Foundation aims to release final Visage album and create statue in memory of …

A foundation has been set up in memory of Steve Strange – with plans including a statue of the Welsh pop star.

The Steve Strange Collective has been established by the mother and sister of the late fashion icon and his PA Amanda Lloyd with the aim of promoting and celebrating the legacy of Steve and the organisations and causes in which he was involved.

The foundation is currently involved in three projects to honour the life of the ’80s icon who died in February.

The first is the New Romantic Festival which would be held annually in Porthcawl.

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Second is the establishment of the Steve Strange Statue Fund to raise money to create a lasting monument to Steve Strange and third is the release of the fifth and final Visage album.

Steve Strange with sister Tanya Harrington

All royalties from the album will be donated to the statue fund, which aims to establish a permanent and lasting memorial to the music and style trailblazer.

The Steve Strange Collective said it is in discussions with local council organisations to establish a site for a bronze statue of the New Romantic leader in Porthcawl.

The final Visage album will be entitled Demons To Diamonds – a name chosen by Steve’s family.

It will feature the studio songs that the singer was working on with Visage prior to his death earlier this year.

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The album is launched to coincide with the inaugural New Romantic Festival at The Grand Pavilion in Porthcawl on October 31.

Steve Strange found fame in the 1980s as frontman for Visage.
Steve Strange found fame in the 1980s as frontman for Visage.

Steve Strange and Visage began working on their follow up album to 2013’s Hearts and Knives album in spring 2014.

More than 15 songs had been written and the band had recorded just over half when Steve died in Egypt on February 12.

Rather than leave the album unfinished the band decided to persevere and complete the album in Steve’s memory.

The album features musical contributions from Mick MacNeil (Simple Minds) and Didier Marouani (Magic Fly). The album also features a cover version of the David Bowie song – Loving The Alien.

A limited edition vinyl-only single containing an extended remix of Lost in Static from the fourth album and a brand new track is also available now from Control Room Recordings.

For more information, see www.facebook.com/stevestrangecollective

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