INDIE legend John Power is unrecognizable 22 years after Cast split.
The frontman returned to the stage to perform a solo gig in Manchester ahead of the release of Cast’s new album.
John, 56, still sporting his curly locks and casual clothing, packed an impressive 18 songs into his hour-long set.
According to The Mancunion: “John Power charmed the crowd with the wit and wisdom of his 56 years, but the voice and energy of a much younger man.”
The line-up consisted of John and Peter Wilkinson and the initial line-up consisted of various guitarists and drummers.
The band split in August 2001, just a month after the release of “Desert Drought”, which peaked at number 45 on the charts.
They then canceled a planned autumn tour of the UK due to “internal band circumstances” and eventually went their separate ways.
It was reported at the time that they had been dropped by Polydor and John had left the band.
However, a spokesperson said at the time that they had decided to take some time off and work on solo projects.
It’s been a long time coming, but the band is finally back and getting ready to release their new single Love Is The Call.
The band’s third album since re-forming in 2010 is due out in 2024, and John has high hopes.
In an interview with The Courier, he said that their upcoming album is “their best album in 25 years.”
“The atmosphere is incredible. “It’s like a psychedelic pop-rock ‘n’ roll record and it’s one that I really wanted to make,” he told the publication.
“Fans of the band – and other bands – will absolutely love it. That’s really the most important thing and I just leave everything else where it belongs.”
John posted the track on social media.
He shared a video of the band playing their new song and fans were excited about their return.
“Let’s go!! I can’t wait to hear this record. I’m hoping for a date in North America when the albums come out!” one wrote.
“Great song that makes me look forward to x,” a second added, while a third said: “That sounds great JP.” I can’t wait for the release.”
The musician was also the bassist and backing vocalist for The La’s.
The La’s were an English rock band from Liverpool from 1983 to 1992.
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They had hits like There She Goes and Timeless Melody.
John was joined by Lee Mavers, Barry Sutton, Mike Badger, Chris Sharrock and Paul Hemmings.