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Elton John and Leon Russell together onstage for BBC Electric Proms in October

September 13, 2010

Sir Elton John is set to appear alongside legendary US singer-songwriter Leon Russell at the BBC Electric Proms in October.

The duo will perform live – at separate pianos – on Thursday, October 28 at London’s Roundhouse. The set will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2, with highlights from the concert forming the centre piece of A Night In With Sir Elton John on BBC Two on October 30. The “night in” will also include behind-the-scenes footage from the Roundhouse gig and a new documentary about Sir Elton’s life and music.

Sir Elton – who has sold over 250 million records in a career spanning four decades – is expected to play classic tracks from his back catalogue. He will also perform new songs from his forthcoming studio album with Leon Russell, The Union, which will be released by Mercury Records on October 25.

“I’m delighted to be kicking off this year’s BBC Electric Proms,” says Sir Elton, “particularly as I’ll be joined on stage by Leon who is one of my musical heroes. The performance will feature other very special guests and some memorable moments.”

Leon Russell, now 68, collaborated with Sir Elton in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was also responsible for classic songs such as ‘Delta Lady’ (a huge hit for Joe Cocker in 1969) and The Carpenters’ Grammy-nominated hit ‘Superstar’ in 1971.

The Elton John/Leon Russell album, The Union, features guest appearances by Brian Wilson, Booker T, Don Was and Neil Young. It was produced by T-Bone Burnett and is accompanied by documentary footage shot by filmmaker Cameron Crowe.

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Pure launches ‘Marshall amplifier’ DAB digital radio, EVOKE-1S Marshall

August 29, 2010

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Stacks of black Marshall amplifiers have dominated the stage at most rock concerts for nearly 50 years. Even Sixties rock fans who can’t actually remember the Sixties will surely remember The Who’s bassist John Entwistle having to make his Marshall Stack bigger and bigger so he could hear himself over Keith Moon’s drums!

Now, Pure has launched a unique radio which combines the audio features of its popular EVOKE-1S series with the iconic style of Marshall Amplification. It’s a revamp of Pure’s earlier and very successful Marshall-branded Evoke 1xt

The portable digital and FM radio looks like a mini version of the famous amplifier – complete with black vinyl wrap, Marshall carrying handle, brass effect front and authentic Marshall badge.

It has an input for an iPod or MP3 player, an auto-dimming easy-to-read text display, and the ability to pre-set 30 digital or FM radio stations for quick access. A matching S-1 speaker for stereo sound is also available.

And for true rock fans, the volume control even goes up to ‘11’ … a feature inspired by the famous scene from the cult movie This Is Spinal Tap!

The EVOKE-1S Marshall has a suggested retail price of £119.99 and is initially being sold exclusively through specialist music retailer HMV.

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Terry Wogan still UK’s top morning radio DJ

July 25, 2008

 

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BBC Radio 2’s Wake up to Wogan is still the most popular breakfast radio show in the UK, according to the latest figures from radio industry body Rajar.

 

Radio 2 also remains the UK’s most popular station, with 13 million listeners.

 

Wake up to Wogan – which has been running since January 1993 – had 7.75 million listeners tuning in each week between March 24 and June 22, 2008, according to Rajar. The figures were slightly down from last quarter’s record audience of 8.1 million.

 

With his radio show perceived to attract older listeners, Wogan jokingly refers to his fans as TOGs – standing for ‘Terry’s Old Geezers’ or ‘Terry’s Old Gals’. The show is also listened to by ‘Terry’s Young Geezers’ and ‘Terry’s Young Gals’ (known as TYGs) who are forced to listen, says Wogan, because their parents insist on tuning in to Radio 2.

 

The Rajar figures showed a slight fall in Radio 1’s listening audience – down from 10.87 million listeners per week in 2007 to 10.68 million during the survey period. The figures also showed that BBC 6 Music has continued to increase its audience. It now attracts some 551,000 listeners.

 

Rajar also revealed that more people aged 15 and over are now listening to radio via their mobile phones. The figure has risen to 12.2% from 8.9% this time last year.

 

The Rajar figures are compiled on behalf of both the BBC and UK commercial radio stations.

 

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