Friday, 29 April 2011

'What Are Your Top Ten Guitar Solos?'

Simon Waller replied to Jimmy Hargreaves's discussion 'What Are Your Top Ten Guitar Solos?' http://bit.ly/lCaEBU

Support band wanted for London Gig

London covers band Creak urgently need support act for their gig next Fri 6 May in Chiswick/#Hammersmith West London http://bit.ly/h223iT

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Does anyone use a Line6 Variax guitar?

Does anyone use a Line6 Variax guitar? A discussion on ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP's Mature Musicians & Bands Network http://bit.ly/ioqvKN

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

14 Carat Grapefruit at The Dublin Castle, Camden, Weds 4th May: A message from Otto Pthrugg

Having had a panic about one of our guitarists being hospitalised with pneumonia, we are good to go on Wednesday next week - the big girl's blouse has pulled himself together!

We have a couple of new songs: "Chick Lit" and "Let's get F*cking P*ssed", as well as the newish "Fat Bloke in the Gym" with new added harmonica bit (if I can remember it!).

We should be on stage at 8.30, so don't be late as we only get 1/2 hour. The promoter says you can still park outside the Dublin Castle for free after 6.30pm on weekdays, but some of the other streets nearby may be different.

It should be the usual deal with £1 off if you come with the flyer, which also lets the promoter know how many people came to see each band.

Cheers,

Otto

Bass Player Available Essex

Musicians Wanted: Essex: Bass Player Available to form/join band: Americana/folk/alt country/blues type material: http://bit.ly/dOde2w

RIP Poly Styrene


I'm in a different time zone at the the moment, so I woke up this morning to the sad news that Poly Styrene finally lost her battle with breast cancer. She was 53. Inspired by her recent record release and press coverage, I recently blogged about how much Poly Styrene and X-Ray Spex means to me; how Oh Bondage! was the first punk record that I remember hearing; and how it inspired me to want to hear more punk rock. Unfortunately, I was too young to see X-Ray Spex back in the day, but I was lucky enough to get the chance to see their one-off show reunion gig at the Roundhouse in 2008.

When I get home I will be playing Germfree Adolescents, which I still remember buying, initially on cassette, and my collection of the band's 7 inches including The Day The World Turned Day-Glo and Warrior In Woolworths, both of which I still recall receiving in the post from Small Wonder.

Poly's daughter, Celeste Bell-Dos Santos, and her band, supported X-Ray Spex at the Roundhouse in 2008, as did John Robb's band Goldblade. Robb was a friend of Poly's and he shares his personal memories and pays tribute to her at his Louder Than War website, here.

Bass Player Available Essex/Herts/London

Highly recommended Bass Player available Essex/Herts/London: for rock covers band. No pure blues: http://ping.fm/omQUo

Monday, 25 April 2011

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Bass Player Available: Berks/Hants/Surrey

Bass Player Available: Berks/Hants/Surrey: Bass Player Available: Looking for band: swing/jazz/country: http://ping.fm/Rv62R

What Are Your Top Ten Guitar Solos?

What Are Your Top Ten Guitar Solos? A discussion on ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP's Mature Musicians & Bands Network http://bit.ly/ehPDO7

Drummer Wanted Essex/Suffolk

Drummer Wanted Essex/Suffolk: To join enthusiastic band playing 50s RocknRoll/Rockabilly. Gigs booked: http://ping.fm/Mb4FG

Introducing Rock Opera 'Century'


On Saturday 14th May Grant Gordon, who I know as the man behind  I, Thalamus, is putting on a 'scratch' performance of his rock opera 'Century' at Rich Mix in Shoreditch.

Century is a multimedia theatrical/music piece that follows one family's journey through the 20th century and beyond, focusing on the moments in time when their lives intersect with the defining global events of the time.

The evening includes a support act and a DJ. Check out the venue and more info here. And download and have a listen to some 'Century' demo songs here.

Leicestershire Gig News: REM tribute band Shiny Happy People announce two gigs


The Blue Bell Inn
59 Town Green Street
Rothley, Leicestershire
LE7 7NW
0116 230 2201


The Bulls Head
Kelmarsh Road
Arthingworth, Leicestershire LE16 8JZ
01858 525 637

Thursday, 21 April 2011

New RTYD Member: Bromley-based guitarist with Kent band The Licks, Frank Amaro

Bromley-based guitarist with Kent band The Licks, Frank Amaro, is now member of ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP: Musicians: http://bit.ly/gkQVkN

New RTYD Member: Hampshire-based rock drummer Bazza 'Geezer' Pickett

Aldershot, Hampshire-based rock drummer Bazza 'Geezer' Pickett is now a member of ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP Musicians: http://bit.ly/gnWm6c

Musicians Wanted Kent: Hard Rock Covers Band Require Singer

Musicians Wanted Kent: Hard Rock Covers Band Require Singer (Lizzy, AC/DC, Sabbath, W.A.S.P, Motorhead etc): http://bit.ly/dOde2w

Musicians Wanted Kent/London/Surrey

Musicians Wanted Kent/London/Surrey: Pro Guitarist looking for electric/acoustic duo/trio/covers band for reg. gigs: http://bit.ly/dOde2w

Avon Calling! RTYD Member Lisa Porter goes to Paris in the Avon Voices Competition


A couple of months ago, RTYD member Lisa Porter entered a competition with Avon Cosmetics. They are looking for two female vocalists to record an album and invited global submissions on the Avon Voices website (www.avonvoices.com).

There were over 5000 global entries, and Avon selected 178 contenders to go through to the first round. Out of those contenders, 138 of them were members of the general public, the remainder being Avon Reps. Porter, who at 33 is one of the oldest contestants, says she entered "on a bit of a whim, and thought nothing more of it", found herself selected among 9 members of the general public, and was understandably "a bit pleased" when she was whisked off to Paris at the end of March to record two videos. The first video will go live on the Avon Voices website on the 22nd April. Her continued progress in the competition depends on two rounds of public votes before the judges select 25 semi-finalists.

If she can get through to the semi-finals, she will get flown off to Hollywood for more recordings and some professional vocal coaching; And if she gets through to the finals Porter will be performing live on stage in New York. How about that!

Porter obviously needs as many people to register on the Avon website and vote for her as possible. Her profile page on the Avon Voices website is: http://www.avonvoices.com/en2/profile/x4aGn7

There's a Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Vote-Lisa-P-for-Avon-Voices-2011/203178906366708

Lisa's RTYD profile: http://www.rock-til-you-drop-musicians.com/profile/LisaPorter

Introducing the new pop/rock opus 'Proper Job' by Crush UK


CRUSH UK formed in 1999 and have since performed their powerful, eclectic and lively mix of original and classic power rock-pop at hundreds of venues around Europe and the USA.

Proper Job, recorded in Devon and London, is their 5th studio album and features ten new compositions written by Martin Weller (except*), whose vocals, powerful electric and soulful acoustic guitars blend perfectly with bassist Dave Dudley's dynamic and distinctive playing style and drummer Rick Bell's harmonies and percussion, to complete the sound of CRUSH UK.

As well as regular trips to perform in the South West, the band have shows coming up this year in London and Oregon, USA.

The full track listing for Proper Job is:

1. Woman
2. So Wot
3. When I'm with you
4. Sick again
5. Sweet
6. Got to go girl
7. 55 Special – Weller/Thorman*
8. Always - Dudley*
9. I don't want you around
10. Who knew

For more information please contact Martin Weller:
Mobile: 07932 121266
E-mail: mwcweller@gmail.com

www.lemonrock.com/crushuk
www.myspace.com/martinweller
www.lemonrock.com/martinweller

Proper Job and other CRUSH UK recordings can be purchased securely from:
www.crushuk.com/store.html
Suffolk-based singer Lisa Porter is looking to join a band (most styles) on ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP: http://bit.ly/dSe96V

London-based guitarist Robin Smith

London-based guitarist Robin Smith is looking to join a band on ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP's Mature Musicians & Bands Network http://bit.ly/hQvjwA

Musicians Wanted Staffordshire

Guitarist from Sandwell, Staffordshire looking to join a band on ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP's Mature Musicians Network http://bit.ly/hKoen2

Monday, 18 April 2011

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Southport Blues guitarist Marc Knight

Southport Blues guitarist Marc Knight is looking to join a band on ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP's Mature Musicians Network http://bit.ly/gYhz5a

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Friday, 15 April 2011

Thursday, 14 April 2011

New RTYD Member

John Farmer of Yorkshire band The Fugitives is now a member of ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP's Mature Musicians&#Bands Network: http://bit.ly/h0l6j3

Musicians Wanted Berkshire/London/Surrey

Musicians Wanted Berkshire/London/Surrey: Guitarist seeking bass, drums and lead vox to form space rock band: http://bit.ly/dOde2w

Musicians Wanted Hertfordshire

Musicians Wanted Hertfordshire: Drummer Wanted for Guitar & Bass. Infs: Audioslave, Hold Steady, White Stripes: http://bit.ly/dOde2w

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Musicians Wanted London/Surrey

Musicians Wanted London/Surrey: Keyboard Player for song based indie rock band. Due to release & gig & record: http://bit.ly/dOde2w

Shameful Behaviour on ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP

Kent/London-based 3-piece heavy rock/#metal band Shameful Behaviour on ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP's Musicians & Bands Network http://bit.ly/hUVFmE

Support band wanted by Creak

Creak are looking for a band or act to play with them at their residency at The Hart in Chiswick on Fri 6th May: Phone No. at: http://bit.ly/h223iT

Musicians Available East Sussex/Kent

Musicians Available East Sussex/Kent: Bass Player, played & had records released, wants to join band playing 70/80s: http://bit.ly/dOde2w

Musicians Wanted Essex/Herefordshire/London

Musicians Wanted Essex/Herefordshire/London: We urgently need an experienced keys player for working covers band: http://bit.ly/dOde2w

Monday, 11 April 2011

Oxford Band: Sugardirt

Oxford Band Sugardirt is a member of ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP's Mature Musicians & Bands Network http://bit.ly/eNTmSt Witney

New RTYD Member

Essex Musician Paul Warwick of Trad Arr is now a member of ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP's Mature Musicians & Bands Network http://bit.ly/gXA0rD

New RTYD Member: Greek heavy rock band Phase Reverse

Greek heavy rock band Phase Reverse is now a member of ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP's Mature Musicians & Bands Network http://bit.ly/gqZthc

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Thursday, 7 April 2011

New RTYD Member

Lancashire Blues/#Rock guitarist, Jeffery Clapton is looking to join a 60s-inspired rock band on ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP: http://bit.ly/dLEWOb

123sing!

ClassicFM and Making Music join to present 123sing! the biggest celebration of singing in the UK: 30 Sept-2 Oct: http://bit.ly/gf6KXS

What sorts of deals are you being offered by local music promoters?

What sorts of deals are you being offered by local music promoters? A discussion on ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP: http://bit.ly/fr4UTo musicians
Birmingham Metal band Nightblade on tour: Details on ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP: http://bit.ly/hXDbFh

Nightblade on tour


Heavy rockers Nightblade continue their recent run of support gigs, with shows in Burton on Trent and Tamworth, after which they play the Old Wharf in Birmingham (7th May) and the Appleby in Burton (20th May). Guitarist Dave Paz told me, "we are working towards headlining our own shows, so we are very grateful for the support that we have had at our recent gigs. We really seem to be going down well with the punters". Well done Dave, and Nightblade; keep on rocking!

Check out Nightblade on http://www.myspace.com/billblade

The band also wanted me to plug their local rehearsal room, Top Banana, in Redditch, which they say is a "quality place to practice", so here's a link to its website: http://mysp.ac/eQJw3m

Musicians Wanted

Musicians Wanted for 5 Star Hotels in Asia & Middle East: Solo pianists/vocalists, Duos, Trios, 4-8-piece Bands: http://bit.ly/dOde2w

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Musicians Wanted Norfolk

Musicians Wanted Norfolk: Bass Player: Forming a new Blues/Rock/Rhythm and Blues Band. Must be solid & committed: http://bit.ly/dOde2w

Musicians Wanted Surrey

Musicians Wanted Surrey: Vocalist to join band of older blokes looking to play covers: Free /Beatles /Faces /Kinks: http://bit.ly/dOde2w

Musicians Wanted Essex/Norfolk

Musicians Wanted Essex/Norfolk: Drummer wanted to join band playing 50s Rock ‘n’ Roll/Rockabilly/Haley/Vincent. Gigs: http://bit.ly/dOde2w

Musicians Wanted Norfolk

Musicians Wanted Norfolk: Drummer wanted to join 50s-90s covers band. Must live in or near to Norwich http://bit.ly/dOde2w

Musicians Wanted Manchester

Musicians Wanted Manchester: Guitarist (60), Urge to gig again. Good gear. Looking to form/join band 60s rock band: http://bit.ly/dOde2w

Musicians Wanted London/Surrey

Musicians Wanted London/Surrey: Mature Vox, Bass & Drums wanted by lead guitarist/songwriter for classic rock: http://bit.ly/dOde2w

Musicians Wanted London/Avon

Musicians Wanted London/Avon: Blues Guitarist looking for band. Infs: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert Collins, Eric Clapton: http://bit.ly/dOde2w

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

London Rock Photographers (Live and Studio)

London Rock Photographers (Live and Studio) onROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP's Mature Musicians & Bands Network http://bit.ly/gE9VGT

The Lone Groover plays tomorrow night in Streatham

THE LONE GROOVER has just been offered a support slot to the rather splendid American singer-songwriter WILLY MASON, tomorrow night (Wednesday 6th April), at The White Lion, 232 Streatham High Rd, SW16.

(TLG on stage 8.30pm. Billy Page 9.15pm. Willy Mason 10.00pm)

(and in case you're wondering, a well known track of his from a few years back on link below)

The return of Punks Not Dad


I am pleased to announce that those IKEA-obsessed anarchists, Punks Not Dad, will be playing again for ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP on Saturday 7th May, this time at The Alley Cat in Denmark Street. They will supported by 2010 RTYD-Award winning singer/songwriter and folk-punk, The Lone Groover. Watch this space for more details.

In the meantime, here's details of where to get hold of their new EP, 'RETAIL THERAPY': http://bit.ly/fFT8GJ

Drummer Rob Hayter joins The Zone


The Zone have just announced that Rob Hayter has replaced Jon Parry as the band's drummer. Rob, who has played for bands including The Sanctions, Hard To Handle and The Prescence told me, "I think Dave, John and I, all have a similar, 'attack, attack, attack', playing style, which I'm sure will quickly morph into a very high-energy, and tight, live set, and we'll soon become a very tight classic rock power trio with a touch of madness (surely not the ska/pop group?! - Ed)". Dave and John are delighted with their new recruit, and Dave told me he's confident "Rob will help the band progress to the next level".

The band will soon confirm their annual performance at Guilfest. So watch this space.

Monday, 4 April 2011

Music For Grown-ups: Louise Rutkowski's new single 'Mimi' is out


Following a hiatus from recording of Kate Bush proportions, ex-This Mortal Coil and The Hope Blister vocalist Louise Rutkowski releases ‘Mimi’; the first of several ‘taster tracks’, and the product of a writing partnership with Glaswegian musician Irvin Duguid. ‘Mimi’ has been mixed by Calum Malcolm, recording engineer for The Blue Nile, and marks a return to the writing of original material by Louise since her music career began with the soul-influenced band Sunset Gun, in the 1980s.

In the early 90s, Louise worked with acclaimed film composer Craig Armstrong OBE (Moulin Rouge, Love Actually, NEDS) releasing the album ‘Hope’ in the US with Interscope Records, under the name The Kindness of Strangers. Based in London until 2005, she returned to her hometown of Glasgow, where she was introduced to writer/arranger Irvin Duguid and was struck by the wealth of delicate and beautiful fragments of music that he had written and stored away. Writing began, with Louise providing lyrics and melodies, until the loss of her mother, Mimi, in September 2007, and work ceased for several years.

“‘Mimi’ and the tracks which will follow it over the coming months in some respects pick up where ‘Diva’ by Annie Lennox left off, but lean more towards the introspection and atmosphere of The Blue Nile and Canadian songstress Mary Margaret O’Hara, whose album ‘Miss America’ is a major influence “ said Louise Rutkowski. “My mother never stopped encouraging me to continue in music no matter what and ‘Mimi’ is my testament to her and her belief in me.”

Choosing to focus on live performance in small theatre settings, her last recorded output was in 2001. ‘6 Songs’, an EP that featured the songs of Randy Newman, accompanied a show entitled ‘Short Stories’ which Louise performed around the UK and at Edinburgh Festival. This, and subsequent shows of material by Bobbie Gentry and Jeannie C. Riley amongst others followed. Louise says, “In this period I learned all I could of performing in intimate settings, which felt right for me artistically having grown tired of the music ‘industry’. I had to re-connect with music itself and recording or dealing with record labels was not a priority for me. However, the desire to write again grew stronger and stronger and coincided with my return to Glasgow. Somehow, I knew it was the place for me to be if I wanted to pursue a new creative direction.”

Most definitely music for grown ups, ‘Mimi’ and the tracks that will follow cover subjects ranging from obsession, infidelity, to romantic longing, and trying to survive in an increasingly confused and confusing world. This new music will re-establish Louise Rutkowski as the voice of choice for those who have room for music in their collection that suit those more melancholy, introspective and reflective moments life brings.

Download Mimi on iTunes http://bit.ly/eUV2cA

Video: I Never Did Find My Soulmate by Mark Handley



This is the video for I Never Did Find My Soulmate from Mark Handley's latest album Oh! ye of little faith. The album is available on his website, and should be up on iTunes by the end of the month. Watch this space.

Mark's page on RTYD: http://bit.ly/eU6X24

Houdini new EP release coming soon


In a  line-up of RTYD members in order of age, youngest to oldest  - what a scary thought! - Houdini would be somewhere at the beginning. They are the lucky ones! Anyway, who cares about that? More importantly, they are about to release a 4-track EP entitled 'Deadlines EP' on their own 'Haircut Records' label.

You can listen to a preview, here: http://houdiniband.co.uk/

Their website also has links to reviews and all their social networks, and details of their upcoming shows in London, Maidstone and Chatham (tbc).

Did you go to school with someone who went on to become a famous rock or pop star?


Did you go to school with someone who went on to become a famous rock or pop star? A discussion on ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP: http://bit.ly/eskaF9

The MME (Mature Musical Express)


Following all the music stars' tweets - well at least the OLDER ones - @The_MME Daily: http://bit.ly/heHPSQ

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Review: ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP at The Alley Cat: Trad Arr & The Acapella Punk


Before I could play a proper guitar, my grandad made me a cardboard one. My best mate - who also had a cardboard guitar - and I, then formed a band with which to wield our prized new non-instruments. We crossed the name of an Exploited song with the name of a toddlers TV programme, and called ourself the Playschool Barmy Army. We adapted the lyrics to our favourite punk songs so they featured the stuffed toys and dolls best known to viewers of Playschool, and proceeded to perform acapella versions of these songs to assembled friends in various locations around leafy Godalming town, vocalising any instrumental noise between the words. It all went down hill once we picked up real guitars.


In this fine tradition of non-musical musicianship, and in the absence of accompaniment by his band mates in The Outbursts, Ian Breslin has developed a fine act of his own as The Acapella Punk. Those of us assembled at the Alley Cat on Saturday night were given the pleasure of witnessing Ian's first feature length performance (at his first Harry Hill was in the audience!) in support of headline act Trad Arr. Taking his material and inspiration from the oeuvre of Billy Karloff, as he does with real instrumental backing from time to time, he sang his little heart out for a good 25mins. I was left wanting to know more about this Karloff character (real name, John 'Billy' Osborn), who is sadly no longer with us, and who as well as writing for his own bands, apparently also wrote Wait For The Blackout which is included on The Black Album by The Damned. I love that LP.

Trad Arr were a delight, too. Andy Golding was debuting his 'Stranjo', his four-stringed Fender Strat adapted by carpenter and Trad Arr violin player, Paul Warwick. The band's sound is a mix of styles, but at full tilt they come on like a folk-Roxy Music, or a folk-Velvets. Ian joined the band for an off-the-cuff number at the end, which could have gone on forever, but did finally come to an end at 10pm.

A nice bunch of people to promote; not enough of an audience, as usual; but hey, those in attendance had a great night.
14 Carat Grapefruit announce their next gig: 4th May at the Dublin Castle, Camden http://bit.ly/dLybpa punk comedy

14 Carat Grapefruit announce their next gig: 4th May at the Dublin Castle

Creak on Creak: Their review of their April gig at The Hart


Back at The Hart for April's residency - and it's lovely to see the place in the daylight!

Creak played a short blues set to kick the evening off. Every so often it's good to be subtle...

We were then joined by the wonderful Rad Orchestra who took us all on a Safari through world music, trance, blues, and folk. They played beautifully and enchanted the audience. Thanks guys!

For some reason, Creak then played a very loud set. Perhaps we were still a little deaf from playing at the Boat Race - but for whatever reason, we were a little loud. We'll tone it down next time. Having said that, we played a good set to much acclaim!

First Set
1.Crossroads A
2.Red House Blues
3.Automobile
Highway 61 Revisited E
4.Built For Comfort G
5.Route 66
6.Sweet Home Chicago

Second Set
7.Can't Explain
8.Sultans of Swing
9.20th Century Boy
10.Drive My Car
11.Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)
12.Word Up
13.All Day & All of the Night
14.Gimme Some Lovin’
15.Brown Sugar
16.Johnny B. Goode
17.Mustang Sally
18.Honky Tonk Women
19.Born To Be Wild
20.Creakin’ All Over

Musicians Wanted: Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire/South Yorkshire


Musicians Wanted: Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire/South Yorkshire: Bass & drums seek 2 guitarists, 1x keys, 1x lead vocalist:http://bit.ly/dOde2w

New RTYD Member


Hertfordshire musician Glenn Synowski is now a member of ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP's Mature Musicians & Bands Network http://bit.ly/efMBEt

Musicians Wanted Essex


Essex Multi-instrumentalist Max is looking to join a rock/#blues/#jazz/funk band on ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP: http://bit.ly/grPD6g

Saturday, 2 April 2011

New RTYD Member


Musician Nick Hatt of Bristol-based 70s covers band F-O-R is now a member of ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP: http://bit.ly/gSQ7oz musicians

Video and review of Glamweazel at the Dublin Castle, Camden


Video and review of Glamweazel at the Dublin Castle, Camden: http://bit.ly/fD8olO

Video: Glamweazel at the Dublin Castle


Jerry T. Jones, AKA Lushi Lee of 1980s band One The Juggler, these days goes by the name of Glamweazel or at least when he is performing his own songs. On Thursday night, he performed with his band at the Dublin Castle, Camden - a gig I had a little hand in setting up - and which I thoroughly enjoyed.

The turn out was very good, and I was touched by Jerry dedicating the last song Tangled Leads to me (a video of which is above). It's an anthem in a 70s rock-stylee for all of us that continue to live the rock 'n' roll dream - if only in our heads.

Rock 'til you drop, Jerry!

New RTYD Member: Kent band Shame About The Name

Kent band Shame About The Name is now a member of ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP's Mature Musicians & Bands Network http://bit.ly/hltU6g

New RTYD Member: Craig D of Texas band 12 Gauge Awakening

Craig D of Texas band 12 Gauge Awakening is now a member of ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP's Mature Musicians & Bands Network http://bit.ly/iivvJV

Friday, 1 April 2011

Review: Pocket Rocket & Dipsticks at the Dublin Castle this week.


Always a pleasure to play with those erstwhile late-70s-Carol Street squatters, The Dipsticks. And nice to hear them through a full PA. We, Pocket Rocket, tonight appearing under the pseudonym Penile Rectum, also enjoyed the blue-mooner that is playing through a decent PA and staring into the pretty lights. I do like the colourful, semi-blinding, lights - they help me warm up and relax.

Attendance was helped by at least a dozen Dipsticks fans and half a dozen PocRoc ones - a handful of the former with their dancing shoes on, which is always nice to see. DJ Dog-Headed Men provided the between set soundtrack, which was, as always, an aural delight, and headline act The London Undaground, who sounded like a cross between Talking Heads, the Blockheads and Calvin Harris were thoroughly entertaining, too.

We soldier on around the toilet circuit averaging a fanbase of about seven people. Maybe it's time I  reconsidered my opposition to courting brands and corporate sponsorship.

The MME (Mature Musicians Express)

The MME (Mature Musicians Express) Daily is out: http://bit.ly/heHPSQ

THREE BONZOS AND A PIANO: REMEMBER THE BONZO DOG DOO DAH BAND?



The undisputed heavyweight champions of comedy pop” Robert Spellman, Daily Express

Diabolical mayhem from the largest number of original Bonzos still playing together anywhere on the surface of the earth! Born in a distant art school past somewhere in the sixties, Three Bonzos And A Piano unleash their Bonzo Dog classics with energetic zip and palaver. Hunting Tigers Out In India, I’m Bored, Big Shot, Trouser Press, The Sheik of Araby, Monster Mash, Can Blue Men Sing The Whites?, The Head Ballet and many, many more (NEW songs, too)!

Robots, smoke, unsuitable medical technology, ancient theatrical props, the kitchen sink and the audience (you get to join-in!) combine to re-create the atmosphere of those formative years of the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band at such legendary venues as The Tiger’s Head, Catford. Addictive stuff! You have been warned!
Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band fans will be delighted to learn that Roger Ruskin Spear, Rodney Slater and Sam Spoons have teamed up with super-pianist Dave Glasson to create chaos on the chords and put the mayhem into music!

Three Bonzos And A Piano are:
Roger Ruskin Spear sax, clarinet, trouser press & robots
Rodney Slater Bonzos co-founder with the late Vivian Stanshall - saxophones & washboard
Sam Spoons drums, electric spoons & didgereedon’t
Dave Glasson piano, bass pullover & glasses
with Andy Roberts guitar, banjo & ukulele and occasional extra Bonzos ‘Legs’ Larry Smith and Vernon Dudley Bohay Nowell!

And they are appearing in 2011 at: The Stables, Milton Keynes * The Tropic, Ruislip* Talking Heads, Southampton* Warwick Arts Centre * The Met, Bury * The Pyramid, Warrington * Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich* Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury* * The Pavilion Theatre, Hailsham* The Wharf, Tavistock* The Ritz, Penzance* The Thekla, Bristol * The Court Theatre, Tring * The Apex, Bury St. Edmunds * The Lowry, Salford * The New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme* Frome Festival * Rhythm Festival * Weyfest * Crosby Civic Hall, Liverpool* AND MORE GIGS TBC!

THEIR NEW CD “HAIR OF THE DOG” is now available! www.threebonzosandapiano.co.uk

REVIEWS:

A sort of Bash Street Bonzos” Roger Ruskin Spear

The band that single-handedly invented rock theatre...the stage crackled with energy...it was a joy to behold...Long may their mad gods bless and keep them. A band like the Bonzos only comes along once in a lifetime’ John Blaney, Shindig! Magazine 2010

These guys are my heroes’ Adrian Edmondson, Comedian

'More costume changes than an evening with Lady Gaga and more laughs than an audience with Billy Connolly...[the new songs are] as funny as anything Tim Minchin has written.’ R2 (Rock’n’Reel) Magazine
‘They played like wild things.’ Alan Franks, The Times

A joyful triumph’ whoslaughingnow.org for Birmingham Post

The guys have so much charm ... the audience loved them.’ Alex Lester, Radio 2 DJ

An evening of merry madness that induced shouts of approval, laughter and cheers not to mention more applause than Roger’s Spears old clapping machine could ever muster.’ Chris Welch, Rock Jounalist (NME, Record Collector)

Their musicianship is top.’ Joe Geesin, Classic Rock

Lampoons of every genre, style and pose performed with madcap good humour and unrehearsed idiocy...the genuine anarchy which spilled over, into and onto the lucky audience. A classic.’ Ralph Brown, Actor, ‘Withnail and I’

Absolute bliss and far better than the big reunion gigs of a couple of years ago’ Robert Rankin, Author

Exuberance and sheer determination...constantly surprising and never less than fun. Fun on the run, guffaws and applause galore, vaudeville just came back from a long holiday’ Brighton Argus

Like a ripe fungi sending spores of comedy far and wide’ Worcester News

Good to have the Bonzos with us, the audience had a great night’ Salisbury, Playhouse 2009

All the jollity, audience participation and raucous laughter of a spirited music hall...increasingly legendary!’ threeweeks, website of the Brighton Fringe Festival

Chaos Theory in action - blistering saxophonists, dervishly whirling spoon players, a keyboard player clinging by his fingertips to the cliff-edge of anarchy, robots, speech bubbles, inspirational costume changes, songs in the wrong order, songs which the audience sing instead of the band, Dadaism for the New Age delivered by the Old Sculptors of Surrealism. Supreme cabaret theatre which under-23’s embraced like a novel answer to a peculiar question. Slick as a banana skin.’ UK Touring (www.uktouring.org.uk contact Adrian Mealing for bookings)