BILL HICKS LIVES! – 20th Anniversary tribute
Jongleurs, Camden Town, London
26 February 2014
It was always a source of righteous venom for William Melvin Hicks – the much-lamented moniker of what the world came to know as Bill Hicks – that a tired old cliché such as ‘the good die young’ also bore a harsh reality.
“How is it,” Hicks pondered, “we live in a world where John Lennon was murdered, and yet Barry Manilow continues to put out fucking albums?”
The utter injustice of a world gone mad was never more harshly punctuated when, on 26 February 1994, Bill Hicks died of pancreatic cancer at the tender age of 32.
The 26th February 2014 marks 20 years since the world – one that has, in the interim, shed little or none of its hypocrisies, injustices and political bollocks – lost the most committed, vehement and downright hilarious frontman for the disenfranchised.
Jongeluers, Camden will once again play host to a celebration of the life of comedy’s Man In Black, with live performances from comics Brendon Burns, Robin Ince and compére Jeff Innocent, plus rare footage of performances from the great man himself.
As if that weren’t enough, this year, to mark this special 20th anniversary, Bill’s own family will be in attendance – brother Steve, sister Lynn, and his mother, Mary.
Two decades ago, Bill Hicks left the world with an influence and a legacy that is without equal, and with his parting words: “I left in love, in laughter, and in truth, and wherever truth, love and laughter abide, I am there in spirit”.
Love and laughter are rarely in such harmony as the Bill Hicks tribute nights, and are testimony to the spirit of a man that, in the hearts of those that were touched by him, will never truly die…
We’re still playing him from our fucking hearts.
*Tickets for the event available at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bill-hicks-20th-anniversary-tribute-night-tickets-10154501387