TUBULAR BELLS IS REBORN IN A NEW LIVE SUPER-GROUP PERFORMANCE
Winter 1973 saw an iconic event at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. Just months after Virgin released Tubular Bells Oldfield was persuaded to do a one-off live 'super group' performance at the QEH, with an ensemble featuring Steve Hillage and Mick Taylor of the Rolling Stones amongst others.
38 years later Charles Hazlewood's All Star Collective are reviving that live Tubular Bells experience - the iconic album that launched Virgin and defined The Exorcist. Fresh from a highly successful outing at Glastonbury this year, they bring the work home to the QEH on December 6, and then to the Sage Gateshead on December 7
Tubular Bells will be coupled with a rare performance of Terry Riley's psychedelic classic from 1969, A Rainbow in Curved Air, which more than any other provided the inspiration for Oldfield. A piece packed with swirling organ loops, it's the aural equivalent to climbing inside a giant lava lamp. In addition Steve Reich's Four Organs and Harp Phase - minimalism by turns at its most intense and most sensual
Hazlewood's eleven-piece band features Adrian Utley from Portishead, and Will Gregory from Goldfrapp, alongside composer Graham Fitkin and harpist Ruth Wall amongst others
Here's the Arts Desk on it in Bristol: