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On tour with Frankie

Frankie Went To America last week—and naturally Whispers went with them. Over the next three weeks No. 1 will be bringing you masses of Frankie frenzy from the States. Heres a few pages from our tour notebook to be, going on with…

  • There were SIX stage invasions by girls at Frankies first U.S. gig. The 1,100 audience at the packed Ontario Theatre in Washington D.C. also thrilled to a fight onstage. Mark OToole booted off an MTV cameraman who had outstayed his welcome by trying to film beyond the agreed one number…
  • ‘Relax crops up twice in Frankies live set—once as an encore.
  • The Frankies went out coast-to-coast last Saturday on the top TV show Saturday Night Live. They did two live songs—‘Born To Run and Two Tribes
  • Paul has started taking off his clothes onstage! In Washington, it was his jacket and shirt. “I tell you, by the time we get to New York Ill be down to me boxers,” he vows…
  • 2,000 fans saw Frankie arrive in a convoy of army jeeps with an escort of military police for an in-store personal appearance in Washington. The band were flanked by hired muscle men whod been flown in from Golds Gym in New York, while police cordoned off the area…
  • Paul and Holly have been shopping. They got themselves identical Jap designer black coats at a cool 800 dollars apiece…
  • In Canada, at the start of their tour, the Frankies were supported onstage by The Four Imposters—a group of four gay guys in drag who specialise in doing wicked impressions of female pop stars such as Cyndi Lauper and Tina Turner…
  • When they check in a hotel, the whole band use pseudonyms. Hollys is Mr Universe. Ped is The Dark Horse
  • To celebrate their first New York gig on Tuesday, media star Andy Warhol was throwing a huge party—“the event of the season”, according to one N.Y. socialite…
  • Asked why they played America rather than Britain first, Nasher replied: “We want to make our mistakes in America and get it right in England.” Well hold you to that, lads…