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Disco era iconic band Village People to perform at Stockholm Pride

Disco era iconic band Village People to perform at Stockholm Pride

Village People

Legendary disco band Village People will make a special appearance at Stockholm Pride next summer.

Frontman Victor Willis will take the main stage at Pride Park on 2 August 2019.

The Village People’s naval officer/policeman will perform with new band members and a live band, the organizers explained.

LGBTI celebrations in the Swedish capital runs from 29 July to 3 August.

The history of Village People

Village People were formed in 1977, primarily as a disco act designed to appeal to gay men.

The Village element of their name came from Greenwich Village – a New York neighborhood known for its gay population.

With a number of timeless classics such as In the Navy, Go West, Macho Man and, of course, YMCA, the band has sold over 100 million records.

New members include Angel Morales (Native American), James Kwong (Construction worker), Chad Freeman (Cowboy), James Lee (G.I), and J.J. Lippold (Leatherman).

They will dress up in the same stereotypical, sexy costumes that helped the band skyrocket to fame in the late 1970s.

Where are the original members?

Despite the appeal, their most recent TV appearances left the audience quite disappointed upon finding out Willis was the only original member still in the band.

Earlier this month, the band made an appearance on British morning show This Morning. One particularly bitter Twitter user commented on the new band led by Willis, calling them ‘a tribute act’.

‘Oh, so its’ Village person and some mates then,’ someone else commented.

French producers Jacques Morali and Henri Belolo were, together with Willis, the original members.

Belolo still works as a music producer. Morali, the only openly gay member of the original band, died of complications related to HIV/AIDS in 1991.

More than 15 artists had been part of the band ever since 1977, including Randy Jones, Glenn Hughes, and David Hodo.

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