Fifty Gigs In A Day: MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

Chuffed to have Michael Armstrong involved who will kindly record a his version of the song that was number one when I was born, ‘Everlasting Love’ by Love Affair. If you pop over to his website you can get a free download of the Beatles cover below…

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Fifty Gigs In A Day: KING’S SINGERS

The King’s Singers celebrate their fiftieth anniversary next year, so that ties-in nicely with my fundraising as well. On February 8 2018 they perform at Theaterhaus, Stuttgart in Germany.

Gig review: BOOTLEG BEATLES – Royal Albert Hall, 1 June 2017

The Bootleg Beatles were performing tonight with the Liverpool Philharmonic to celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of the most iconic albums of all time, ‘Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’. The sold out Royal Albert Hall provides a suitably grandiose setting for the evening.

The poet Roger McGough started the evening off with a potted history of the Beatles and their musical influences which led up to the making of the album. Of course Roger McGough is no stranger himself to the pop charts having been a member of the Scaffold (who also featured Paul McCartney’s brother Mike in their ranks). He had an easy storytelling style adding in a few one liners and some of his poetry.

The Bootleg Beatles have been touring since 1980 and feature none of the original members – perhaps that makes them a tribute act of themselves?!

Having a full orchestra was a master stroke as they played a series of snippets from songs that influenced the Beatles. After this the Bootleg Beatles took to the stage, each one dressed as the Beatles appeared on the album cover. Strange to think that for such a classic album the original band never performed it live.

Read the full review here

Chart watch w/e 25 Sep

Led Zeppelin’s expanded ‘The Complete BBC Sessions’ debuts at number 3 in the UK album charts this week. The Beatles drop one place to number 4 and Meat Loaf still stays in the top 20 after debuting at number 4 last week.

Seth Lakeman comes in at number 18, whilst Ian Hunter & the Rant Band debut at no.36. Young Guns makes number. 40 with their new album ‘Echoes’, whilst Ghost sneak in at no.85 with their latest ‘Popestar’.