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The Who’s ‘Quadrophenia’ to be launched as a fully immersive cinematic experience

November 3, 2015

QuadropheniaThe movie classic Quadrophenia – based on The Who’s 1973 double-album rock opera – is set to become a fully immersive cinematic and theatrical experience which, the producers claim, will “plunge fans into the sights and sounds of 1964 and capture the spirit of the era”.

Many of the film’s key stars will be taking part in the event which will be staged at London’s Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith on 11 February 2016. Joining Phil Daniels – who played the central role of disaffected Mod teenager Jimmy Cooper – will be Toyah Wilcox, Trevor Laird, Garry Cooper and Daniel Peacock. The stars will add an extra dimension to the event by sharing their memories in a special Q&A.

As well as a screening of the 1979 film and the Q&A session, there will be staged re-enactments throughout the night of scenes from the film to conjure up the feel of the mid-60s era in which it is set. The all-important sounds of the day will be performed live by leading Who tribute act Who’s Who, and there will also be a display of Sixties memorabilia (including original Vespas and their real life Mod owners).

Director Franc Roddam’s film is seen as a classic tale of alienation, disillusionment and escapism, as well as an important document capturing an important part of British youth history and rebellion. Watching the movie has been a rite of passage for millions since its release and the Mod era has been a source of fascination for generations, with its fashions and music continuing to resonate today.

Quadrophenia reflected the real-life situation of the day as partisan teenagers in fish-tails and leathers sought excitement through large scale scuffles when Mods and Rockers clashed at British seaside resorts.

Rolling Stone magazine has ranked the two-hour film as one of the top ten rock and roll movies of all time. The soundtrack featured many of The Who’s songs from the original Quadrophenia album, including tracks such as ‘5.15’.

Tickets for the immersive live performance are available from 9am on Friday 6 November at and Standard ticket prices range from £30 to £43. VIP tickets £69.50.

Here’s The Who’s video for ‘5.15’ …

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Inspired by real events, “Gilbert’s Gift”  tells the story of Gilbert Shilling—a rock star back in the Swinging Sixties—who becomes a living lung donor to save the life of a dying boy he has never met.

“Gilbert’s Gift” is available from Amazon as a US paperback, UK paperback and as an eBook from Amazon’s Kindle Store. It is also available from Apple’s iTunes Store (Books/Fiction & Literature/Brian Will Oliver), Barnes & Noble’s Nook Store, and from KoboBooks.

You can read a FREE sample of “Gilbert’s Gift” HERE (USA) or HERE (UK).

David Bowie confirms retirement from touring

October 9, 2015

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David Bowie has confirmed that he has definitely retired from touring for good.

That’s according to Bowie’s longtime booking agent John Giddings, managing director of Solo Music Agency.

“David Bowie is one of the best artists I’ve ever worked with. But every time I see him now, before I even speak to him, he goes, ‘I’m not touring’ and I say, ‘I’m not asking’,” said Giddings during an interview at the recent International Festival Forum (IFF), a two-day event aimed at festivals and booking agents. Giddings promoted Bowie’s 1987 Glass Spider shows at Wembley Stadium. He also represents major artists such as Madonna and U2.

Giddings added: “David has decided to retire and, like Phil Collins, you can’t demand these people go out there again and again and again. I’m really pleased and proud that the last show he ever did in the UK was the 2004 Isle Of Wight Festival.”

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What would YOU give to save the life of a stranger’s child? That’s the emotive question posed by this heartwarming novel of selfless courage, a quest for forgiveness, and a Swinging Sixties first love that never grew old.

“Gilbert’s Gift” is available from Amazon as a US paperback, UK paperback and as an eBook from Amazon’s Kindle Store. It is also available from Apple’s iTunes Store (Books/Fiction & Literature/Brian Will Oliver), Barnes & Noble’s Nook Store, and from KoboBooks.

You can read a FREE sample of “Gilbert’s Gift” HERE (USA) or HERE (UK).

Bruce Springsteen adds three UK shows in June

May 2, 2013

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Bruce Springsteen has announced three additional UK shows as part of the E Street Band’s Wrecking Ball world tour which has already visited 17 countries worldwide.

He will now play London’s Wembley Stadium on June 15, Glasgow’s Hampden Park on June 18, and the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on June 20.

Meanwhile, watch Springsteen performing ‘Dancing In the Dark’ live in Helsinki last July HERE …

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Roger Waters to bring The Wall back to UK in 2013

May 2, 2013

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Roger Waters is to bring his acclaimed live show The Wall back to the UK later this year, with a performance at Wembley Stadium on September 14, 2013.

“I’ve reworked the show to play outdoors in large stadiums,” says Waters. “I’ve had to rethink the whole thing. This wide wall stadium show couldn’t have been done 40 years ago.”

He added: “It’s even more moving, engaging, dramatic and thrilling than the Arena shows.”

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Paul Carrack returns with new album, TV documentary and UK tour

October 11, 2012

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British singer-songwriter Paul Carrack’s four-decade career is to be celebrated in a new TV documentary which will be screened on BBC4 on October 12 (10pm UK time).

Titled The Man With The Golden Voice, the TV documentary features interviews with Carrack’s musical colleagues Chris Difford, Mike Rutherford, Timothy B Schmit and Nick Lowe.

The programme documents Carrack’s journey from his Sheffield roots to become a highly-respected solo performer, a member of Ace and Mike & the Mechanics, and a collaborator with legends such as Roger Waters, Roxy Music, Elton John, Ringo Starr and B.B. King.

The TV tribute follows the release of Carrack’s latest blue-eyed soul album Good Feeling on September 24. It features 12 classy tracks, including several brand new songs, a collaboration with Squeeze’s Chris Difford (titled ‘Marmalade Moon’), a new version of Nick Lowe’s ‘From Now On’ (first recorded on Carrack’s Suburban Voodoo album 30 years ago), and an excellent cover of Bruce Springsteen’s Lucky Town track ‘If I Should Fall Behind’.

Carrack produced Good Feeling himself and plays most of the instruments on the album. His son Jack, now a member of his touring band, plays drums on the album.

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Tuesday 16 Oct – Derby Assembly Rooms

Friday 19 Oct – Worthing Assembly Hall

Saturday 20 Oct – Bournemouth Pavilion

Monday 22 Oct – Northampton Derngate

Thursday 25 Oct – Scunthorpe Baths Hall

Friday 26 Oct – York Barbican

Monday 29 Oct – Southend Cliffs Pavilion

Tuesday 30 Oct – Ipswich Regent

Wednesday 31 Oct – London Indigo2


Wednesday 7 Nov – Llandudno North Wales Theatre

Thursday 8 Nov – New Brighton Floral Pavilion

Sunday 11 Nov – Eastbourne Congress Theatre

Monday 12 Nov – Swindon Wyvern Theatre

Tuesday 13 Nov – Swansea Grand Theatre

Friday 16 Nov – Preston Charter Theatre

Saturday 17 Nov – Leamington Spa Royal Spa Centre

Thursday 22 Nov – Crawley The Hawth

Friday 23 Nov – Southampton The Brook

Wednesday 28 Nov – Harrogate Royal Hall

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Donny and Marie Osmond to tour UK in 2013

June 7, 2012

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Donny and Marie Osmond have announced plans for a 10-date UK tour which will open at London’s O2 Arena on January 20 2013 and will end on February 2 at the Liverpool Echo Arena.

The Donny and Marie Live tour will be based on the duo’s successful Las Vegas show and will feature classic songs such as ‘Puppy Love’, ‘Paper Roses’, ‘Crazy Horses’ and ‘Love Me For A Reason’.

Full list of Donny and Marie Live 2013 tour dates:

Sun 20 Jan 2013 – London O2 Arena

Thu 24 Jan 2013 – Birmingham LG Arena

Fri 25 Jan 2013 – Bournemouth International Centre

Sat 26 Jan 2013 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena

Sun 27 Jan 2013 – Nottingham Arena

Mon 28 Jan 2013 – Manchester Evening News Arena

Wed 30 Jan 2013 – Belfast Odyssey Arena

Thu 31 Jan 2013 – Dublin O2 Arena

Fri 1 Feb 2013 – Glasgow SECC

Sat 2 Feb 2013 – Liverpool Echo Arena

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New West End show to mark The Beatles’ 50th anniversary

April 16, 2012

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The 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles’ first hit ‘Love Me Do’ in October 1962 is to be marked with a new West End show celebrating their career.

Titled Let It Be, the new production will tell the story of The Beatles’ rise to fame using historical video footage and live cast performances of more than 20 of the Fab Four’s greatest hits.


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Andrew Lloyd Webber and Gary Barlow to write song for Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

February 25, 2012

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We’ve had Lennon & McCartney, Bacharach & David, Rodgers & Hammerstein and Jagger & Richards. Now ‘Barlow & Lloyd Webber’ are set to join the ranks of famed songwriting duos.

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Take That’s Gary Barlow have revealed that they are teaming up to write a song for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The song will be performed at the Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace on 4 June.


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Herman’s Hermits’ Peter Noone to tour UK with Solid Silver 60s Tour 2012

February 15, 2012

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Former Herman’s Hermits frontman Peter Noone, 64, is to tour the UK between 3 March and 6 May 2012 as part of this year’s 27th Solid Silver 60s Tour.

Noone, who left Herman’s Hermits in 1971, is expected to perform many of his UK hit singles, including ‘I’m Into Something Good’ (No. 1, 1964), ‘Silhouettes’ (No. 3, 1965) and ‘No Milk Today’ (No. 7, 1966).

California-based ‘Herman’ will headline a strong American bill that includes Brian Hyland and Chris Montez, as well as Brian Poole and Vanity Fare.

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Rolling Stones say definite no to London Olympics concert

February 11, 2012

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Following mounting press speculation about The Rolling Stones taking part in the Olympic Games celebrations in London in July and August, the band have issued an official statement denying any such plans.

”Contrary to a totally inaccurate report in the London Evening Standard, ” says the statement, “The Rolling Stones wish to point out that they are not performing at any concerts tied to the 2012 Olympic Games in Hyde Park or The Olympic Park”.

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