Doors founder dies aged 74

Jun 2013 Doors founder dies aged 74

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Ray Manzarek, keyboard player and founding member of The Doors, who had a dramatic impact on rock `n’ roll, has died aged 74, in Rosenheim, Germany.

Manzarek founded The Doors after meeting Jim Morrison in California. The band became one of the most successful rock `n’ roll acts to emerge from the 1960s.

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Full album of Motown music

Jun 2013 Full album of Motown music

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The original Broadway cast recording of Motown The Musical, a show nominated for four Tony® Awards, was released on June 4. The album features new versions of Motown classics including Dancing In The Street, My Girl, You’re All I Need To Get By, Where Did Our Love Go, I Want You Back, and many more.  Among the album’s 14 tracks are...

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Cohen back in UK

Jun 2013 Cohen back in UK

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With his London show at The O2 in June sold out, Leonard Cohen returns for a full UK arena tour starting at Birmingham’s LG Arena on September 8. Tickets went on sale on Friday May 31. With a career spanning six decades and sell-out shows around the world, the writer, poet, troubadour and hugely influential artist, returned to the...

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Joel in Birmingham

Jun 2013 Joel in Birmingham

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BILLY JOEL returns to the UK for the first time in seven years to perform at Birmingham’s LG Arena on November 8. Having sold more than 150 million albums worldwide, Billy is six-time Grammy Award Winner with numerous other awards and honours, including induction into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Songwriters Hall of Fame,...

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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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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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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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Triumphant return for Frankie Valli

Apr 2013 Triumphant return for Frankie Valli

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fter their highly-successful first appearances in the UK for 18 years last June, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons return for a second year running.

This time, they are scheduled to perform twice as many concerts after last year’s originally planned three were increased at the last-minute, due to popular demand.

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Heaven-sent sales for Jess

Feb 2013 Heaven-sent sales for Jess

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Jess Conrad OBE, and his manager Steve Long, asked Haydn Williams, General Manager of Universal Music TV to send to The Beat this image of him collecting his gold disc for 100,000 sales of ‘Dreamboats & Petticoats – Three Steps To Heaven’.

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Who goes to Brum

Feb 2013 Who goes to Brum

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Following a hugely successful North American tour, The Who have added the LG Arena in Birmingham to their UK tour. They will perform their 1973 double album Quadrophenia, in its entirety, with a selection of Who classics.

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The Beat Awards 2014 – Vote Now!

The Beat readers can nominate and vote for their favourite artists to be included in the 2013 Roll of Honour. Your vote will decide who wins the awards and gets into the top 10 places in each category.

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Santana

Feb 2013 Santana

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Carlos Santana is one of the world’s best-known musical signatures, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide, performed to over 100 million people globally and with 10 GRAMMY® Awards. Santana’s first UK shows in three years will start at Birmingham’s LG Arena in July.

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Princess Royal joins sound celebrations

Feb 2013 Princess Royal joins sound celebrations

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The Princess Royal joined in to celebrate a successful year of 50th anniversary celebrations for the music icon Marshall Amplification.

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Very ‘eavy, ‘umble and touring Heep

Feb 2013 Very ‘eavy, ‘umble and touring Heep

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Formed in 1969, Uriah Heep was one of the Premier League of prog rock bands of the 70s, but never quite won the championship. But they managed to sell more than 30 million albums – and they still tour and record more than 40 years later.

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Jethro is back at RAH

Feb 2013 Jethro is back at RAH

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Ian Anderson plays a special one-off show at the Royal Albert Hall on June 30, his first return to the venue in 41 years. The gig is part of an extensive world tour taking Jethro Tull to Europe, USA, Japan and South America.

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Frantic Four ride again!

Feb 2013 Frantic Four ride again!

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The ‘classic’ line-up of Status Quo are going on the road for their first dates together since the departure of original drummer John Coghlan in 1981.

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