Show goes on for dead star - no Gest but guests (-1)

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There’s an even stranger twist for the show entitled David Gest Is Not Dead But Alive With Soul - with the tour still set to take in Preston Guild Hall on July 7 (at the time of going to press...)

There will be guests but no Gest since David’s death at the age of 62 on April 12.

The show is also a guest artist down - since Billy Paul died a few days after the star at his home in Blackwood, New Jersey. Me and Mrs Jones singer Billy was 81.

In the weeks prior to his death David had been organising a soul tour of the UK featuring performances from music legends

Russell Thompkins Jr, Deniece Williams, Peabo Bryson, The Tymes, Freda Payne, Melba Moore, Anita Ward, Fern Kinney and Billy.

Now David’s close friend Imad Handi has been given permission by the deceased ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ star’s lawyers to press ahead with the shows which will see ‘Band of Gold’ singer Freda Payne take on David’s compère role for the concerts.

Imad - who has co-produced David’s tours for several years - hopes fans will come out to pay their respects to the concert promoter and celebrate his life. He revealed he had thought of changing the tour’s name but kept it on in memory of David’s ‘mischievous’ sense of humour. “He may sadly be gone but his spirit is alive in the music he loved.”

There will musical tributes to David. Tickets are on sale for the show at Preston Guild Hall and can be purchased online at or by calling the Box Office on 01772 80 44 44.