Rattle and shake in the woods

Apr 2013 Rattle and shake in the woods

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If you go down to the woods this summer, don’t be surprised to see Blondie performing their hits like ‘Heart Of Glass’, ‘Sunday Girl’, ‘Atomic’, ‘Call Me’, ‘The Tide Is High’ and ‘Maria’.

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Bruce switches to Olympic Park

Apr 2013 Bruce switches to Olympic Park

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Bruce Springsteen returns to London Hard Rock Calling festival, a year after authorities pulled the plug on his duet with Paul McCartney for violating a curfew.

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Musical Motown – a big hit

Apr 2013 Musical Motown – a big hit

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Motown: The Musical, a Broadway extravaganza chronicling the rise of Motown founder Berry Gordy and his relationship with Diana Ross, is claimed to be a certified smash hit.

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Pink Floyd Dark Side 40 years on

Apr 2013 Pink Floyd Dark Side 40 years on

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Pink Floyd and EMI Music marked the 40th anniversary of the original UK release of The Dark Side of The Moon on March 24.

Fans around the world united to turn a specially-designed moon dark. Centred around a global playback of the album on PinkFloyd.com each memory, thought and photo tweeted as fans rediscovered the album will count towards the creation of a dark side of the moon, according to the record company.

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Quo re-united and united

Apr 2013 Quo re-united and united

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STATUS QUO – THE REUNION TOUR
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 – O2, APOLLO, MANCHESTER

“DEAR, dear, dear, whoever would have thought this would happen?” said Francis Rossi as the classic line-up of Status Quo – Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Alan Lancaster and John Coghlan took to the live stage for the first time for more than 30 years.

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And he really did do it his way

Apr 2013 And he really did do it his way

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Paul Anka celebrates his 55th year in show-business this month with the release of a new album called “Duets” on which he sings with some of the world’s top artists like George Benson, Michael Buble, Dolly Parton, Leon Russell, Gloria Estefan, Willie Nelson, Celine Dion and Tom Jones

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Roy Orbison Goin’ back – early days

Apr 2013 Roy Orbison Goin’ back – early days

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Roy was responsible for some of the most dramatic and emotional songs in pop music, some of which sadly reflect some of the tragedy that plagued his life.

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Carol’s a cool cat

Apr 2013 Carol’s a cool cat

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THE LATER part of 1987 was a golden period for the pop single, when every song that hit No.1 truly merited its place in Pop Music’s Hall Of Fame.
One record, by a group who had begun to make their mark a few months earlier was particularly refreshing. When ‘China In Your Hands’ made it to the top, it cemented the name T’Pau in our hearts forever.

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Plan for Van

Apr 2013 Plan for Van

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VAN MORRISON says he didn’t immediately know that he was born to sing and that he was 15 or 16 before he realised he could make a career of it.

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Wall wows worldwide audiences

Apr 2013 Wall wows worldwide audiences

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Roger Waters has been pushing out the boundaries of progressive rock for decades, both as co-founder of Pink Floyd and as a solo artist. Now, as he prepares to tour Europe this year with “The Wall”, Roger is excited about giving fans an even more thrilling show – particularly in large stadium venues – thanks to the wonders of modern technology.

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“Performing is better than any drug”

Apr 2013 “Performing is better than any drug”

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BOBBY Elliott, The Hollies drummer since 1963, is in a good frame of mind ahead of their 2013 UK dates, as is the rest of the band.

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Dionne Warwick puts on a brave face

Apr 2013 Dionne Warwick puts on a brave face

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Dionne Warwick has told fans she is fine and they should not worry about her after the American star’s shock announcement last month that she was filing for bankruptcy after amassing tax debts of nearly $10 million (£6.6 million) since 1991.

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Rootin’, tootin’ for The Hooters

Apr 2013 Rootin’, tootin’ for The Hooters

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Happy families? Father and talented daughters. Showbiz gossip from across the pond

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‘50 & Counting’

Apr 2013 ‘50 & Counting’

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The Beat gets Satisfaction from The Rolling Stones

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Eric’s sun rises again

Apr 2013 Eric’s sun rises again

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A major player in all this has been Bruce Springsteen, who paid tribute to Eric in March last year as a key influence – both musically and lyrically.

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Tears of success

Mar 2013 Tears of success

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Billie Davis celebrates the Golden Anniversary of her big hit ‘Tell Him’ this year, recalling how she was reduced to tears in the studio in the drive to get the sound that would propel the record into the UK Top 10.

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Jeff ’s electric idea is switched on

Mar 2013 Jeff ’s electric idea is switched on

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For inspiration for his new album “Long Wave”, Jeff Lynne has gone back to his childhood days in Birmingham when he heard songs on a crystal set

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Heep of good live music

Mar 2013 Heep of good live music

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UNLIKE many of the audience, this show was my first experience of seeing – and hearing – this vintage rock band live; and I was left with the thought, why have I waited this long?

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Goin’ back

Mar 2013 Goin’ back

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This month’s retro ramble goes back to the 60s and my home town of Sheffield, and a man who became arguably the world’s greatest white soul singer and a superstar to boot – Joe Cocker.

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Glory days of EPs

Mar 2013 Glory days of EPs

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If, like me, your music buying days began in the late 50s, you probably have fond memories of the extended play record – or the EP as it was popularly known.

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