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William Mangion

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THE GETTING CLOSER YEARS (1985-1992)

By 1985 The Exit had become one of Malta's leading bands, and when William and his band were given a residency at the island's top international discotheque, Styx II, they changed the name to Getting Closervideo. Here the band performed regularly, practically to a full house every time, consolidating their popularity. Over the next two years, Getting Closer, fronted as always by William, performed relentlessly, often co-headlining with international artists such as Jaki Graham, Go West, Imagination, Sinitta, Devine, David Grant, Phil Fearon & Galaxy and Samantha Fox. The band also headlined Malta's largest open-air festival to date, playing to a crowd of over 75,000 at Ta' Qali in May 1987. Meanwhile, the interaction with international artists led to TV appearances in Malta and Italy for William. In April 1989, now firmly at the helm of the Maltese music scene, Getting Closer played at the Swatch Charity Concert, organized in aid ©  William Mangion 2010 of the Caritas Drug Rehabilitation Program. The bill for this concert also included four bands from Holland. One month later, William was in Holland himself, playing a solo set to an international audience at a private function in Maastricht. In 1990, Getting Closer played at the Tunny Net party in Mellieha (Malta), which was held to celebrate the launch of the new Foreigner album. The party was attended by Foreigner bassist Rick Wills, who also stepped in to perform a few songs with Getting Closer for the occasion. A few months later, William went to Germany to perform a solo gig at the Colour Exhibition in Munich, in front of a crowd of 40,000. Meanwhile, William took up a residency as a solo artist at the Piano Bar of the Holiday Inn Crown Plaza in Sliema (Malta). However, the foreign bug seemed to have set in, and along with the rest of Getting Closer, he went to England to perform at The Silver Skillet in Maidenhead. From here, the band went directly to Holland, the first of ten visits that would see them perform 25 concerts over a period of two years. In August 1991, Getting Closer opened for Joe Cocker's open-air concert in Marsa, playing to a receptive crowd of over 25,000. That same month, Getting Closer also released their self- produced debut album, Ever Changing Moods CD. Several of the songs on the album, including Work For The Money CD, Holding Back The YearsCD, Missing YouCD and the band's unique arrangement of the John Lennon classic, Imagine CD, received heavy rotation on radio stations in Holland, Germany and Sweden, giving the band a deserved extended international profile.One year later, the band visited Holland for the last time, playing at the open-air Geusseltpop festival in Maastricht alongside several foreign bands. Sadly, soon after, Getting Closer called it a day
©  William Mangion 2017
WilliamMangion

About

My Biography

THE GETTING CLOSER YEARS (1985-

1992)

By 1985 The Exit had become one of Malta's leading bands, and when William and his band were given a residency at the island's top international discotheque, Styx II, they changed the name to Getting Closervideo. Here the band performed regularly, practically to a full house every time, consolidating their popularity. Over the next two years, Getting Closer, fronted as always by William, performed relentlessly, often co-headlining with international artists such as Jaki Graham, Go West, Imagination, Sinitta, Devine, David Grant, Phil Fearon & Galaxy and Samantha Fox. The band also headlined Malta's largest open-air festival to date, playing to a crowd of over 75,000 at Ta' Qali in May 1987. Meanwhile, the interaction with international artists led to TV appearances in Malta and Italy for William. In April 1989, now firmly at the helm of the Maltese music scene, Getting Closer played at the Swatch Charity Concert, organized in aid ©  William Mangion 2010 of the Caritas Drug Rehabilitation Program. The bill for this concert also included four bands from Holland. One month later, William was in Holland himself, playing a solo set to an international audience at a private function in Maastricht. In 1990, Getting Closer played at the Tunny Net party in Mellieha (Malta), which was held to celebrate the launch of the new Foreigner album. The party was attended by Foreigner bassist Rick Wills, who also stepped in to perform a few songs with Getting Closer for the occasion. A few months later, William went to Germany to perform a solo gig at the Colour Exhibition in Munich, in front of a crowd of 40,000. Meanwhile, William took up a residency as a solo artist at the Piano Bar of the Holiday Inn Crown Plaza in Sliema (Malta). However, the foreign bug seemed to have set in, and along with the rest of Getting Closer, he went to England to perform at The Silver Skillet in Maidenhead. From here, the band went directly to Holland, the first of ten visits that would see them perform 25 concerts over a period of two years. In August 1991, Getting Closer opened for Joe Cocker's open-air concert in Marsa, playing to a receptive crowd of over 25,000. That same month, Getting Closer also released their self-produced debut album, Ever Changing Moods CD. Several of the songs on the album, including Work For The Money CD, Holding Back The YearsCD, Missing YouCD and the band's unique arrangement of the John Lennon classic, Imagine CD, received heavy rotation on radio stations in Holland, Germany and Sweden, giving the band a deserved extended international profile.One year later, the band visited Holland for the last time, playing at the open-air Geusseltpop festival in Maastricht alongside several foreign bands. Sadly, soon after, Getting Closer called it a day