Liverpool welcomes the return of visionary rock musician and musicologist Julian Cope as he announces a date at the city’s Epstein Theatre on Thursday 5th February 2015 promising fans an evening of music spanning a career of 30 years. Cope was the one-time front man of Liverpool band The Teardrop Explodes but musical output is only one facet to this singer, poet, occultist and photographer’s work. His best-selling tome The Modern Antiquarian, a full colour 484-page hardback and follow-up The Megalithic European were the result of eight years of research into lost stone temples and ancient monuments. He has gone on to release over twenty solo albums, countless collaborative projects and six acclaimed books including his autobiography Head-On and One Three One, his 2014 debut novel to which received ecstatic reviews.
Starting his career in 1977 as bass player in the short-lived punk group The Crucial Three, alongside future Echo & The Bunnymen singer Ian McCulloch, Cope then went on to front The Teardrop Explodes in 1978, enjoying a four year reign as a Top Ten chart act with albums Kilimanjaro and Wilder. He also had a successful solo career with singles including World Shut Your Mouth. After a hiatus away from the rock ‘n’ roll business to focus on other projects, he made a comeback to the music industry. Forming a number of new bands including proto-metal power trio Brain Donor, and, after the tremendous acclaim from solo album Black Sheep in 2008 has since gone on to form a band of the same name. In 2009 Black Sheep released the massive double-LP Kiss My Sweet Apocalypse as well as further successes with 2012’s Psychedelic Revolution and 2013’s Revolutionary Suicide.
The tour follows the release a new ‘Best Of’ compilation covering the years 1999-2014 entitled Trip Advizor. This was one the most prolific periods of his 30-year career in the rock business which not only saw Cope unleash a series of superb solo albums but also saw him collaborating with Sunn0))) and recording with proto-metal power trio Brain Donor.
VENUE DETAILS: The Epstein Theatre Hanover House 85 Hanover Street Liverpool L1 3DZ
To book call 0844 888 4411* | Online at http://www.epsteinliverpool.co.uk* or in person at The Epstein Theatre Box Office from 2pm – 6pm Monday – Thursday and 12pm-6pm Friday – Saturday. *Subject to booking fee.
About The Epstein Theatre
The Epstein Theatre (formerly known as The Neptune) was originally opened as Crane’s Music Hall in 1911, and was a popular location for recitals and performances. It was renamed Crane Theatre in 1938. In 1967 the theatre was purchased from the Cranes by Liverpool Corporation, who decided that the theatre should be run by local people for local people and was named The Neptune Theatre. The Neptune also became a comedy club and after many years of uncertainty about the future of the theatre, it eventually closed in 2005. In July 2011, a £1million refurbishment of the theatre was completed which saw the Hanover Street venue brought up to 21st century standards and renamed ‘The Epstein Theatre’ in honour of former Beatles manager Brian Epstein, who guided the Fab Four from popular cellar act to global superstardom. The management contract was up for tender and was won by the well-established team behind Liverpool’s annual Sound City Music Festival. The Theatre was officially opened on Wed 9th May 2012. Now an independent company Epstein Theatre Ltd, the venue has grown to become of the key venues for arts and live entertainment in the city with a strong programme of comedy, plays, live music and children’s productions. The venue can also be hired out for private functions, weddings and conferences.