Top trib­ute act helps keep Bolan le­gacy alive

Rochdale Observer - - YOUR VIEWS READER’S PICTURE -

Marc Bolan was killed in a tragic car crash in Lon­don.

Aged just 29 and two weeks away from his 30th birth­day, he left a le­gacy which has never been and will never be re­peated.

As singer, song­writer, gui­tarist and poet for the band, the in­flu­ence he gave fans and fu­ture mu­si­cians en­sures his sta­tus as one of the most im­por­tant rock stars of all time will re­main for­ever.

Songs such as Get It On, Metal Guru, Hot Love, 20th Cen­tury Boy and Chil­dren of the Rev­o­lu­tion are as prom­i­nent now as they’ve ever been and al­though re­garded as pi­o­neers of the Glam Rock move­ment, the mu­sic of Marc Bolan and T-Rex is much more than that.

Since 1992 T.Rex­tasy have been per­form­ing the an­thems of T.Rex all around the world and are the only of­fi­cial act to be en­dorsed by Bolan’s fam­ily and friends.

Fronted by the bril­liant Danielz and de­scribed as a band that are ‘beyond the bound­aries of trib­ute,’ T. Rex­tasy have been selling the­atres out for longer than the orig­i­nal band them­selves.

Their at­ten­tion to de­tail in both sound and stage pres­ence is un­be­liev­able.

They are a band who have played Wem­b­ley Arena, gained a record deal with Columbia records, wrote a book, been on the same stages and had ac­co­lades from the likes of Marc Al­mond, Slade, Sweet, Roy Wood, Alvin Star­dust, Glo­ria Jones (Marc Bolan’s girl­friend), Rolan Bolan (Marc’s son) and Tony Vis­conti (Marc’s pro­ducer), to name just a few.

Its no won­der they are re­spected around the globe as one of the worlds lead­ing trib­ute shows.

Last Sun­day, T-Rex­tasy played at the Manch­ester Opera House.

It was a full on con­cert which faith­fully recre­ated the en­ergy and per­for­mance of Marc Bolan and T-Rex.

It was around 20 years since I had last seen T-Rex­tasy live and two decades on they proved why they are still un­beat­able in what they do.

In a show which lasted over two hours, with a break in the mid­dle, the band played all the hits along with some al­bum tracks and rar­i­ties.

The crowd were on their feet within 10 min­utes of the band be­ing on stage, and along with a bit of ban­ter, bril­liant sto­ries and fault­less ren­di­tions of T-Rex favourites, (plus a Bolan style ver­sion of Oasis an­them Cig­a­rettes and Al­co­hol which sam­pled Get It On), T-Rex­tasy gave a mas­ter­class in a trib­ute show.

The sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween Danielz and Bolan are un­be­liev­able.

They are a busy tour­ing band, and I’d highly rec­om­mend get­ting to one of their shows soon.

I love to boo­gie.

T.Rex­tasy’s Danielz

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