Archive October 2003
Stuart Jones Memoirs & Reviews

One of the questions in our one-off Brighton CD Competition last month, was this: "Which of the former Lillettes has since become very successful with his own career as Eddie Izzard's promoter and international tour manager. Who is he?" The answer was of course, Mick Perrin, ex-bass, guitar, accordion and vocals with the Brighton punk band.

This month there has been extensive coverage in the national press, featuring Eddie's forthcoming UK tour, on the back of a ten-week jaunt around North America, including a week-long stint at the 2,500-seat New York City Centre.

What is remarkable about this UK tour is the sheer size of venue. The four-night residency at Wembley Arena has already sold out three months in advance. No comedian has ever sold as many tickets at the Arena. Two shows at the 13,800-seater Manchester Arena have also sold out. Mick told the assembled press: "This is the first ever solo comedy arena tour. Other than the fact there's no band on stage, we're treating it very much like a rock and roll tour."

In his time, Mick has also worked with such luminaries as Laughing Gass, Flesh, Stomp, Julian Clary and Ardal O'Hanlon, amongst others. After the demise of the Lillettes, Mick briefly played with another local outfit, the Reward System. Photo opposite, Mick playing bass in his Lillettes incarnation.

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