‘Rasputin’, ‘Rivers of Babylon’, ‘Daddy Cool’, ‘Sunny’, ‘Ma Baker’, ‘Belfast’, ‘Brown Girl in the Ring’, ‘Mary’s Boy Child’ – the timeless hit singles of disco outfit Boney M have enjoyed enduring popularity since their chart-topping reign in the 70’s and 80’s. Still regularly played at events and nightclubs across the world, these Eurodance classics came to define the sound of an era, bringing them worldwide acclaim and selling over 150 million records.
These legends of the disco scene are returning to the stage to perform several highly-anticipated concerts across America that will feature the vocal talents of original lead singer Liz Mitchell performing alongside her talented band, reviving the iconic tunes that made their name and reawakening the joyous sounds, glittering outfits and electrifying energy that earned them a massive global following and fixed them a permanent place in the pop music pantheon.
Boney M are the harmonious voices behind some of the most recognisable hits of the late 70’s and early 80’s. Their unique brand of glittering disco-pop, packed with sparkling synths, bumping beats and irresistible vocal hooks, propelled them to international fame as one of the biggest-selling pop groups in musical history.
Originally formed in Germany by writer and producer Frank Farian, the group broke into the mainstream in 1976 after their debut single ‘Daddy Cool’ hit No. 1 in several European countries. The late 70’s saw the release of three massively successful albums: ‘Take the Heat off Me’, ‘Love for Sale’ and their biggest-selling album to date, ‘Nightflight to Venus’. The latter featured several No. 1 singles, including their best-loved song: ‘Rivers of Babylon’, a huge hit across Europe that sold several millions of copies and became one of the most successful singles in UK chart history.
In the years since the heights of their success, Boney M have released several massively popular compilation albums and greatest hits albums, firmly establishing themselves as legendary artists that have continued relevance in the modern day. Melodies from their songs have been used in music from Lady Gaga and Duck Sauce, and their timeless sounds have influenced generations of contemporary artists inspired by the spirit of disco.
The group’s popularity extends beyond Europe and across the world: the band have long-standing ties to America, as many of their songs were penned by American songwriters. ‘Sunny’ was written by R&B legend Bobby Hebb, and their album ‘Love for Sale was titled after a composition for Broadway by composer Cole Porter. They have also famously covered songs by artists Bob Marley (‘No Woman, No Cry’) and Creedence Clearwater Revival (‘Have You Ever Seen The Rain?’). The group are firm favourites in Russia, India and North America, receiving double Platinum certification in Canada for their 80’s Christmas album. Their Canadian tour in December 2018 attracted unprecedented attention, with advance tickets selling out completely in under thirty minutes and extra dates being added due to demand. There is little doubt that their triumphant return to the U.S. will be met with similar levels of enthusiasm by their devoted fanbase. For any that think that Boney M’s glory days are behind them, think again: this is one disco ball that will never stop spinning.
March 14 / Portland / Keller Auditorium / 8 pm
March 16 / Boston / Wang Theatre / 8 pm
March 17 / Miami / James L.Knight Center / 7 pm
March 19 / Chicago / Chicago Theatre / 8 pm
March 20 / New York / Hulu Theater at MSG / 8 pm
March 21 / Los Angeles / The Novo by Microsoft / 8 pm