Four hours of Eric Clapton live

Nov 2019 Four hours of Eric Clapton live

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NEARLY four hours of live performances by Eric Clapton and his music festival are on vinyl for the first time. A six-LP Collection features 40 tracks with performances by Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Gary Clark Jr, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Buddy Guy, B B King, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, James Taylor, Joe Walsh, Steve...

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Bohemian Rhapsody celebrates one billion YouTube views

Nov 2019 Bohemian Rhapsody celebrates one billion YouTube views

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TO CELEBRATE “Bohemian Rhapsody” becoming the first pre-1990s video to reach one billion views on YouTube, Queen and YouTube Music worked together with Universal Music Group and Hollywood Records to enlist the band’s loyal fans from around the world. They helped create new, user- generated fan music videos for three of the...

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Confessions of the metal god

Nov 2019 Confessions of the metal god

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ROB HALFORD’S one-of-a-kind autobiography ‘Confess’ is to be published in hardback in Autumn, 2020. Rob is the frontman of Judas Priest, one of the most successful heavy metal bands of all time, with more than 50 million albums sold worldwide. Known as ‘The Metal God’ by his global fan base, ‘Confess’ gives...

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Three great bands together on one tour

Nov 2019 Three great bands together on one tour

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WHITESNAKE and Foreigner touring the UK in 2020 alongside special guests Europe. Tickets went on sale on Friday, November 8, at LiveNation.co.uk The tour starts on Sunday, May 31, 2020, in London and goes on to Cardiff, Birmingham, Glasgow, Newcastle and Manchester. Whitesnake and Foreigner have a catalogue that spans the decades...

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When it was Cliff versus Elvis

Oct 2019 When it was Cliff versus Elvis

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By Pat Murphy If you’re of a certain age, you’ll remember when the pre-eminent chart rivalry was between Cliff Richard and Elvis Presley. From the time Elvis came out of the army in early 1960 until the Beatles arrived in 1963, schoolyard debates about pop music invariably gravitated towards the question of who you were for:...

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Martika’s back in town

Oct 2019 Martika’s back in town

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By James Stewart One of the brightest stars to emerge during the ’80s was MARTIKA, formerly a child actress with a TV series and a role in the movie ‘Annie’ to her credit, who released two million- selling albums and equally huge singles before completely disappearing from the scene. I always thought the sixties was all about...

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Who goes on tour

Oct 2019 Who goes on tour

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The Who are one of the top three greatest rock legacies in music history, having sold more than 100 million records worldwide. From the mid-1960s, their brash style and poignant storytelling garnered them one of music’s most passionate followings and the band was eventually inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. The...

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Early rock ‘n’ rollers in the country market

Sep 2019 Early rock ‘n’ rollers in the country market

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By Pat Murphy GIVEN the origins of rock ‘n’ roll, you’d expect its early exponents would’ve got some traction in the country market. But that wasn’t generally the case. Elvis Presley was an exception. In fact, he cracked the country charts a good half-year before making it in the pop world. And between 1957 and 1961, the Everly...

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Fresh Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers embark on US tour

Sep 2019 Fresh Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers embark on US tour

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NEWEST members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame The Zombies embark on another US tour including a performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. They join Brian Wilson for a series of concerts and featuring The Zombies original and current line-ups. Cruising in a few months “On The Blue Cruise”, is seven...

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Statue seeks peace setting

Sep 2019 Statue seeks peace setting

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THE FUTURE of the statue of John Lennon, currently wowing the crowds at Liverpool’s St George’s Hall was in question when the exhibition finished at the end of August. The life-size bronze statue – also displayed at this year’s Glastonbury Festival – shows Lennon leaning on the CND sign with the word ‘Imagine’ on the...

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Canned Heat bassist dies

Sep 2019 Canned Heat bassist dies

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LARRY TAYLOR, bassist of 60s rock band Canned Heat has died aged 77 at his home in Lake Balboa, California, on August 19 after a 12-year battle with cancer. Larry is on albums by The Monkees, John Mayall and Tom Waits, Albert King, Leo Kottke, The Blasters and Sunnyland Slim. He began his music career aged 18, touring with rock...

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Backbeat legend: Doris Day

Jul 2019 Backbeat legend: Doris Day

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Last month, JOHN FIRMINGER looked back at the life of the true legend Doris Day, who died in May. This month, DEREK MEAD recalls her life in music and films.

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Abbey Road 50 years on

Jul 2019 Abbey Road 50 years on

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SEPTEMBER 2019 brings the golden anniversary of The Beatles’ multi-platinum album Abbey Road – the last work they recorded before their seismic breakup. Released in September 1969, it was the end of both the Sixties and allegedly the biggest and greatest band of all time. Now, leading Beatles historian, Mark Lewisohn – whose...

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More celeb guitars under the hammer

Jul 2019 More celeb guitars under the hammer

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The David Gilmour Guitar Collection, the largest and most comprehensive sale of guitars, was 100% sold and made $21,490,750 / £16,935,185/
€19,035,147.

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Michael is remembered 10 years on

Jul 2019 Michael is remembered 10 years on

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JUST 10 years after his death, Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch is for sale. Michael’s former Neverland Ranch, now renamed Sycamore Valley Ranch, has had massive price reductions from the original $100 million to $31 million.

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DarkerPoet, sage or songwriter – talent will shine through

Jun 2019 DarkerPoet, sage or songwriter – talent will shine through

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LEONARD COHEN. Poet – Novelist – Singer – Song Writer
Songs and Covers

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For the love of music

Jun 2019 For the love of music

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IN 1968, GRAHAM NASH shocked the music world, as well as his family and friends by upping sticks and moving to America

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Behind the mic – 50 years ON AIR

Jun 2019 Behind the mic – 50 years ON AIR

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DJ MIKE READ talks about his long and diverse career when I asked him how it all come about. By Ian D Woolley “JULIE ANDREWS’S mum and aunt taught dancing lessons in their house and so I was tap dancing and singing at a very early age. I was on stage at six or seven performing, and played the part of Lysandra in A...

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Tribute to Les Reed

Jun 2019 Tribute to Les Reed

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The great Les is estimated to have written more than 2,000 songs… what an amazing achievement.

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Sweets sounds the same

Jun 2019 Sweets sounds the same

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AFTER Their sold-out “Still Got the Rock” European Tour legendary 70’s rock band SWEET embark on a 16-date nationwide tour November 28 until December 21. With more than 55 million records sold worldwide, 34 No.1 hits worldwide, by the early 70s The Sweet had a string of Top 10 records in the UK and Europe including Blockbuster,...

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