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New music show That Was Then … This Is Now! showcasing the biggest pop stars of the 80s

It was before, it is now! is a new music TV show to be launched online, with the aim of providing financial assistance to some of the 1980s’ biggest stars during the pandemic.

It was revealed Thursday that pop songwriter Mike Stock had produced the series on demand as part of his quest to help performers who have been “largely ignored” in recent years.

The five-part series will feature live performances and interviews from touring artists who have lost their livelihoods due to current restrictions on performance and travel.

Yesterday and today: It was then … It is now! is a new music TV show slated to launch online, with the aim of providing financial aid to some of the 1980s’ biggest stars during the pandemic – pictured Toyah who is one of the participating musicians

Mike, 68, who wrote many lasting hits of the decade as part of the musical trio Stock Aitken Waterman, explained why he decided to produce the series independently.

He said: “I was watching the artists I worked with in the 80s. The names you know haven’t had much success lately with the media and with the interest of television and television. radio – they have been largely ignored.

“I don’t blame it. The music moves on. But what they got down to doing, and it still seems popular, is this 80s-style wake-up weekend, rewind festivals.

“All the ’80s artists that I work with and everyone else seem to be still popular enough to go do these festivals and make a living.

Helping Hand: It was revealed Thursday that pop songwriter Mike Stock has produced the series on demand in his quest to help artists who have been

Helping Hand: It was revealed Thursday that pop songwriter Mike Stock has produced the series on demand in his quest to help performers who have been “largely ignored” in recent years – pictured Chesney Hawkes

“But because of the coronavirus, they haven’t done anything this year… Most of them do all the festivals in the summer, maybe can take part in a pantomime or something like that in the winter, but there is not much else for them.

The new show will feature artists such as Paul Young, Kim and Marty Wilde, Toyah, Steve Harley, Chesney Hawkes, The Fizz and more.

It will air live at 7 p.m. Thursday evenings in a nod to the Top Of The Pops timeslot, a show Mike criticizes for not paying guests the music fairly.

He added: “And while they struggle for a living – they have no means of a livelihood – the BBC, for example, is still playing the Tops Of The Pops reruns on BBC Four every Friday for the 80s. – a program that everyone watches, but the artists do not get.

Magic of the 80s: Five-part series will feature live performances and interviews with touring artists who have lost their livelihoods due to current restrictions on performance and travel - pictured Paul Young

Magic of the 80s: Five-part series will feature live performances and interviews with touring artists who have lost their livelihoods due to current restrictions on performance and travel – pictured Paul Young

“So the BBC is still dealing with those moments but these artists can’t, so I just thought I was able to do it, I can invest the time and the money.”

Veteran broadcaster Mike Read, best known for his shows on BBC Radio 1 and for hosting Top Of The Pops, will be joined by Hayley Palmer of Sky TV on the new show.

English pop singer Kim Wilde detailed her experience filming the ’80s music revival series.

She said: “Getting on the set of This Is Now with Mike Stock and Mike Read was simultaneously like stepping back in time and taking an exciting first step into the next pop chapter.

“Pop fans have been waiting for a show like this for a very long time. I am so proud to be a part of his creation! ‘

In the spotlight: English pop singer Kim Wilde (pictured in 2018) described her experience filming the new show online as 'stepping back in time'

In the spotlight: English pop singer Kim Wilde (pictured in 2018) described her experience filming the new show online as ‘stepping back in time’