Legendary 80s pop band, ABC, performed an intimate, one-night-only concert at Manchester235 on Saturday 30 January.
Confidential caught up with ABC's lead singer Martin Fry while he was in town to ask a few questions...
Hi Martin, what are you up to these days?
I'm recording The Lexicon of a Lost Ideal , the new ABC album. All in all, it’s a piece of orchestral pomp.
How has the music and style of the new romantics and that early 80s pop sound influenced current trends?
In the swagger, in the flamboyance and in the sound of the synths.
Can we expect to see you in a gold suit or have you changed your look these days?
There'll be no gold suit. It's Savile Row tailoring and funky cosmopolitan threads now.
Why do you think hits such as The Look Of Love and Poison Arrow are still such classics today?
Heartache is still big. Everyone is a romantic at heart.
What are you listening to at the moment? Are there any new bands you've discovered?
At the moment, I'm into The Weekend, Tame Impala, The Pre New, 2NE1, Psy, Bombay Bicycle Club, some early Bruce Springsteen and of course Bowie, Bowie, Bowie.
Fans were treated to an impressive 60 minute set featuring such classics as 'Tears Are Not Enough', 'Poison Arrow', 'The Look Of Love' and 'All Of My Heart' – iconic tracks that sum up what 80s pop is all about.
Iconic tracks that sum up what 80s pop is all about
Lead singer, Martin Fry is a consummate showman and gave fans at Manchester235 a night to remember – the casino was buzzing.
Mark Hands, venue director at Manchester235 casino , explained: “After the huge success of the Vegas-themed Matt Goss gig Manchester235 hosted last year, we knew we wanted to repeat the buzz and excitement that live music can bring to the casino. We take a lot of pride in offering customers a unique night out, something they can’t get anywhere else in the city and which reflects our Las Vegas roots.”
The ABC concert is just one example of what Manchester235 casino has to offer with regular entertainment, gigs, poker tournaments and more.