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Music news – YES Announces “The Royal Affair Tour” Launching June 12

The 2019 summer concert calendar has just been lit up with the announcement of YES’ North American concert tour, “The Royal Affair Tour.” Headlined by prog rock pioneers and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees YES, who triumphed last year with their acclaimed and hugely successful #YES50: Celebrating 50 Years of YES tour, this must-see best-of-British-rock show will also feature Asia with the return of founding member Steve Howe in a special performance, John Lodge of The Moody Blues, and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy with guest vocals by Arthur Brown. View the trailer:

The first set of dates for “The Royal Affair Tour” has been announced. The trek will launch Wednesday, June 12 in Bethlehem, PA and visit cities including Holmdel, NJ; Toronto; Nashville, Hollywood, FL; Phoenix; Las Vegas; and Irvine, CA before wrapping Sunday, July 28 in Saratoga, CA. Most shows go on sale Friday, April 5. More dates will be revealed in the coming weeks.

YES is Steve Howe (guitar – joined 1970), Alan White (drums since 1972), Geoff Downes (keyboards; first joined in 1980), Jon Davison (vocals since 2011) and Billy Sherwood (guitar/keyboards in the 1990s and the late Chris Squire’s choice to take over bass/vocals in 2015), with Jay Schellen on additional drums. See quotes below from YES.

Look for YES to perform songs from throughout their storied career, one of rock music’s most prized bodies of work, and their set will honor the memory of YES members Chris Squire and Peter Banks.

• Asia will play their signature songs and pay tribute to their late founding member John Wetton. A portion of their set will feature original guitarist Steve Howe in a special performance. Asia will also introduce its new line-up featuring guitarist/lead vocalist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal and bassist Billy Sherwood.

• John Lodge’s set will encompass his classic hits by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Moody Blues and pay tribute to the band’s recently departed member Ray Thomas.

• Carl Palmer will honor the memory of his fellow Emerson, Lake and Palmer members Keith Emerson and Greg Lake, with vocals by British vocalist Arthur Brown.

• As part of the evening’s British theme, there will be Alan White of YES’ tribute to John Lennon; White was the drummer on Lennon’s solo material including the recording of “Imagine.”

Steve Howe: “Yes is delighted to headline this celebration of British music which has been so warmly received in America over the past five decades.”

Alan White: “I’m looking forward to joining a number of classic British talents that have delighted so many fans over the past half century.”

Geoff Downes: “This is a unique celebration of the British contribution to classic rock over many decades. It will be inspirational to be a part of. And I know it is what John Wetton would have wanted.”

Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 raises over £300 for Nordoff Robbins

Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 raised over £300 for the Nordoff Robbins charity, as well as raising awareness of the work they do in music therapy.

The money raised was as follows –

£177 = Dandelion Charm played a free gig at the Brunswick, Hove supported by Milton Hide

£66 = my Facebook birthday post

£23 = eBay auctions (Ninebarrow CDs)

£37 = JustGiving from generous FM & Thunder fans

Thank you to the following for taking part and helping spread the word on the work of the Nordoff Robbins charity –

ADRIAN BELEW, PAUL CARRACK, JARROD DICKENSON, BARBARA DICKSON, DODGY , FAIRPORT CONVENTION, FM, FROST*, FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINALS, STEVE HACKETT, ROBB JOHNSON, KAISER CHIEFS, KING KING, LETZ ZEP, LOST VOICE GUY, NINEBARROW, THE SMYTHSSTONE BROKEN, THOSE DAMN CROWS, THUNDER , YES, THE YOUNG ‘UNS

Plus the Little Red Kings, Broken Witt Rebels, the Fierce & the Dead and Andrew W.K. joined in even though they are not currently touring.

Plus there is still one event to go as author Mark Stay is kindly donating one pound for every copy signed or sold of his new book ‘The End of Magic’, at the official book launch on Friday 15 February at Harbour Books in Whitstable, Kent.

Thanks to everyone for your support.

https://www.nordoff-robbins.org.uk/news/imogens-story

Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 is this Friday 8 February

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Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 is this Friday (although there have been gigs already from Space Elevator & Hanson Asiedu). Those with gigs this Friday are –


ADRIAN BELEW,
 PAUL CARRACKJARROD DICKENSONBARBARA DICKSONDODGY FAIRPORT CONVENTIONFMFROST*FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINALS

STEVE HACKETTKAISER CHIEFSKING KINGLETZ ZEPLOST VOICE GUYTHE SMYTHSSTONE BROKENTHOSE DAMN CROWSTHUNDER 

YESTHE YOUNG ‘UNS

Plus the Little Red Kings, Broken Witt Rebels, the Fierce & the Dead, Tax the Heat and Andrew W.K. will be joining in even though they are not currently touring.

All will be mentioning the work of Nordoff Robbins via their social media on Feb 8th

In addition there are some gigs taking place specifically plugging the work of Nordoff Robbins on stage and/or raising funds for them –

Folk night at the Railway Inn, Portslade tomorrow night (7 Feb) – thanks to Robb Johnson

Dandelion Charm are playing a gig at the Brunswick, Hove on Feb 8th. It is free entry and any donations on the night will go to Nordoff Robbins.

Folk duo Ninebarrow play North Ferriby Village Hall

Author Mark Stay has a signing event for his new book ‘The End of Magic’ and he will donate £1 for each copy sold and/or signed on the night (15 Feb)

Latest updates can be found here –

https://50gigsinaday.home.blog/

PS

Just Giving page is below if you’d kindly like to donate and support the work of Nordoff Robbins

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fiftygigsinaday2019

LETZ ZEP out on tour now…

Adding an international flavour to Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019, Letz Zep play Vitoria, Spain on February 8.

Date Location Country
February 3, 2019 ROCK LEGENDS- SUMMUM – GRENOBLE France
February 5, 2019 ROCK LEGENDS – ZENITH DE DIJON – France
February 8, 2019 VITORIA – Jimmy Jazz Spain
February 9, 2019 PAMPLONA – Auditorio Burlada Spain
February 10, 2019 SANTANDER – Escenario Santander Spain
February 12, 2019 MADRID – Teatro Rialto Spain
February 14, 2019 VILLADOLID – Porta Caeli Spain
February 15, 2019 Lleida – Cafe del teatre Spain
February 16, 2019 BARCELONA – Barts Spain
March 2, 2019 HOLMFIRTH Picturedrome United Kingdom
March 7, 2019 BERLIN – Columbia Theatre Germany
March 9, 2019 BURGLENGENFELD, VAZ Germany
March 15, 2019 ONSABRUCK – Rosenhof Germany
March 16, 2019 HOMBURG – Musikpark Germany
March 22, 2019 DEAL – Astor Theatre United Kingdom
March 30, 2019 Aria Complex Malta Malta
April 12, 2019 AMSTERDAM – Melkweg Netherlands
April 13, 2019 SANTSPOORT – Private Performance Netherlands
April 26, 2019 LIVERPOOL – Epstein Theatre United Kingdom
April 27, 2019 MATLOCK BATH – Fishponds United Kingdom
April 30, 2019 GOTHENBURG Sweden
May 3, 2019 MANSFIELD – The Diamond United Kingdom
May 4, 2019 Merthyr Tydfil – The New Crown United Kingdom
May 10, 2019 DORKING – Dorking Halls United Kingdom
May 17, 2019 PETERBOROUGH – Key Theatre United Kingdom
May 24, 2019 HERTFORD – Corn Exchange United Kingdom
May 25, 2019 BLACKPOOL – Waterloo Music Bar United Kingdom
June 1, 2019 LONDON – Borderline United Kingdom
August 17, 2019 EDENKOBEN, Rock am Friedensdenkmal Germany
September 14, 2019 TUNBRIDGE WELLS – Trinity Theatre United Kingdom
October 4, 2019 WAKEFIELD – Warehouse 23 United Kingdom
October 5, 2019 REDCAR – Memorial Hall United Kingdom
October 18, 2019 Eastleigh – Concorde Club United Kingdom
October 19, 2019 FELIXSTOWE – Spa Paviliion United Kingdom
November 8, 2019 SEVENOAKS Stag Theatre United Kingdom
November 9, 2019 NEWPORT – Strings Bar Venue United Kingdom
November 16, 2019 DRESDEN – Tante Ju Germany
March 13, 2020 LEEDS – Brundell United Kingdom
March 14, 2020 CHESTER – Live Room United Kingdom
March 27, 2020 Prestwich – Longfield Suite United Kingdom

THUNDER’s ‘Please Remain Seated’ tour underway

THUNDER’s ‘Please Remain Seated’ tour is underway and they Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall on February 8 and they are kindly posting about Nordoff Robbins on their socials on that day. Support comes from DAN REED playing an acoustic set – well worth getting in early for.

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