Village People *featuring Ray Simpson.
The most successful disco band ever is coming to Europe.
With songs like “Y.M.C.A.“, “In the Navy“, “Macho Man“ or “Go West“ from the late 1970s, the Village People became the most successful disco band of all times.
When the two French producers Jaques Morali and Henri Belolo took a stroll through Greenwich Village in 1977, Felipe Rose suddenly danced past them wearing traditional Native American clothing. This was the moment the idea to found a band that embodied the typical American macho was born. Alex Briley, the group‘s only GI/soldier, was part of the band from day one. With “Can’t Stop the Music“, the semi-biographic film adaptation of the band‘s history, Ray Simpson joined the band in 1979. He took over the part as lead singer/policeman when the band co-starred next to film stars like Steve Guttenberg, Valerie Perrine and Bruce Jenner.
It was not long before their international breakthrough and the Village People set entirely new nightlife standards. Not only their catchy tunes took the audience by storm, their stage performances with a stunning choreography and dazzling costumes have cult status today. With more than 65 million albums sold by the 1980s, fans have given props to their Village People and their worldwide reputation was carved in stone on the Walk of Fame in L.A. in 2008.
After the death of the biker Glenn Hughes (1995), Eric Anzalone took over his part and in 2013 Bill Whitefield assumed the role of David Hodo as construction worker, while Jim Newman has been the cowboy ever since.
Up until today many fans love the Village People for their importance as a revolutionary act. With loud colors, ingenious songs and barnstorming shows they fought for sexual liberation, individuality, tolerance and personal rights. Singing and dancing with frenetic masculine power, the Native American, the soldier, policeman, biker, construction worker and the cowboy have been taking the hearts of all those who love to party without care and who like crossing boundaries.
When coming across an advertisement for a concert of the Village People today it pays off to have a closer look. Due to “internal affairs“ there are now two bands by the same name. Those who set value on experiencing most of the original line-up of the band that has been rocking the world‘s stages over the past three decades is just right with the Village People * featuring Ray Simpson.
In 2018 the world‘s most successful disco band is coming to Europe for a couple of exclusive concerts. Welcome to the hottest parties ever! Welcome to the coming summer beach open-air concerts and the exclusive indoor shows and get close to the guys. Most of all: Enjoy the fun when the dancing fever seizes you and everyone sings along to the biggest hits from the last decades until the vibe goes crazy.
The Village People * featuring Ray Simpson are:
Felipe Rose – Native American (since 1977)
Alex Briley – GI/soldier (since 1977)
Ray Simpson – Policeman ( since 1979)
Eric Anzalone – Biker (since 1995)
Bill Whitefield – Construction worker (since 2013)
Jim Newman – Cowboy (since 2013)