Calling all F.A.ns…
Isn't that clever! F.A.ns… I love it. Not coined by me, I fear, but by John Soltes of the hollywoodsoapbox.com
As many of you will already know, Fascinating Aïda are getting together for just one week at the Edinburgh Festival. It's great news and we're all meeting up next week to start putting the song list together. And rewriting Suddenly New Zealand to include the Ukraine, Syria, Brexit and Trump and all the ghastly world events that will be added to our comic mill. And there will be new material as well, including a song that will be delightfully yet pertinently offensive.
Obviously, this signifies excellent news about Adèle who is clear of the cancer – HURRAH!!! – but sadly, we have had to cancel our tour next year. She had an absolutely horrid time last year after her operation and has been left with a couple of troublesome glitches which need surgical tweaks. This is boring for her on a number of levels:
(a). She'd hoped to be up and running at normal levels by now because she's back to strength and feeling great.
(b). Because her problems are deemed non-urgent, she's on an eight-month wait for surgery, unless she's lucky enough to get a cancellation. Grrr.
(c). She has decided to factor in a longer recovery time as she wants all treatments out of the way before returning in her full glory.
All of this means we really need to take another year or so out. Boo hoo. However, I see no reason why we can't take short-order bookings – if any opportunities come up in the autumn, we'll be up for it and we will let you know if there's anything you can come and see.
In the meantime, the good wishes that you all sent her last year were wonderful – not just for her, but for me and Liza too. It is heartwarming we have made such a deep connection with so many people out there. Our fans are very precious to us. But do continue to keep prayers and remedies to yourselves – the Dame is an atheist and a card-carrying humanist. Plus she's in very good medical hands.
Liza and I continue our solo trudges around the country. And Adèle herself has ventured back into the swirling waters of performance with her own solo cabaret – Gloomy Sunday sold out three shows at Crazy Coqs in June and she has more bookings coming up – we will notify you of all these dates in separate announcements.
Love to you all,