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Reviews/Press Clips: The Roadside Tour 2022

October 25th, 2022

Four reviews for Billy Idol’s The Roadside Tour, one for London Wembley Arena, two for Glasgow Hydro and one for Leeds Arena:

Metal Talk: The night opened with icon and punk pop princess Toyah, revelling in the career boost she’s seen as a result of her wonderfully unhinged Sunday Lunch videos with husband, Robert Fripp. Always an effervescent performer, she seemed to really embrace being back to playing arenas again, and her joy came like waves from the stage as she danced around it – Continue…

Metal Planet Music: Support bands have changed numerous times before we even got to this point but opener Toyah did not let us down. Toyah, aaaaaah Toyah. Her and Miss Debbie Harry had a lot to answer for in the hormones levels of myself as a 13 year old back in 1980 – Continue…

Moshville: Toyah had posted on Twitter that her set was to start a whopping 5 minutes early, but even with this warning the venue was still filling up as she started and played through her thirty minutes. This was an absolute shame as she was bloody brilliant. Riding the crest of a wave of public attention after her lockdown cover video sessions with husband Robert Fripp, her set was mainly made up of her own material with one cover (“Echo Beach” by Martha & The Muffins) – Continue…

• York Press: The show, the final one of the UK tour, was opened by Toyah, followed by Killing Joke, and headlined by Billy Idol offered something for everyone. Toyah got the proceedings off in fine style despite the early 7pm start. She gave us her hits – Thunder On The Mountains, I Want To Be Free and It’s A Mystery and a cover of Echo Beach. As anyone who has seen her Sunday Lunch videos which are filmed at home with her husband, King Crimson’s Robert Fripp, her engaging presence and sense of fun illuminated her set – Continue…

Live 2022: Toyah/The Roadside Tour @ Birmingham NEC

October 25th, 2022

Toyah, supporting Billy Idol on The Roadside Tour 2022, live at the Resorts World Arena Birmingham NEC on Sunday 23rd October. This is Toyah’s full set.

Backseat Mafia: Live Review – Billy Idol/Killing Joke/Toyah

October 15th, 2022


Marking the first stop of the UK leg of The Roadside Tour 2022, tonight sees Billy Idol take to the stage in Manchester ably supported by Toyah and Killing Joke. This run of arena dates is the first time Billy Idol will have performed in the UK since 2018, with tickets for the remaining shows available here.

Opening the evenings proceedings was the four times Brit award nominated Toyah whose career has spanned more than 4 decades with ventures not only in music performance, but also in acting, songwriting and producing amongst many other accolades. It’s a short 30 minute set for Toyah but she delivers an upbeat pop performance, dancing throughout the set. Killing Joke were a relatively late addition to the tour, stepping in when previous support Television withdrew due to illness. With their industrial post-punk rock, the band almost do a complete 180 from the bubbly Toyah, creating a much heavier darker sound accompanied by moody lighting and whilst some fans may have whiplash from the change in sound, nevertheless they were well received.

• Continue reading at Backseat Mafia. NB. A selection of great live shots of Toyah at Manchester Arena are included in this article.

Anthem Tour 2022: Brighton Concorde 2 Review by Scene Sussex

October 13th, 2022

Toyah live Brighton, Support Currls
7 October 2022, Concorde 2.

Toyah brings Anthem to Brighton. Gig Report!

Toyah: Toyah Is a four times Brit Award nominated English musician, singer, songwriter, actress, producer and author. In a career spanning more than 40 years, Willcox 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.

As a singer, actress and TV presenter, Toyah is in a world beating class of her own, she is, in the words of ABBA, a super trouper. If you dont belive me, sit down with a coffee and have a run through her history on her Wikipedia page! Extraordinary.

Toyah: The Band: The last time I was lucky to photograph Toyah was when she visited Worthing to warm up her album ‘Posh Pop’. This LP put Toyah back in the Top 30 for the first time since 1984. The time before that was Brighton in November 2019 when she played chalk to promote her 2019 charting album ‘In The Court Of The Crimson Queen‘. A new line up of new faces apart from Mike Nichols (bass). Two guitars, drums, bass and keys and Toyah, gave us a full on auditory explosion of sound. This is a classy five-piece band, working with Toyah they helped make the evening snappy and definitely uplifting.

• Continue reading at Scene Sussex.

Anthem Tour 2022: Brighton Concorde 2 Review by Brighton News

October 12th, 2022


Toyah Entertains Brighton Crowd

It was a quick dash on Friday for me across the city from Resident Records (seeing Sorry’s instore album launch) to Concorde 2 and across four decades to see Toyah performing tracks from her album ‘Anthem’, courtesy of local promoters Black Rabbit Productions.

‘Anthem’ released in May 1981 was Toyah’s biggest selling album going gold shifting more than 100,000 copies in the UK and peaked in the charts at number 2. The iconic album cover showing Toyah as a fairy with wings was used as the backdrop to the stage set.

There was a good-sized crowd gathered for Toyah and her band to come on stage at 8.30pm. As is common with a lot of bands with such a key front person, the musicians came on stage first and the star of the show Toyah, then made her entrance.

For reference, Toyah’s trademark flaming red/orange hair of the album cover picture has been toned down to blond these days. But that was the only thing that she’s appeared to have toned down. There was a lively start to the 19-song set with two of her biggest hits ‘Thunder In The Mountains’ and ‘Good Morning Universe’. This set the tempo for the rest of the evening.

• Continue reading at Brighton and Hove News.

Entertainment South Wales: Billy Idol’s Roadside Tour 2022

October 12th, 2022

Billy Idol’s Roadside Tour To Play Cardiff with Toyah & Killing Joke

Billy Idol’s Roadside Tour 2022, comes to Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena on Monday October 17.

Killing Joke are delighted to be announced as special guests for the tour, after Television were forced to make a late withdrawal, alongside Billy’s other tour guest Toyah.

The ever-popular Toyah will bring an extra sense of fun to the tour. Alongside a flourishing acting career, Toyah carved out a successful musical career with three top ten UK hit singles in the 1980s and the Gold-selling album Anthem.

“We’re looking forward to having Killing Joke and Toyah join us in the UK,” said Billy. “This is going to be an epic show!”

• Continue reading at Entertainment South Wales.

Anthem Tour 2022: Bristol Fleece Review by Joyzine

October 7th, 2022


Here’s a review I’ve long dreamed of writing; namely my favourite live artist, in my favourite live music venue, in my favourite city. If that isn’t enough to make it an interesting night out, my wife is also joining me – her first live gig for forty years. Here, it has to be categorically stated that my wife has no musical passions for Toyah but, as I discovered the Birmingham singer/actress back in 1980 and my wife as recently as 1988, she’s always been (mostly) very patient and contented herself with eye-rolling while I relive my teenage years of enthusiastic pogo dancing. An added element here is that both my wife and I are disabled – this being a key issue for her not attending gigs for so long – so it would naturally be interesting to see how the venue catered for us less-mobile types. Here, knowing The Fleece well was a distinct advantage. To me, it’s the perfect music location, consisting of a single, long room with not a trace of evil staircases. However, we contacted The Fleece well in advance to ask about specific details concerning disabled patrons. The venue did not disappoint us, being courteous and helpful through every stage of the booking process. So, before we get to Toyah, a shout out to Holly Angus and the team in Bristol for their support.

• Continue reading at Joyzine.

Stratford Observer: Toyah To Join Stratford Festival

October 5th, 2022

Pop star Toyah Willcox to join star-studded Stratford Music Festival line-up

Veteran pop star Toyah Willcox is joining an eclectic line-up for Stratford Music Festival next month.

The musician, actress and TV presenter is joining the star-studded bill alongside internationally renowned classical pianist Peter Donohoe, celebrated Australian guitarist Craig Ogden and the Orchestra of the Swan – featuring Britain’s leading oboist Nicholas Daniel.

Stratford Music Festical, now in its 26th year, takes place over nine days in November at a range of town venues from Stratford Play House and the Levi Fox Theatre to Holy Trinity Church and the Guild Chapel. And this year kicks off with a very special curtain-raiser on October 22, as Warwickshire Symphony Orchestra has been persuaded for the first time in many years to join the festival.

• Continue reading at the Stratford Observer.

Toyah Live 2022: Anthem Tour/Bristol Fleece

October 2nd, 2022

Toyah, on the Anthem Tour 2022, at Bristol Fleece on Thursday 29th September. The set list included the following songs from Anthem: We Are, Pop Star, Jungles Of Jupiter, Obsolete, It’s A Mystery, Demolition Men, Marionette, I Want To Be Free. Click on the photos below for larger versions. (Thanks to Ian | Photos © Ian Davis)

Toyah Live 2022: Anthem Tour/Leeds Brudenell

October 1st, 2022

Toyah, on the Anthem Tour 2022, at Leeds Brudenell on Saturday 24th September. Thanks to Sharon for these great photos. Click on them for larger versions. (Photos © Sharon Dickson)

Toyah Live 2022: Anthem Tour/Epic Studios Norwich

September 27th, 2022

A montage from the Anthem Tour 2022 at Epic Studios Norwich (16th September). See/hear a full version of Pop Star from the same gig here. (Thanks to Julie and Tony)

Anthem 40+1 Tour: Opens Tonight/Epic Studios Norwich

September 16th, 2022

The celebrations for Anthem‘s 40th (+1) Anniversary continue with the opening gig of the Anthem Tour, taking place this evening at Epic Studios, Norwich. The album has just been released on 2CD+DVD, Gold Vinyl and Super Deluxe Box Set, with great reviews and hopes for a good chart placing later today (Official Charts, 6pm). Click below to browse all the tour dates and ticket links.

Shropshire Star: Toyah For Ironbridge Festival of Imagination

September 6th, 2022

Toyah to feature in packed Ironbridge Festival of Imagination line-up

Pop icon Toyah Wilcox will be performing at an 18-day festival held across an historic county location.

The Festival of Imagination returns to Ironbridge from September 15 to October 2, with a packed programme of events.

Taking place across various venues throughout the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, including the Salon Perdu spiegeltent – a large travelling tent made of wood and canvas and decorated with mirrors and stained glass – to be located in Dale End Park.

Across the festival there will be a variety of music, workshops, poetry and walking events. From music icon Toyah to The Graffiti Classics, there will be a host of other performers, including folk music from The Unthanks and the razzle dazzle of the Queenz Show.

Toyah will be performing on Thursday, September 22, at the Salon Perdu. It comes after the released of her top-25 charting album Posh Pop last year.

• Continue reading at the Shropshire Star. NB. This gig is part of the Anthem 40 +1 Tour. More details here.

Anthem 40+1 Tour: 10 Days To Go!

September 6th, 2022

In anticipation of the Anthem 40+1 Tour premiering, Official Toyah shared this amazing photo. The tour begins on Friday 16th September. Get your tickets by clicking below. (Photo © Toyah Willcox)

Northampton Chronicle: Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, is BACK!

August 13th, 2022

Photos: World-famous folk rock festival, Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, is BACK!

Music legend Trevor Horn headlines opening day

After a mini break due to the pandemic, the world-famous folk rock festival – Fairport’s Cropredy Convention – has returned.

Fairport opened with their acoustic set and the Trevor Horn band headlined. Toyah Willcox and Robert Fripp joined him for one song mid-set.

Videos: Toyah at Rebellion Festival 2022

August 7th, 2022

Toyah at Rebellion Festival 2022 in Blackpool.

Ipswich Star: Toyah Heading To Let’s Rock Ipswich

July 29th, 2022

Toyah heading for Ipswich with Let’s Rock at Trinity Park

A host of 80s stars will turn the clock back 40 years when a major music event comes to Trinity Park near Ipswich in September to round off the Festival of Suffolk.

Among the bill-toppers at “Let’s Rock – Ipswich” will be UK entertainment icon Toyah who is paying a return visit to an area she has played several times during her career.

She will share the stage with Adam Ant, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, ABC, and Ipswich’s own Nik Kershaw among other massive names from a great era in music.

Toyah spoke to us about her visit – and the importance of 80s music. She said: “It really is great, we all get along together very well and there is a real energy about that era that means we all have a great time.

“When I’m touring myself and doing a full set I do a lot of my new material – but with this I have about 20 minutes and I concentrate on the 80s stuff, that’s what people have come to hear.”

• Continue reading at the Ipswich Star. See further info on Let’s Rock Ipswich 2022 and ticket link at

Toyah Live: Party In The Park 2022

July 27th, 2022

Toyah plays Party In The Park at Sandringham Estate on 28th August, Bank Holiday weekend.

Daily Star: Music Icon Toyah Joins Billy Idol Tour

July 15th, 2022

Music icon Toyah Willcox to join rockstar Billy Idol on six-date UK tour this Autumn

It’s A Mystery and Thunder In The Mountains singer Toyah Willcox will join special guests Television for White Wedding and Rebel Yell star Billy Idol’s Roadside UK Tour

Thunder In the Mountains singer Toyah Willcox will join punk icon Billy Idol on his Roadside UK Tour this Autumn.

Actress and singer Toyah will open for Billy Idol on his six-date tour, which takes in cities including Manchester, Cardiff, London, Glasgow, Birmingham and Leeds from October 13-25, 2022.

That’s not all, as Toyah Willcox and Billy Idol will also be joined by special guests Television, who will be performing their album debut Marquee Moon in full.

• Continue reading at the Daily Star. NB. Billy Idol shared posts on Instagram and Twitter yesterday on Toyah & Robert’s Sunday Lunch cover of Rebel Yell.

Retropop: Toyah To Join Billy Idol On The Road

July 13th, 2022

Toyah to join Billy Idol on the road for October 2022 UK tour

Toyah will join Billy Idol later this year as he brings ‘The Roadside’ tour to the UK throughout October 2022.

The punk icon will join the rocker for a string of dates, which were rescheduled from earlier this year. “We’re looking forward to having Toyah join us in the UK,” says Billy. “This is the final piece in what is going to be an epic show!“

• Continue reading at Retropop.

Billy Idol Roadside Arena Tour 2022: Toyah Press

July 10th, 2022

Press on this week’s announcement Toyah is supporting Billy Idol on his Roadside UK Arena Tour later this year.

The Official Toyah Willcox Website: Toyah Joins Billy Idol Arena Tour As Special Guest: Billy Idol is delighted to announce that Toyah will be joining his UK live dates this October on The Roadside Tour 2022, alongside very special guests, Television – Continue…

Vive Le Rock: Toyah Joins Idol Tour!: TOYAH has been added to the bill for Billy Idol’s Roadside Tour this Autumn. The post-punk hitmaker joins a line-up that also includes Television, who stepped up to replace The Go-Go’s who were unable to play the rescheduled dates. “We’re looking forward to having Toyah join us in the UK,” says the former Generation X frontman. “This is the final piece in what is going to be an epic show!” – Continue…

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