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.

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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…RUSH, CHICAGO, SLAYER

Alex Lifeson said in a recent interview that Rush are ‘basically done’, with no plans to tour or play live.

Slayer have announced via their Twitter page they will embark on one final world tour.

Former Kiss guitarist Vinnie Vincent recently broke his silence after twenty years with a new interview. There may be new material due with Vinnie Vincent’s Invasion if all goes well.

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Escape Music re-issue Drive, She Said’s ‘Real Life’ album on March 23rd.

Chicago have had two long-term members leave, lead singer Jeff Coffey and drummer Tris Imboden.

Kelly Nordstrom and Simon Collins have left Sound Of Contact, who’s future now remains unclear.

KINO are back!

Straight to the top of my eagerly anticipated releases of 2018. Kino’s debut album ‘Picture’ is still one I play regularly all these years later.

KINO return with new album Radio Voltaire; 13 years after their debut

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Kino have announced the release of their new album ‘Radio Voltaire’, arriving 13 years after the band’s much-loved debut ‘Picture’ back in 2005. Out on the 23rd March 2018, it sees John Mitchell (It Bites, Lonely Robot) & Pete Trewavas (Marillion) teaming up once more, with Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson) on drums & John Beck (It Bites) guesting on keyboards.

Recorded at the end of 2017, writing began at the end of that Summer. “We actually began the writing process in late August” says John Mitchell. “Pete had a few tunes and so did I, and we went from there.” Mitchell and Trewavas were both a crucial part of the original band more than a decade ago, with the former providing lead vocals and guitar parts, while the latter played his trademark bass lines and also contributed backing vocals.

Keyboard player John Beck, who is also a bandmate of Mitchell’s in It Bites, has been brought back. But while he was fully involved on the debut album, this time his role is that of a guest musician. “Yes, I am delighted to say we’ve got John on board. His keyboard playing is splattered throughout the album, and I’ve also done the odd keyboard part myself.” The task of drummer this time fell to Craig Blundell, as Mitchell explains: “This time around Craig was the obvious choice to be the drummer, as far as I was concerned. I have worked with him so much that there was nobody else in the frame.”

Of the albums direction, Mitchell illustrates: “The title sounds very cool and obviously there’s a connection with the band Cabaret Voltaire. But Voltaire himself (the 18th century French philosopher) had a fascination with death, which appealed to me. He also stood for freedom of speech and freedom of religion. On top of that, I love the idea of a radio station that would reflect his views on life and cut through the bullshit which seems to be all over politics. Now, that is the type of radio station I think would reflect what a lot of us want to hear.”

The album cover has been designed by Paul Tippett, who is one of the most in demand artists of the modern era. “I like what he’s done with this sleeve. It reminds me of Moulin Rouge meets ‘Live And Let Die’. It is very striking, and I am sure everyone will have their own interpretation of what it reminds them of.”

The album will be available on Limited CD Digipak (including bonus tracks), Gatefold 180g Double Vinyl (incl. CD) & Digital Download. The tracklisting can be found below:

1.       Radio Voltaire

2.       The Dead Club

3.       Idlewild

4.       I Don’t Know Why

5.       I Won’t Break So Easily Any More

6.       Temple Tudor

7.       Out of Time

8.       Warmth of the Sun

9.       Grey Shapes on Concrete Fields

10.   Keep The Faith

11.   The Silent Fighter Pilot

Bonus Tracks

12.   Temple Tudor (Piano Mix)

13.   The Dead Club (Berlin Headquarter Mix)

14.   Keep The Faith (Orchestral Mix)

15.   The Kino Funfair 

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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.

 

Here Is The News…030118

Danger Danger guitarist Rob Marcello has joined the Poodles, replacing Henrik Bergqvist. The band release a covers album later this month.

Deep Purple’s Don Airey has a new album due this spring via earMUSIC.

Credo are planning to complete their new studio album for release this year, along with live dates. Vocalist Mark Colton’s previous band Casual Affair are reforming for Danfest which takes place in the autumn.

John Otway tour dates – he is well worth seeing…

Jan 05 Norwich Arts Centre Norwich, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Jan 21 The Greystones Sheffield, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Feb 03 CLUB 85 Hitchin, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Feb 16 Marr’s Bar Worcester, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Feb 22 Hare & Hounds Birmingham, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Feb 23 The Borderline London, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Mar 02 The Flowerpot Derby, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Mar 04 The Moon Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Mar 11 The Tea Tray Portsmouth, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Mar 16 The Maze Nottingham, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Mar 24 Gullivers Manchester, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Mar 29 Mirth, Marvel & Maud London, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Apr 14 The Continental Preston, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Jun 14 The Horn St. Albans, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Dec 06 Old Cinema Launderette Durham, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Dec 08 The Citadel St Helens, United Kingdom

Here Is The News…010118

Back in 2002 I used to run a Yahoo Group the Classic Rock Newswire, a daily summary of rock news. Now I am doing something similar to draw together news from bands/musicians I like and using the title of the classic ELO song for a name for it. Not overly original but hey… It will be occasional this time around, not daily!

First off happy new year 🙂

Andy Poole is leaving Big Big Train. The band will continue with the 7-piece line-up of D’Virgilio / Gregory / Hall / Longdon / Manners / Sjöblom / Spawton alongside our brass band. An 8th Train will join us for live work. We will announce a UK warm-up gig ahead of the Loreley show soon.

The Darker My Horizon release a five song EP ‘Phoenix’ later this month. It features four re-recorded songs from Sacred Heart (the band Paul Stead and Mark Stephenson were in before TDHM), plus a cover of ‘Knocking On Heaven’s Door’.

Voodoo Vegas start work on their third studio album due for release later this year.

The artist formerly known as Holmes (now called Roy) has a rather good new EP out.

The ever busy Tim Arnold has another new release coming soon… Sounds To Pictures, Volume Two: http://www.timarnold.co.uk/sound-to-pictures-volume-2/