Seekers find their forte

Jun 2013 Seekers find their forte

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World-renowned Australian band The Seekers receive top honour at this year’s ARPA Awards later this month. The news will give vocalist Judith Durham a big boost as she continues to recover from a minor cerebral haemorrhage in hospital. Judith is in the Rehabilitation Unit at Epworth Hospital, Melbourne and has begun an active...

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Music and fun of Vanity Fare

May 2013 Music and fun of Vanity Fare

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This is a summer sound evoking the golden rays and golden era of American Music. West Coast – where Vanity Fare to this day maintain cult status.

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JF’s Memory Time Machine: Leon Russel

May 2013 JF’s Memory Time Machine: Leon Russel

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Today he’s acknowledged as one of rock music’s great contributors.

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50th Anniversary of The Yardbirds

May 2013 50th Anniversary of The Yardbirds

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[private] 50th Anniversary of The Yardbirds St. George’s Suite, Twickenham Stadium March 15   I headed down to Twickenham Stadium for the 50th anniversary concert of the Yardbirds. The special event was in the presence of the Mayor of Richmond. The concert was in the St. George’s Suite. The venue was just the right size for an...

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Keeping pace was once a problem for Ian Paice

May 2013 Keeping pace was once a problem for Ian Paice

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LITTLE did I realise that when I was teaching myself to drum, a decade before, a man who would become a legend in rock drumming was teaching himself in exactly the same way.

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Stop-gap TV show that became a cult

May 2013 Stop-gap TV show that became a cult

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“SIX-FIVE SPECIAL” – which became one of the most shows ever transmitted on BBC Television, was presented as a six-week stop-gap – to give the planners sufficient time to conceive something with more appeal!

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Bob’s the ace builder of the shows

May 2013 Bob’s the ace builder of the shows

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While you’re sitting in the auditorium waiting for the show to start, a sudden calm descends backstage as the first performers get ready to take the stage.

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Back to their roots for a new record

May 2013 Back to their roots for a new record

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David Parker talks to members of Vanity Fare.

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Zombies are taking to the road in May.

May 2013 Zombies are taking to the road in May.

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THE legendary Zombies are taking to the road in May.

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Timeless trio

Apr 2013 Timeless trio

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After their 2012 year-long world tour, Crosby, Stills & Nash tour again in 2013, stopping off at the NIA in Birmingham.

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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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