||Midge Ure - An Exclusive Acoustic Performance featuring opening act Jane Badler
02/27 8:30 PM - $40.00
Midge Ure - An Exclusive Acoustic Performance featuring opening act Jane Badler
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One of the key members of the new wave band Ultravox, guitarist/vocalist Midge Ure began his professional music career with Salvation, a Glasgow-based group that became the bubblegum band Slik in 1974. Upset in the change of direction, Ure left the band to join the Rich Kids, a punk-pop group led by former Sex Pistol bassist Glen Matlock. The Rich Kids only released one album, 1978′s Ghosts of Princes in Towers, before breaking up later that same year. Ure spent a brief time with the Misfits (not the American hardcore band) before forming Visage with drummer Rusty Egan and vocalist Steve Strange; he left the group to replace Gary Moore in Thin Lizzy, who left in the middle of an American tour. After the tour was finished, he fulfilled an agreement to join Ultravox.
Once he joined the band in 1980, Ure helped make Ultravox a mainstream success; during this time he also worked as a producer, making records with Steve Harley and Modern Man. In 1982, Ure released a solo single, a cover of the Walker Brothers’ hit “No Regrets”; it climbed into the U.K. Top Ten. Ure and Bob Geldof formed Band Aid, a special project to aid famine relief efforts in Ethiopia, in 1984. The two wrote the song “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” and assembled an all-star band of British musicians to record the single; it sold millions of copies over the 1984 holiday season and prompted Geldof to organize the benefit concert Live Aid in 1985.
In 1985, Ultravox was put on hiatus and Ure began to pursue a full-time solo career. Recorded entirely by Ure, his 1985 solo debut, The Gift, launched the number one single “If I Was,” as well as the minor hits “That Certain Smile” and “Call of the Wild.” The following year, he recorded the final Ultravox album; in 1987, the band broke up and he began recording his second solo album. The resulting record, 1988′s Answers to Nothing, was less successful than The Gift in the U.K., yet it charted in the U.S., which is something Ure’s previous album failed to do. Three years later, Ure released his third album, Pure; while it didn’t do any business in America, the album featured the Top 20 British hit “Cold, Cold Heart.” He attempted a comeback in 1996 with Breathe, which went ignored by both the American and British markets. After being released in his native U.K. in 1998, Answers to Nothing followed in mid-2000, as well as a soundtrack effort for the critically acclaimed 1998 drama-comedy starring Jon Cryer, Went to Coney Island. Move Me appeared on Koch in fall 2001.
New York’s cult figure, sci-fi icon and critically acclaimed songstress of the international scene, Jane Badler is back with her brand new single, Losing You, complemented by a spectacularly theatrical video clip featuring her LA-based actor son, Harry Hains.
Written at 3am in a Parisian hotel room, Badler explains, “During a sleepless night filled with ghosts and imaginary anxieties, out popped Losing You – a song about loss, betrayal and revenge.” With exceptional instrumentation and a dark, sensual yet theatrical appeal, Losing You features percussion by Rafa Padillo and backing vocals from Fowler (Rolling Stones), Carol Hatchett (Bette Midler) and the beautiful ethereal tones of Arden Kaywin.
The remarkably lavish video clip for the single takes on an Alice In Wonderland theme with Badler entering different worlds with each door she walks through. The black and white checkered floor remains consistent while each door opened welcomes us in to a new world with bizarrely eccentric characters unveiled, allowing the song to take on a life of its own. “We wanted to create an Daliesque world where an alternate reality exists to exaggerate the extreme state of mind in the song,” says Badler. Directed and edited by Jesse Davey and costumes styled by Dawn Fitz, the song and clip takes the viewer on a journey through a surreal, theatrical wonderland, perfectly fusing Badler’s two greatest loves – singing and acting.
Making an appearance in the video clip is Badler’s son, Harry Hains. “He is a beautiful and talented actor living in LA, so it was a joy to have him on set. I find the segment with him very moving. We dance together, he is looking off and I am staring at him. He is my younger self,” explains Badler.
Forthcoming album Opus was produced and mixed by Grammy-winning producer Jeff Bova (Katy Perry, Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper). “It is a moody, sensual, epic, cinematic and emotional, tongue-in-cheek journey in to broken hearts, pain, and ultimately hope and redemption,” says Badler.
Having enjoyed a long and rewarding career in the arts, Badler has played major roles in American daytime soap operas One Life to Live, The Doctors, primetime series Murder, She Wrote, as well as her best-known role as the Lizard queen, Diana in the hugely successful sci-fi series, ‘V’. After starring in the global hit series Mission Impossible, Badler moved to Australia to focus on her family, and has since introduced herself to a local audience through guest appearances in iconic Australian televison shows Neighbours, Blue Heelers, Offspring and The Man From Snowy River. Her love of singing and performing also helped forge an enviable career in cabaret, which saw her take to the stage to perform in Archy & Mehitabel, The Great Gatsby, Sextet, The Singing Forest, Big Hair in America, Rebecca, and also her one-woman show Shakin’ the Blues Away.