Thu 21 January 2021
Doors open: 18:30
£36 | £84 VIP Add On* adv + cmsn
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, Islington, London, N1 2UN.
Entry Requirements: Under 16s accompanied by an adult
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This show is the rescheduled date for the cancelled performance on 2 April 2020. Tickets purchased for the original date will be accepted. If you cannot make the new date, a refund will be available from point of purchase.
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For Richard Marx, his 12th studio album, Limitless, came as a surprise for several reasons. The chart-topping, Grammy-winning artist, whose last solo album Beautiful Goodbye was released in 2014, didn’t sit down to create new music with a specific set of goals. Instead, Marx found himself reconnecting with that innate love for songwriting that set him on his successful career over 30 years ago.
“I’ve been concentrated so much on touring – that’s been the main focus of my career for the past few years,” Richard says. “But I started out as a songwriter and I had to remind myself how important that is. When I was young the impetus for me to write a song was because I loved it and because it brought me great joy. I wanted to come back to that. I had lost sight of the purpose, but I started focusing on writing again. I’ve never really stopped writing – I always have little snippets and voice notes in my phone – but this time I started to finish songs and collaborate more. The next thing I knew I had an album’s worth of music.”
Richard spent nearly four years writing and recording over various sessions in between tour dates. The process started with “Let Go,” a cathartic collaboration with producer Morgan Page and Richard’s wife Daisy Fuentes. The mid-tempo pop number arrived during a pivotal time in Richard’s life, coming to fruition just as everything around him was shifting.
“When you’re someone who likes to maintain control the hardest thing you can do is to relinquish it and give in, so that became the concept of the song,” he notes. “The lyrics are very reflective of change. It’s about literally letting go, and relinquishing your whiteknuckled grip on life. We fool ourselves into thinking we can control anything. It’s a much healthier existence to breathe and know that you can only control your response to a situation.”
The album also includes “Not In Love,” a co-write with Sara Bareilles, and two collaborations with Richard’s son Lucas, “All Along” and “Another One Down.” After hearing the songs Lucas was writing for other artists Richard asked him to work together. They penned “Another One Down” in less than an hour and recorded it in only a few more. The track represents where Richard is evolving as an artist, reflecting a catchy hybrid of his signature style and modern pop music, as does “Love Affair that Lasts Forever,” a sultry love song with a pulsating hook. The album’s closer, “This One,” is another collaboration, written by Richard and Vertical Horizon frontman Matt Scannell. The pair wrote the intimate acoustic song years ago and Richard rediscovered the track on his laptop, putting it on Limitless in its original demo form.
“I completely forgot it existed,” he says. “I played it and I got really emotional listening to it. A lot of people can relate to the idea of the one that got away, the one you can’t forget. This is an example of a song that started out really personal and has become universal as I’ve played it live.”
The album takes its title from “Limitless,” a buoyant, propulsive pop number Richard made with Michael Jade. On the surface it’s a love song, but underneath the lyrics reflect where Richard finds himself in his career and in his life overall. “This whole project was a reminder that I’m one of those blessed people who can do whatever I want,” Richard says. “I don’t have to clock in. I don’t have limitations in my life. I have very little compromise. I can work or create as much or as a little as I want. I’m constantly reminding myself of how grateful I am to have this sort of life of so little limitation. It’s all about fun at this point. I really have nothing to prove and nothing to lose.”
In many ways, Limitless embraces Richard’s history as an artist but also reaches forward, veering into new territory and embracing the idea that there are no rules. There’s an underlying sense of fun that threads through the songs, particularly on Richard’s collaborations with other musicians and producers.
“I’m more open to not doing my usual thing as a songwriter than I’ve ever been before,” he says. “When you’ve written as many songs as I have you develop patterns and you know what works in a song. I’ve done that many times successfully. But there’s something beautiful about fighting that instinct and doing something new. Now I always ask myself, ‘What else is there?’”
Richard has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, starting with his self-titled debut which went to No. 8 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The album spawned four Top 5 singles, including “Hold on to the Nights” and “Don’t Mean Nothing,” which earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. His follow-up, 1989’s Repeat Offender, was even more successful, hitting No. 1 and going quadrupleplatinum with two No. 1 singles, “Satisfied” and “Right Here Waiting.” He has since made history as the only male artist whose first seven singles reached the Top 5 on the Billboard charts.
Richard has also written on a No. 1 single in each of the last four decades, an accolade previously only reached by Michael Jackson. He has written with numerous artists, including “To Where You Are,” the first hit single from Josh Groban’s debut album, and the NSYNC smash, “This I Promise You.” He went on to earn a 2004 Song of the Year Grammy for co-authoring Luther Vandross’ “Dance with My Father.” Overall, he has scored 14 No. 1 singles (including Keith Urban’s No. 1 smash “Long Hot Summer”), both as a performer and as a songwriter/producer, revealing him a true multi-talented performer who continues to challenge himself and his fans.
In addition to being a musician, Richard is a committed philanthropist, supporting charitable causes like the American Cancer Society and the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Mercy For Animals, ASPCA, Humane Society, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the charity closest to Richard’s heart, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, for which his produced events have raised over $4 million for research. The musician has toured extensively for the past three decades, building a strong fanbase all over the world that only continues to grow. The legacy of his career as a songwriter, singer and musician is now well established and Richard is happy to continue on his trajectory, wherever it takes him.
“I have so much gratitude,” he says. “I’m so excited that I’m still doing this and it’s on a level that I’m really proud of. It’s amazing that I can go to these places in the world where they might not be able to pronounce my name properly, but they sing along to all the songs in the show. People come back again and again and I’ve very proud of my live show. I want fans to walk away feeling like they know me after a concert.”
Margins Cafe will be serving delicious, hot, homemade food at this event. All profits support The Margins Project, which works with people who face homelessness and crisis and is based here at the Chapel.
You must also have a ticket for this event to eat at Margins Cafe.
The Cafe opens to all ticket holders when the chapel doors open, scheduled to be 18:30 for this show.
We’re also taking limited early dinner reservations at 18:00 for this event. Be quick it can fill up fast!
How to book early dinner reservations:
You can book for dinner when buying your ticket through our site.
If the option doesn’t appear then it means dinner is fully booked.
If you have already purchased your ticket for this show you can check availability and book for all dates here.
If there are no tables available it will say ‘We are sorry but this event has sold out.’
Information for people with a reservation:
You’ll get an email with full details shortly before the event, however, you just need to come to the black gate to the left of the main entrance, marked Early Dinner Reservations at 18:00 and show your reservation and gig ticket.
The menu will be displayed here; it normally goes up a couple of days before the show. There will always be at least two hot meals, one of which will be veggie, to choose from, plus lighter bites such as quiche and salad. Check out the sample menu here.
*VIP Add On Information
VIP Ticket Information
£84 per VIP Meet and Greet pass
A VIP Meet and Greet Pass is the best way to make your Richard Marx concert experience something you will never forget. Get up close and personal with Richard after the show to meet him one-on-one for a photo and an autograph!
The VIP Meet and Greet Pass experience includes:
* a limited-edition VIP Meet and Greet Pass access laminate pass with lanyard
* a one-on-one photo and autograph opportunity with Richard
Important Rules and regulations:
1) By purchasing the VIP Meet and Greet Pass, purchaser is agreeing that all rules and regulations stated herein have been read and are understood.
2) Purchasing the VIP Meet and Greet Pass admits ONE PERSON per pass. People who are unable to attend alone due to a disability must contact the venue.
3) Concert tickets are not included with the VIP Meet and Greet Pass. All VIP Meet and Greet pass purchasers must also purchase a concert ticket from the venue box office or ticket outlet. Concert tickets must be purchased separately.
4) VIP Meet and Greet Passes purchased through Union Chapel will be sent as e-tickets.
5) The named purchaser must be at the venue with photo ID at the time required and enter with the other VIP Meet and Greet Pass holders before the show. Refunds or other forms of compensation will not be provided should the purchaser be late or unable to attend.
6) Anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be permitted to participate with no exceptions. Refunds or other forms of compensation will not be provided should access be revoked due to these circumstances.
7) Richard Marx management reserves the right to refuse the sale or cancel a VIP Meet and Greet Pass at any time for any reason for any purchaser.
8) A VIP Meet and Greet Pass does not guarantee any set amount of time with Richard. Note that this is an exclusive experience between the purchaser and a limited number of other pass purchasers. Please be respectful of other pass purchasers’ time to ensure every fan has an amazing experience.
9) All VIP Meet and Greet Pass sales are final and are not transferrable to other venues / dates regardless of circumstance.
10) All VIP Meet and Greets will begin approximately 30 minutes before the published concert start time printed on the ticket. Purchasers of VIP Meet & Greet Passes through Union Chapel will be contacted with exact times as soon as they are made available to the Chapel. They will also be added to the website.