Synth pop duo Soft Cell reunite for farewell concert

The pioneering synth-pop reunites for a live show after 15 years, only to mark the end of their nearly 40 year old legacy.

Soft Cell, the pioneering synth-pop duo, best known for their 1981 hit "Tainted Love," will reunite this fall for their farewell concert. Vocalist Marc Almond and producer/multi-instrumentalist Dave Ball will perform their first show in 15 years at London's O2 Arena on September 30th, only to mark the end of their 40-year long career, Rolling Stone reports.

Talking about the one-off farewell performance, Almond said in a press release, “With Soft Cell I always felt something was unfinished. This last ever final show will be the best ever ending. It will be a real statement and send off, and thank you to every fan.” The event, billed as "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye,” is a nod to the third single from the group's genre-defining debut album, 1981's "Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret”.

After the breakout success of "Tainted Love," Soft Cell released one EP (1982's "Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing") and two LPs (1983's "The Art of Falling Apart" and the following year's "This Last Night in Sodom") during their heydays in the 80s. They broke up that same year, with Almond launching a solo career, and Ball working as a producer.

After a 16-year hiatus, the pair reunited for a 2001 tour and studio album, "Cruelty Without Beauty". The band’s latest venture came in 2008 when the band recruited a crew of electronic artists to remix Soft Cell songs for the “Heat" LP.

Pre-sale tickets for the duo's final gig are available on their official website. General ticket sales begin on Friday, 23 Feb.

Watch the video for Soft Cell’s 1981 hit, “Tainted Love” below:

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