NEWS: Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s Paul Rutherford returns to Liverpool from New Zealand

Scouser Paul Rutherford is best known as the flamboyant backing vocalist, dancer and keyboardist in the hugely successful and equally controversial Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Now based in New Zealand, he will be returning to Liverpool on Good Friday (29 March) to perform a live PA at Garlands as part of The Original State Celebration night. TICKETS


Following the bands split in 1987 he became their first member to launch a solo career a year later with the seminal acid house anthem Get Real produced by Sheffield popsters ABC and his debut album Oh World in 1989.

In February 1983, Frankie Goes to Hollywood were invited to record a video for Relax by The Tube, the key music show on fledgling network Channel 4. The iconic clip was shot at the State Ballroom in Liverpool. After the broadcast, their John Peel session was repeated on radio and a new session recorded for the BBC. 

After emigrating to New Zealand, Paul released his belated second solo album in 2010, The Cowboy Years, under the guise of Paul Rutherford/Butt Cowboys, while a year later his debut was reissued with several B-sides and remixes.

The State Ballroom was one of the most important nightclubs in Liverpool history, situated on Liverpool’s Dale Street. In 1982 Bernie Start in partnership with John and Sandy Hewson opened The State as Liverpool’s first Laser nightclub. The original music policy was Alternative Dance eg Kraftwerk, Heaven 17, New Order, DAF, ABC, Soft Cell, A Certain Ratio and the like. On a Thursday evening local celebrities such as Pete Burns, Jayne Casey, Holly Johnson and Pete Wylie could be seen strutting their stuff at the State. 

The State also had live gigs and PA’s, many of these were booked and promoted by Steve Proctor and the occasional outside promoter. Particularly noteworthy were appearances by Animal Nightlife , Big Audio Dynamite, New Order, Divine, A Certain Ratio and Zigue Zigue Sputnik. The State Ballroom also featured in the film “A Letter to Breznev”. Later on, Andy Carroll booked various live performances at the club including Mark ‘the 45’ King and A Guy Called Gerald.


Good Friday – 29th March – Liverpool
The Original State Celebration presents at Garlands
Paul Rutherford Live PA, Scarlet Fantastic Live PA
2 Rooms – Acid House – Alternative Dance with DJS – Andy Carroll, Mike Knowler, Pluto
with hostess Margi Clarke



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