MANCHESTER O2 APOLLO, MARCH 21
The original punk poet, Dr John Cooper Clarke has collaborated with ex-frontman of The Stranglers Hugh Cornwell and Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull for a unique modern day take on the Jimmy Webb classic track ‘MacArthur Park’.
With Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull on flute and John Cooper Clarke on vocals, they’ve re-worked this infamous song in the grounds of the MacArthur Park in Los Angeles. Jimmy Webb’s original version of ‘MacArthur Park’ went to No 2 in America and No 4 in the UK. The song was previously made famous by Richard Harris and has since been recorded by everyone from Frank Sinatra to Aretha Franklin and Donna Summers.
Continuing to push boundaries with their music, this unconventional project sees a group of living legends join together to share their passion for this iconic song. John Cooper Clarke will preview the exclusive world premiere of this exciting re-work at his highly anticipated show at Manchester O2 Apollo on Saturday 21stMarch.
Joined by special guests Luke Wright and Mike Garry, Simon Day will also be performing as Yorkshire poet Geoffrey Allerton. With a mixture of his classic verse, extraordinary new material, hilarious ponderings on modern life, good honest gags, riffs and chat, the show is a chance to witness the bard of Salford at the top of this game.
You can also catch John Cooper Clarke this year performing at London’s O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on Friday 11th December. Tickets for both shows are on sale now and available at www.gigsandtours.com