By A.J. Bardzilowski
ABC, one of the most iconic bands of the 1980s, is coming to the Coach House, Sunday, June 16. We caught up with front man Martin Fry while on the road in the U.K. to talk about the show. Here’s some of what he had to say:
SC Times: Will you be reprising your venerable hits such as “Look of Love,” “Poison Arrow,” and “How to Be a Millionaire”?
FRY: Oh, yes, yes, yes! “When Smokey Sings” and “Be Near Me” too—for all you children of the ’80s. We will also play some of the newer tunes from Traffic our last album. The main emphasis of the show is the ABC back catalogue and the hits.
Are there any new albums on the horizon?
Been writing some new songs and a new album is in the pipeline.
We know the Coach House isn’t Royal Albert Hall, but will you be including any backing orchestral music?
Sadly, the orchestra won’t fit on your stage. Playing the Albert Hall is always great but the more intimate shows are equally exciting. There’s a greater sense of involvement in a smaller room.
When you have down time, what occupies your day?
Cycling I guess. My hobby is definitely long rides on two wheels. Other than that, music, music, music.
See ABC at The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano, June 16. Doors open at 5 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30. For tickets or dinner reservations, visit www.thecoachhouse.com or call 949.496.8930.