Win “Well, well,” said the Rocking Chair
by Dean Friedman
Sixtyplusurfers has teamed up with Real Life Records to offer two lucky readers the chance to win “Well, Well,” said the Rocking Chair 40th Anniversary Edition on CD.
Dean Friedman, one of the pre-eminent songwriters marks his 40th anniversary in the music business with the digitally remastered, re-release of his 1978 ground breaking album “Well, Well,” said the Rocking Chair’.
The album includes everyone’s favourite Dean Friedman tracks including Ariel, Lucky Stars, Rocking Chair, Shopping Bag Ladies, Lydia, The Deli Song, and Let Down Your Hair.
Dean Friedman is planning an epic 32 date UK/Ireland tour from April-August 2019. The tour kicks off in Belfast, Crescent Arts Centre on April, 19th and takes in The Bloomsbury Theatre, London on May 11th and finishes up at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August. Tickets on sale now.
Dean Friedman will also be hosting, performing and producing two orientated SongFest – micro-music festivals which includes masterclasses in songwriting and celebrating good songs with the artists that make them. This takes place: July 20/21 at the Springfield Country Hotel, Wareham and July 27/28 at Wychwood Park Hotel, Crewe.
This follows on from the huge success of Friedman’s first SongFest last year. Both SongFest will feature, legendary singer/songwriters: Chris Difford (ex Squeeze); Richard Digance; Boothby Graffoe; Tracey Curtis; Fiona Bevan; Boo Hewerdine and Kal Lavelle.
Dean says, “A good song is like a combination time-machine and transporter-device; with nothing but a handful of words and melody, it creates an instant-universe capable of transporting the listener into another dimension, immersing them in a vivid, virtual world, filled with humour, beauty, pathos and joy. Every one of the incredible songwriters performing at SongFest does just that – each in their own unique and wonderful way.”
Friedman will be performing solo, on guitar and keyboards, featuring songs from throughout his four decade recording career, including his classic hits: ‘Lucky Stars’, ‘Lydia’, ‘McDonald’s Girl’, ‘Ariel’ and ‘Woman of Mine’, as well as selections from his last studio album, ‘12 Songs’ – which was fan-funded.
For more information about Dean Friedman visit www.deanfriedman.com
And read our exclusive interview with Dean on the Entertainment page.
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The Who Announce
‘Moving On’ Show
Singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend will be unleashing the combustible force that is The Who, with symphonic accompaniment this summer at London’s Wembley Stadium on Saturday 6 July 2019 with special guests Eddie Vedder and the Kaiser Chiefs.
The Who will also be releasing their first album of new songs in thirteen years later this year. On stage, the line-up will be rounded out by familiar Who players featuring guitarist/backup singer Simon Townshend, keyboardist Loren Gold, bassist Jon Button and drummer Zak Starkey.
Pete Townshend says, “The Who are touring again in 2019. Roger christened this tour Moving On! I love it. It is what both of us want to do. Move on, with new music, classic Who music, all performed in new and exciting ways. Taking risks, nothing to lose. Looking forward to seeing you all. Are you ready?”
Roger Daltrey says, “Be aware Who fans! Just because it’s The Who with an orchestra, in no way will it compromise the way Pete and I deliver our music. This will be full throttle Who with horns and bells on.”
The Who are one of the top three greatest rock legacies in music history. Their music provoked explosive change and spanned what many critics declare is rock’s most elastic creative spectrum, with Pete Townshend’s songwriting moving between raw, prosaic, conceptual, and expressively literate.
Their visionary sense of stagecraft headed by Roger Daltrey’s soaring vocal prowess is topped off by the band’s blistering rhythm section.
For details visit www.thewho.com
Howard Jones Tour and Album
Howard Jones’ 35th Anniversary Tour
Acclaimed synthpop pioneer Howard Jones will be touring the UK in May 2019 to celebrate both the release of his brand new album ‘Transform’ and 35th anniversary of the release of his debut album Human’s Lib. Howard will be joined by very special guests China Crisis.
‘Transform’, Howard’s first release since 2015’s multi-media album ‘Engage’ is scheduled for May 2019 and sees Howard returning to his electronic pop roots.
“It’s been a long time since I have made an album full of electronic based pop tunes, I know it’s the record many of my fans have been waiting patiently for,” says Howard.
On at least two of the new songs Howard is collaborating with the electronic US producer BT.
“I have been a huge fan of BT’s for many years,” comments Howard. “We finally met and have been working and developing two new songs which I am really excited about, he is beyond doubt one of the most gifted electronic musicians out there.”
Howard is in some of the best live form of his life, 2018 was packed with 50 headline US shows and a summer of festival appearances. On presenting the new show Howard promises that he will be ‘bringing a lot of synths’ and that ticket holders are in store for both a “sonic and visual feast.”
As well as performing songs from the new album, concert goers can expect to hear many classic songs including ‘What Is Love’, ‘New Song’, ‘Pearl In The Shell’, ‘Things Can Only Get Better’ and ‘Hide and Seek’ ( which he performed at Live Aid). To coincide with the 35th anniversary, Cherry Red Records have released box sets of both Human’s Lib and Dream Into Action.
Joining Howard will be China Crisis. Eddie Lundon and Gary Daly will be performing their glorious Mersyside pop with hits such as ‘Wishful Thinking’, ‘Black Man Ray’ and ‘Working With Fire and Steel’.
Howard Jones’s 35th Anniversary Transform Tour
23 May – Birmingham Symphony Hall
24 May – Southend Cliffs Pavilion
25 May – London Palladium
26 May – Cardiff St David’s Hall
29 May – Leicester De Montfort Hall
30 May – Manchester Bridgewater Hall
31 May – Edinburgh Queens Hall
1 June – Gateshead Sage
For tickets visit www.gigsandtours.com
By Jenny Itzcovitz
Shakin’ Stevens will be touring in the UK in March. We caught up with him to find out where it all started, more about the tour and how, almost 40 years on, he’s still as determined as ever to be the best.
Throughout history, the human race has always had an affinity with an underdog story. David and Goliath. Rocky and Carl Weathers. Leicester City football club in 2016. And in the early 60s in the sleepy suburb of Ely, Cardiff, an underdog story of monumental proportions was starting to form. At the time Michael Barratt was in his early teens, singing in school, and working in the wood yard on a Saturday.
From the age of fifteen, he was forming bands, performing in pubs, clubs and church halls, eventually even getting them a gig at the famous 2i’s. Starting from nowhere, and with “just pure determination” as he puts it, Shaky soon became an unrelenting force in British music, being the most successful acts of the 80s, and the most successful charting Welsh artist of all time.
“I’m a great believer that you only get what you put in – and I put it in everything I could,” says a defiant Shaky on a brisk January morning – and he still shows no sign of slowing down, with a brand new European and UK spring tour on the horizon.
“When I started we were travelling in vans, at that time we couldn’t afford B&Bs, so after the gig the band would all climb in the back of the van with our fish and chips and then wake up in the morning – six sweaty musicians, all the gear around us, and you’d think ‘oh god,’ he laughs.
“Then we’d go have a shave, a wash down and onto to the next gig. So it’s perseverance – I was determined to get there in the end. It took me a long time to get there, but here I am.”
Here he is indeed, and his new tour: ‘Greatest Hits – and More!’ sees him travel across 18 cities in the UK, as well as all over mainland Europe.
“There will be hits,” he says excitedly. “Some I haven’t sung for a long time. Songs from my record collection and of course newer tracks from the ‘Echoes Of Our Times’ album.” Shaky has an abundance of 33 hits, with 15 UK Top 10 singles that he tells me have been “brought up to date, but still recognisable”, but it’s the ‘more’ part that I’m particularly interested in.
“Well we tried out some classic hit songs in Sri Lanka – and they worked, so people will be hearing some songs ‘live’ for the first time in a long time, but I think if you say what you’re going to do you sort of ruin the surprise,” he says warily.
I suggest that it’s quite an achievement that after 40 years of being a recording artist, people are still coming out to see him live. How does that make you feel?
“Fantastic! It’s really good that they’re still coming and even better that as my music moves on they move on with me. [Back in the day] it was mums and dads that were the fans, and then they introduced the kids to the Saturday TV shows and Top Of The Pops, then they bought their kids to the gigs.
“On the last tour I met a couple of people backstage who were not kids anymore! They were in their 30s and 40s and telling me they’re still coming because they love it – and they’re the core of my audience. The added bonus is that they also want more of the new material, which they have really taken to.”
Shaky hasn’t just been busy touring either, but he’s also had strong success with most recent album ‘Echoes Of Our Times’ (released in late 2016), his highest charting album since 1984. A personal, story-driven record based on Shaky’s ancestors, it received critical acclaim for its bold change in style.
The denim and white boots went long ago, it’s all about the music, whether it be hits or the newer tracks, and in the ‘Echoes Of Our Times’ album, it was a rootsy and gritty guitar sound that felt like an homage to the dirty Americana of late Johnny Cash records.
“People must have been able to relate to the stories and enjoyed the different style on the album. It also let me explore more musically and lyrically which I enjoyed.”
Not one to rest on his laurels, he’s already working on a follow up to ‘Echoes Of Our Times’ which will “keep on with the rootsy style,” Shaky says. “It suits and it’s a move forward for me. We recorded songs at the same times as ‘Echoes’ so we’ve got stuff there to look at that could fit in. There definitely won’t be a photograph of me on the front cover, we’re not going to go back to that.” With that he chuckles, seemingly more interested in his current musical outgoings than rehashing his old material and style. “I’ve got a lot, lot more to give yet.”
“But at the moment the attention is all being directed to the European and UK tour which starts in a few weeks’ time. Leading up to it I’ve been doing lots and lots of interviews.” His list of promo seems endless, with TV and radio appearances in the UK as well as Poland, The Netherlands and Germany. The Shaky name is just as prominent in mainland Europe as it on home soil.
“It’s been really full on. Like I said, it’s what you put in, so you’ve got to go out and spread the word.”
Constantly hungry, and determined to push himself as far as possible, Shaky may not be the Rockyesque underdog he once was, but he’s still rolling with the punches better than anyone from suburban Ely could have predicted. And for that, he deserves all the credit he can get.
Shakin’ Stevens tours the UK in March.
For more information visit Shakin’ Stevens website at www.shakinstevens.com
* Photographs by Graham Flack
MEN AT WORK Summer Tour
MEN AT WORK
Play UK Shows
Grammy award-winning, and multi-platinum selling, band MEN AT WORK, is excited to announce a summer tour. Playing in seven different countries and sixteen cities across Europe, including Manchester and London.
Apart from Colin’s contribution to MEN AT WORK’s success, he has also released 13 solo albums and, most recently, toured as part of Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band. “It was during the Ringo tour of Europe, when confronted with the insatiable appetite for those old songs, that I got excited about the possibility of coming back, and touring with my band” explains Hay.
Colin co-founded MEN AT WORK in Melbourne back in 1979, which rose to astonishing fame in 1981 with their debut album “Business as Usual”. This album, which features the hit singles “Who Can It Be Now” and “Down Under”, was a global phenomenon, and hit Billboard’s Number 1 spot in the US where it stayed there for an incredible 16 weeks.
Sadly, Greg Ham passed away in 2012 but his contribution to the sound and personality of MEN AT WORK will live on forever. As will the music which has never stopped being played on radio, and deserves to be heard live by new generations of fans, which brings us to the present incarnation made up of Colin and his fantastic band of LA based musicians.
Tickets are on sale from AXS
UK Tour for Legends Live
New 2019 Tour
Following the success of last year’s Legends Live concerts, Tony Denton Promotions has announced a new tour for 2019. The show will bring together the Queen of Rock Suzi Quatro, Pop icon David Essex, Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers, legendary rock band Smokie and rock and rollers Showaddywaddy.
Taking in 10 dates starting at Manchester’s O2 Apollo on Thursday 4th April and culminating at Bournemouth’s BIC on Sunday 14th April, this new tour will see these iconic artists perform all their chart-topping hits on one stage.
Between 1973 and 1980, Suzi Quatro featured in the British charts for no less than 101 weeks, and has sold to date over 55 million records, and still counting. Her hits include the No 1s “Can The Can”, that went on to sell two and a half million copies worldwide and “Devil Gate Drive”. Other hits include “48 Crash”, “Too Big”, “Daytona Demon”, “The Wild One”, “She’s In Love With You”, “If You Can’t Give Me Love”, and a million seller in the U.S.A., “Stumblin In” a duet with Chris Norman.
From 1977 – 1979 Suzi spread her wings and landed a part on the worldwide hit TV Series “Happy Days”, playing Leather Tuscadero opposite Henry Winkler and Ron Howard. She continued to act in other shows including, “Minder”, “Dempsey and Makepeace”, and more up to date, “Absolutely Fabulous” and “Midsomer Murders”. She has had her own Radio Two show and has also made special documentaries for the station that include Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Patsy Cline.
For more information visit Suzi Quatro’s website at www.suziquatro.com
From hit records to hit musicals David Essex OBE has had one of the most enduring careers in music, stage & screen. He has written, recorded and produced albums and singles that have sold millions of copies worldwide – twenty-three Top 30 singles in Britain alone!
He scored two number 1 singles with “Hold Me Close” and “Gonna Make You A Star”, as well as a string of hits including “Lamplight”, “Silver Dream Machine”, “A Winter’s Tale”, “Stardust”, “Rock On” (for which he was Grammy nominated), “Oh What A Circus”, “Tahiti” & “Rolling Stone”.
He has starred in the films “Silver Dream Racer”, “That’ll Be The Day” and “Stardust”, as well as appearing in “Eastenders” as Eddie Moon.
For more information about David Essex visit www.davidessex.com
Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers
The band shot to superstardom with “Keep On Dancing”, the Bay City Rollers’ first single, quickly followed by “Remember: Sha La La La”, “Shang-A-Lang”, “Summerlove Sensation” and “All Of Me Loves All Of You” all hitting the Top Five. “Bye Bye Baby”, released in 1975, was their first UK Number 1, which was followed by “Give A Little Love”, just few months after. Other hits include “Love Me Like I Love You”, “Money Honey” and “I Only Want To Be With You”.
“Rollin'” was their debut album and reached the number 1 position the first of many chart toppers! Between 1975 – 1978, they toured all over the world and played to sold out crowds in the USA, Japan, Great Britain, Europe, New Zealand and Australia. The demand to hear the Bay City Rollers with Les McKeown is still enormous!
For details about Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers click on www.lesmckeown.com
To be rock ‘n’ roll survivors is an achievement. To be Europe’s top live band, 45 years after its inception is truly fantastic. The band scored their first top 3 with “If You Think You Know How To Love Me” which went onto sell millions around the world. Other singles include “Don’t Play Your Rock ‘n’ Roll To Me”, “Living Next Door To Alice”, “Oh Carol”, “Needles & Pins”, “It’s Your Life” and “For A Few Dollars More”.
“Living Next Door To Alice (Who the F**K is Alice)” featuring Roy Chubby Brown brought yet another new dimension into the band’s history. First a hit for Smokie in 1976 and reaching number 5 in the charts it is somewhat ironic that since its re-release in 1995, it again reached the top 5 selling in excess of 200,000 copies.
For more information about Smokie visit http://smokie.co.uk
One of the finest rock & roll bands of the 1970s, Showaddywaddy also proved to be one of the most successful and enduring. The group entered and won television’s “New Faces” talent show in 1974.
Their many hits include “When”, “I Wonder Why”, “Pretty Little Angel Eyes”, “A Little Bit of Soap”, “Hey Rock ‘n’ Roll”, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Lady”, as well as several covers that include Eddie Cochran’s “Three Steps to Heaven”, Buddy Holly’s “Heartbeat”, Sam Cooke’s “Chain Gang” interspersed with Showaddywaddy’s own note and stylistically perfect originals.
“Under the Moon of Love”, gave the group their first British number 1 hit in 1976. They continued racking up further hits into the early ’80s, even presiding over (and outliving) a whole new generation of rock & roll revival acts.
For information about Showaddywaddy visit www.showaddywaddy.net
* Please note – Smokie will not appear in Manchester, Leeds, Cardiff & Brighton, these will feature Showaddywaddy instead.
Tour Dates – April 2019
Thurs 4th – Manchester O2 Apollo
Telephone: 08444 777 677
Fri 5th – Leeds First Direct Arena
Telephone: 0844 248 1585
Sat 6th – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Telephone: 029 2022 4488
Sun 7th – Brighton Centre
Telephone: 0844 847 1515
Tues 9th – Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Telephone: 0844 493 6666
Wed 10th – Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
Telephone: 0843 373 3000
Thurs 11th – London The SSE Arena, Wembley
Telephone: 0844 815 0815
Fri 12th – Birmingham Genting Arena
Telephone: 0844 33 88222
Sat 13th – Liverpool Echo Arena
Telephone: 0344 8000 400
Sun 14th – Bournemouth Bic
Telephone: 0844 576 3000
For more information about Legends live click on http://legendslive.org