IF you live in London and for some
reason I dont get to see you at
Wembley (Fender show) due to
lack of time, I will also be attending the ROBIN
BIBI show at the Torrington Pub in
Finchley from 7.30pm - 10-30pm
26th THE TORRINGTON,
corner of Lodge Lane and Finchley High Rd
info 0208 460 4907
Hope to meet you.........
It is with deep sadness that
our dear friend
Duncan Kennedy passed away. Duncan
a huge Frankie Miller fan died
on the 31st of
I will miss him very much. My
condolences go out
to his wife Linda,
his family and friends.
Jazz Fusion/Rock Jazz
Written by Mike
Photo's by Lucy
The Trouser Trout
Written by Mike
to Living the good life here mp3
For more information you can contact Mike
seen here with Atlanta's No 1 drummer
What a wonderful evening!
When we arrived at the Gwinnett Center, fans of Simon and John Waite were
already there, waiting in anticipation for the show to begin. It was great
to meet up with some of my ARN friends that I haven't seen since last year.
Dunn was also there selling his book, "This is Rock and Roll",
which has many pictures of Free, Bad Company and Simon, along with other
great musicians. It's an excellent piece of rock and roll history.
Kitty Snyder opened up the evening with her mellow, acoustical brand of
folk/rock, which was very enjoyable. Kitty was an excellent choice as a lead
in for Simon.
After a brief intermission, Simon, with that great smile and personality
of his, took the stage, along with Larry Oakes and the fans cheered. Simon
introduced all the fans to some new original songs as well as a great blend
of Free and Bad Company songs.
Some highlights of the evening were Simon's originals, "Weep No
More", "Angel In My Eyes" and "Going Home". Simon
totally did these songs justice in a new and fresh way that was all his own.
His vocals, guitar and keyboards were all solid. What a great musician and
an excellent front man. His humor and personality shined through as we were
all on the edge of our seats in anticipation of the next song. Simon was all
that we expected and even more! Thanks Simon for an outstanding
performance...can't wait until the next show!
To end the evening, John Waite took the stage with a full band to
accompany him and did an excellent job. He performed some of his greatest
hits with the Babys and also from his new CD, "The Hard Way". He
showed a great sense of humor while interacting with the audience, which
made the whole John Waite experience a lot of fun. Great show!
Vanessa - Michigan
Hey yall! Charleston here. I had the great good pleasure of getting to
hear and see Andrew Black again this summer in Atlanta.
On Sunday, September 12, 2004, Andrew played with his jazz group - that's
right, jazz, not blues - at Front Page News. This was a new section of
Atlanta for me, a really cool little area of outdoor cafes and lots of cool,
clean greenery. The group set up outside for a brunch session. I'd never
heard Andrew play jazz before but wasnt at all surprised at his versatility.
His guitar was exceptional as always, but that voice, oh that voice is just
flawless. Andrew puts his own brand of funk even on jazz; the soul flows out
of him like a waterfall. He had a terrific sax player with him, the bass was
chilled, and the drums were also a style I'd not heard before, but really
enjoyed. I understand Andrew is at FPN about every Sunday for this brunch
session. I cant do the man justice with words, you just need to hear him for
The food at FPN was slamming too, so if you want to be guaranteed a
laid-back, head-bobbin, tummy-fillin time, get on down there and check 'em
out! Grab his new CD while you're at it, you wont be sorry!
Tammy - South Carolina
The After Party….September 10, 2004
You would think that an evening could
not get any better after 3 full hours of great, live , acoustic music, but…it
did. A limited amount of V.I.P. Guests were invited to attend an "After
Party" at a nearby hotel in Gwinnett, a suburb of Atlanta. The
atmosphere was very warm and inviting, with a hint of retro flare that
really made the perfect setting for such a party. Simon Kirke guests
gathered throughout conversing about the most amazing musical performances
we had all had the fine fortune of experiencing that night.
The great music did not stop there….Andrew
Black a local, well established name in Atlanta's Blues music scene, was
there doing what he does best…sing the blues. It was a very simple
acoustic set up, but it only helped to showcase how full and magnificent his
voice is. He performed some original works, as well as some old favourites.
He was truly the icing on the cake.
Once Simon arrived he was so gracious to spend time with almost every
guest there. If it was a photo, an autograph, or just some really good
conversation, Simon accommodated for every fan's needs. It
was exciting to have the opportunity to be in such a relaxed environment
with good friends and our very own music idol, Simon Kirke.
John Waite another artist that performed that night also came to the
After Party. He too, was more than happy to accommodate the requests of the
Overall, it was a perfect evening….thank you to all who made it
special. Lucy and Robert, this is a special thank you to you both, for
making the entire night a possibility!
London, Ontario, Canada
Barry Richman in Roswell, Georgia
September 11, 2004
I had the opportunity to see Barry Richman play at the Roswell Tavern
Saturday, September 11th, and just let me say, it was quite a treat! I've
never seen him play before, but have heard many times just how talented he
He more than lived up to his reputation. Although the tavern was mostly a
sports bar (with really good food!) and probably not the best sort of
atmosphere to showcase his talents, he and his band took control of the
room. Barry is simply amazing on guitar. I found it fascinating just to
watch his hands fly over the strings and listen to the music pour out. I
know everyone at the table with me seemed to be as enthralled as I
We were just there for a relatively short period of time, but I was
incredibly impressed with Barry's performance and would love to go back and
see him again sometime. I just might have to arrange another trip to Georgia
Donna - Michigan
Our friend Robert Lussian
Vega presenter of the rock talk show BACKSTREET
CRAWLER passed away in his sleep at
his home in Santa Monica on Thursday the 19 of August 2004
loved FREE !! a
huge fan of Paul Simon Andy & Paul
RIDLEY & KEITH STALLBORIES PRESENT
Ridley Memorial Concert
Carling Academy Islington
go to The Ridley Family and Age Concern Northampton. 10pm
November 20 at 6:00 PM
to appear are Greg Ridley's band mates from Humble Pie and Spooky Tooth
and other special guests...
Frampton, Jerry Shirley, Clem Clempson, Bob Tench, Dave
'Bucket' Colwell, Mike Harrison, Rick
Bonham and Molly Marriott.
guest artists to be named soon.
Thank you Junko from Japan
BAD COMPANY and DEREK ST HOLMES both
Dave 'Bucket' Colwell
ROGER CHAPMAN & THE SHORTLIST
Wed/Thur 27th & 28th October, 2004, 8pm-11.30pm
See site for more info
Other dates booked are
2004 marks the Silver Anniversary of Roger's solo career
& he completed a 16 gig tour in Germany & Austria in April/May.
While some further European gigs, such as summer festivals, can be
expected, the main focus now turns to the UK where a tour is scheduled for
October & November. The latest details are as follows:
(Heilsbronner Kulturfest Festival in a Circus tent)
|Box Office telephone: 09872 - 955 416
Web site: www.kulturverein-heilsbronn.de
||Renfrew Ferry, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
||The Lemon Tree, 5 West
North Street, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
||Box office telephone:
Web site: www.lemontree.org
||Mick Jagger Centre,
Shepherds Lane, Dartford, Kent, UK
||Box office telephone:
01322 29 11 00
Web site: www.themickjaggercentre.com
||Robin 2, Mountpleasant,
Bilston, Wolverhampton, UK
||Box office telephone: 01902
Web site: www.therobin.co.uk
||The Stables Theatre,
Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, UK
||Box office telephone: 01908 280800
Web site: www.stables.org
|27th & 28th
||100 Club, 100 Oxford
Street, London, UK
||Credit card bookings (Ticketweb): 08700 600 100
Web site: www.bangbang-live.com
Beaufort Hill, Beaufort, Ebbw Vale, Wales, UK
||Box office telephone: 01495 350650
Web site: www.blaenaugwentvenues.com
|| The Boardwalk,
Snig Hill, Sheffield, UK
||Box office telephone: 0870
Web site: www.theboardwalklive.co.uk
||Park Hotel, Tynemouth,
||Scunthorpe - Details to
The line-up of The Shortlist will be:
Ian Gibbons (Keyboards)
John Lingwood (Drums)
Micky Moody (Guitar)
Dave 'Bucket' Colwell (Guitar)
Andy Hamilton (Sax etc)
Gary Twigg (Bass)
FRIDAY 24 SEPTEMBER 2004
||35.00 - 50.00
Hope to see you there!!!
On the Monday of my arrival, I was taken to one of the area's main Music
to check out the New Yankee
, the resident Rock-Fusion Band led by the highly gifted
Guitarist Mike Martin
......I was persuaded to jam with
them for a couple of numbers which was great fun and gave temporary relief
to the jetlag....!!
Tuesday evening saw us again at Darwins checking out the
modern jazz session led by Dustin Sergent. (ex Motor CIty
On Wednesday we were again at Darwins
now..!!) attending the jam sesion hosted by Mike Martin
got up and played 3 numbers, one of which
was the original song "Switch Off The Night" from the
"Tribute to Fast" album which none of the other players had
heard before...and didnt they do a great job...!! Also on this evening I
had the pleasure of meeting Andrew Black
,the great Blues
Singer/Guitarist who was in the audience and who then asked me
if I would like to go to another Jam session at Feelay
a short drive away.....so we duly went there and I had a
good time jamming with Andrew, who has to have one of the best Blues
Voices I've ever worked with...!!
On Thursday we were back at Darwins
yet again to see the
amazing Barry Richman
and his Band....Barry is probably
the most accomplished guitarst working in the Atlanta area, his playing is
On Friday night we drove across town to Motorheads to play for the band Bluescat
who's singer Jeff Robinson
was unfortunately recovering from throat surgery...I sat in with the band
and sang several numbers including the original "Jelly Out"
which the guys picked up brilliantly......
Saturday night was a "night off" we went out to Feelay
to catch the very talented Guitarist/vocalist Derek
(ex Ted Nugent!)...and hey! we won a Bass t-shirt in
On our last day, Sunday it was brunch at Front Page
playing modern jazz/funk and I was invited up to jam
for a couple of numbers.... was invited to Barry Richmond's flat for
coffee and to look at his amazing guitar collection, and of course we
ended up jamming around some blues and some Django Rheinhart....and in the
evening, one more jam session, this time at the Firehouse
Woodstock with Nick on Bass and The Monkeyman on drums......amazing.....!!
Written by Marci
What I thought was to be a rather simple and quiet week’s vacation,
turned out to be a jam packed week filled with some of the best blues music
I have heard in some time. My flight arrived in Atlanta on an early Saturday
morning. I was greeted by Lucy and Rob who quickly filled me in on my “Blues
Music Extravaganza” for the upcoming week. What a schedule it was…but I
was excited and anxious to hear the music I had heard so much about. When I
arrived at Lucy and Rob’s home, I quickly settled in and prepared for the
week ahead. Sunday night was upon us and the musical journey began. Here is
a daily summary of my experiences.
Sunday August 1
We ended up at this little pizza place where there were a couple of
musician playing acoustically. Larry Griffith was one of them, who I was
later told plays in a blues band that gigs regularly throughout Atlanta.
This wasn’t a bad little gig but the atmosphere I believe, really took
away from the musical experience. You could barely see the musicians due to
the poor lighting and the sound wasn’t great as the musicians were
situated in a not idealistic area of the venue. Aside from all of that, the
night was eventful, the music was good, and I was looking forward to the
Monday August 2
Let the great music begin….we went to see the “New Yankee All-Stars”
play at Darwin’s Blues Bar that night. I must admit I was really taken
back almost immediately. I must mention Mike Martin. He was the guitarist
that I had the pleasure of discovering this very night…in two words….absolutely
brilliant. This guy can play guitar, like I have never seen…and the
personality…awesome. He really is quite the performer. He also jammed with
another guest of Lucy’s, a musician by the name of Robin Bibi…who added
a bit of a European spin on the jam. The atmosphere at Darwin’s is quite
to be expected of a typical blues bar; small, smokey, but warm and inviting
regardless. I really enjoyed the night, in fact, it turned out to be my
favourite evening of the entire trip.
Tuesday August 3
This was our token jazz night out. We went to see the “Dustin Sargent
Quartet”, once again at Darwin’s. This was another wonderful night of
music a little different from the prior nights. Smooth and relaxing…just
as jazz should be! The musicianship was superb, you could only admire the
skill that enveloped the tiny little stage. Any jazz lover should check it
out…quite an impressive evening.
Wednesday August 4
This was the night of the Darwin’s jam. Mike Martin was there again,
along with many local and talented musicians who were ready to dazzle us
with their musical expertise. Our own Robin Bibi even jammed for a short set
and introduced us to some of his original music. It was great to see
musicians perform together for the first time and really do an impressive
job at it. You could barely tell that many of these musicians had never
played together before. I left there feeling slightly untalented….but
could only anticipate what the next few evening may hold…could they outdo
what I had heard so far?
Thursday August 5
Now….we are talking blues…..We ended up at Darwin’s yet again…..this
place seems to have all the great music! We were there to see Barry Richmond….the
man rumoured to be the best blues guitarist in Atlanta. The rumours are
true. Barry Richmond is undoubtedly one phenomenal guitarist. He had the
entire place in awe. I was truly impressed by his showmanship, musicianship
and the energy he conveyed easily to his audience. Robin Bibi had the
opportunity to jam with Barry as well. This was great fun to watch. Barry is
a definite must see if you should ever have the chance. When I thought the
evening could not get any better….Andrew Black, a Blues singer and
guitarist showed up to have a listen. Andrew Black is like a household name
in blues for the residents of Atlanta. We ended up at a place called Feelay
Gumbo and had a chance to see Andrew and Robin do a few songs together. This
was fantastic. Andrew’s voice is so smooth, I really can say he is one of
my favourite blues singers. He has a rare talent. I feel very priviledged to
have caught up with him.
Friday August 6
We spent the night at a true ”Biker” bar called Motorheads. Bluescat,
another blues band and household name in Atlanta had a gig there. I have
seen Bluescat perform before. They are quite a good band. Unfortunately the
original singer of the band was ill and was not able to sing, so Robin Bibi
sang a little along with the Bluescat guitarist. The atmosphere was high
energy and everyone there, was there to have a party. Even though the band
was playing without a vital member, they played really well. If you are
looking for a fun night out and great music…go see Bluescat. They are a
sure fire win!
Saturday August 7
This was the night that we all got to “Rock” out. We headed out to
Feelay Gumbo to see Derek St. Holmes play with his band. I had never seen
Derek play in this type of venue, generally he plays in very large arena
type places, but what a treat it was. Derek, has a very pure energy. It is
contagious…he had the entire place on their feet and dancing and singing
along to some familiar old greats and some new original music. This was a
really great way to spend a Saturday night! We partied until the wee hours
of the morning only to realize I had only one more gig to attend before I
had to head home.
Sunday August 8
My final day in Atlanta had arrived much to my dismay. However, I had one
last opportunity to catch some great music before getting on the plane back
to Canada. We went to a little café type place called “Front Page” in
downtown Atlanta to enjoy some brunch and jazz music. Andrew Black and the
Dustin Sargent Quartet, were there to set the mood for a quiet and relaxing
Sunday morning. The mixture of the two musical forces was brilliant. Andrew’s
smooth voice and the skilled musicianship of the Dustin Sargent Quartet was
phenomenal. This was the perfect way to end a perfect trip.
I only look forward to my return to Atlanta. The Blues and Jazz music
scenes are a treasure that I hope the residents of Atlanta cherish always.
The talent that I experienced can not be completely described in words. Lucy
Piller told me that the only way I would fully comprehend had wonderful all
of these musicians were, would be to experience them live…she was without
question, absolutely right.
London, ON Canada
Opera House ®
Home of Michigan Opera Theatre
1526 Broadway, Detroit, Michigan 48226
July 28 at 8:00 p.m
The Four Tops http://www.fourtopsforever.com 50th
Anniversary and Celebration with special guests:
Carter, New Edition, Aretha Franklin, Sam Moore,
Review featuring Dennis Edwards, Mary Wilson of the Supremes!
performing will be Paul Rodgers.
Television Broadcast - Doors open at 6:30 pm Patrons must be seated
by 7:30pm for television
Tickets on sale now at Ticketmaster 248-645-6666 or at www.ticketmaster.com
or at Marshall Fields
SATURDAY JULY 24TH
BAD COMPANY'S PAUL
RODGERS AT 9.PM
FEEL LIKE MAKIN LOVE, SHOOTING STAR"
OPENING ACT - ROCK
IDOL WINNER AT 7:30 P.M.
Community Civic Club
Hillsboro Horse Show
I wanted to give you an update of some the projects that I have been
company my partner and I formed,
has recently secured support from both Ronnie Wood
and Jack Bruce among other musicians in the
industry to appear in instructional DVD's next year. Given their
stature in the music world I am thrilled at their interest.
Also, a few days ago I was approached by a
representative of the United Nations who wants to put on a show of
indigenous drummers (from around the world) with yours truly as the
messenger. There will be approximately 60 drummers from all 5 continents
along with singers on stage.. It should be quite a spectacle. We will be
looking for a TV network to air it.
And not forgetting my solo appearances. I will
be performing at Crash Mansion NEW YORK on Mon 19th July
and at the Gwinnett Center on Sept
10th outside ATLANTA. These are much more personal shows
and I'd love to see you there. Lucy has all the
details...that's it for now.
SIMON KIRKE APPEARING
AT THE CRASH MANSION
NEW YORK CITY
JULY 2004 7pm $7 cover
See info for Simon on this link