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

CATS IN SPACE have released a music video for ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’

CATS IN SPACE have released a music video for ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’. The song is taken from the band’s forthcoming album ‘Scarecrow‘ – the follow up to 2015’s ‘Too Many God‘, due out on August 25th, 2017 and a national tour is confirmed for September. The video can be viewed here:

With ten brand new songs, ‘Scarecrow’ will rock you into submission, but they will also bring a smile to your face. And, in this increasingly wicked world, there’s a lot to be said for that. On this follow up to their debut ‘Too Many Gods’, Cats In Space offer unashamed fun, channelling the finest riffs and melodies in musical history: but don’t think for a second that this is a novelty band. Their resolve is steely and their determination absolute. Don’t bet against them!

Cats In Space tour dates:

Sep 06: The Borderline, London
Sep 12: The Globe, Cardiff
Sep 13: The Borderline, London
Sep 15: Rock City Basement, Nottingham
Sep 16: O2 Academy 2, Birmingham
Sep 17: The Fleece, Bristol
Sep 19: The Haunt, Brighton
Sep 25: G2, Glasgow
Sep 26: O2 Academy 3, Manchester
Sep 27: The Borderline, London

Their exuberant 70s-inspired music may hark back to the glory days but, by delivering no-holds-barred live shows at full throttle across the country, their committed and sincere approach to blowing the roof off is finding a warm welcome. A guilty pleasure they may be, but Cats In Space are living the dream simply by willing it into existence. Fresh from wowing audiences on the Thunder tour, the band are ready, and hungry for more. With big summer dates confirmed, a slot at the huge Phil Collins Hyde Park Show is already under their belt, and an appearance at Cropredy is coming [plus big news later in the year] these Cats are ready to get everyone in a flap. And, yes, those harmonies are all done live! Cats In Space are steering well clear of the litter tray, and they’re on the launch pad, ready for ignition. Get ready for some deep impact!

Cats In SpaceThe Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ is available for pre-order in the following formats from: www.catsinspace.tmstor.es

  • Digipack CD
    • 180g Gatefold Vinyl
    • Cassette

Along with several bundled items, including:

• Exclusive Scarecrow Tee
• Signed CIS Band Photo
• Exclusive Premium Scarecrow Artwork Print

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DOWLING POOLE UK shows in Sep

Our only three shows of 2017 are getting nearer….

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Well there’s no point in avoiding it, we’ve been quiet for a couple of months. Jon and Willie have been either recording, or across the world with our favourite man of medicine, Dr Hook, (his name is Dennis Locorriere and ye shall praise him) and Givvi has been back in her threadbare, mildew infested, concrete bedsit, crying her eyes out and wondering quite where it all went so wrong….

So there’s a new acoustic video for you to gasp at, up on Facebook….

And here are the ticket links to our only three shows of 2017. Cheaper if you get them in advance…..

September 7th – Worcester, The Marrs Bar (ticket link here)
September 8th – Bedford, Esquires@Holy Moly’s (ticket link here)
September 9th – London, The Borderline (ticket link here)

Get them now to avoid any disappointment….mostly ours of course.
Our happiness is balanced precariously in your hands.
And we’ll pray to all that is not in the least bit holy, just to see you there

Willie, Jon and Givvi

Albums of the Year 2017…to date!

I am going to keep a rolling top 10 – no more as otherwise I end up with at least a top 40! So up to June (and including Cats In Space’s ‘Scarecrow’ which I have ben luckily enough to have a promo for review) here are my top 10 albums of 2017 to date:

  1. CATS IN SPACE ‘Scarecrow’
  2. NIGHT RANGER ‘Don’t Let Up’ Frontiers
  3. BIG BIG TRAIN ‘Grimspound’
  4. NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA ‘Amber Galactic’ Nuclear Blast
  5. BITERS ‘The Future Ain’t What It Used To be’ Earache Records
  6. HAREM SCAREM ‘United’ Frontiers
  7. ORDEN OGEN ‘Gunmen’ AFM Records
  8. DON BARNES ‘Ride The Storm’ MelodicRock Records
  9. LONELY ROBOT ‘The Big Dream’ Inside Out
  10. IT ‘We’re All In This Together’ Progressive Gears Records

I have yet to hear fully the new Styx and Cheap Trick albums which based on reviews could challenge for a top 10 spot once I have listened to them.

Fifty Gigs In A Day – TIM ARNOLD

Delighted to have the talented singer/songwriter Tim Arnold involved. He has a new album ‘I Am For You’ due out on August 4.

Fifty Gigs In A Day…PictureHouse

So pleased to have PictureHouse involved. Hailing from Ireland they have an uncanny knack of producing wonderfully catchy power pop/pop rock tunes. They released a comeback album ‘Evolution’ back in 2014 and have re-released their summer song ‘Sunburst’ – see video below.

They play a rare gig at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on September 13.

Bat Out Of Hell musical

The musical Bat Out Of Hell follows Strat, the forever young leader of The Lost who has fallen for Raven, daughter of Falco, the tyrannical ruler of Obsidian (basically a private tower block to keep the riff raff out!). It is written by Jim Steinman and of course features many of his songs sung by Meat Loaf on the legendary ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ album and ‘Bat Out Of Hell 2’. The stage set is very inventive and impressive – I won’t give any spoilers! You don’t go to musicals like this for a plot, more to see the spectacle and hear the classic songs sung by a very talented cast. Being a Jim Steinman production you know it will be OTT and there are motorbikes, flames – all manner of audio and visual effects.

At times the show reminded me a little of ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ (and of course Meat Loaf appeared and sang in the film) with some camp humour and various cast members in a state of undress. Songs like ‘Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad’ and ‘Paradise By The Dashboard Light’ worked particularly well on stage, plus of course the show’s title song was a literally show stopper. Simple really, go see the show as it has it all – the songs, the cast and the spectacle. One of the few shows I have come away from and immediately wished I could see it again.

Go see it before it closes its limited run on 22 August and then it is off to Canada.