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Relax! Frankie Goes To Hollywood to reunite for National Lottery’s Big Eurovision Welcome live performance

British pop group Frankie Goes To Hollywood will reunite to play at a Eurovision Song Contest live performance subsequent month 36 years after they initially break up up.

The band will carry out on the National Lottery’s Big Eurovision Welcome outdoors St George’s Hall in Liverpool on 7 May.

The Eurovision Song Contest is being held within the metropolis this yr with the ultimate going down on Saturday 13 May.

Frankie Goes To Hollywood fashioned in Liverpool within the Eighties and had number-one hits with Two Tribes, The Power Of Love and Relax.

The present is designed to “celebrate Liverpool’s incredible musicality” and can function performances from different bands with a connection to the town – together with Atomic Kitten, funk band The Real Thing, and rock band The Lightning Seeds – singers of the soccer anthem Three Lions.

Meanwhile, Conchita Wurst, the 2014 Eurovision winner from Austria, and Ukrainian winner Jamala, who competed in 2016, can even participate within the live performance hosted by presenter AJ Odudu.

Odudu, who will kick off celebrations alongside comic Joel Dommett, introduced Frankie Goes To Hollywood will carry out on the BBC’s The One Show.

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From left: Mark O’Toole, Paul Rutherford, Holly Johnson, Peter Gill und Brian Nash in 1984. Pic: AP

The band break up in 1987 after Welcome To The Pleasuredome turned a number-one album three years earlier and their second report “Liverpool” reached fifth place within the UK charts in 1986.

The pop group reformed with unique members Paul Rutherford, Peter “Ped” Gill and Mark O’Toole in 2004 to carry out at a live performance at Wembley Arena, which raised cash for youth charity The Prince’s Trust.

The gig, attended by the now King and Queen Consort, adopted the band holding open auditions in London for a brand new vocalist to switch Holly Johnson.

They then carried out with the then 28-year-old Ryan Malloy from Newcastle on the live performance produced by Trevor Horn.

Around twenty years in the past, Frankie Goes To Hollywood additionally took half within the VH1 present Bands Reunited which noticed Brian “Nasher” Nash, Gill, and Rutherford among the many members tracked down.

When requested to carry out at a live performance in the course of the unique recording, Johnson informed his bandmates off-camera he didn’t wish to participate.

Since their breakup, the Grammy-nominated band has launched compilation albums Frankie Say Greatest in 2009, Frankie Said: The Very Best Of Frankie Goes To Hollywood in 2012 and The Essential in 2022.

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