Celebrate Frank’s Erection!!!!
Frank Sidebottom tragically passed away on the 21st June 2010 aged just 54.
Frank aka Christopher Mark Sievey was both a musician and a comedian known for fronting the band The Freshies in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and for his comic persona Frank Sidebottom from 1984 onwards – for many Sievey was punk rock, he was arguably more subversive than many of the more famous bands, he forced people to challenge their own attitudes and throughout his career confounded many.
Sievey died on Monday, 21 June 2010 after a short battle with cancer. Soon afterwards it was reported that Sievey had died penniless and would have a pauper’s funeral. A campaign, backed by former collaborators including Jon Ronson, was set up to raise funds for the funeral and eventually raised Â£21,631.55 from 1,632 separate donations.
Following the funeral a number of ideas were mooted as how best to mark the cultural contribution Sivey had made – a statue was decided upon; the plan being to erect the statue in Sivey’s home town Timperley. Since then a fund raising campaign has been set up backed by numerous celebrities who have participated in a huge range of events to gather together the required funding.
Louder Than War is delighted to announce that the campaign has been sucessful and the organisers have today confirmed that a bronze statue of Frank will be erected in Timperley in 2013. The organisers have given us a quick update and released details of a celebration event…
Due to some very generous and sympathetic people allowing for a more economical costing, the bronze FRANK SIDEBOTTOM statue for Timperley (6 feet outside Manchester) is now a reality. The project has gone into pre-production (scaling up and moulding) and we are aiming for an official unveiling on Franks Birthday, April 1st, 2013.
Financially, we are not quite there yet, with site survey costs, planning fees and transport etc….we need to raise a final Â£2,500.
We aim to do this by hosting one last fundraiser, with all proceeds going directly to the statue fund.
It’s going to be different from the last 2 events…it’s more of a celebration of actually reaching the goal and it’s going to have a definite ‘Sidebottom’ theme to it.
The event Franks Fantastic Final Festive Fundraiser is to take place on Saturday 15th December at the Night & Day Cafe, Oldham Street, Manchester
Ticket strictly limited to 200!
The line-up includes;
Chris Sievey’s highly original Power-Pop combo…
Rick Sarko and Barry Spencer joining forces with Harry Sievey (Chris’s son) up front on Vox and Guitar.
Sidebottom’s Got Talent
Spoof talent show with Frank impersonators and a celebrity panel including Mike Joyce, Maxine Peake, and LTW boss John Robb.
Sidebottom collaborators, instrumental in getting Frank out of retirement back in 2004. Hammond-Beat-Bash-Boogaloo from Wigan. (LTW review)
Hank Sidebottom And The Hellrazors
Franks long lost elder brother returns to play C+W renditions of the 1971 demos for The Beatle’s Apple records.
Franks Celebrity Sleepover
Rare chance to see the complete un-aired TV pilot show filmed shortly before his death. Guest starring Mike Joyce, Andy Rourke and Charlie Chuck.
Young Harry’s solo ‘singer/songwriter’ project.
Tickets are on sale now – to buy tickets and for further info follow Frank