London Lite Thursday, 5 November 2009 25 IN&OUTTONIGHT IN&OUTTONIGHT PREVIEWS Tales from the PleasuredomeHOLLY JOHNSON Frankie Says Greatest is out now. 13PAGE ENTERTAINMENT SECTION CompiledbyMarthadeLacey COMEDYTHEATRECLUBSMUSIC Coming SoonTomorrowToday Londons biggest and best newspaper guide to staying in...or going out Coming SoonTomorrowToday Coming SoonTomorrowToday Coming SoonTomorrowToday HOLLY JOHNSON wants to make one thing clear: the Mersey will freeze over before Frankie Goes To Hollywood ever get back together. Its a perfect part of the past, says the 49-year-old whose flamboyance helped Frankie shift shedloads of records. Practically everybody owned a copy of Welcome To The Pleasuredome, but its follow-up tanked and Johnson quit the band. When I left I left for good, he declares, blaming the acrimony on record label ZTT (whom he later successfully sued). We had an extremely unfair contract and werent reaping the rewards. That put a lot of internal pressure on us and there was a lot of bickering. Johnson, who tested HIV positive in 1991, is happy to promote a new Frankie best of. But he adds: I told the record company only if you reissue my solo albums that have been gathering dust in some archive. And what if the best of is a big success? Could he resist reform- ing the band for a money-making tour? Money doesnt mean a lot to me. Im just happy to be alive and Id rather not put myself in stressful situations that would shorten my life. I wonder if he had any compunction about admitting he was HIV positive and he balks. I wouldnt use the word admit. Its not as if its a crime to be gay or HIV positive, but people were surprised that a recognisable person who was still alive and not two days from death could be honest like that. Looking back, hes proud of how Frankie pushed the envelope. I wanted the band to be as exciting in the Eighties as Marc Bolan and David Bowie were for me in the Seventies. Its great to create a frisson, and a taboo that needed breaching was hav- ing an openly gay singer in a band that had heterosexual members as well. The music scene no longer excites him. Its all about selling units and not scaring the horses. Amy Winehouse is a challenging artist but probably not intentionally. And Lady GaGa? Is she saying anything we havent heard before? SIMON BUTTON To be Frankie: Holly listens in to his musical past RYKSOPP THE duo, right, boast warm electronica on their third album, Junior. O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, Shepherds Bush Green W12 (0870 060 0100), 7pm, 21.50. Tube: Shepherds Bush AiRbORNe TOxic eveNT THIS wonderful orchestral rock band, right, have filled an Arcade Fire-shaped hole in music. O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, Shepherds Bush Green W12 (0870 060 0100), 7pm, 11.50. Tube: Shepherds Bush THe POgueS BOOK now to see the band who are as synonymous with Christmas as tinsel and hangovers. As ever, Shane MacGowan, right, will quite literally get into the spirit. 18-19 Dec, O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Rd SW9 (0870 060 0100,, 7pm, 30. Tube: Brixton cOLiN HOuLT HOULT, left, was a sell-out success at Edinburgh with characters including a Transformers-obsessed geek and someone called Wheelie Man Crow. Until Sat, Soho Theatre, 21 Dean St W1 (0870 429 6883,, 8pm, 12, 10 concs. Tube: Tottenham Court Rd SHAPPi KHORSANDi THE Iranian-born comic, left, will perform her show The Distracted Activist for just two more nights. Beg, borrow or steal a ticket. Until Sat, Soho Theatre, 21 Dean St W1 (0870 429 6883), 9.30pm, returns only. Tube: Tottenham Court Rd DAve gORmAN GORMAN, left, cycled around Britain on his last tour, called Sit Down, Pedal, Pedal, Stop And Stand-Up. Sensibly, he wont be doing that this time. 20 Feb, HMV Hammersmith Apollo, Queen Caroline St W6 (08448 444748), 7pm, 18.50. Tube: Hammersmith We WiLL ROcK YOu THIS Queen-inspired musical, right, is still rocking in a dystopian future where music is banned. Until March 2010, Dominion Theatre, Tottenham Court Rd W1 (0844 847 1775), Mon-Sat 7.30pm, Mat Sat 2.30pm, 28-60. Tube: Tottenham Crt Rd OLiveR! YOULL want more of Omid Djalilis Fagin and Jodie Prengers Nancy, right. Until Feb, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine St WC2 (0844 412 4660), Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed & Sat 2.30pm, 17.50- 65. Tube: Covent Garden beN HuR Live ITS back! Stewart Copeland of The Police narrates this show, featuring a live chariot race, right, and a sea battle, that is simply Hurmazing. 15-16 Jan, Matter, The 02, Peninsula Sq SE10 (020 7549 6686, matterlondon. com), times and prices tbc. Tube: North Greenwich bONfiRe bASS EXPECT indoor fireworks as Reso, Hatcha, Tomb Crew, left, Downshifter and Hypnotik DJs man the decks at T-Bars reliable Thursday night freebie. T-Bar, 18-22 Houndsditch EC3 (, 9pm, free. Tube: Liverpool Street HOSPiTALiTY HIGH CONTRAST headline this drumnbass night with guests MJ Cole, left, The Nextmen and Beardyman (live). Matter, The 02, Peninsula Square SE10 (020 7549 6686,, 9.30pm, 15. Tube: North Greenwich geT LOADeD iN THe DARK GET LOADED turns off the lights for a New Years Eve extravaganza at Brixton Academy. Simian Mobile Disco, left, Chase & Status and Annie Mac will be joined by a very special guest. 31 Dec, O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Rd SW9 (0870 060 0100), 8pm, 30. Tube: Brixton index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html