Madness frontman Suggs was joined by a host of friends last night for a very special charity show.
As The Beatles once so aptly pointed out, you can do almost anything with a little help from your friends...
So when Suggs called up a few friends for a charity show, fans could be forgiven for expecting something special. Deciding to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK, the Madness singer tread the boards at the Porchester Hall last night (March 14th) with assistance from The Gig Company.
The ska legend was on hand for a performance, with Suggs being joined by the likes of Jools Holland, Wilko Johnson, who was sadly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January this year, and Bo Bruce.
Comedian Phill Jupitus was on hand to perform MC duties, and while it was undoubtedly a party from start to finish the night had a tender, quite serious side. Here's a quote from Suggs: “My wife’s sister Alanah was such a big part of our lives it would be impossible to explain. The funeral service in a small church in her native Whitstable was packed with people. She radiated the most extraordinary, non judgmental joy everywhere she went. She is no longer here. Her illness and death came as a huge shock to us all. At her wake we all vowed to try and do something to help the research of pancreatic cancer. Talk went around of doing a marathon to raise money. I put up my hand. The following week I took a jog up to our nearest tube station, Tufnell Park. I never made it. “I know” I said to Anne. “I'll sing a couple of songs at the finishing line”, “You can do better than that!”, she said. This event is me doing better.”