25 May 2014
Happy Mondays & Hooky rock the Palace 
The Manchester Evening News reports that Happy Mondays are to headline a special black tie fundraiser at the Palace Hotel in Manchester on 25 July 2004. Peter Hook and Graeme Park are guest DJs.

MEN says "The unique event has been organised to raise funds for Mondays star Paul Ryder's son Chico, who is battling cancer and undergoing treatment in the US. The Chico's Kicking Cancer Fundraising Ball is on July 25 and will include a four-course dinner in the glitzy ballroom before the band take to the stage."

Tickets are priced from £150 to £500 for VIP passes (including champagne reception and exclusive after-party) via the Palace box office (tel: 01706 650515).

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"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

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