Sporting gesture from Elton

Jan 2014 Sporting gesture from Elton

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Sir Elton John CBE gives a live solo performance at Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire this summer to help young Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls striving to achieve their sporting ambitions.   SportsAid hopes to raise £500,000 to create a new athlete fund with Sir Elton John, whose support for the charity dates back to its founding years...

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Raising the vexed question of original artists in acts

Jan 2014 Raising the vexed question of original artists in acts

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Dozy speaks out Three original members, Tich, Dozy, (Mick) and Beaky By Ralph Gowling   Dozy Ward-Davies of Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich has become the latest star to raise the vexed question of original artists in acts.   “We are still rocking and rolling into another year with a two-month tour starting on the 3rd of January...

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Warm welcome back for Chip

Jan 2014 Warm welcome back for Chip

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CHIP HAWKES is back and his determination has driven him to return with a polished, powerful and impassioned performance.

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Beatles celebration

Jan 2014 Beatles celebration

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TOMMY ROE AND CHRIS MONTEZ perform during “Beatle Week” at Liverpool’s Cavern Club in August.

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Sun rises on The Animals

Jan 2014 Sun rises on The Animals

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JOHN STEEL of ANIMALS & FRIENDS, says the group had to change the original lyrics of ‘The House Of The Rising Sun’ as there were suggestions that the song was about a brothel in New Orleans.   “We loved the song when we first heard it, but it was 1964 and we knew there was no way any radio station would play...

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Get well, Sally Carr

Jan 2014 Get well, Sally Carr

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SALLY CARR, the glamorous lead singer of Middle Of The Road, will not be able to perform on stage for at least another year because of illhealth, but she will be re-recording some of the group’s songs from the 1970s.   This is the latest news on Sally from fellow original group member Ken Andrew, who has known her since Middle of...

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Rick’s rock journey

Jan 2014 Rick’s rock journey

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RICK WAKEMAN embarks on a “Journey to the Centre Of The earth” tour in April to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of his landmark concept album.

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Baker’s dozen

Jan 2014 Baker’s dozen

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WHO CAN forget that magical split second that lifted an already outstanding performance into a Eurovision winning classic back in 1981.

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The boys are back in town

Jan 2014 The boys are back in town

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What started as a joke has led to what is claimed to be ‘one of the most exciting events to happen at Stratford Town Hall in over 50 years’.

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Breafast with: Proud history of eagles – Eagles dare to fly off forever

Jan 2014 Breafast with: Proud history of eagles – Eagles dare to fly off forever

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By Ralph Gowling   The Eagles stage concerts in the UK in May and June as part of what they say may be their farewell world tour.   Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit will perform classics spanning their career, including some that have never been performed live, as well as songs featured in “History of The...

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To remember Jon Lord

Jan 2014 To remember Jon Lord

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DEEP PURPLE, IRON MAIDEN lead singer Bruce Dickinson, Rick Wakeman, Alfie Boe and Joe Brown are among artists lined up for the Celebrating Jon Lord concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall on April 4.

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Dave asks fans for funding

Jan 2014 Dave asks fans for funding

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THE KINKS lead guitarist and vocalist Dave Davies is working on a documentary film about himself.   “Dave Davies Rock ‘n Roll Journey” features highlights from his current concerts in support of his new album “I Will Be Me”, behind-the-scenes action, archive segments, and reminiscences about his life and career, meeting fans and...

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Merseybeats go back home

THE MERSEYBEATS rarely appear in their beloved Home City of Liverpool these days

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Get well soon, Spencer

Dec 2013 Get well soon, Spencer

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By Ralph Gowling   SPENCER DAVIS has been battling to overcome health problems in the hope he can perform on the Ultimate Rhythm and Blues 50th Anniversary Tour starting in January, John Steel of The Animals told the beat.   “Poor Spencer. We’ve got fingers crossed hoping that he is going to be okay for the tour, but we can’t be...

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The Zombies just keep on going on worldwide

Dec 2013 The Zombies just keep on going on worldwide

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By Ralph Gowling   For a group that disbanded in the 60s in frustration at lack of any major commercial success, The Zombies are amazed by the phenomenal demand for them to play at concerts around the world.   UK fans have a chance to see The Zombies in action when they star with The Yardbirds, The Animals, Spencer Davis and Maggie...

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Sixties legends tour again

Sep 2013 Sixties legends tour again

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THE music of the 1960s is alive and well with many of the bands from that decade still touring – albeit minus a few band original members. These days, quite a few package tours gather together, on one bill, a number of artistes from that magical time. One such tour is heading our way in the autumn. The 50th Anniversary Solid...

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Ronnie Wood Band is at Bluesfest 2013

Sep 2013 Ronnie Wood Band is at Bluesfest 2013

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THE Ronnie Wood Band will close BluesFest 2013 in a huge grand finale on Friday, November 1.   Natalie Cole is part of a special co-headline show with Gregory Porter. Van Morrison and Mick Hucknall get together for an All Star Tribute to blues and soul legend Bobby Bland.   Other additions include Steve Craddock, Big Boy Bloater...

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Brentwood rocked all weekend

Aug 2013 Brentwood rocked all weekend

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Brentwood

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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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