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Franck Carducci & The Fantastic Squad
Franck Carducci & The Fantastic Squad

Thu, 03 Mar



Franck Carducci & The Fantastic Squad

+ support from That Joe Payne

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Time & Location

03 Mar 2022, 19:30

Southampton, Brunswick Square, Southampton SO14, UK


About The Event

The first album « Oddity » was full of promises for the start of an epic journey but it is on stage where he starts to carve his signature – costumes, make-up, psychedelic atmospheres, humour and sensuality. Yes, you think of Genesis, of Alice Cooper and David Bowie, of Led Zeppelin and Pink-Floyd too. But eventually, you will no longer think of anybody else.

Following the release of the highly anticipated « Torn Apart », featuring special guest Steve Hackett (Genesis), the « Tearing the Tour Apart » hit the road in Europe and Franck reinforced his show as one of the most irresistible in the rock scene. 2017 saw the release of a live DVD/BluRay of the tour, which, after about 100 dates, ended with a standing ovation on stage of the Loreley « Night of the Prog » festival in front of 6000 people.

Carducci, as Master of Ceremonies, leads his Rock ‘n Roll Circus where each of his players embodies a side of his music. Who can explain how a 12 string guitar extra neck would be added to a bass guitar, how a powerful guitar riff would go with a hot belly dance, or a Mellotron solo would end up in a duel with a didgeridoo? 

Who can also explain how Achilles, guitar and sword in hand, would kidnap a sensual Alice from her Wonderland?

However, let them pick you up and take you in the palm of their hands – you won’t want to leave until the very last note of the concert. Your senses will not be given a second of rest while these characters take you to a place where dreams are kings, emotions are queens and musical genres are crossed with no borders.

September 2017 was the start of « On The Road to Nowhere » where the band won the « Best Overseas Band » award from UK magazine « Classic-Rock Society ». 

After the release of his 3rd opus « The Answer » in November 2019, Franck will hit the road again in 2021 for « The Answer Tour ». 

Immerse yourself into the spectacle and let yourself go as you embark on a journey into a colourful, flamboyant and fun musical universe, which is open and accessible to all.

Support from That Joe Payne (solo)

Born 1989, Payne is a classically trained vocalist with backgrounds in prog, pop, and rock music, remembered by audiences for his impressive 5-octave range and flamboyant showmanship.

The singer has released no less than 14 albums with various artists since his career began in 2011. As well as producing solo material, Payne's collaborations include work with John Holden, Zio, Methexis, and The Enid.

Personal achievements include being voted Best Male Vocalist for two years running (2014 & 2015) in the Prog Magazine Readers’ Poll. He also received 3 Progressive Music Award nominations in 2013 and 2015 for his work with The Enid, including Best Band, Best Album, and Best Event.

In 2019, Payne was invited to support Marillion at their fan-weekend at Port Zelande, NL.

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