Gravesend glams up with T.Rextasy tribute show at The Woodville
PUBLISHED: 12:30 11 February 2019
It's glam rock time at The Woodville as the only official T. Rex tribute band arrives.
T.Rextasy say they are the only live Marc Bolan tribute band to be endorsed and approved by Bolan’s family, estate, original ex-members of T. Rex, and Bolan’s catalogue management.
T.Rextasy have been described as beyond the boundaries of tribute and to prove it, they have been performing all over the world for a quarter of a century.
Tragically, that’s a career that has out-lived Marc’s own time with T. Rex before he was killed in a car accident in 1977.
Lead singer Danielz said: “No one can ever take Marc’s place. Treat T.Rextasy as a band of today, playing Marc’s music as faithfully as possible and recreating that special energy and performance.”
On getting started, he said: “In 1992 I was an original musician who was promised recording deals from various companies, always let down at the last hurdle.
“I decided then to form T.Rextasy, to go out playing the music of Marc Bolan – an artist that I had always loved while growing up through my teens and older. As Marc died in 1977, I wanted people to experience the energy, excitement, and the wonderful songs and performance that he gave – always 100 per cent.”
He added: “I absolutely love playing these songs. Fans are coming to have a good time, and when I see people smiling and doing just that it makes it really worthwhile.”
Danielz’ dad was in the forces based in Germany, which means he was able to see the real band out there.
He said: “I saw Marc four times – twice in Germany, in 1972 and 1973, and then twice in England, in 1976 and 1977.
“They were crazy – fans screaming and dancing, singing and shouting. They most certainly were not a serene affair. I try and re-create at least an atmosphere of those times.
“I try to encourage fans to get involved with the gig as much as possible, as it’s a rock’n’roll gig after all.
“My costumes are based on Marc’s originals, and as I own some of his original clothing, I have been able to get some things made very close to them.
“We play, as Marc did, 100 per cent live, raw, and raunchy, just how T. Rex would’ve been back in the day – this is what makes the experience exciting.
“A few years ago, we even had an original member, Dino Dines who was Marc’s keyboardist, join the band, until his demise. I think having original members join a tribute band says a lot for our credibility and us as a live unit, not to mention receiving endorsements from Marc’s own family, and his record company.”
The singer added: “My fave track of all time is Metal Guru, but playing live it could be one of many, let’s say for now it could be Get It On, as we do an eight minute version that encapsulates the single and also how Marc played it live with extended soloing and performance.”
Getting the audience involved is important: “I want them to have some excitement, enjoyment, singing along and boogieing, clapping, shouting, and I don’t mind if fans call out for a song, as I usually oblige them by singing a couple of verses to them if it’s a track that’s not in the actual set.
“A bit of heckling doesn’t go amiss either, as one-to-one contact with the crowd gives the evening an extra special kick.”
Highlights have been playing at Wembley three times, and getting a record deal with Columbia, chatting with David Bowie in Japan, writing a book about his band, and making a record with Marc Almond, called Death of a Dandy, which was produced and mixed by the legendary Bolan/Bowie producer Tony Visconti.
T.Rextasy is coming to The Woodville, Gravesend, on Friday February 15.