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The Longsands At Newcastle University Student Union 8/6/12 By Warrington Minge

The Longsands  at Newcastle University Student Union 8/6/12 By Warrington Minge   The Longsands played a storming set in front of an adoring crowd at the Newcastle uni on Friday night in support of the launch of their much anticipated debut album " Meet Me In Spanish City" which comes out today(Monday  11th).  The band  already have  a  well deserved ....


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Under-rated Classics #5 U2 Zooropa

Under-rated Classics #5 – U2 Zooropa   Following the phenomenal success of The Joshua Tree, and then Achtung Baby, U2 surprised everyone, including their own record company, with the release in 1993 of Zooropa while mid-way through their ZOO TV tour. The album took a step away from the guitar based rock the band where synonymous with, and added an electronic base to many of the ....


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Bob Dylan Live In Glasgow

Bob Dylan live in GLASGOW   What can you say about Bob Dylan that hasn't been said a thousand times or more over the last 50 years? Countless books have been written about the man and his vast catalogue of music and yet he remains an enigma giving few interviews with little or no access to the press. Even when he suprised us all,a few years back, with a first volume of his highly praised ....


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The Longsands Are Supporting Steve Craddock

  The Longsands are supporting Steve Craddock on 4th March with a top class acoustic set. Other support includes The Soviets and The Generals. For tickets information click here.Tickets £12.50 available thursday here: http://www.o2academynewcastle.co.uk/Million selling songwriter, accomplished musician, sharp dresser and all round top bloke, Steve Cradock is familiar to ....


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The Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain At The Sage

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain at the Sage   The UOGB are  seven dinner suited  players of ukuleles of different registers and a bass ukulele/ guitar. I first heard them on the radio while driving home one night and almost crashed the car I found them so funny and different.   What you get seeing them live are songs played in an inappropriate  style , think ....


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Take That Live At........

I quite like Take That,I know ,I know but I do and with Robbie back well I bet they are great. However I couldn't go and see them at "that place" so Thats That. Still it must have been nice to have the ground  full for a change! ....


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Leon Russell At The Sage

  A very rare chance to see a man who really is a legend in the world of music.This guy played on records for everyone from Sinatra to the Beach Boys & Dylan and was part of Phil Spectors' in house band informally known asThe Wrecking Crew. Russell became better known in the late 1960's as the organiser and arranger for the famed Joe Cocker tour/album/film Mad Dogs and Englishmen.He ....


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Don Mclean At The Sage

  While American Pie maybe his career defining hit there's so much more to Don McLean than that one song and he proves it every time he plays live.  Don's return visit to an all but sold out  "Ikealand" finds him in great form, his hair maybe grey these days  and he has  put on a few pounds over the last 40 odd years but he sings and plays as if time has stood ....


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The Longsands New Single

RELEASED Sun 28th Aug   DOWNLOAD itunes, 7Digital, amazon.com.   PRE ORDER Text ‘TRACK LOVERAIN’ to 80818 Text ‘TRACK LOVERAIN M’ to 80818 for mobile downloads (not iphone compatible)   INSTORE HMV North East   REVIEW To view the ‘Streets and Pavements’ video go to http://www.youtube.com/thelongsands To listen to ....


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Roxy Music At The Shed (metro Arena)

  The trouble with Roxy music is that , in many ways, it's really two bands. The early 70's arty band and the late 70s / early 80s smooth cool & polished "hits" band.  While this  show was not  entirely  short of those hits it clearly played to the early 70's fan base with a number of , to some , the more obscure early album tracks being aired. On stage live video ....


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Classic Clapton 25th Anniversary Tour Newcastle City Hall 11th December 2010.

  As a rule tribute bands are not my thing and if they " play the role in character " even less so. However while Classic Clapton ( aka "After Midnight" ) are billed as the worlds number one Clapton tribute band that sells them very short indeed. Frontman Mike Hall might look and sound like old slowhand but he and the band never pretend to be Clapton & co but rather give you a two ....


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Steve Forbert The Cluny Two November 28th 2010

  I do wonder how many people ( even among this illustrious readership ) know who Steve Forbert is?  Mr F came on the scene in the late 70's as the next " new Bob Dylan" babyfaced in jeans with guitar,  his own songs and a raspy voice. Now he still has the baby face and the voice is even raspier ( if that's a word!) Alive on Arrival was his first album and he got a lot of ....


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Warrington Minges View

Karl Pilkington's An Idiot Abroad   DVD/ Blu- Ray   Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant send their friend Karl Pilkington around the world to see the seven wonders for Sky TV. Karl is a guy who prefers caravan holidays in Wales and is very much a "little Englander" type of guy, he is no Michael Palin that's for sure!   This is real , unscripted,  and almost a social ....


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Lennon Signature Box Set

  Post 1980 it's impossible to view Lennon in the same way the legend has overtaken the man. This year marks what would have been his 70 th birthday. And 30 years since his death. Lennon at 70 marks a massive reissue campaign with all his solo albums remixed & remastered. You can buy the albums individually with Double Fantasy as a double cd with a new stripped down mix. Or you can ....


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When You're Strange; A Film About The Doors (dvd/blu Ray)

New Documentary Film culled from some familiar footage and new found material from the archives. The film deals with the history of the band from coming together in L.A. to the end of the road in Paris with Morrison's death charting along the way the oft-told story of Morrison's struggles with fame ,drugs and alcoholism. The story is told sans any talking head interviews, which has been lamented ....


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Rock On The Tyne

The longsands live on theTyne 26 sept   Looks like rain......   This gig on board the "Fortuna" was to officially launch "The Longsands" version of "The Blaydon Races" which is now available as a download to raise money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.However you'd be wrong to write  this off as just another local band playing to the crowd.This was just a detour for a very ....


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Gorillaz Metro Arena 11th Sept

The cheeky chimps cancelled the gig. Never even said sorry!  I went Ape ! I felt " cheated" That's us finished , I don't like to be made a monkey of!   Warrington Minge ....


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Warrington Minges View

Here we go again ...or should we??I write music and gig reviews not about football , I leave that to the people who know what they talking about , and Steve of course ( joke mate, joke)But I've had that many gigs called off of late I have to write something and thanks to Ashley I feel the need to comment on something that's not my forte. If he can run a club and no nothing about running a club ....


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Ray Davies

Few men that can draw on 40 odd years of Kalssic songs. Fewer still can claim to have written so many of those Kalssic songs alone. Why he is not a Sir by know is beyond belief.(we should start up a campaign !)   For his return visit to the sage we got acoustic and full band performances of such crowd pleasers as Sunny Afternoon, Where have all the good times gone, Autumn Almanac , Lola, ....


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Paul Mccartney Hampden Park 20/06/10

Its getting light outside -4 a.m. not yet ready for bed ,drinking champagne. After a 2 1/2 hour  drive home still not ready for bed and here's why I'm just back from Paul McCartney Hampden Park Glasgow. Its his first ever standalone UK stadium show and the best live show I've ever seen, and Ive seen some!   Macca is  better at 68 than when he was  a Beatle , better ....


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Mark Knopfler "get Lucky" Tour At The Metro Radio Arena

There are many things  to admire about Mark Knopfler, great songwriter & guitarist, but at times during this show I felt like screaming " shut the bloody pan pipe up and change the tempo man"! Technically you cannot fault the music , of course it's being played in a shed,but that apart  the sound was otherwise good and the playing first class. What this show lacked was ....


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Elvis Costello & The Sugarcanes

The Elvis who looks like Buddy Holly starts off tonight's show with a cover made famous by the Elvis that er, used to look like Elvis! Mystery Train starts us off on the right tracks (sorry!) for a 2 hour masterclass that gets even the normally subdued 'Ikealand' crowd on its feet.Elvis played songs new and old from what is one of the best catalogues of the last 30 odd years.We were treated to ....


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