Big hair and big noise at show for a good cause at Exchange

Hair Rock Experience
Hair Rock Experience

The glory days of 1980s “hair metal” will come back to life at Bedford Corn Exchange
tomorrow (Friday).

The Hair Rock Experience are playing the venue to raise money for Challenge Cancer at Bedford Hospital in honour of their former bassist, Randy, who died of lung cancer in September last year.

And in the true style of rock excess, the performance will feature motorbikes and burlesque dancers.

Band member Ruby Skube said: “Despite being devastated by Randy’s sudden death, we’ve kept strong and have achieved so much in spite of things, including raising awareness of lung cancer symptoms by recording a version of Van Halen’s song Jump and making an accompanying video.”

The track features Randy on bass and it was the last time he ever played, about two weeks before his death.

The band last month opened both days of the Jack Up the 80s festival on the Isle of Wight alongside Bucks Fizz, Sonia, ABC, Go West and many more, with Ruby and Ajax – their leading man – standing in with Timmy Mallett as his backing dancers.

Ruby added: “This isn’t bad for a project that started out with nothing and has been built from scratch over the past two years by the band you see on stage.

“We premiered for charity at the Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage, in May 2014 and have been out on the road ever since.”

The band also supported Status Quo and Dr and The Medics at this year’s Lechlade Festival, and beat off stiff competition to perform their theatre show at this year’s Brighton Fringe Festival .

Tickets for the show at the Corn Exchange cost £13.50 for adults and £7.50 for children under 16. They can be booked at www.bedfordcorn or by calling 01234 718044.

Visit www.thehairrock for more information about the band.