photos by Johnny Mason
Another GREAT gig by 90% Proof. Pictured Mick Mepham in action.
T.Rextasy are the only band to have been authorised and endorsed by Marc Bolan’s catalogue management, and are now recognised as the “official” Marc Bolan/T.Rex tribute band.
With their uncanny doppelganger lead singer and guitarist, Danielz, T.Rextasy perform a powerful and mesmerising presentation of Marc Bolan’s rock and pop anthems.
With a career spanning over 17 years, T.Rextasy have toured Worldwide, including Japan, Germany, Denmark, Abu Dhabi, Sweden and Marrakech, to name a few. They have not only performed with Bolan’s contemporaries such as Roy Wood, Steve Harley, Ian Hunter, Slade, and Gary Glitter, but they have played more than once at the impressive Wembley Arena in London, and headlined the gigantic Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, Japan, and now they are coming to St Marys!!!!!
Matt Thomas comment ….Dare i say it – but i think a better version than The Stranglers
Wesley Magoogan commented….This was a good laugh.
Gary Kinch commented….’onarary ‘astings band.
De La Warr Pavilion – Bexhill Tuesday 13th August 2013 – 7.00pm
A Live Nationwide Cinema Event
The Victoria and Albert Museum presents David Bowie is happening now, a nationwide cinema event screened live from David Bowie is, as the finale to the museum’s enormously successful exhibition.
This unique event will be your last opportunity to experience the V&A’s exhibition in the UK before it goes on international tour. David Bowie is happening now will be introduced by exhibition curators Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh. It will feature special guests offering an insight into the stories behind some of the 300 objects from the David Bowie Archive, many of which have never before been displayed in public.
Directed by BAFTA winning director, Hamish Hamilton and produced by Done & Dusted Productions Ltd. The film will be distributed to cinemas by Picturehouse Entertainment Ltd.
A terrific line up of broadcast professionals, including well known voices from the BBC and commercial radio such as Andy Knight, Mike Buxton, Scott Saunders, Terry James and Andy Gunton.
All of the presenters, voice artists and technical staff are passionate about promoting the Hastings area, supporting St Michael’s Hospice and will be giving their time for free
SMART recommends to listen out for ‘The Chris Gentry Show’ for some great Soul, Stax & Motown
Chris Gentry gets arrested! I didn’t think the records he played were that bad.
Story line -Police have been called to the home of Chris Gentry, because somebody has removed his Time Machine and he needs this for his show on Carnival FM on Monday Evening – Here we see the police taking details
Here is the line-up for the first day of Battle rocks 2013 – Friday 9th of August 2013:
Nick Gray from the emancipation show – Short DJ set – If you haven’t been to one of Nick’s DJ sets before then we really recommend coming to see him live.
Lost Boys – A fantastic local band who are guaranteed to get the crowd going!
Dorey the wise – An up-and-coming local band with an impressive back catalogue of gig venues and recently air time on the bbc, get down and catch this band before they’re big!
Union Gap – A brilliant band with a long and very successful career behind them which includes a string of hits and a Number one in the UK singles chart!
As you can see it is going to be a fantastic night of music and it’s all in aid of supporting local charities and the work they carry out in our community.
Tickets and more information are available atwww.battlerocks.co.uk (first come first serve)
Here is the line-up for the second day of Battle rocks 2013 – Saturday 10th of August 2013:
Atlantic – If you enjoy the music scene around the Hastings area then you must have seen this band!
Cushty – A four piece band who play a mixture of high energy covers and originals encompassing many different musical styles
Poppy Prescott – This up-and-coming artist is definitely worth coming to see live and where better than Battle rocks!
Highway – Another popular band from the Hastings area who will get the crowd going!
The Chandelier’s – A must see band who always put on a brilliant performance
Devils queen – A four piece rock and pop cover band from Eastbourne who always get the party started
Spin – driven by time twisting drums, funky bass, soulful keys & dirty guitars…
Slam – A definite crowd favourite last year and it’s not hard to see why! Slam is a 4 piece rock covers band
The Fortunes – A hit recording band who have had a very successful career including a number of top ten singles in the UK singles chart!!!!
As you can see it is going to be a fantastic night/weekend of music and it’s all in aid of supporting local charities and the work they carry out in our community.
Tickets and more information are available atwww.battlerocks.co.uk
(Also if you order your tickets in advance on our website then you can benefit from a special discounted price)
Veteran musician Mick Farren has died after collapsing onstage while performing with his band the Deviants at a gig in London on Saturday. He was 69. Farren, a former journalist for music magazine NME, was onstage at the Borderline music venue as part of the Atomic Music Festival when he collapsed and lost consciousness. He was later pronounced dead but no further information was available as WENN went to press.
Born in Cheltenham, England, Farren formed the Deviants (originally Social Deviants) in 1967 in Ladbroke Grove in west London, and the band went on to release three albums between 1967 and 1969.Farren’s solo debut, “Mona: The Carnivorous Circus,” followed a year later, but he spent the latter part of his life writing for music publications and, as an author, penned 23 novels and 11 non-fiction books.
A career-spanning anthology of Farren’s writing, “Elvis Died for Somebody’s Sins But Not Mine,” was published earlier this year.
I meet Mick a couple of times at IT (International Times Magazine) as I was going to write a music column for them. The office had a giant nude poster of John & Yoko on the wall and everyone was great and laid back. The next time I arranged to take some copy round, the second I arrived outside the office in London the place was being raided by the police and looked like everyone was arrested. I quickly disappeared and thought this not the right path for me! Johnny Mason
The next SMART coffee get together is Friday 23rd August at 3.30pm White Rock Hotel Hastings.
Hopefully you can make it as we have a number of new people interested .
As always please pass on details to others and if you have any interesting bits & pieces please bring along.
J J Cale has dies aged 74. The following is from his official site
JJ Cale Has Passed Away
JJ Cale passed away at 8:00 pm on Friday July 26
at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, CA.
The legendary singer / songwriter had suffered a heart attack.
There are no immediate plans for services.
His history is well documented at JJCale.com, rosebudus.com/cale,
and in the documentary, To Tulsa And Back.
Donations are not needed but he was a great lover of animals so, if you like,
you can remember him with a donation to your favorite local animal shelter.
When I worked in the country of Iceland in the 70’s, I was really impressed with the musical talent and got to see lots of bands. I met Einar Vilberg in the club I was working in and was blown away by his track ‘Nowhere’. So much so that I took some albums back to the UK and worked round my contacts in the record companies to try and set up a UK release. Had a lot of interest especially from ‘CBS’ but they had too many singer songwriters on their label at that stage. I was soon off again to my next overseas gig, so was unable to push this further. Anyway here’s the track, enjoy..
by Julius Agnarsson
Bláir englar. Spiluðu blues 1991.
Einar’s still going strong and making good music. Here’s another track from 1977 – Maybe Its Your Faith?