Laughter and tears

Mar 2014 Laughter and tears

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SEE HOW THEY RUN   CHURCHILL THEATRE, BROMLEY   FEBRUARY 20   When Warwick Davies decided to form The Reduced Height Theatre Company,  he must have thought long and hard about which play would be best for them.   He decided on ‘See How They Run’, a classic wartime farce from 1945 and, judging by the performance of the nine-member...

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Simply the best!

Mar 2014 Simply the best!

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I recently went to see a show called ‘The Billy Fury Years’ at the Orchard Theatre, in Dartford, Kent, and it was absolutely sensational and totally out of this world.   The name of the guy who portrayed Billy Fury is Michael King, and he is a performer of outstanding brilliance. I loved every minute of the show and was completely...

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PJ – star act with staying power

Mar 2014 PJ – star act with staying power

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The life of James Marcus Smith

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Home-loving Suzi Quatro

Feb 2014 Home-loving Suzi Quatro

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FOR STARS on the Golden Oldies circuit, tours usually mean living out of a suitcase and staying in hotels just for one night all over the country or countries where the concerts take place.   For many, that is the downside of gigging because they are often far from home and miss all the comforts. Suzi Quatro found a way to overcome...

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It’s the 50th anniversary

Feb 2014 It’s the 50th anniversary

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with Jim Stewart   Top of the Pops: 50th Anniversary Illustrated Hardcover   Patrick Humphries & Steve Blacknell McNIDDER & GRACE: ISBN:  9780857160522   IN THE EARLY 60s, it was common practice to transfer successful radio programmes to TV and In 1964 adapting ‘Pick Of The Pops’ into the visual ‘Top Of The Pops was a...

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Happy Days

Feb 2014 Happy Days

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The Musical Churchill Theatre, Bromley.  January 10   The Chill of a cold January night was soon lost on entering the packed foyer of The Churchill Theatre, Bromley, for the opening night of ‘happy Days – the musical’, based on the TV show and written by its creator, Garry Marshall.   With a score+1 of songs by multi –Grammy...

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Dreamboats and Petticoats

Feb 2014 Dreamboats and Petticoats

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Churchill Theatre, Bromley, February 10 2014   I saw one of the earliest performances of ‘DREAMBOATS AND PETTICOATS’ when it debuted at THE CHURCHILL THEATRE, BROMLEY back in 2009, I loved everything about it then and 5 years on it is even better. Full of vitality and energy the cast take us back to the innocent days of when the...

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Tour goes in search of a soul singer

Feb 2014 Tour goes in search of a soul singer

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By Ralph Gowling   Former Temptations lead singer Dennis Edwards, Candi Staton, Percy Sledge, and former Three Degrees lead singer Sheila Ferguson are among 10 Motown and soul stars appearing on a musical extravaganza- type tour of the UK this month.   The tour, presented by television star and leading producer David Gest, features...

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US Beatle invasion remembered

Feb 2014 US Beatle invasion remembered

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  “For many commentators it was a day that changed the world, both musically and culturally.   By Ralph Gowling   The Beatles landed at New York’s JFK Airport on February 7, 1964, to be greeted by hoards of reporters and thousands of screaming female fans.   That night CBS television’s famed news anchorman Walter Cronkite said in a...

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Liverpool visit is ‘like Christmas come early’

Feb 2014 Liverpool visit is ‘like Christmas come early’

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By Katie Davis   Liverpool, the original home of Britain’s most famous band, The Beatles, is one of my favourite places.   The atmosphere there is like no other I’ve experienced. Being a Beatles fan, visiting Liverpool was like Christmas come early, with the excitement and anticipation building up on the journey.   The day we spent...

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Glam bands battle it out

Jan 2014 Glam bands battle it out

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SLADE & SWEET The Palace Theatre, Manchester Wednesday, December 4. IT was a battle of the Glam bands at the Palace Theatre, as Slade took on Sweet in a no-holds-barred contest.   Sweet were up first with a full hour of excellent music. The original guitarist Andy Scott held things together while bandmates Pete Lincoln (lead...

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New album catches the wind for Donovan

Jan 2014 New album catches the wind for Donovan

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By Ralph Gowling   Donovan decided to go back to Nashville, Tennessee to record his latest album because the now iconic American music hub was where it all started for him with ‘Catch The Wind’.   “I never forgot Nashville and I knew I would go back to Nashville one day with a set of songs I have kept in my jean’s back pocket,”...

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The standard is Essex

Jan 2014 The standard is Essex

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David Essex: Live At The BIC, Bournemouth   Wienerworld DVD: WNRD 2579   With a career stretching back almost 50 years David Essex: Live At The BIC, Bournemouth is an excellent reminder of the standard Essex set across a number of genres that far exceed his recording legacy.   Recorded during his ‘Secret Tour’ in 2009, he has never...

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Happy days are here again

Jan 2014 Happy days are here again

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As we enter 2014, the Churchill Theatre, Bromley, unveils the strongest season for quite a while.   Not only is there something for everyone, but the theatre has the best of the new productions, returning favourites, plus the cream of original, tribute and comedy acts.   January opens with ‘HAPPY DAYS’ (January 11-18), the musical...

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Golden sixties moments

Jan 2014 Golden sixties moments

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We went to the second house of Sixties Gold at Leeds on November 3 and it was full.

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Band in top form

Jan 2014 Band in top form

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CD review Deep Purple Perfect Strangers Live   MANY Deep Purple fans regard the Mark II line-up (Gillan, Blackmore, Paice, Glover & Lord) as the ‘classic’ of the band and were saddened when they split.   In 1984, that line-up announced a reunion and there was much rejoicing among the fans. More joy came when the Perfect...

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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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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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Oldfield’s new album inspires

Jan 2014 Oldfield’s new album inspires

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By Ralph Gowling Mike Oldfield has an album of fresh material coming out in January after a six-year gap during which he thought he would never record anything new again.   It was Mike’s appearance before a global audience of 900 million at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games that sparked his return to the studio and led...

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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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