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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Celebrate early days

Aug 2016 Celebrate early days

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By Martin Hutchinson Gary Numan is taking on a UK tour to celebrate three of his early albums; ‘Replicas’, ‘The Pleasure Principle’ and ‘Telekon’. The tour follows the success of his last album ‘Splinter (Songs From a Broken Mind)’ which reached the Top 20. “2016 seems an ideal time to revisit the three albums that changed my life....

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Gary’s back for the Gold tour 2016

Aug 2016 Gary’s back for the Gold tour 2016

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On one of his rare excursions from the US, where he is kept busy with one-nighters all over the country, GARY PUCKETT is back in the UK for the Solid Gold 60s tour. Gary and his and Union Gap are probably best-known and remembered for their Civil War uniforms, was one of the successful musical groups of the sixties. He led the band...

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Are tickets becoming too expensive?

Aug 2016 Are tickets becoming too expensive?

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With audience numbers reportedly dropping for many types of shows, including 60 music tours and one-nighters, questions are being asked about the cost of tickets now that booking fees and other charges are added into the original price. Tickets for Björk’s Royal Albert Hall show cost £99. For Beyoncé’s Formation tour, it was...

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Share a Cuppa Tea with..

Aug 2016 Share a Cuppa Tea with..

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TOAD from The Cryan’ Shames as he discusses Elmer Fudd, Jackie Kennedy, and singing in the shower. Summer, 1966, and I was a teen correspondent for an American pop music magazine. My treasured press card gained me an audience with many of the top musicians of the heady days of the Sixties. Luck delivered an opportunity to interview...

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A whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on

Aug 2016 A whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on

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By John Firminger Taking a break from my usual ramble I would like to look at the rise and fall and rise again of the legendary Jerry Lee Lewis. It’s almost 60 years since the infamous British tour of Jerry Lee Lewis in May, 1958, and in part one we looks back at the furore surrounding it, and how Jerry’s career managed...

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Now you see ‘em, now you don’t, now you do…

Aug 2016 Now you see ‘em, now you don’t, now you do…

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By Brian Poole The Beat asked Brian Poole to suggest a topic we could feature in The Beat that was really off-beat. He came up with this idea. “Well, how about getting to know a few of the people who make the shows roll, and keep the wheels turning. Some of these people have stories that are really interesting and unusual....

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Trower knows where he’s going

Jun 2016 Trower knows where he’s going

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Robin Trower’s new studio album ‘Where You Are Going To’ was released on May 6 by Manhaton in the UK, and V12 Records in the US. Robin embarks on a 13-date UK tour beginning on September 30 at The Waterfront, Norwich. Special guest on all shows is Stevie Nimmo. Hailed as one of the finest guitarists in rock...

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Liverpool date for Bonamassa

Jun 2016 Liverpool date for Bonamassa

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Joe Bonamassa wants to thanks fans with a free show at the Cavern Club, Liverpool. The blues rock guitarist previews music from his British Blues Explosion UK concerts, paying homage to the music of Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page Joe’s love of the British Blues is at the heart of his musical inspiration. On Monday, June 27,...

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No wall of sound on this one

Apr 2016 No wall of sound on this one

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RONNIE SPECTOR ‘ENGLISH HEART’ 429 RECORDS: FTN16121 Ten years since her last release Ronnie Spector delivers her most complete album for three decades with ‘English Heart’, a personal collection of songs recalling the artists she either met while touring the UK back in 1964 with The Ronettes, or within the flood of bands that...

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Love – the best album

Dec 2015 Love – the best album

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By Jim Stewart As the 60th anniversary of entering a recording studio for the first time approaches, Phil­lies legend Darlene Love releases her best album of her long career. ‘Introducing Darlene Love’ returns Darlene to the ca­pable hands of Steven Van Zandt, who created the perfect mix of Spector and Springsteen with ‘Alone At...

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