Flintshire pub date takes pop icon Steve back to basics

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THERE was no stage and pub staff had to move a pool table to make room for his band.

But 1980s star Steve Strange looked every inch the pop icon when he played an intimate show in a Buckley pub.

The Welsh singer, former frontman of Visage and a familiar face from the New Romantic era, was invited to perform at the 100-capacity Nant Inn by landlord Jimmy Duff.

If followed previous gigs at the venue by 80s acts The Christians, A Flock Of Seagulls and China Crisis.

And Steve, who described himself to the Leader as “like Peter Pan”, did not disappoint with a sold-out show.

Jimmy said: “It went down really well. It was great to see people’s faces when he came out to go on.

“Beforehand lots of people didn’t believe it was going to be the real Steve Strange and so didn’t get a ticket. They are gutted.”

There were no showbiz luxuries at the Nant for Steve, who is fresh from a European tour and counts Spandau Ballet siblings Gary and Martin Kemp among his friends.

He performed four new songs live for the first time as well as old favourites including Fade To Grey, a hit with Visage, and took questions from the audience on his colourful life.

Jimmy said: “It really is back to basics, a proper pub gig. We just move the pool table back and do it there.

“The bands are just a foot away from the crowd and they love it. Steve said he had a great time – he’s a real character.”

The next star turn to appear at the pub is still to be confirmed.

Meanwhile Jimmy, who took over at the Nant in October, is looking to stage a larger 1980s concert.

He said: “We have been talking to some more people about the pub and I’d like to put a few bands together for a show. But we will need a bigger venue for that!”

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