In a press statement, the season is described as "Not a comeback, just a quarter-century birthday celebration." The release adds, "[Twenty-five] years ago, Dillie Keane formed Fascinating Aida and has tried to shake it off ever since. It keeps coming back to haunt her — and you. 25 years, 5 continents, 6 West End runs, 6 albums, 5 nominations (3 Olivier, 1 Drama Desk, 1 Perrier), 2 books, 1 glorious transsexual and 784 sopranos. Not bad going. Now with new songs, not for money, just for the fun of it, and playing to an even older audience than before! Shuffle to get a ticket! Grumble at the steepness of the stairs! Thrill to the beauty of the harmonies. Marvel at the rhymes. Laugh in the certainty that your pacemaker will look after your heart."
Keane then ends the release by admitting, "Oh fuck, I'm past caring. Publicise us if you want, this show's so cheap I'm even doing my own Press Release."
On the group's website, she refers to the loss of their fourth (male) member, Russell Churney, who died last year, and says, "Despite the sad empty space left by our lovely Russell, despite many misgivings, despite me taking two steps backward for every step forward, we have decided we simply have to celebrate our 25th anniversary by getting together for just a few concerts. It's nothing enormous – we don't want it to be a big huge thing like before, we just want to have fun like in the old days before it all got too serious. It'll just be me, Adele and Liza. Oh, and a piano. No frills, no fuss, no extra musicians, no attempting to replace the irreplaceable."
Besides Keane, Fascinating Aida currently comprises Adele Anderson and Liza Pulman (currently to be found at the King's Head Theatre appearing in The Black & White Ball).
To book tickets call the box office at 020 7287 2875, or visit www.fascinating-aida.co.uk.