Soft Cell

Say hello again: Soft Cell reunite for farewell show

Hot on the heels of OMD’s announcement on Monday, now Soft Cell have announced plans to reunite for a concert to mark their fortieth anniversary.

The duo of Marc Almond and Dave Ball will play The O2 in London on September 30. The gig, Soft Cell’s first in fifteen years, is billed as the duo’s “only and last ever show”. Almond says of the decision to reunite: “With Soft Cell I always felt something was unfinished. This last ever final show will be the best ever ending. It will be a real statement and send off, and thank you to every fan.”

Soft Cell are best known internationally for their breakthrough hit Tainted Love which spent thirty weeks on the UK chart in 1981-82 including two weeks at number 1. It began a run of five consecutive top five hits which also included Bedsitter, Say Hello Wave Goodbye, Torch and What!. After just three albums the duo split in 1984, after which Almond embarked on a successful solo career while Ball moved into production and enjoyed hits as one half of The Grid in the early 1990s. A re-recorded version of Tainted Love returned to the top five in 1991 and Soft Cell briefly reunited in 2002 for a fourth album, Cruelty Without Beauty.

Pre-sale tickets for the Say Hello, Wave Goodbye show will be available from tomorrow (February 22 – keep an eye on the Marc Almond and Soft Cell websites for more details) with general ticket sales beginning the following day.