Fifty Gigs In A Day – thank you for your support :)

Fifty Gigs In A Day was a great success with over £190 raised and lots of interest and awareness raised in the work of the Nordoff Robbins charity. There was an acoustic gig on Facebook by Paul Stead of the Darker My Horizon (which can still be viewed here), mentions at shows by Fairport Convention, Erasure (who’s tweet about Fifty Gigs raised lots of responses and retweets), Will Lawson, the Tannahill Weavers and Josh Taerk, plus Michael Armstrong with his wonderful cover of Love Affair’s ‘Everlasting Love’, which was number 1 back in February 1968. I have thoroughly enjoyed it, discovering some wonderful new music along the way including Will Lawson, Josh Smith and Dorja and most importantly getting Nordoff Robbins and their amazing work in musical therapy more widely known.

50 gigs in a day

A BIG thank you to my daughter for the Fifty Gigs logo; my wife for her patience and support as this idea started back in June last year and Mark Shaw for helping drum up some support amongst musicians and to all the musicians and comedians who supported Fifty Gigs In A Day, namely –

Accept, Michael Armstrong, Tim Arnold, Bill Bailey, Alistair Barrie, Black Moth, Brad Mitchell and Bread Over Bombs, Alex James Brierley, Ed Byrne, John Coghlan’s Quo, Credo, The Darker My Horizon, Dorja, Erasure, Fairport Convention, Fisherman’s Friends, Five Grand Stereo, Steve Hackett, Half Man, Half Biscuit, Dave Hanson, Richard Herring, India Electric Co, IT,  The Jive Aces, King’s Singers, Will Lawton, John Young/Lifesigns, Mama playing the music of Genesis, Marillion, Massive Wagons, Moon Safari, PictureHouse, Progressive Gears, Eddi Reader, Josh Smith, Josh Taerk, The Tannahill Weavers, Steve Vantsis/Tilt, Uncle Sid, Rufus Wainwright, Adam Wakeman  & Damian Wilson, Dan Walsh, Yes. Y&T

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fiftygigs

Thank you all for your support be it by reading these emails, the blog posts, visiting the artists and Nordoff Robbins websites, making a donation or going to/watching one of the gigs.

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Fifty Gigs In A Day – tomorrow 8 February :)

The idea started back in May last year when I was thinking of how to celebrate turning fifty and raise some money for charity. I wanted to involve my love of music, but not do another gig like I did for my fortieth as that has special memories and I doubt it would be topped. So by harnessing the modern age of social media Fifty Gigs was born! I am very grateful to all the artists taking place, be they performing live and/or posting on social media. Please do support them where you can and if you are going to a one of the gigs below do get in touch as would love to hear from you and about the gig.

Online now is Michael Armstrong’s re-recording of Love Affair’s ‘Everlasting Love’, which was number one on 8 February 1968. You can have a sneak preview below before it goes live at the weekend…

Everlasting Love (2018) –

Award yourself bonus points if you were at any of the live events shown in the video – I was at Hyde Park to see Jeff Lynne’s ELO 🙂

From the Darker My Horizon

On Thursday 8th February at 8pm (UK time) we are streaming a live acoustic performance by Paul Stead from our official The Darker my Horizon Facebook page.

It’s for the Nordoff Robbins charity.

Donate: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fiftygigs

It’s free to watch, and your support – and knowing you are tuned in – would mean the world to us.

https://www.facebook.com/events/187593638490681/

Paul will be playing songs from #Acquiesce, #NoSuperhero and#PhoenixVol1.

Watching & interacting would be extremely cool of you, but if you could donate just a couple of £€$ to the cause as your concert ticket price we’d be extremely grateful, as would Nordoff Robins. Thank you kindly. #TDmHfamily#NordoffRobbins

The gigs –

8 February 2018

Cruise to the Edge (3-8 Feb) featuring Yes, Steve Hackett, Marillion, Moon Safari & Lifesigns – all kindly plugging the work of Nordoff Robbins on 8 February

Accept – KOKO London

Bill Bailey – Victoria Hall, Hanley (also on the 7 February)

Black Moth – Boston Music Room, London

Ed Byrne – Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells

The Darker My Horizon – live Facebook gig

Dorja – The Lounge, London

Erasure – Manchester Apollo *SOLD OUT*

Fairport Convention – Gala Theatre, Durham

Fisherman’s Friends – Apex, Bury St Edmunds

Half Man, Half Biscuit – Robin 2, Bilston, Wolverhampton

Richard Herring – Chorley Little Theatre

King’s Singers – Theaterhaus, Stuttgart, Germany

Will Lawton – Grapevine, Norwich Guildhall

Mama playing the music of Genesis – The Cavern Club, Liverpool

Eddi Reader – Hawk’s Well theatre, Ireland

Josh Smith – Under the Bridge, Chelsea FC

Tannahill Weavers – Huntingdon Hall, Worcester

Rufus Wainwright – Walt Disney Theater, Dr Phillips Center, Orlando

Adam Wakeman & Damian Wilson – Falmouth on Feb 9

Dan Walsh – 4th Wall, New Plymouth, New Zealand 7:30pm

9 February 2018

India Electric Co – The Greytones, Sheffield

The Jive Aces – Princes Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea

Massive Wagons – Rockmantic weekend in Carlisle

John Coughlan’s Quo – Sub 89, Reading

10 February 2018

Josh Taerk – Smith’s Olde Bar, Atlanta

Here Is The News…

Cheap Trick have started work on new music as they continue their current purple patch of releasing new music.

Vocalist Oni Logan has left Lynch Mob again and plans to work on a new project in 2018.

Lawless will start work on new music although no release date has been given.

FM release their new album ‘Atomic Generation’ on Frontiers on March 23rd.

80’s rockers Salty Dog have ‘Lost Treasures’ released on Escape Music on March 23rd.

Clive Nolan said in a recent Facebook post that Arena will start recording their new album this week.

PENDRAGON – 40th anniversary shows

November  9th   229 – London – UK

November 10th  The Boerderij – Zoetermeer – NL

November 11th  Z7 – Pratteln – CH

Here Is The News…040118 Toto, Voodoo Vegas, Robin George

I did say these news updates would be weekly(ish), however so much good music coming our way, including this new song from Toto, from their upcoming best of ’40 Trips Around the Sun’ due out in February…

Axe are back with a new album ‘The Last Offering’ in the summer via Escape Music.

Voodoo Vegas are working on their third album for release later this year and Robin George has a blues rock flavoured album ready to go very soon.

Five Grand Stereo release their new album ‘Sex & Money’ on 26 January – highly recommended album for lovers of power pop.

In a recent interview with ‘Classic Rock’ magazine Carl Palmer said there would be news on a new Asia line-up. Following the sad death of John Wetton in January last year, Yes bassist Billy Sherwood covered the band’s US dates, although he may be unlikely to be a full-time member. Geoff Downes will doubtless be involved and possibly guitarist Sam Coulson. Meanwhile, former Asia member John Payne has a new album out in February with Erik Norlander under the moniker Dukes of the Orient.

 

Albums of the Year 2017

1  CATS IN SPACE Scarecrow
Their debut was pretty damn fine, so high expectations and they delivered! A marvellous mix of 70s’ rock, pomp, pop and more melodies than you can shake a stick at.

2  THRESHOLD Legends of the Shires
Returning vocalist Glynn Morgan helps the band to make one of the finest albums to date. A real return to form.

3  LONELY ROBOT The Big Dream
Part two of the trilogy and another fine set of musical adventures. No name guests this time as John Mitchell does it all bar the drums and some backing vocals.

4  BOULEVARD IV
Finally we get a new album from Boulevard. Fantastic tunes and production, deserves a place in every melodic rock/AOR fans collection.

5  THE YOUNG ‘UNS Strangers
Folk acapella from this talented three piece. Each song is based on a true story and the songs are all positive and uplifting.

6 STEVE WALSH Black Butterfly former Kansas vocalist returns with an album chock full of melodic rock treats.

7 SONS OF APOLLO supergroup featuring Jeff Scott Soto, Mike Portnoy, Derek Sherinan and Billy Sheenhan. Fantastic joining of music talents and the music lives up to expectations.

8 LIONHEART only 20 odd years since their last album…with Lee Small (Shy/Phenomena) on vocals, Lionheart deserve a place in any melodic rock fans collection.

9 IT Home thought provoking and timely progressive rock backed by oodles of melody.

10= H.E.A.T. Into The Great Unknown they have changed their sound a bit which may upset some fans, but for me they are heading onwards and upwards.

10= PUGWASH Silverlake the power pop album of the year. If you like ELO, Duckworth Lewis grab a copy of this.

10= BARENAKED LADIES Fake Nudes another set of memorable melodies and lyrics that don’t always take themselves too seriously…

Honorable mentions…

HAREM SCAREM United they keep on churning out classy melodic hard rock and long may that continue.

THE BITERS plenty of retro on this one, with the T Rex sounding songs

JEFF SCOTT SOTO Retribution not as instant but stick with it

BIGFOOT one of the debuts of the year. Modern hard rock and the singer doesn’t half sound like Tyketto’s Danny Vaughn at times!

THE NIGHTS more classy Scandi melodic rock with hook filled choruses big enough to land a whale.

THE NEW ROSES One More For The Road good time hard rock, no frills and plenty of riffs.

NIGHT RANGER Don’t Let Up they show no sign of letting up quality wise, another ‘must have’ for fans.

DANKO JONES Wild Cat if you like 70’s rock, Thin Lizzy and foot tapping tunes look no further.

THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA Amber Galactic like Brother Firetribe their ‘day bands’ are heavy yet here they show their love of 80’s melodic rock and AOR.

Fellow GRTR! reviewers choices can be found here

HOUSTON New Album ‘III’ Coming In November

Swedish AOR band, HOUSTON, have released a brand new lyric video & single for the song ‘Dangerous Love’, the track is taken from their forthcoming album titled ‘III’, due out on November 24th via Livewire/Cargo Records UK. The video can be viewed here:

Houston has been around since their self-titled debut album in 2010 and landed the number one in Classic Rock Magazine’s AOR chart that year, up against outfits such as Unruly Child, Crashdiet, H.e.a.t and Nelson. The band then went on to play the festival circuit with appearances at Sweden Rock, Download Festival UK, Rock of Ages Germany as well as touring the UK with Swedish sleaze rockers CrashDiet.

Houston’s second album “Relaunch” featured a cover song called ‘Runaway’ that became the soundtrack to Red Bull’s own Danny MacAskill’s Extreme BMX video ‘Imaginate’ which has over 74 million views on YouTube and 600,000 plays on Spotify and counting.

Together with renowned producer and ex MTV rocker Martin Karlegård (Reptile Smile) the band created ‘III’. Martin Karlegård has worked with French Idol singer Jenifer, Swedish pop star Brolle Jr and world famous Swedish band ‘The Sounds’ and has helped the band to add a mature and organic sound to their brand of classy and classic Melodic Rock.

As singer Hank Erix explains, “It’s been a very creative time with Martin, it’s great to find a producer that brings out the best in you for every single take. Personally I’ve never delivered such a vocal performance as on this album. I really found my sound and I have matured musically since our last album and especially since our debut in 2010. This is a new beginning for Houston.”

HOUSTON is:
Hank Erix – Lead vocals
Soufian Ma’Aoui – Bass
Calle Hammar – Guitars/Backing vocals
Victor Lundberg – Keyboards/Backing vocals
Oscar Lundström – Drums
http://www.facebook.com/houstontheband

Fifty Gigs A Day – Spotify playlist :)

Click here for a Spotify playlist – one song each from the artists kindly supporting my fundraising efforts. A truly eclectic playlist showing the wide variety of great music out there.

50 gigs in a day