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.

Review: An Evening at the Bandstand

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After an afternoon seeing the excellent Meat Loaf/Jim Steinman musical ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ the evening was an entirely different yet still very enjoyable musical evening provided by the Didcot Choral Society and the Blewbury Brass Band.

The choral society started the evening off with a selection of mostly folk songs which sounded excellent in a choral setting, with ‘Alton Water’ and the Tyneside folk song ‘The Keel Row’. The remainder of the first half was taken up by the Blewsbury Brass Band and they opened the second part of the show. The band encouragingly included a lot of youngsters in their ranks, a couple of who did solos including a young lady on trombone on ‘The Acrobat’ in the second half. Very impressed by the soloists and indeed the band overall.

They chose a good mix of well know tunes including ‘Cruella de Vil’, a piece from ‘Carmen’ and ended their main set with ‘The Floral Dance’ (a song that made the singles chart twice – in 1977 with the Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band and then in 1978 with Sir Terry Wogan).

The choral society came back for an ‘Oklahoma!’ medley which the choir seemed to have great fun performing. They were joined by the brass band for the evening’s finale of a Beach Boys medley. It sounds like it shouldn’t work but as the old adage says a good song can be performed in any style and so it proved with the four Beach Boys songs – ‘I Get Around’, ‘In My Room’, ‘California Girls’ and ‘Fun. Fun, Fun’. The choir and band worked well together and a great end to a very enjoyable evening’s music. You can’t beat live music, even more so when you have musicians gathered together showing their skills and love of music, impressive it certainly was and support live music folks!

Fifty Gigs In A Day…Bread Over Bombs

Really pleased that Brad Mitchell and Bread Over Bombs are supporting Fifty Gigs In A Day. They not only make catchy, thought provoking music but help food banks in their native Los Angeles & other cities and are very charitable souls.

Fifty Gigs In A Day

UK tour dates:

30 June / Green Room / Perth
02 July / Keynsham Music Festival /Bristol
07 July / Clutha Bar / Glasgow
10 July / The Cavern Club / Liverpool
12th July / Hope and Anchor/ London

PictureHouse to release summer hit “Sunburst” this July

PictureHouse have announced plans to release their smash hit single “Sunburst” internationally on their PHRC label in the summer of 2017.

For two years in a row this summer song was the most played song on Irish radio, used in a national TV advertising campaign for a major retailer and was used in the soundtrack to a film. It propelled the band to stardom and brought them on tours with the likes of The Corrs, Meatloaf, The Divine Comedy, Mel C from Spice Girls, Texas, Ronan Keating, their own tours and festivals which saw them headline Dublin’s Big Day Out in Marley Park to 35,000 people.

A dispute with their then record company ultimately contributed to the band breaking up, meaning the track never got released properly in the UK. They reformed, releasing 2014’s “Evolution” (which spawned the hit single “Rules of Science” which was playlisted on BBC Radio 2 as well as countless other stations across Europe.)

PictureHouse have now digitally remastered a number of their songs in a package that’s not meant to be a greatest hits – but instead be a “best bits” including some previously unreleased material. The record is called “How Can I Explain How This Came To Be?” and is due for release in August 2017. More details to follow.

The band hope to confirm a tour in Winter 2017.

BAD TOUCH & CATS IN SPACE UK tour dates

Two great bands touring later this year and Cats In Space release their second album ‘Scarecrow’ in August 🙂

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BAD TOUCH + MOLLIE MARRIOTT
9/11 Plug, Sheffield
10/11 Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek
16/11 The Tunnels Bristol
17/11 The Ruby Lounge, Manchester
18/11 The Cluny, Newcastle
19/11 The Bodega, Nottingham
23/11 Stereo Glasgow
24/11 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
25/11 The Empire Coventry
26/11 O2 Academy Islington London
1/12 The Waterfront Norwich
2/12 The Talking Heads, Southampton

CATS IN SPACE
September
Weds 06 The Borderline, London
Tues 12 The Globe, Cardiff
Weds 13 The Borderline, London
Fri 15 Rock City Basement, Nottingham
Sat 16 O2 Academy 2, Birmingham
Sun 17 The Fleece, Bristol
Tues 19 The Haunt, Brighton
Mon 25 G2, Glasgow
Tues 26 O2 Academy 3, Manchester
Weds 27 The Borderline, London
3/12 Planet Rockstock 2017

 

THE DOWLING POOLE UK shows 2017

Get along to see the Dowling Poole, seriously the most musical fun you can have fully clothed…

Ticket links to the only three shows we will play in 2017…

The Marrs Bar, Worcester, Thursday 7 September:https://www.wegottickets.com/event/402602
The Bedford Esquires, Holy Moly, Bedford, Friday 8 September:http://www.wegottickets.com/event/402849
The Borderline, London, Saturday 9 September:http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/…/the-dowling-poole-ticke…/281117

CAMBRIDGE ROCK FESTIVAL 2017 3rd-4th-5th-6th August 2017

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The Cambridge Rock Festival 2017 will be held at Horseheath Lodge, Linton, Cambs. CB21 4PT. This is following a new sponsorship arrangement with Cambridge’s Black Barn Records. The owner of the site, won the jackpot in the Euro-millions lottery, and is an avid music lover. This is a stunning location in 90 acres of rolling parkland, Festival director Dave Roberts said “This will be our 13th full festival and we aim for it to be the start of a new chapter in the life of the CRF”.

There will be the usual 3 undercover stages, Main Stage, Blues Stage and Acoustic Stage. There will be bars within the Main Stage and the Blues Stage. There is also a disabled seating area in the main stage.

Amongst the bands confirmed for 2017 are: FM, Tygers of Pan Tang, Chantel McGregor, Eddie & The Hotrods, Son of Man, John Otway Big Band, Atomic Rooster, Magenta, Deborah Bonham, Mostly Autumn, and exciting young band, Bad Touch.

More bands include, Space Elevator, Buster James, Laurence Jones Band, Ben Poole, Pearl Handled Revolver, The Mentulls, and Roadhouse. Lots of other great bands and solo artists can be found on the Cambridge Rock Festival website. http://cambridgerockfestival.co.uk/

The Thursday night, as usual will have its fair share of Tribute Bands, which is always a crowd pleaser to the local music lover.

The CRF is known for its great selection of Beers, Real Ales, Lagers and Ciders, some from local breweries, including 50 from Micro-Breweries, all at affordable prices.

There is camping for tents, caravans and motor homes, in close proximity to the stages. Free parking for day visitors.

Dogs are welcome, but please bring poo bags.

Access to the site, is mainly by vehicle. It is close to the M11 and A11.