Paul Roberts (musician)
|Birth name||Paul Roberts|
|Born||31 December 1959|
|Origin||Chiswick, London England|
|Genres||Punk, pop punk, new wave|
|Occupation(s)||Musician and actor|
|Associated acts||The Stranglers, Soulsec|
Roberts left The Stranglers after almost 16 years (believed to be longer than his predecessor, according to press quotes from his former colleagues) in May 2006. The split was officially described as "amicable." The band reverted to a four-piece, with Warne taking over lead vocals and Jean-Jacques Burnel returning to singing songs on which he had originally provided lead vocals.
Soulsec is the title of Roberts' current[when?] project and, to date, he has written the albums Faith? (under the name 'The Faithband'), Self Discovery, The Pressure Sensitive, 2007's End Games and the current 5,4 Now. Also the singles "God", "When Reason Sleeps", "8 Days" and "Swim". There have also been several acoustic/electric live and studio CDs.
Soulsec was in existence as a side-project for some of the later years Roberts was still with The Stranglers.
In 1994 Roberts sang on The Listening Pool's (ex-OMD members Paul Humphreys, Martin Cooper and Malcolm Holmes) album Still Life on the track "Somebody Somewhere". Roberts played the role of Pop Larkin in the world premiere of The Darling Buds of May-Perfick. This was a musical based on H. E. Bates' novel The Darling Buds of May, written by David Burton, formerly a member of the cast of Only Fools & Horses. The show ran for a week in April 2008 at The Kings Theatre, Southsea as a trial to see whether the company could raise enough interest to finance a West End production. Its level of success is currently unknown.
In 2008, Roberts played the Roman poet Ovid in the play The Art of Love alongside Adèle Anderson of Fascinating Aïda in London, the lead role in Richard O'Brien's Mephistopheles Smith: the Evangelist from Hell at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2007, 16 characters in a two-hour workshop of The Unimportant History of Britain in London in 2008. Also in 2008, Roberts was asked by Paul Nicholas to play John Barsad in a new musical adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities at the Gatehouse Theatre, London, and was offered the lead in Gold, a fringe musical based on old school friends getting their school band back together after twenty-five years apart.
Roberts has appeared in the television series Cranford as a featured character alongside Dame Judy Dench and Eileen Atkins and has collaborated with actor Stephen Donald (Blood Brothers, Brookside) in the north of England. Paul appears at the beginning of the first Harry Potter movie.
In 2016, Roberts co-created the show Let's Dance with Worldwide Entertainment, paying tribute to David Bowie. The show has played dates across the United Kingdom, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and in Singapore, presented by the British Theatre Playhouse.
In December 2005, he was involved in a car crash in which his car was thrown into the air and landed upside down. He escaped without injury.
Roberts is an avid fundraiser for a prostate cancer charity.
- Rock's Stranglers return to EMI - BBC News Online
- Interviews - Top of the Pops
- Band History Archived 29 January 2011 at WebCite - The Stranglers official website
- From Strangler to Pop Larkin – The Amazing Story of Paul Roberts Archived 3 July 2012 at WebCite - 24-7 Press Release
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- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 October 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)