Chas Hodges – my best friend

By Mike Berry Chas Hodges was probably the most ‘gifted’ musician I ever had the pleasure and good fortune to meet and work with! I met Charles Nicholas Hodges when he was 17 and I was 18. And not long after we started working together, I remember calling him a ‘genius’ in a music paper […]

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Remembering Chas Hodges

By John Firminger THE AMOUNT of publicity in the media announcing the passing of Chas Hodges on September 22 shows how much he was admired and loved by both fans and fellow musicians. Despite receiving successful treatment for oesophageal cancer recently, Chas suffered organ failure and passed away peacefully in his sleep. It goes without […]

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Share a cuppa with… Pete Best & Ro...

By Jane Quinn Share a Cuppa Tea with Pete Best and Roag Aspinall Best. The Best Brothers discuss things like Lester Pigott, Museums, and Smiles. NOT MANY people can say they used to be a Beatle. Pete Best is one who actually was an original Beatle during the formative years, the Hamburg years, the black […]

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Tommy, the rock ‘n’ roller

Tommy, the rock ‘n’ roller who became Britain’s premier song and dance man By Pat Murphy When Tommy Steele steps onto the stage of the London Coliseum this July, it’ll be almost 60 years since he debuted there in a lavish production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. And it isn’t fanciful to regard that long […]

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Brighton steps into a UK version of ‘Wa...

Editors Beat with David Parker THE ‘Brighton Music Walk of Fame has been set up by Walk of Fame Media and the owners of Brighton Palace Pier. The permanent ‘free to view’ cultural attraction pays tribute to the many musicians, artists, composers and DJs closely associated with the city and Sussex from the early sixties […]

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Share a Cuppa Tea with…

BILL MUMY as he talks Zorro, cornfields, and Nikola Tesla Boy star to master multi-musician Do you remember a vintage television series called The Twilight Zone? If you said “yes” you will no doubt remember the episode about a six-year-old red- haired, freckle-faced little boy who had the very bizarre power to read minds. Even […]

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Everlasting sound of music and rhythm

Breakfast with: Steve Ellis “MAYBE if we live long enough, we grow into what we always wanted to be. “Just maybe, if we stick at what we love, it’ll come around and come good. Steve Ellis has earned the right to sing the Blues if he wants. And sing it he does!” Paul Weller IT […]

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Share a Cuppa Tea with Peter Noone

Hi, Noone Share a Cuppa Tea with PETER NOONE as he talks about aging, broken hearts, and cats and dogs Peter Noone is fond of referring to himself as Peter NO-ONE. Well, he is not a no-one but, indeed, a SOME-ONE, and I had the pleasure of sharing a big cuppa tea with the ever […]

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Jackie Trent: Being me

FROM the music halls of Stoke-on-Trent to topping the charts with Frank Sinatra and Petula Clark, singer-songwriter Jackie Trent finally shares her colourful life in her fascinating new autobiography. “[Their songs] changed my life. They changed the whole course of my career.” Petula Clark ‘Being Me’ charts, for the first time, the glittering career of […]

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‘BAT OUT OF HELL – THE MUSICAL’ SHARON SEXTON INTERVIEW

Jul 2017 ‘BAT OUT OF HELL – THE MUSICAL’ SHARON SEXTON INTERVIEW

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By Jim Stewart AS YOU read this, the most eagerly-awaited theatrical event of the year will have just started a two-week season of previews ahead of the West End. Opening Night on June 20, at THE LONDON COLISEUM, home of The English National Opera, JIM STEINMAN’s ‘BAT OUT OF HELL – THE MUSICAL’ may seem an unlikely production for...

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New stars needed, says Jane

Jul 2017 New stars needed, says Jane

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It is almost 20 years since 54-year-old Jane McDonald made a splash with the BBC TV docu-soap The Cruise. This month, she returned to the town that brought her to the public’s attention with a show called Making Memories. Since cruising out of Southampton waters in the 1990s, Jane McDonald has built a career of live shows and album...

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Board members reform

May 2017 Board members reform

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Ken Knox has kept the legacy of the legendary Chairmen of The Board alive after the 2010 death of General Johnson. He continued to record songs true to the group’s past, even as they pave a new way. Ken said he was fulfilling a promise made to General Johnson and Danny Woods to continue their legacy, with new members Thomas Hunter...

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Open air Quo plays acoustic and electric

May 2017 Open air Quo plays acoustic and electric

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By Martin Hutchinson Recent events seemed to put the future of Status Quo in doubt. The passing of Rick Parfitt on Christmas Eve, 2016, could possibly have put an end to the band, but as front-man and last-remaining founder member Francis Rossi told me, this is far from the truth. “Everything’s alright at the moment in the camp....

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Rolling with the flow of Monkee business

May 2017 Rolling with the flow of Monkee business

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By Ian Ravendale The story of Michael Nesmith’s November 1975 one and only UK tour “How do you want the stage lights?” “Just turn them on.” “Light? Bright? Dark? Flashing?” “No. Lights on.” “Bright? You want them bright?” “Just on.” The pair playing out...

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Back to basics for Billie & Co.

May 2017 Back to basics for Billie & Co.

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Billie Davis is in Spain for the week of Sunday, April 30 to May 7, but returns for her new stage touring show at the Gordon Craig in Stevenage on May 11. During the show, Alan Warner, and Iain ‘Hound-dog’ Terry perform tributes, playing Nivram. (Marvyn backwards, according to Billie.) On drums is John Tuck of The...

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Collecting The Beatles vinyl

Apr 2017 Collecting The Beatles vinyl

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You have probably seen the TV ad for ‘THE BEATLES VINYL COLLECTION’, a new 23 ‘partwork’ series of every original Beatles album on 180 vinyl, plus all of the Anthology, Live At The BBC, Past Masters and other significant compilations of the bands material. With a magazine detailing either the recording sessions of the accompanying...

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Starry line-up for Gillingham Festival 2017

Apr 2017 Starry line-up for Gillingham Festival 2017

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Gillingham Festival returns with a line-up that includes poet and witty observer Pam Ayres, rock composer Rick Wakeman, folk singer Cara Dillon, guitar maestro Gary Ryan and Paul Jones with the Manfreds.  The festival, based for 2017 mainly at Gillingham School and the Methodist church, in the Dorset town, runs from June 30 to July...

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Manic years of manic screaming fans were Merrill’s wake-up call

Apr 2017 Manic years of manic screaming fans were Merrill’s wake-up call

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By Martin Hutchinson Once Osmondmania had run its course, the various brothers embarked upon solo careers. After Alan and Wayne, Merrill was the middle of the five original performing brothers. Jay was born two years after Merrill, and Donny came two years after that, and thet were heavily influenced by country music. As well as...

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Prince tribute

Apr 2017 Prince tribute

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Purple Rain a live celebration of the music, life and legacy of Prince, begins a tour of the UK starting in Cambridge, taking in Guildford, Salisbury, York, Leeds, Newcastle, Leicester Glasgow and Edinburgh, then to Ireland.  Later in the year the band performs in Hastings, Exeter, Birmingham, Blackpool, Ipswich, Worthing,...

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