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Bits and pieces – Sept 2015

We have been fortunate to have had some cracking shows recently and some really lovely feedback from the audiences, Moses Gate in Bolton, Towngate theatre in Basildon and Huntingdon Hall theatre in Worcester.

More new material has been added to the shows and we will continue to do so. “Time”, “Soul Love”, “Black Country Rock” and “Be My Wife” being the latest additions. I do keep getting questions about when will there be something added from “Labyrinth”. I am sure that there will be a track added some point soon.

Looking forward to the remaining shows we have for 2015 and we have some new venues confirmed for 2016 with more new venues on the cards. More details will follow at the end of October.

One more thing I feel I should mention! the Worcester show last week was Malcolm and Gail’s 100th show. They first saw us in 2007 and have watched everything evolve since. So on behalf of all the band I presented them with a cake and tour shirts for their continuous support of Aladdinsane. Thankyou to you both!

Love on ya all

Paul

Bits and pieces May 2015

I’m really pleased to say we have had some well attended shows over the last 3 months.

Great to return back to the Cliffs Pavilion Maritime room in Southend, Stamford Corn Exchange, The Square in Harlow and Newmarket Memorial Hall.

Also lovely to be back at the Derby Bowie convention in May and meeting many great fans of David. I also played an acoustic set there on the following day with Franco and Carl supporting me.

I really enjoy performing a few solo numbers and don’t get the chance to do it apart from the odd number at a show

So we played a 50 min set of various songs including a couple of my own compositions. Also nice to perform “Billy Porter” by Mick Ronson, which I had not done for quite some time.

Nice to meet Clifford Slapper, the author of “Bowie’s Piano Man” who signed copies of the book there, which I have not finished reading yet. This is about the life of Mike Garson’s musical journey. I do highly recommend it.

We are still aiming to gets to different areas of the Country which we have not been to yet, with some new shows already planned for 2016, plus more shows to come from Oct to Dec this year . Details of  more 2015 shows will be added to the gig list when confirmed

 

Bits and pieces February 2015

The Citadel show we did on 30th Jan has to be one of the best shows we have had for a while and very well attended, with a 274 strong audience. Great sound and lighting show, so thanks to all involved. Big thanks to a very receptive audience. The atmosphere there was awesome.

The Northwest of the Country seems to be quite a stronghold for Aladdinsane and we certainly look forward to returning again in August to the Moses gate in Bolton, as well as a return to the Citadel early 2016.

On the subject of Aladdinsane t-shirts I mentioned recently, these should be available to purchase at the Corn Exchange theatre in Stamford when we are there on 28th Feb.

Onwards and upwards, fortunately we have some good venues booked for 2015 and will still be booking a few more throughout the year.

Paul x

Bits and pieces January 2015

Well the start of another year already and we’re really looking forward to getting back out playing live shows. Finally I am in the process of getting Aladdinsane t-shirts printed. I know many of you have asked us for them before. Hopefully these will be ready and available for the Stamford Corn Exchange on the 28th Feb and will be available for all the shows after.

Back in December I got the chance to have a good chat with Woody Woodmansey and Suzi Ronson just prior to the excellent performance by all at the Lexington show in London. It was lovely to catch up again, as it has been a few years since I last saw Woody. Suzi and I were on the One show back in 2010 when they did a feature on famous haircuts and of course the Ziggy cut was right up there, thanks to Suzi. Woody has more shows planned for 2015 with Tony Visconti and opportunities like this should not be missed.

We have more shows confirmed from June to December and more to be confirmed. All these shows will be added to the web page within the next few weeks once we have confirmation from other shows planned.

Last year saw the first David Bowie convention in Derby and the whole event was a huge success with superb performances by various artists, so no surprise that it has been confirmed for the Fri 8th & Sat 9th of May this year. We will be playing the Friday night and I have been asked if I would do an acoustic set early Sat evening, playing various Bowie tracks not done with the band and a couple of my own songs requested, which of course I agreed to. For ticket information go to Facebook – David Bowie Convention 2015. I will post further info on this later but do hurry as tickets and nearby accommodation will go fast.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon.

Paul x

 

 

 

Bits and pieces November 2014

Ok, well first I want to thank everyone for their continuous support for us and to all the new audience members during our 2014 shows.

You can see that there have been some slight changes and updates to the website, more noticeably in the gallery. More photos have been added from shows over the last year and a couple of older ones.

We are so thankful that Rick has joined us on drums and has played some blinding sets for us since he joined. Also not forgetting Mark Rogers who has played some memorable shows with us earlier this year. No doubt that Mark may still play the odd show with us when Rick is not available. 2014 has been of a comfort zone with the venues we have played.

2015 will however see us return to some of our favourite theatres and venues but also new locations where the demand for us is strong. We have been fortunate enough to have played the David Bowie convention in Derby and also the Bowienetters party in London this year. It’s been an honour to play these shows and we are very thankful for them asking us. I am also very happy and confident with how well the band has come back to strength after losing Mark on drums and Dan on keys. We still all keep in touch with each other at times and I know that they will do well with new ventures they choose to follow.

Now that most of the back catalogue of material is somewhere in the set lists, this now gives us the chance to include more new material in the sets.  More songs recently added have been “Rock n roll suicide” and “Be my wife” which I thoroughly enjoy performing. So hopefully some nice new surprises coming soon. Paul x

Bits and pieces July 2014

Well July is near the end and I can honestly say that the last few months having been exceedingly good for us. I know I should be posting here with updates of what’s been happening more often and can only apologise for not achieving what I intended to do. I do have tremendous respect for the likes of Paul Kinder who keeps up virtually on a daily basis with updates on Bowiewonderworld. I have met so many more fans of David Bowie in the last few months at various shows and especially the Derby convention and they really are wonderful. We made a welcome return to Huntingdon Hall theatre which was the first theatre we played a few years ago now which hopefully we will be playing again later 2015. I have noticed recently an influx of video footage of us at various venues on Facebook and Youtube and a couple of clips we like will be uploaded on the webpage soon along with updated photos and more news etc.

For whatever reason Lancashire has been really good for us with shows in Preston, Bolton and further across the west coast to Blackpool. The 53 Degrees show we played in 2013 stood out as one of my favourites and a return there in June this year confirmed for us that it really works for us. Unfortunately it looks like the venue will finish at the end of this year and turned into training class rooms due to the high costs to sustain it as a music venue which I am really sad about. Bolton, Moses gate was another great night for us. Our next visit to the West is not until Jan 2015 with a return show at the Citadel in St Helens. Paul x

Bits and pieces May 2014

The Touchline – Hullbridge, Essex

This was the first show with Mark Rogers on drums and must have to say played two excellent sets on the night. It was lovely to see Dave and Trudy again who work very hard in organising this event and we thank them very much for their  incredible hospitality. Also big thanks to Steve who also done an excellent sound mix on the night. We loved how the audience got up on their feet during the second part of the show and never sat back down. We thank everyone there  for making it a wonderful night for us.

David Bowie Convention – Derby

I’ve got to say that David Bowie hardcore fans are  the loveliest people I have met in all the time I have played live shows and this excellent convention never failed. I was really pleased when Jimster, who has been a long time follower of David, discussed with me in 2013  the idea of a convention in Derby. So when I got a call earlier this year asking for some free dates I knew that all was going as he had planned. Everyone who was on the bill gave wonderful performances, as I did try to catch most of it. We finished the night off to an amazing audience with Rick Cook on drums (his first show with us) and done us proud. As we approached the end, many from the other bands joined us on stage for a thunderous version of All The Young Dudes as a fitting tribute to David Priest who has recently left our world. I’m sure he would have been very proud of it and we all loved every minute  we were there. Also a big thanks to Paul Kinder from Bowie Wonderwolrd for the support he gave the event. It was a pleasure to be there amongst wonderful people.

Other bits

Earlier this year Mark Hatton gave us the sad news that he would be leaving the band, so we knew we had to spend quite a bit of time getting the right person who would be able to fit in perfectly with Aladdinsane. Luckily with Rick on board and Mark Rogers playing a few shows with us we are now in a situation where we can progress with new material and ideas. Although we have a very healthy repertiore of material I always like to work on something new and feel the time is now right. So hopefully in the shows later this year there will be some new ideas incorporated. We look forward to returning to the Huntingdon Hall theatre in Worcester on the 24th May and hopefully see some of you there.

Paul x

Bits and pieces March -April 2014

Legends Of Rock – Great Yarmouth

This was our third annual appearance at the Legends event. We had a fantastic night playing to a large audience along with BC Sweet and TooRex who also played on the Thursday night. This was certainly a great start to the year for us with plenty of lovely comments from the audience members we saw after the show. We played the Thursday night and I stayed over to see the performances that continued on the Friday with no disappointments and met some wonderfulpeople. It always amazes me with how far people will travel to attend these shows, which we are all very grateful for. Thanks to Eddie, Elaine and everyone there for making it a huge success and quite rightly deserves to be.

The Phoenix theatre – Blyth

It was great to return to the Phoenix theatre in Blyth again. The light show they put on for us really did us justice again. Some of you may already know that Mark our drummer who has been with us for the last eight years has now left to pursue other interests and played his last show in Blyth with us to a rapturous crowd, which was a great show to finish on. We sincerely wish him all the best in whatever direction he chooses and will be missed. Luckily we have found Rick Cook who will be doing most of the shows with us in the future along and with Mark Rogers who will also be filling in on a few shows during 2014. Both have  worked very hard in learning all the material for the shows. We are very sure that they willl do it justice when they start playing the shows with us.

Bits and pieces and a Happy New Year

Well 2013 is almost gone and I can say it has been quite an eventful year for us, with some wonderful memories of shows we have done this year. We are looking forward to 2014 and are currently filling the diary with more shows.  All details of these shows will be posted on the website at regular intervals.

We do hope to play many new venues all around the country in 2014 as well as returning to many of our favourite venues. We will be spending the first couple of months working purely on new material for inclusion in the shows and look forward to performing this live.

Obviously  one event that took everyone by suprise this year was David Bowie’s return with The Next Day, his first album release in 10 years! Pesonally,  I love the new material and can say that the special edition with bonus tracks is a must have. Many people have asked my thoughts as to whether I think David will perform live again. Of courseI would love to think that he might but I really don’t know, David has always been unpredictable and full of suprises.

With the huge success of the V&A exhibition and the new material I certainly feel that David has reached a new and younger audience who are becoming very inquisitve about the incredible back catalogue of work that is out there. I am very pleased for the success he has had this year and as a long time follower I wish David, Iman, Duncan and Lexi all the very best for the New Year.

As some of you are aware the band and myself do have a Twitter accounts but must admit that I do not seem to find the time to check on this. So if anyone has sent tweets to me or Aladdinsane  please do not think that we are ignoring you.  I will aim to spend more time on this next year.

On a final note, shortly there will be some updating done on our website including new photos and live footage. On behalf of Aladdinsane I would like to thank you all for the fantastic support you have given this year. We  wish you all a Happy New Year with good health and best wishes and look forward to seeing you in 2014.

Paul x

Bits and pieces Oct 2013

Well we have had a fantastic time performing shows all over and especially over the west of the country during 2013.

Firstly Mockfest in Manchester was a blast to play to 4000 in attendance and then more recently the Citadel in St Helens which we will be back again in early 2015 and also Moses Gate in Bolton. We are also looking forward to returning to the 53 Degrees in Preston June 2014.

As many of you are aware, Dan our keyboard player played his last show with us at Mockfest and is moving on to other projects. Dan has had a wonderful time with us and we keep in touch with each other on a regular basis and we wish him all the very best for the future.

Steve Beeston has now firmly found his place replacing Dan on keyboards and enjoying every moment of it.

We made a return to the Willow Festival in Peterborough on a lovely hot July summers evening to a rapturous crowd. This is the only show that we planned to play in our home town for 2013.

On Sept 13th the day before I escaped the country for a relaxing holiday, we made a return to the Corn Exchange theatre in Stamford. Once again the audience were fantastic. Thankyou to you all and must also say a big thanks to Steve and Jackie for travelling up for this show from Southend to do a wonderful job on the mixing desk.

Not forgetting to say a big thanks to everyone at the private bookings which we have done this year, including the Bowienetters Ball in London.

There are many of you asking when we will be playing venues close to where ever you live. For 2014 we aim to get to some new areas of the Country as well as returning to other areas. Many requests for the North east and South of England especially, which we are now trying to fulfill for next year.

Well, with the release of David’s album this year -The Next Day, we will soon be playing maybe a couple of tracks from it in some of our shows. I can’t say which ones yet, but Valentines Day and The Stars Are Out Tonight are strong possibilities. We would have already been playing new tracks prior but have spent alot of time rehearsing with Steve our new keyboard player on all the current material in our set, approx 35 tracks so far which I am really pleased to say has gone exceptionally well.

Looking forward to seeing you in the next two weeks at the Musician in Leicester and The Square in Harlow

Paul x