Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Sunday, 28 June 2015
Rolling Stones legend Bill Wyman forces officials to change 'disgusting' blue plaque snubbing Brian Jones reports the Mirror Online
Rolling Stones legend Bill Wyman has forced officials to change the wording on a blue plaque honouring the band after condemning it as “disgusting”.
The inscription at Dartford station in Kent said Mick Jagger and Keith Richards met there “and went on to form The Rolling Stones”.
But Wyman, 78, objected, saying it was the late guitarist Brian Jones who created the group.
The bass player, who quit the band in 1993, told Radio 5 Live the plaque was “disgusting”.
He added: “It should be to Brian Jones. It’s wrong. I don’t like history re-written.
"Mick and Keith didn’t create the Stones, they were part of it, like all of us.
“Brian wanted to form a blues band and enlisted each member one by one. He gave us the name, he chose the music and he was the leader.”
Jagger and Richards both went to school in Dartford.
They met up again on platform 2 of the town’s station in 1961 and bonded over a love of blues, forming a musical partnership that still endures.
Council leader Jeremy Kite said: “A new plaque will makes it clear that this is where Mick met Keith before going on to be part of the Stones.”
The Who with Paul Weller, British Summer Time Hyde Park, review: The pair do all they can to recapture that youthful exuberance says The Independent's review
Wednesday, 24 June 2015
That's Entertainment! How the Jam went from teenage dreamers to the voice of a generation, as revealed in archives kept by Paul Weller's sister who ran band's fan club
The Jam’s Paul Weller on the music industry today: “I can’t think of any other job or art form where people don’t get paid for what they do” - Salon.com
Scooters set to descend on Widnes for testicular cancer charity's Dream Day reports the Liverpool Echo
A Halton testicular cancer charity will be holding its sixth annual Dream Day scooter rally and family day this weekend.
The Mark Gorry Foundation (MGF) will join forces with scooter clubs around the North West on Sunday, June 28, from noon to 6pm at The Parklands Sports And Social Club in Widnes.
An estimated 200 scooters are set to ride in from across the region to join the now-famous convoy through Widnes to the social club.
The ride out has been organised by Widnes Scooter Club’s Freddie Moran who has been a real driving force behind the event by helping to cement the scooter scene within Halton.
In addition to the scooter rally, a number of bands from the area will be playing ska tunes with music from Mad Hat Ska, Indigo Violet and The Sundowners.
The charity was founded by Widnesian Mark Gorry in 2009, who eventually lost his fight against the illness.
More than £4,000 has been raised by the charity through previous Dream Days.
A charity spokeswoman said: “Helping to continue with this real community feel, there will also be performances from long-term favourites The Hotsteppers who have danced in previous years, as well as a celebratory performance from the cast of The Victoria Music Company’s Our House which has just completed a successful run at The Brindley.”
Wristbands costing £4 can be purchased on the day for children’s activities including face painting, bouncy castles, garden games and special appearances from some popular characters.
A tombola, raffle and official MGF merchandise will also be available on the day, with a host of local stalls also joining the team.
The Parklands staff will be catering for the event, providing a range of food including burgers, hotdogs and a hog roast.
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Grab your ruby sneakers. The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz is being relocated to 1970s Nottingham for a Northern Soul-inspired adaptation of Tony-award-winning musical The Wiz. Rachel Gorman talks to director Martin Berry.
Welcome to Nottingham's Oz, where the Tin Man is a mod, the Scarecrow sports a fierce afro and the Emerald City lies inside a Northern Soul club.
"The Wiz is a mid-1970s Motown rock'n'roll take on The Wizard Of Oz", says director Martin Berry of his latest production at Nottingham Lakeside Arts.
"It's all about Dorothy escaping from her humdrum life and it just occurred to us to set it in 1970s Nottingham when youngsters used Northern Soul as an escape."
In this version, a collaboration between New Street Theatre and Nottingham Lakeside Arts, Dorothy's yellow brick road leads her to a downtown Northern Soul club where Munchkin ditties are replaced by club classics such as Tainted Love and The Night.
Picking the music and rearranging songs from the original The Wiz stage show left Berry feeling like a kid in a sweet shop.
"It was just a case of listening to a ton of Northern Soul tracks and finding the right ones, which was no great chore. It was brilliant fun.
"Rearranging songs from the show just involved a lot of listening, a lot of research and we've got a couple of what we've called Northern Soul consultants, who are chaps in their senior years, shall we say, who were there at the time. They've been great in helping us to get it right.
"It's the most fun, light-hearted, joyous thing I've ever directed. It's just a great story with lots of dancing, lots of singing and just a great night out."
The Wiz: The Super Soul Musical originally opened in 1974 at the Morris A Mechanic Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1978 it spawned a film version with Michael Jackson starring as the Scarecrow, Diana Ross playing Dorothy and comedian Richard Pryor taking the reins as title character The Wiz.
"It's a bonkers film," says Berry. "It shouldn't work but somehow it does. I was a huge fan and I completely adore the original Wizard Of Oz film too, it's in my top three films of all time."
The production is quite a departure from Berry's last few productions at Lakeside Arts which have included Sweeney Todd and Oh, What A Lovely War! and covered more serious themes.
But it is a change Berry has relished.
"I don't want to give too much away but our Lion is only 13 and he's completely brilliant and the Tin Man is a mod, riding a scooter around. There's a big range there in terms of age and experience, the way that people sing and perform – and that was completely deliberate.
"The first run-through is on Saturday, everything is on its feet, so we've got four weeks now to polish and perfect.
"This is my favourite bit, when the hard work in terms of the creativity is largely done and the hard work of the spit and polish can begin."
The production runs from July 14-25 with an open dress rehearsal on Monday, July 13. To book, visit the www.lakesidearts.org.uk or call 0115 846 7777.