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The Real Thing to be replaced by former Stylistics singer Eban Brown at Birmingham show following death of Eddy Amoo

By Kirsten Rawlins | Music | Published:

The Real Thing frontman Eddy Amoo has died.

Eddy Amoo. Pic: https://twitter.com/EddyChrisDave

He had been due to play a gig in Birmingham on March 17.

The 74-year-old Livepool-born soul icon died suddenly on Friday in Australia, according to a statement from his brother Chris and Dave Smith who still play in the band, which was formed back in 1972.

Wolverhampton-born Beverley Knight is among the many stars who have paid tribute to him:

The Real Thing were due to perform as part of a bigger line-up on the 40 Years Of Disco tour at the Genting Arena.

A statement from the venue said: "With the sad news that Eddy Amoo passed away on Friday, February 23, The Real Thing will not be taking part on the forthcoming 40 Years of Disco UK tour, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends along with bandmates Chris and Dave at this time."

The band will now be replaced on the tour by former lead singer of The Stylistics, Eban Brown, who will perform an array of the band's biggest hits.

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Other acts set to play the show are Sister Sledge, Tavares, Rose Royce, Boney M, Odyssey, and George McCrae.

Tickets to the gig are priced from £51.75.

For more information, or to book, click here

Kirsten Rawlins

By Kirsten Rawlins
@kirsten_native

Online Entertainment Editor for the Express & Star, Shropshire Star and Native Monster. E-mail me kirsten.rawlins@nativemonster.co.uk, or phone 01902 319368

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