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3:14pm Tuesday 26th March 2013
DESPITE it having been a full 35 years since her last tour of the UK, singer Olivia Newton-John's fans proved they have remained hopelessly devoted to her when she took to the stage at Manchester's Apollo theatre.
4:14pm Tuesday 10th April 2012
On the many previous occasions Miss Kylie Minogue has performed concerts in Manchester, it's invariably been on a large scale, playing to her adoring masses at the 15,000 capacity Arena, often for up to a six night residency.
11:51am Tuesday 10th January 2012
At age sixty-nine, few would begrudge Sir Paul McCartney if he had decided to now rest on his laurels (and what laurels they are) and opt for the quiet life with his new (third) missus, Nancy Shevell. For this is a man who has been at the very top of his profession for over five decades, having been one quarter of the most famous pop group of all-time and having been one half of the best-known and, most successful song-writing partnership with fellow Beatle John Lennon, providing the soundtrack to many peoples’ lives and penning the most important and most covered pop songbook of the twentieth century. Beyond the Beatles, Sir Paul or Macca to you, me and millions of other fans as he is affectionately still know, enjoyed further incredible success with his band Wings and as a solo artist.
11:49am Tuesday 10th January 2012
The Beach Boys ‘Smile’ album, originally scheduled for release in 1967, has long ago taken on mythical status and been, arguably, the most eulogised record of all time. For ‘Smile’ to actually finally be released in 2011, forty-four years later than intended, represents for many music fans the world over the discovery of the Holy Grail, such is the level of excitement and anticipation surrounding this momentous work that its creator, the genius that is Brian Wilson, famously said would be “a teenage symphony to God”.
11:17am Wednesday 10th August 2011
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5:40pm Thursday 21st October 2010
TAKING their name from the two grifters in Mark Twain’s ‘The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn’, The Duke & The King are one of those truly special bands, liberally sprinkled with magic dust, that come along just once in a while.
2:16pm Friday 27th August 2010
THERE is a popular trend amongst big name artists/groups during the advances stages of their careers to re-visit their own best known songs and re-work and re-present the material to their fans in a whole new light. This usually involves the music being given either a rockier edge, being jazzed up or, stripped back and pared down in an acoustic setting.
4:33pm Tuesday 3rd August 2010
9:21am Tuesday 8th June 2010
When Crowded House split up in 1996, bidding a fond farewell to their fans with a memorable concert on the footsteps of Sydney Opera House before an estimated crowd of 150,000, they bowed out at the very height of their success after a run of hit albums and singles across the globe.
11:02am Wednesday 12th May 2010
AT the outset of her career in the early 80’s Natalie Merchant quickly became the darling of the American college music circuit with her preppy appeal and understated but quite definite sex appeal fronting the group 10,000 Maniacs who went on to enjoy enormous critical and commercial success around the world with great albums like ‘In My Tribe’, ‘Blind Man Zoo’, ‘Our Time In Eden’ and ‘MTV Unplugged’.
9:56am Tuesday 23rd March 2010
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5:41pm Tuesday 26th January 2010
Legendary songwriter, performer, author and poet Leonard Cohen has had, for the most part of his lengthy career, something of a cult status, never really appealing to the masses, many of whom just didn’t really ‘get him’ or his music, believing (wrongly) that he was little more than a merchant of doom and gloom with his songs very likely to send the listener spiralling into a deep depression.
5:09pm Wednesday 16th December 2009
IT is more than a little ironic that one of this country’s finest rock singers, Mr Rod Stewart, has enjoyed the greatest commercial success of his long career courtesy of a series of the most un-rock n’ roll of albums.
9:29am Thursday 3rd December 2009
FEW would dispute that right now, Beyonce Knowles is the biggest and, most successful female artist in music and the three awards she scooped most recently at the prestigious MTV Europe Music Awards just further cemented her position of strength.
9:27am Thursday 3rd December 2009
Back with her first new album in seven years after her time in the music wilderness as a consequence of her well-documented drug problems during her ill-fated marriage to bad boy Bobby Brown, Whitney Houston is now clearly out to make up lost ground with ‘I Look To You’(Arista) and attempt to reclaim her position as the ‘numero uno’ female singer.
2:25pm Wednesday 11th November 2009
WHEN Fleetwood Mac guitarist, singer and principal songwriter Lindsey Buckingham told the audience at Manchester’s M.E.N arena that, “This band have a complex and convoluted emotional history and it has not always been easy”, the comment was undoubtedly one of the understatements of the century.
2:24pm Wednesday 11th November 2009
Four months after the Woodstock festival which was centred on peace, love, music and generally living out the hippy dream of the day, Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones organised, what they hoped would be their own mini Woodstock of sorts – a free concert on 6th December 1969 at the Altamont speedway track close to San Francisco –to herald the climax of their US tour.
10:11am Friday 23rd October 2009
ALTHOUGH she’s a three times Grammy award winner and has released eight albums to date, singer/songwriter Shawn Colvin is hardly a household name and in many ways, she’s still, what’s termed as one of music’s best kept secrets.
11:35am Friday 16th October 2009
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11:31am Friday 16th October 2009
At any school for aspiring pop song writers, Prefab Sprout’s main man, Paddy McAloon, would easily qualify for the head teacher’s job; such is his natural ability for crafting perfectly constructed pop gems.
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