Gary Glitter’s backing group making a comeback at family resort Butlin’s

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Gary Glitter’s backing group is making a comeback at family resort Butlin’s.

The Glitter Band have been booked for the We Love The 70s Weekender from March 11-14 at Skegness.

An online ad by the event organiser promises: “Butlin’s brings the big, bold and brash Glam Rock era back in all its stomping glory. Relive the days when Wizzard, Slade and the Quo ruled.

“Rock out to tribute acts and strut your outrageous stuff in sky high platforms and head to toe glitter. This break is fancy dress friendly, so get busy planning your outfits!”

It is expected the group will play Glitter’s hits such as Do You Wanna Touch Me, I’m The Leader Of The Gang and Hello, Hello, I’m Back Again.

They were the backing band for the paedo – jailed for 16 years in 2015 for sexually abusing three girls – during the 1970s and on Top Of The Pops.

Their popularity nosedived when, in 1997, Glitter – born Paul Gadd – was arrested for downloading thousands of child porn images.

A Butlin’s boss said the event was adults only.

The Glitter Band features founder member Pete Phipps, 70, who has worked with Eurythmics.

Its late co-founder, John Rossall – who was still releasing new music in 2020 – died in October from cancer at the age of 77.

Before his death, he admitted forever being linked to Glitter had ruined his life.

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The glam rocker said: “I’ve not even spoken to Gary for 30 years and every day I have to speak about him. We were not even that close when we were working with him.

“Glitter was difficult to work with even when we first met him in 1964/’65 when we were his backing band in the Starr Club in Germany. He was always a prima donna really.

“It seems like every time we get a series of gigs together and some sort of comeback is on the cards, he will get arrested and we lose a lot of shows. But when we do play people really appreciate what we are doing.

“People come to the gigs and they understand that the band and the songs are quite separate from the whole situation.”

The official Glitter Band Facebook page promises they “will be coming to a town near you soon”.

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