One thing which can prove difficult for many pop stars and singers is a transition to musical theatre while still holding on to their recording career; one woman that proves it is possible is the formidably talented Beverley Knight.
As the leaves on the trees start to fall, and the days draw shorter, the realisation that summer is over has well and truly struck home, so that's no more Barbecues, no more Pimms and no more festivals into next year, well surely we can squeeze just one more in...closing the festival season this year in mid-September; Cheshire Fest a festival which features over 20 hours of live entertainment, not bad considering the tickets start at a tenner.
The 1970s was the age of Glam Rock, and a band which thrived with hit after hit during this period was the extravagant Electric Light Orchestra and if you weren't lucky enough to get tickets to see the real thing at the arena a few months back, or didn't want to pay triple figures for the privilege, fear not because I may have just found the solution, at the Stockport Plaza.
The ten-piece tribute to Britain’s biggest ever prog-rock band Pink Floyd took to the stage tonight to a disappointingly not-even-half-full Plaza in Stockport. Despite this, the band started strong with powerful vocals from lead singer Michael David Ronson who’s passion and spirit for Floyd’s music was the most striking part of the whole show.
Like The Smiths, The Smiths Ltd formed in Manchester. Their promotional material says: “If you never saw The Smiths then this is your chance to experience the thrill of those great songs played live.” True to their word, tonight brought me closer than I ever thought possible.
Well the evening was certainly 'party central' as one member of the audience shouted, with an evening packed full of 2 and a half hours worth of some of the 80s best known hits from iconic artists.
Tonight, I reviewed The Beach Boys Story at the beautiful art deco Plaza Theatre in Stockport. The stage was set up with many surf boards hung on the curtains, and with inflatable palm trees on the stage surrounding the band.
Gary Murphy and his multi-talented band kicked off the evening with Chuck Berry’s classic ‘Johnny B. Goode’. We were told that this was in tribute to the Rock and Roll legend who passed away earlier this year. They created a vibe that would carry on throughout the evening, displaying to us the skills that come so naturally to them all.
Whether you are a resident of Blackpool, holiday-maker or just in need of an entertaining fun night out, then the place to be is The Grand Theatre, Blackpool this summer. Frankie Valli (Dale Adams) Nick Massi (Michael Riseley) Tommy DeVito (Ian Curran) and Bob Gaudio (Patrick Barrett) bring to the stage two hours of polished style as they recreate the sound of popular American group, The Four Seasons.
The latest 'Tooer' (my attempt to write Geordie twang!) of effervescent Joe McElderry has taken to the road and this time features during the second half, hits from many classic movies and fittingly I saw this show on a Saturday night along hundreds of others at the Lowry.
It's a cold, wet and windy 'summer' evening in New Brighton and you could be forgiven for wanting to curl up in front of the fire and TV and for those that did, you missed a fantastic performance at the Floral Pavilion as Scott Ritchie Productions presented The Edwin Starr Band featuring Angelo Starr, younger brother of the late Edwin Starr and with special guest appearance of Northern Soul artiste, Lorraine Silver in a brilliant Northern Soul and Motown party night!
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