Debbie stays in Blondie

Aug 2013 Debbie stays in Blondie

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 To THE RELIEF of her fans around the world, Blondie lead singer Debbie Harry issued this message as The Beat went to press: “No plans to stop working. Don’t believe everything you read!”   The Daily Mail had sent shockwaves across the globe with a report quoting Blondie drummer Clem Burke that Debbie was considering retiring...

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Stones in the Park

Aug 2013 Stones in the Park

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HIGHLIGHTS of both Rolling Stones concerts, almost 44 years to the day since the Stones first played Hyde Park – July 5, 1969, can be downloaded from the iTunes Store (iTunes.com/TheRollingStones).   Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood did what they do best: performing foot stomping, crowd-pleasing sets...

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Steve Ellis

Aug 2013 Steve Ellis

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But it wasn’t an everlasting Love Affair

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Anniversary album

Aug 2013 Anniversary album

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CHAS AND DAVE release a new studio album on October 28, said to be featuring special guests and marking their 50th anniversary.

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Mess of BluesFest

Aug 2013 Mess of BluesFest

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Robert Plant, Bobby Womack, van Morrison, Gregory Porter, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Mavis Staples, Chris Rea are all confirmed for a celebration of music inspired by the Blues – BluesFest 2013.   BluesFest is at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday, October 29 to Friday, November 1 It’s the first full-scale music festival of its...

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Generations unite

Aug 2013 Generations unite

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Two special gigs at the Eel Pie Club, Twickenham, pay tribute to the Island’s huge significance in British musical history.

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Jerry’s celebration

Jul 2013 Jerry’s celebration

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Jerry Naylor, former lead singer with The Crickets, completed his promotional tour of the UK last month.   Arriving at Glasgow on Sunday June 2, Jerry went straight to doing radio interviews at stations all over mainland Britain, including visits to the three capital cities, Edinburgh, London and Cardiff, and many places in...

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Goin’ back – early days

Jul 2013 Goin’ back – early days

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ADAM FAITH: turning our gaze towards Britain’s pop scene of the early 60s and one Adam Faith.

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Wings in full flight, greeted by gasps and cheers

Jul 2013 Wings in full flight, greeted by gasps and cheers

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 DVD: Paul McCartney and Wings – Rockshow Eagle Vision / MPL Communications   Wings are captured in full flight during their triumphant 1976 tour – in some terrific concert footage that runs for more than two hours.   Sound and vision are both superb on this recording of a band delighting a hugely appreciative American...

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The treasure ‘behind the curtain’

Jul 2013 The treasure ‘behind the curtain’

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The treasures that grew CD: Various artists  –  Canterburied Sounds Floating World Records   This four-disc box set is awash with excavated treasures for fans of the so-called “Canterbury scene”, in which the flagship names included Caravan, Soft Machine, Robert Wyatt and Kevin Ayers.   Largely derived from tapes and acetates...

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Up-staged or partners?

Jul 2013 Up-staged or partners?

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Legendary 1960s bubble-gum pop songwriter Tommy Roe took a career full of stories with him when he appeared at BB King’s earlier this year.   But so did his musical director/guitarist/business manager Rick Levy. Levy has kept his own career going since the ‘60s, as manager and musician. His clients over the years, as well as Roe,...

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Born to perform with conviction

Jul 2013 Born to perform with conviction

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By Martin Hutchinson   LIVE REVIEW THE MOODY BLUES WEDNESDAY JUNE 12 O2 APOLLO, MANCHESTER   EXPERIENCING The Moody Blues live has got to be one of the most rewarding things you can do as a music fan.   Their music is timeless, emotional and downright exciting and on stage they play it with conviction. Don’t just take my word for...

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The silver screen Status Quo

Jul 2013 The silver screen Status Quo

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CD Review Status Quo: Bula Quo! Fourth Chord Records.   THIS is the soundtrack to the action/adventure film starring Status Quo opening in July.     Yes, you read that right – Status Quo starring in an action/adventure film, and it’s set in Fiji. Francis Rossi said: “It’s a lousy job, but someone’s gotta do it.” Although all the...

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Crafted music

Jul 2013 Crafted music

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CD review Dave Davies: I Will Be Me Cleopatra Records Inc. THE long-awaited new solo album from Kink’s lead guitarist Dave Davies has him stretching his compositional muscles to create some finely crafted music.   Dave’s last studio album was six years ago with Fractured Mindz, but with this new collection of songs we see – and...

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Drivers of the 6.5 Special

Jul 2013 Drivers of the 6.5 Special

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THE sheet-anchor of the “6.5 Special” was undoubtedly the talented team of personality comperes – Jo Douglas, Pete Murray and Freddie Mills. To those who knew these artists before the advent of “6.5,” they would be considered an unlikely combination. But they have adapted themselves to the mood of the programme with great...

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The Beatles come to town – 1963! Who?

Jul 2013 The Beatles come to town – 1963! Who?

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By Peter Killick Something Good Productions   From 1950 to the mid-1970s Urmston Urban District Council, a suburb of Manchester, staged the “Urmston Show” on Abbotsfield Park in Urmston.   After the 1962 show, the youth of Urmston spoke out, claiming there was little of interest in the show for them: they weren’t seriously...

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Summer of ’63…..

Jul 2013 Summer of ’63…..

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It was 50 years ago this summer that it became clear there’d really been a major shift in the British music industry.

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Barry brings out new generation

Jul 2013 Barry brings out new generation

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BARRY Gibb, the eldest of The legendary Bee Gees is bringing his acclaimed Anthology tour to the UK for a short series of dates.

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Ray in Joe’s hall of fame

Jul 2013 Ray in Joe’s hall of fame

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Ray Dexter may not be the biggest name in pop but he was inducted into the Joe Meek Hall Of Fame in May.   “I played the Metro in Holloway Road, London. On an accoustic session of Joe Meek artists, I topped the bill. Afterwards I was interviewed for Radio Sutch, and they played many of my tracks,  like The Coalman’s Lament, on Chas...

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Beat it to the Hard Rock fashion show

Jul 2013 Beat it to the Hard Rock fashion show

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A new exhibition of clothing items from pop and rock superstars and legends including Madonna, Lady Gaga, Freddie Mercury, Michael Jackson and Elton John go on display in the UK this summer, courtesy of a never-seen-before touring memorabilia exhibition produced by Hard Rock Cafe.   “Hard Rock Couture”, celebrating the strong...

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