Get Loud 2017 with Nordoff Robbins

Get Loud is on September 13 2017. There are a series of gigs including Level 42 and Jake Bugg.

Headphone challenge …

One: Grab your headphones, pick your favourite song and sing along! Make sure you film it, ready for social media.

Two: Share your performance on Twitter or Facebook using #HeadphoneChallenge. Challenge friends and family to take part too. And why not tag the artist, who knows – they might take on the challenge!

Three: Donate £3 to help someone else find their voice with music therapy by texting LOUD13 £3 to 70070.

Cafe Nero host a series of acoustic sessions on the day.

Also on the 13 September PictureHouse appear at the National Concert Hall, Dublin. One of the artists kindly supporting my Fifty Gigs In A Day fundraising.

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

Fifty Gigs In A Day: STEVE HACKETT

Legendary guitarist Steve Hackett will be kindly plugging Nordoff Robbins charity on next year’s Cruise to the Edge


(Acoustic shows) Saturday 9/Sunday 10 December – Trading Boundaries, Sheffield Green East Sussex, UKTickets

February 2018

Steve Hackett Band

Saturday 3 – Thursday 8 February – Cruise to the Edge, Tampa to Bellize & Costa MayaInformation


Rufus Wainwright appears at Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater at Dr. Phillips Center on February 8 and is kindly supplying a signed item for my fundraising for the Nordoff Robbins charity. More on that soon.

Aug 16 Our Lady Of The Harbour: Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Montreal, Canada Tickets RSVP
Aug 17 Our Lady Of The Harbour: Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Montreal, Canada Tickets RSVP
Aug 20 Northern Stars @ Ford Theatres Los Angeles, CA Tickets RSVP
Aug 25 Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Germany Tickets RSVP
Sep 21 Wainwright Libre! Rufus in Havana Havana, Cuba Tickets RSVP
Sep 27 Lexington Opera House Lexington, KY Tickets RSVP
Sep 28 Carolina Theatre Durham, NC Tickets RSVP
Sep 30 Atlanta Symphony Hall Atlanta, GA Tickets RSVP
Nov 28 City Winery Boston, MA Tickets RSVP
Nov 29 City Winery Boston, MA Tickets RSVP
Nov 30 Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield, CT Tickets RSVP
Dec 02 Orchestra Hall Minneapolis, MN Tickets RSVP
Dec 03 North Shore Center for the Performing Arts Skokie, IL Tickets RSVP
Dec 06 Dubai Opera House Dubai, United Arab Emirates Tickets RSVP
Dec 09 Grand Théâtre de Provence Aix-En-Provence, Francia Tickets RSVP
Dec 11 Théâtre National de Bretagne Rennes, France Tickets RSVP
Dec 12 Théâtre Anne de Bretagne Vannes, France Tickets RSVP
Dec 14 Théâtre de l’Archipel Perpignan, France Tickets RSVP
Dec 16 Comédie de Reims Reims, France Tickets RSVP
Dec 18 Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord Paris, France Tickets RSVP
Dec 19 L’Onde Velizy-Villacoublay, France Tickets RSVP
Jan 19 The Kimmel Center for Performing Arts Philadelphia, PA Tickets RSVP
Jan 20 Birchmere Alexandria, VA Tickets RSVP
Jan 21 Bergen Performing Arts Center Englewood, NJ Tickets RSVP
Feb 08 Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater at Dr. Phillips Center Orlando, FL Tickets RSVP
Feb 09 Knight Concert Hall at Adrienne Arsht Center Miami, FL Tickets RSVP
Feb 11 Ruby Diamond Concert Hall Tallahassee, FL RSVP
Feb 14 Capitol Theater Clearwater, FL Tickets RSVP
Feb 16 Powell Symphony Hall Saint Louis, MO

Fifty Gigs In A Day – YES

Prog rock legends Yes will kindly plug Nordoff Robbins charity when they are on their Cruise to the Edge next February. Very honoured to have their support and involvement.

Yes are Steve Howe (guitar), Alan White (drums), Geoff Downes (keyboards), Jon Davison (vocals) and Billy Sherwood (guitar/), plus Steve Howe’s son Dylan was recently announced as joining the band on their current tour. He will drum alongside Alan White.

CTTE2018BThey are currently touring the US with Todd Rundgren and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy

Aug 04 – White Oak Amphitheatre at Greensboro Coliseum Complex, NC
Aug 05 – Holmes Convocation Center, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
Aug 07 – Pier Six Concert Pavilion, Baltimore, MD
Aug 08 – Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PA
Aug 10 – The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, CT
Aug 11 – Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk, Brooklyn, NY
Aug 12 – P.N.C. Bank Center, Holmdel, NJ
Aug 14 – Hershey Theatre, Hershey, PA
Aug 16 – The Palace Theatre, Greensburg, PA
Aug 17 – DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI
Aug 19 – Festival Park – Grand Victoria Casino, Elgin, IL
Aug 20 – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland, OH – A benefit for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Aug 22 – The Zoo Amphitheatre, Oklahoma City, OK
Aug 23 – Smart Financial Centre, Sugar Land, TX
Aug 25 – Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
Aug 26 – The Joint @ Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV
Aug 28 – Balboa Theatre, San Diego, CA – only Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy supporting
Aug 29 – Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, CA
Aug 31 – Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, NV – YES only – no support
Sep 01 – Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA – YES only – no support
Sep 03 – Tulalip Amphitheatre, Tulalip, WA
Sep 05 – Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, BC – only Todd Rundgren supporting
Sep 07 – Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton, AB – only Todd Rundgren supporting
Sep 08 – Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary, AB – only Todd Rundgren supporting
Sep 11 – Bluestem Center For The Arts Amphitheatre, Moorhead, MN – only Todd Rundgren supporting
Sep 12 – McGrath Amphitheatre, Cedar Rapids, IA – only Todd Rundgren supporting
Sep 14 – Budweiser Gardens, London, ON – only Todd Rundgren supporting
Sep 15 – Roc Dome Arena, Rochester, NY – only Todd Rundgren supporting
Sep 17 – The Wilbur Theatre, Boston, MA – YES only – no support
Sep 18 – The Paramount, Huntington, NY – YES only – no support
Sep 19 – The Paramount, Huntington, NY – YES only – no support

Slowly the giants of rock stop touring…

I first posted this on my Rock N Roll Oatcake blog last year. Since then Rick Parfitt has sadly passed away, yet Status Quo carry on first announcing further acoustic dates and then deciding to plug in for a full electric tour.

The latest twist in keeping rock alive came as it was announced the late, great Ronnie Dio would tour as a hologram backed by Dio’s Disciples – the band features ex-Dio members Simon Wright, Craig Goldy and Scott Warren. Not something I’d personally want to see, but you can see the idea is keep the music alive. It could come across as a bit ghoulish though and of course every night would be the same vocals and presumably the same musical backing/solos, which loses a lot of the live thrill for fans.

Black Sabbath have finished their ‘The End’ tour earlier this year, but again they are open to future one-off shows. Aerosmith and the Scorpions seem to be happy to carry on touring, despite both saying in the recent past they were embarking on farewell tours. Deep Purple have announced a ‘Long Farwell’ tour for later this year but conversely Queen are still packing them in and touring worldwide with Adam Lambert fronting the band. Roger Taylor’s son Rufus (also a member of the Darkness) joins his dad on drums in the shows now. Jeff Lynne has reactivated ELO after many years and has recently completed a series of successful stadium shows here in the UK. Shows that you can never fully write off a musician or band coming back to the live arena. On the recent dates long standing ELO member Richard Tandy was absent and it is unsure if he will be in future ELO plans.

Do we have enough bands coming through to replace these rock giants? There are a few stadium filler bands like Foo Fighters, RHCP and Muse, with a healthy number of arena sized fillers like Nickelback, Alter Bridge, Arcade Fire, Avenged Sevenfold et al. Rock will carry on in the live arena, maybe in smaller venues and festivals, with different names as headliners, but the days of the 70’s rock giants are drawing to a close sadly…

‘First we had the sad passing of Lemmy which meant no more Motorhead, a band that lived to be on the road touring and playing to their fans.

Now we have the news that AC/DC have had to postpone their remaining US tour dates as vocalist Brian Johnson has been advised to stop performing live to save his hearing. The band have said they will be rescheduled later in the year with a guest vocalist. But it won’t be the same without Brian Johnson plus of course illness forced Malcolm Young to leave the band.

Age is catching up fast with the rock giants of the 1970’s sadly, even the mighty Status Quo have said no more electric gigs and their UK tour later this year will be their last.

The latest band to call time on touring has been Rush. Guitarist Alex Lifeson confirmed in a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine that the band won’t tour again due to the pain that drummer Neil Peart goes through.

When rock bands started way back in the 60’s and 70’s, they would not imagined the longevity many of them would have and now we are way into the twilight years for them sadly. But hey, they will still be drawn back to the stage I am sure for one-off shows and it is not all bad as Motley Crue have stopped as well 😉 ‘

Fifty Gigs In A Day: LIFESIGNS

Proud to have progressive rockers Lifesigns involved. Their second album ‘Cardington’ can be purchased directly from the band at :
Delivery is scheduled for August 2017.

They appear on Cruise to the Edge next year between Feb 3 and Feb 8.