Thursday, 12 April 2018

Terry Reid To Play Live Date in LONDON at Nell’s Jazz & Blues 26th April 2018




Terry Reid -    who is one of the greatest rock vocalists this country has ever produced - has confirmed a live show at Nell’s Jazz & Blues in London on Thursday, 26th April 2018.

 Reid will be joined on stage by Neil Hubbard on guitar, Jennifer Maidman on bass guitar and Ash Soan on drums, performing songs from across his five decade-long career; from albums such as Bang, Bang You're Terry Reid (1968), Terry Reid (1969), River (1973), Seed of Memory (1976) and Rogue Waves (1979) all the way through to some of the new songs Reid co-wrote and sang on for Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry’s latest solo LP ‘Sweetzerland Manifesto’.

 Looking ahead to the show, Reid said, “It’s the first time I’ve had the opportunity to play with my great band at Nell’s Jazz & Blues, so I’m really looking forward it. It’s going to be a lot of fun and I can’t wait to catch up with friends both old and new. Come on down and we’ll see you there!

Opening the show will be Reid’s special guest Jon Allen, the highly acclaimed sing-songwriter who releases his new album ‘Blue Flame’ on May 18th 2018 on Monologue Records.

Tickets are available from: www.seetickets.com/event/terry-reid-special-guest-jon-allen/nells-jazz-blues/1207199

Terry Reid (photo: Jaxpics)


 Terry Reid has a remarkable history. Affectionately known as ‘Superlungs’, the in-demand Reid famously turned down Jimmy Page’s offer to become the front man for the band that would become Led Zeppelin, instead recommending and introducing Page to his friends Robert Plant and John Bonham. Due to contractual obligations, Reid also turned down a similar offer to front Deep Purple after being courted by the band’s guitarist Ritchie Blackmore.


And when Aretha Franklin cites you as England’s finest alongside The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, as the Queen of Soul did in 1968, you know you must be doing something right.

 Reid’s credentials were further consolidated on two world tours with The Rolling Stones, U.S. tours with Cream and U.K. tours with Jethro Tull and Fleetwood Mac. Reid also performed at The Isle of Wight Festival in 1969 and the inaugural Glastonbury Festival in 1970, and also performing as part of an all-star jam at Mick and Bianca Jagger’s infamous wedding reception in San Tropez in 1971.

But that’s not all. Reid’s story includes numerous collaborations with Graham Nash, his songs being covered by the likes of The Hollies, Marianne Faithfull, The Raconteurs and a back catalogue of six studio albums - including the seminal 1973 album ‘The River’ and the 1976 Graham Nash produced album ‘Seed of Memory’.

Following a return to the Glastonbury Festival in 2009, Reid played a three night residency at Ronnie Scott’s in London - one of only a handful of non-Jazz artists invited to help mark the legendary venue’s 50th Anniversary. Reid played to packed houses, critical acclaim, and returned in 2010 and 2011 to sell out three consecutive nights.

 In May 2011, Reid toured Ireland for the first time in 30 years and released a new live album ‘Live In London’, which included several previously unreleased tracks. Uncut Magazine then presented a show featuring Reid at The Jazz CafĂ© and he toured England before returning to Glastonbury once more, headlining the Spirit of ‘71 stage.


In 2012, Rumer introduced Reid to a new generation when she featured his song ‘Brave Awakening’ on her 2012 album ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ (which entered the UK Album Chart at No3), before Reid returned to perform at the Isle of Wight Festival for the first time since 1971. Later that year, DJ Shadow invited Reid to write the lyrics to a new track for his forthcoming ‘Reconstructed’ album, which became the song ‘Listen’. The song’s official video has since been played on YouTube over 500,000 times.

 For further information go to:
www.nellsjazzandblues.com 
 www.Facebook.com/nellsjazzandblues  
 www.terryreid.com

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Wednesday, 11 April 2018

20th Century Boy - hit musical back to mark 40th anniversary of Marc Bolan's death



The hit musical inspired by the life of rock legend Marc Bolan, 20th Century Boy, returned to the stage in March on a UK-wide tour to mark the 40th anniversary of the iconic star’s untimely death.   It opened on 8th March at G-Live in Guildford. The production will enjoy a 20-week tour, visiting 27 theatres through to Saturday 30 June.


 20th Century Boy tells the life story of the legendary Bolan and his band T.Rex, exposing some of the myths and taking the audience on a tearful yet feel-good journey through Marc’s fascinating life which was cut short by a cruel twist of fate.



At his peak, Bolan was arguably the biggest rock star the UK had ever seen. Rocker, poet, electric warrior, king of glam and godfather of punk – Marc Bolan became a superstar and the press dubbed him “Bigger than the Beatles”. Before his tragic death in 1977, a few days short of his 30th birthday, Bolan lived life at breakneck speed, creating a series of iconic images, a string of number one hits and an army of obsessive fans. 20th Century Boy is a glorious celebration of glam rock at its colourful best!



 Showcasing some of the greatest rock songs ever written, 20th Century Boy features many of Marc Bolan and T.Rex’s best-known iconic hits, including Ride a White Swan, Metal Guru, I Love to Boogie, 20th Century Boy and many more of their 70s classics. 
     
Following critical acclaim for his previous portrayal of Marc Bolan in the show’s highly successful runs, Olivier Award winning West End star George Maguire  returns to lead the cast of 20th Century Boy.

 The producers have said: “We are delighted to welcome George Maguire back to the role of Marc. George has been involved with the show from the early workshop stages and has an incredibly close connection with the material.”

 Featuring a new script by Nicky Graham and Colin Giffin, the production is directed by John Maher, and features more than 20 classic Bolan hits.  20th Century Boy is produced by GreatBrit Productions in association with Bolanic Productions.



















 “A visual, aural and multimedia feast!” – The Stage

“A rip-rollicking rock and roll ride” – Manchester Evening News 


Catch the rest of the  run here:

17th – 21st April MANCHESTER - Opera House

23rd - 25th April PORTSMOUTH – Kings Theatre

26th – 28th April READING - The Hexagon

1st – 5th May BRADFORD - Alhambra Theatre

9th – 12th May KINGSTON – Rose Theatre

14th – 16th May CRAWLEY - The Hawth

17th - 20th May ST ALBANS – Alban Arena

22nd – 26th May NOTTINGHAM - Theatre Royal

28th – 30th May PRESTON - Charter Theatre

31st May LINCOLN - New Theatre Royal

4th – 6th June GLASGOW - King’s Theatre

7th – 9th June CARLISLE – Sands Theatre

11th – 13th June DARTFORD - Orchard Theatre

14th – 16th June LLANDUDNO - Venue Cymru

21st – 23rd June HIGH WYCOMBE - Wycombe Swan

26th – 27th June YORK - York Barbican

28th – 30th June CHELMSFORD – Civic Theatre

For more information on 20TH CENTURY BOY - THE MUSICAL, check out the following website / social media links:

 Website – http://www.20thcenturyboythemusical.co.uk/

 Facebook –  https://www.facebook.com/BolanicProductions/

Twitter –  https://twitter.com/20thCenturyBoy4


Wednesday, 4 April 2018

THE SOUTH (featuring members of The Beautiful South) April 2018 tour dates

















When that great British pop institution, The Beautiful South split in 2007, some members of the band didn’t feel ready to hang up their microphones or instruments just yet… 

The South feature former members of The Beautiful South including singer Alison Wheeler and lifelong sax player Gaz Birtles.  Since original singer,  Dave Hemingway, left the group at the end of 2016, Gaz has now moved across to vocal duties. They play the songs made famous by The Beautiful South and bring back the full flavour and excitement with the nine piece live band.

With the new reshuffle complete, The South are a full team again and raring to go!  Their live show promises to continue to celebrate and perform the classic Beautiful South songs -  A Little Time (the number one single), Perfect 10, Rotterdam, Old Red Eyes Is Back, Good as Gold, Don't Marry Her.  All performed again live, these songs, and many more, span an impressive 20 year career starting way back in 1989!

Come on!  Let’s Carry On… Regardless!

For more information on THE SOUTH, please visit the following websites / social media links below:

Website http://www.thesouth.co.uk

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/TheSouthBand

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/thesouthuk   

You Tube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/user/TheSouthBandUK


               THE SOUTH – Spring 2018 UK Tour Dates :

Fri April 6  2018 - MANCHESTERClub Academy 
 Box Office No:  0161 832  1111
Click here for tickets for The South - Manchester show 
          
Sat  7th April    WREXHAM – William Aston Hall  
 Box Office No: 0844 888 9991 
Click here for tickets for The South Wrexham show

Sun 8th April              PRESTON Charter Theatre 
 Box Office No:  01772 804444
Click here for tickets for The South - Preston show

Thurs 12th April          BUXTON – Opera House  
 Box Office No: 01298 72190
Click here for tickets for The South - Buxton show

Fri 13th April              POCKLINGTON – Arts Centre
Box Office No:  01759 301547
Click here for tickets for The South - Pocklington show

Sat 14th April             NORWICH – Waterfront 
 Box Office No:  01603 508050
Click here for tickets to The South - Norwich show

Sun 15th April             WAKEFIELD – Warehouse 23 
 Box Office No:  01924 200162
Click here for tickets to the South - Wakefield show

Wed 18th April           CARDIFF – The Globe   
 Box Office No:   0871 220 0260
Click here for tickets for The South - Cardiff show

Thurs 19th April               BARNSTAPLE – Queen’s Theatre     
Box Office No: 01271 316063
Click here for tickets to the South - Barnstaple show

Fri 20th April                   WESTON- SUPER-MARE – Playhouse     
 Box Office No: 01934 645544
Click here for tickets for The South - Weston-Super-Mare show


Friday, 21 October 2016

SAXON are heading to MANCHESTER Nov 2 with some very special guests!



SAXON play Manchester – Ritz with special guests FASTWAY & GIRLSCHOOL on Wednesday 2nd November 2016






NWOBHM icons Saxon have announced 10 dates for the UK leg of their upcoming Battering Ram World Tour. They will be joined by  special guests Fastway and Girlschool for the much awaited shows, opening in Newcastle on 28th October. (all UK dates shown further below)

"Gonna be a great tour with Fastway and Girlschool” - said frontman Biff Byford. “I think this line up is unique, you don't wanna miss it.  Looking forward to battering some halls… Welcome to the metal church!

Battering Ram, Saxon’s 21st studio album, was released in October 2015 reaching the UK Top 50 and #12 in Germany. It was described by frontman Biff Byford as “a natural progression from Sacrifice” with “a bit less rock’n’roll and a bit more ‘heavy’ on it”. Following its release Saxon hit Europe with Motorhead for their 40th Anniversary tour, accompanied by Girlschool. 

Sadly, the tragic passing of Lemmy in December put an early end to the tour, and the UK leg planned to begin on January 16th was cancelled - bar a Saxon headlining show in Brighton.

Joining Saxon and Girlschool on the new dates will be Fastway, the brainchild of ex-Motorhead guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke with UFO bassist Pete Way.  The current line up features Fast Eddie Clarke with Toby Jepson (Gun/Little Angels) on vocals, Steve Strange on drums and Mama’s Boys’ John McManus on bass.  More info on http://www.fastwayofficial.com


Saxon released their self-titled debut in 1979, followed by “Wheels of Steel” the following year, which reached #5 in the UK charts and gave fans two classics in the title track and “747”. They established themselves as one of the iconsof the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal throughout the 80s. Later the band tried to attack the US market taking a more melodic direction with release of “Destiny” in 1988, before going back to their original sound with 1991’s “Solid Balls of Rock” , reaffirming their influence on the European metal scene. They continued touring and recording enjoying renewed success and released their current album Battering Ram in 2015.   They also recently released a 9 Vinyl album box set Eagles and Dragons containing the bands nine studio albums recorded between 1991 and 2009.


Saxon saw album sales topping 15 million worldwide including 8 UK Top 40 albums across their career. They are considered a seminal NWOBHM act and are known to have inspired the likes of Metallica, Megadeth, Pantera, Motley Crue and plenty more.




Wednesday 2nd November              
MANCHESTER – Ritz
Box Office No: 0161 714 4140
Tickets are available from the following website – https://www.academymusicgroup.com/o2ritzmanchester/events/845214/saxon-tickets
Tickets - £26.00 Advance
Doors – 6.30pm







On 28.10.16UK - NewcastleAcademy
On 29.10.16UK - GlasgowABC
On 30.10.16UK - BelfastLimelightBuy Ticket
On 01.11.16IE - DublinAcademyBuy Ticket
On 02.11.16UK - ManchesterO2 RitzBuy Ticket
On 03.11.16UK - BristolO2 AcademyBuy Ticket
On 05.11.16UK - LondonO2 Shepherd´s Bush EmpireBuy Ticket
On 06.11.16UK - WolverhamptonWulfrun HallBuy Ticket
On 08.11.16UK - SheffieldO2 AcademyBuy Ticket
On 09.11.16UK - NottinghamRock CityBuy Ticket
   
  
 




For further information on SAXON, check out the following websites / social media links:

Website – http://www.saxon747.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/saxon

Twitter – https://twitter.com/SaxonOfficial
 https://twitter.com/SaxonOfficial



https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=36&v=2oLC0nOfWGc  - ‘Battering Ram’ Official Video



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Sunday, 18 September 2016

Get 'on Bard' with Shakespeare Republic -bringing Shakespeare to modern audiences in a brilliant way!












If you have always been keen to explore the work of Shakespeare, but were perhaps put off by heavy dusty books in school, or perhaps teachers who did not make it interesting then  this is a fantastic  way to take a dip in the Shakespearean swimming pool (come on in, the water is lovely!) ... read on and be inspired to dive in! - Marilyn.
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Shakespeare Republic was created to introduce Shakespeare to new audiences, performing delicious bite-sized chunks of his works in familiar 21st Century settings.

Built on the premise of taking a selection of Shakespeare monologues and making them more accessible to modern audiences by setting each piece in a contemporary situation, their first season in 2015 included Hamlet as Media Advisor to a Government Minister, Juliet as a gay man in a Skype conversation, Phoebe as an entitled Gen Y drunk texting, Macbeth as a politician about to metaphorically knife an opponent, and even a  female Hamlet weary from the corporate cut and thrust and a performance of Sonnet 18 as a eulogy.

All locations were donated for filming and all cast and crew volunteered their time. It was an experiment to see if their take on Shakespeare could find an audience and achieve what they were hoping to do: show that Shakespeare is just as relevant to us now as he was to audiences 400  years ago.

The response to the work on release was astounding.  They were 'gobsmacked and thrilled' at the way the work was received.


  Shakespeare Republic Season One has now been Officially Selected for twenty one film festivals internationally and is the recipient of seven awards:
  • The Silver Gaddy Award for Best Mobisode or Web Short, Peak City International Film Festival (USA);
  • Best Web Series, 12 Month Film Festival (Romania);
  • Best Web/New Media, Los Angeles Cinefest (USA);
  • Best Web Series, Indiepossible International Film Festival (USA)
  • Best Director, Indiepossible International Film Festival (USA)
  • Best Cinematographer, Indiepossible International Film Festival (USA); and
  • Best Actor, Indiepossible International Film Festival (USA)

 The exciting and talented Season Two cast includes:   Dean Haglund (X-Files) Alan Fletcher (Neighbours), Nadine Garner (The Doctor Blake Mysteries),  Sally McLean (Utopia), Billy Smedley (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries),  and many more!  





 Directed and produced by Shakespeare Republic creator Sally McLean with the assistance of co-Producers, Billy Smedley, Shane Savage and Perri Cummings.Filmed by award-winning Cinematographer, Shaun Herbertson with a highly experienced crew with a total of over 170 professional credits to their names, Season Two is shaping up to be an innovative and exciting ride through the works of William Shakespeare and his contemporaries, featuring an international cast and a lot of love for the Bard.

To read all about the cast and crew, head to their official website: http://shakespearerepublic.com/cast-crew/ 

Shakespeare Republic are also crowd-funding and there are just  a few days left  to get involved.  For more details  on this and the perks they offer the fabulous funders please see https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/shakespeare-republic-lovethebard--2#/

They need to raise AU$4,500 to cover some additional production costs for the main block of filming from September 15-24.  They have already put in their own money, to cover items such as costumes, production design elements and most of the catering, and also raised some funds with an earlier crowdfunding campaign in May via the Australian Cultural Fund to cover basic production costs and the expenses of the 23 cast and crew, but there are still  a couple of holes in the budget that they need to fill - click here to find out more! After all, every bit helps! Currently  53% funded at the time of posting this so do help them get there!

If you are on Twitter you can connect with Shakespeare Republic  @ShakesRepublic or by clicking here:

(all info sourced and taken from the Shakespeare Republic website and crowd-funding page)


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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

If Students Are The Future Why This Shocking Wastage ?

A concerned resident of a university city recently took to  social media to reveal shocking evidence of student wastage and  to voice  understandable disgust about it. .

 Shocking photo after photo showed  what many  students simply left behind and  dumped as they left  university. They threw it out  knowing it would be  destined for landfill.

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  It included  clothing, bedding, kitchen goods, appliances, electronic equipment and non-perishable food,  It is terrible to imagine this all wasted  while many go without.



Just one of the many images of shocking waste
With so many people having to use 'food-banks' , and so many people  struggling to afford clothes and home essentials, it stuns me that people could be so wasteful, and I wonder if this is the scene at   other colleges and universities too.

One would hope students, would know better than to be so wasteful when leaving  student accommodation. Knowing that this is just a fraction of the stuff that these students threw away without thought, leaves a bad taste in my mouth too. What was the scene at other universities I wonder?

With so many in need, these items could  be and should be put to good use and given to people in need of them , this  waste cannot be allowed to go on.

 The university , whilst not responsible for what their students throw away, should set a responsible example and get pro-active. So many new incoming new students could surely make use of these goods and clothes, as could many people  who are struggling to get by.

Perhaps  much of the clothes and bedding could be sent to refugee camps or homeless shelters? Heaven knows those unfortunate people certainly could do with some help.


I came across a fantastic blog from America, which addresses the issue  and explains about campus collection and redistribution programs that divert goods away from the landfill and into the hands of people who can use them. You can read it by clicking here

Wouldn't it be wonderful if  campuses around the world  did this?


In the meantime, please think about what you throw out,  we have drained so much of the Earth's resources as it is,  this throw-away society mentality  is a crying shame.

(c) Marilyn Michaels
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If Students Are The Future Why This Shocking Wastage ?

An angry and concerned resident of a university city in  England,  recently took to Facebook to reveal shocking evidence of student wastage and  to voice  understandable disgust about it. .

 Shocking photo after photo showed  what many  students simply left behind and  dumped as they left  university. They threw it out  knowing it would be  destined for landfill.  As much as possibly could  be rescued was salvaged,  so much that one could fill a shop with it. Yet it was just a fraction of what the students had left behind

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''My partner and I  spent money for an electric van, drivers, workbenches, shelving, bags, the rental of three garages, to stop this being wasted' -   (Photo via FaceBook)


The concerned resident who wishes to remain anonymous   described  it as ''Outrageously decadent waste of resources . These and so much more were destined for landfill.''

 
Alongside the shocking photos it was stated :'' Tons of non-perishable food, clothing, bedding, kitchen goods and appliances, electronic equipment etc etc  wasted.  Even money thrown away. While many go without. Obscene, insane, sickening.''



''These are what students  threw out when they left. Multiply this by what globally gets wasted and it is horrific.''  . (Photo via Facebook)

Photo via Facebook





''Tons of non-perishable food, clothing, bedding, kitchen goods and appliances, electronic equipment etc etc  wasted.  Even money thrown away. While many go without. Obscene, insane, sickening'' - (photo via Facebook) 

''These were thrown out, into bags destined for landfill. What we,  managed to collect is a microcosm of what is perfectly good, even brand new, yet gets thrown out globally. It's not just clothing but non-perishable food, electronics, bedding, kitchen stuff, furnishings and money etc etc.'' -  (Photo via Facebook)

They rented 3 garages to try and rescue as much as possible, to avoid it going to landfill sites. (Photo via Facebook)
                                     

With so many people having to use 'food-banks' , and so many people  struggling to afford clothes and home essentials, it stuns me that people could be so wasteful, and I wonder if this is the scene at   other colleges and universities too.

One would hope students, would know better than to be so wasteful when leaving  student accommodation. Knowing that this is just a fraction of the stuff that these students threw away without thought, leaves a bad taste in my mouth too. What was the scene at other universities I wonder?

Whilst I am sure the salvaged goods will be put to good use and given to people in need of them , this  waste cannot be allowed to go on.

 The university , whilst not responsible for what their students throw away, should set a responsible example and get pro-active. So many new incoming new students could surely make use of these goods and clothes, as could many people  who are struggling to get by.

Perhaps  much of the clothes and bedding could be sent to refugee camps or homeless shelters? Heaven knows those unfortunate people certainly could do with some help.

In the meantime, please think about what you throw out,  we have drained so much of the Earth's resources as it is,  this throw-away society mentality  is a crying shame.

The big question is, is this just happening in UK? Is it happening in your town too? No matter where in the world you are - let me know if you have seen this occur there too. Comment is free! 


(c) Marilyn Michaels
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