wishes to Hazel for a speedy and full recovery. See Toyah’s message by clicking below.

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