FIZGIG POP BAND / ARTIST PROFILES ~ 1999-2003
APOLLO 440 - Stunning 8 piece live band with 2 drummers playing for 2 hours (from 9pm) including their recent hits 'Stop The Rock', 'Heart Go Boom' & 'Lost In Space', all of which charted & gave rise to spectacular Top Of The Pops performances. This is one of a select few dates round the country at this time & serves as our Xmas present to all the Leadmill's wonderful Saturday Night Live customers
'BEYOND THE BARRICADE'- Described as a spectacular tribute concert to the best of West End & Broadway Musicals. "A sheer delight" the Newark Advertiser commented after last years concert received a rapturous reception which has prompted a return invitation, this year's revamped show includes songs from 'Miss Saigon', 'West Side Story', 'Chess', 'Phantom Of The Opera', 'Jesus Christ Superstar', 'Grease', 'Blood Brothers' and a host of others, climaxing with a selection from 'Les Miserables'. Appearing on stage will be David Fawcett, Andy Reiss, Cathy Cogle & Rebecca Vere who have all taken principle roles in Les Miserables, both in the West End & on tour. Tickets priced £11 / concessions £10 at The Palace Theatre in Newark.
BUSTER BLOODVESSEL'S BAD MANNERS - Led by the memorable Buster Bloodvessel, no members of Bad Manners couldn't actually play an instrument when they formed in 1976, & were signed without recording a demo! Whilst their ska two-tone counterparts fell by the wayside from the mid 80's, Bad Manners stoically carried on, despite being banned from Italy for 10 years, (how was Buster to know that the Pope was watching when he 'moonie' on stage!). Two decades on finds Bad Manners still one of the best live acts around, perhaps this is because they just love performing Live!
BRAXTON HICKS - The Braxton Hicks play country boogie which has a great New Country feel to it, with songs by Steve Earle, Dwight Yoakham & Hank Williams and more... the band feature Carl Plover (ex Country Pie) on guitar & vocals, Egly Lucas, guitar & vocals (Walter Harpman Band),Gary Rudd (bass & vocals, Walter Harpman Band), Mick Dixon (pedal steel) & Trevor Ferrnley (drums). Look out for more gigs from the band over the Christmas period. (for further info e-mail)
BUSTER - Described as the ultimate party band, Buster play modern covers including songs by Van Morrison, Robbie Williams, Fun Loving Criminals, Blur & even The Ramones
CHAS'N'DAVE - Chas 'n Dave spill the beans both musically and verbally about their extraordinary career. Chas 'n' Dave perform live and unplugged, regaling all the hits and sing-a-longs their audiences have come to expect. "Two for the Road" will be your chance to see Chas'n' Dave as never before!
JOHN COGHLAN'S QUO - Original drummer & founder member of one of the world's most successful bands Status Quo. John beat the skins for the band for 20 years, now in the 90's he has put together a band that recreates the era & hits that we know so well, relive the heady days of Quo's most successful years with a fine band.
COUNTERFEIT STONES - The band who have been described as 'probably the second greatest rock & roll band in the world' return to the town. This unique tribute act, fronted by Nick Dagger concentrate on The Stones' earlier works, delivering a stunning show which actually fooled some members of the press invited to witness a special gig by 'The Stones' at a London venue!
DUVET - 5 Piece band (lead & rhythm guitars, bass, drums + male & female vocalists - brother /sister) play popular 60's to 90's covers with a wide appeal. They have been together for 2 years, & include numbers by the Beatles, T.Rex, Oasis & some funky sounds such as Chic in their entertaining set. You can find out more about Duvet & see pictures of the band in action on the web pages at: http://www.the-clinton.mcmail.com
ELEANOR RIGBY EXPERIENCE - As we hinted some surprising names have joined forces to interpret rather than copy the art of Lennon & McCartney. Giving it a twist you may not expect are vocalist Tina McBain, drummer Clive Bunker (ex Jethro Tull), the amazing bass player Fred T. Baker, guitarist Andy Bole & former ELO II frontman Phil Bates, musicians of the highest calibre.
EVOLUTION - Classic soul food from this 5 piece bands, whose distinctive punchy sounds are drawn from the style of Chaka Khan & Aretha Franklin.
EZIO - Duo who originally hail from Peterborough, talent & high profile support tours with have brought them to a new audience. Imagine 2 madmen playing acoustic guitars, "two guys. Gripping guitar playing. An incredible voice. Beautiful ballads. Unique" Still not played widely on radio, but gaining recognition on programmes such as Bob Harris.
FASHION FEVER - A fantastic 5 piece band from Doncaster featuring the sensational Suzie J on lead vocals. This multi-talented line up includes keyboards / sax in addition to guitar, drums & bass. The band's extensive repertoire covers everything from the latest chart sounds to Motown. Fashion Fever's excellent live performances are enhanced by a light show. For further details / bookings - email.
FREE SPIRITS - Free Spirits are a fully professional 5 piece band featuring the gorgeous Michelle on lead vocals play material from Tina Turner, Madonna, The Spice Girls, Oasis, Celine Dion, The Commitments etc. The band's live performances are enhanced by light show. For further details / bookings - email.
DEAN FRIEDMAN - In 1977, Dean had an enormous success with his infectious single, 'Ariel' which was followed by a number of hit records including 'Thank Your Lucky Stars' & 'Lydia' - since then he has been kept busy writing for TV and film but has recently been coaxed back on the road again.
GA GA - The Queen Tribute band extraordinaire, After two great sell -out tours they' re still "live and lovin". The liverpudlian trio will rock you with tons of Queen hits from "A kind of magic" to "Radio Ga Ga", raising the roof and taking fans on a journey they will never forget. Great Sounds, Great Lights, Great Show!
THE GUTTERBAND - Acknowledged by many as the foremost 70's tribute band. Roy Wouldn't, Aladdin Pain, Norman, Joe Waddywaddy, Malice Pooper & band leader Alvin Tardis provide total entertainment from the opening strains of their introduction to the pyrotechnic conclusion, this show not only creates the original Glam Rock sound with 2 drummers, but also comes complete with a large array of stage props, including the back of a Reliant Robin, an exploding coffin, a Raleigh Chopper & the Rotating Man. Dressed in authentic costume, wearing grease paint & platform boots this is the only show in Europe to feature hydraulic effects, namely the GlamRamp & the Incredible Spinning Man. In addition the band have their own light show. The Gutterband have worked tirelessly for almost 15 years to attain their spendid reputation, appearing at The Hippodrome, Sheffield Arena & Don Valley Stadium - they were also specifically requested to perform at the Sony Music Awards & have appeared at many top holiday resorts, as well as European & University tours plus appearances on the James Whale TV Show & 'Pyjama Party'. Musically the band will take you back to the 70's with a selection of classic numbers that will bring memories flooding back for those old enough to remember that glittering era, whilst there is opportunity for a younger generation to experience the sounds of the 70's.
GLITTER - A pulsating display of sound & light that will bring back memories of the 70's Glamrock era. Keeping the beat will be Tony Leonard, who was Gary Glitters drummer for 14 years. Other band members include guitarist & lead vocalist Paul Clifton-James ( New Animals), Mark De-Vanche (Police / Spandau Ballet) & a bass player who is well known to many Fizgig readers, Mick B. (Robert Palmer / Alice Cooper / Blondie). Expect to hear hits such as 'Angel Face', 'Leader Of The Gang' etc.
GORDON HASKELL - Unknown crooner who hit gold with the jazz ballad 'How Wonderful You Are' just before Christmas 2001. Whilst Gordon was virtually unknown in the modern pop world until the hit (which became the most requested song in Radio 2's history), he has actually some pedigree within the music world, working as a guest vocalist and bass player on King Crimson's 'In The Wake Of The Poseidon' album and on the band's third LP 'Lizard' (following in the footsteps of Greg Lake!). He left the band in Dec 1970, just 2 days after the release of 'Lizard' to take up a solo career releasing 'It Is and It Isn't' in 1974, the follow up to 'Sail In My Boat' released in 1969. After this Gordon slipped into obsurity, working on cruise ships and doing pub gigs, until he wrote the hit single in his local supermarket in 10 minutes! Such is the interest in Gordon's music, he will be signing a 4 album deal worth £2.8 million deal with Warner Brothers! Feb 2002 finds him playing back in the pubs when he appears at the Spiders Web in Grimbsy with Hamish Stuart (ex Average White Band) and Robbie McIntosh (ex The Pretenders) ~ both musicians were members of Paul McCarthney's last touring band.
SARAH JORY - Acclaimed young British Country performer, backed by the superb Sarah Jory Band. Sarah, who started her musical career in the East Midlands, performs both covers & original songs, as well as playing a variety of instruments, including guitar & keyboards. Voted the top British Country rock singer in again 1999, Sarah's great live performances have won her many fans, she released her latest CD 'Kiss My Innocence' earlier in the year. You can visit her website at http://www.sarahjory.co.uk
Now known around the world following appearances on CMT, Sarah's shows quickly sell out, so book your tickets early!
MARTYN JOSEPH - Martyn released his latest CD entitled 'Tangled Souls' (on the Grapevine label) in 1998. As usual the album is full of meaningful songs, 12 in total, including 2 co-written with Stewart Henderson, some of these featured on Bob Harris's shows. For us & many others our first encounter with Martyn's music was 'Dolphins Make Me Cry' in 1992, when he also toured with Chris De Burgh. Earlier in the year he toured Canada, playing a variety of gigs. He is currently working on his 11th album which will out to coincide with his November tour. You can visit Martyn's website at http://www.martynjoseph.co.uk . For further information about Martyn join The Passport Queue, the offical Fanzine (with special edition tapes with some issues) - ring 01222 700785 for details.
KUDOS - (updated Jun 2003) 4 piece band from Boston area of Lincolnshire, performing hits from 60s to 90s, including songs from the Stereophonics, David Gray, Toploader, Spencer Davies, etc. Band members include Simon Gardner (vocals / keyboards / guitar), Chris Maggs ( vocals / bass guitar), Paul Smith (vocals lead/rhythm guitar and sax.) and Darren Smith (drums) (info / bookings tel Darren 01205 369218). Former Kudos singer Maria Lucas has now gone solo and also works as a producer. She is currently working on a solo album and heads for The States in Sep 2003 to promote & perform tracks from it. For more info and news of Maria's gigs visit the Maria Lucas website.
DENNIS LOCORRIERE - The voice of Dr Hook, a founder member & lead vocalist / guitarist with Dr Hook, from the band's beginnings through to its 1985 Farewell Tour. Cast your mind back to those romantic smoochy songs such as 'Sexy Eyes', 'A Little Bit More', 'Better Love Next Time' & the song that brought the band to the attention of the British public back in 1972, 'Sylvia's Mother' ~ it was Dennis's velvet voice that you heard. Relive those magic moments of the 70's as Dennis & his talented band make a welcome return to the UK. It is advisable to book seats well in advance as his concerts regularly sell out!
|KIRSTY McCOLL - Kirsty 41, the daughter of folk singer Ewan MacColl was killed in a tragic accident in Dec 2000. She had a number of hit records, including the alternative Christmas hit 'Fairytale Of New York' & her first hit 'There's a Guy Works Down The Chipshop Swears He's Elvis'. She released what was sadly to be her last album 'Tropical Brainstorm' in March 2000.|
Visit the website dedicated to Kirsty ~ 'Voice Of An Angel'
THE MANFREDS - Featuring former Manfred Mann vocalists Paul Jones & Mike D'Abo, & other members of the original 60's line up (but not the man the band took their name from!) - In addition, special guests Chris Farlowe, who is still an amazing live performer & singer, keyboard player Alan Price, & Colin Blunstone. Together the line up will present a show of Maximum Rhythm'n'Blues! (tel: 0115 942 2231)
ZOE McCULLOCH & FRIENDS - Zoe McCulloch is a 14 year old guitar wizard who has spent the last 3 years learning her craft & winning the admiration & hearts of audiences all over Europe with her incredible playing. Zoe is a regular performer at Bruce Welch's annual Shadowmania convention & has 2 CD's to her credit, the first a tribute to The Shadows, while her second features some great ABBA tunes. Appearing with Zoe are top instrumental band The Reflections from Norway & adding a vocal element to the show at Worksop's Regal Centre in Feb 2001 will be The Rapiers.
STEVE STEINMAN'S MEATLOAF2 - Forming his first Meat Loaf show as long ago as 1989, Steve Steinman has become one of the best-known tribute acts in the world today. Performing initially at small cabaret venues, Steve auditioned for TV's 'Stars In Their Eyes' & appeared on the show in 1993, singing 'Bat Out Of Hell'. He was invited back to perform on the Christmas special. These TV appearances were the launching pad for what at that time was the only Meat Loaf tribute show in existance, Steve & his band toured the UK & Ireland during 1994, since then Steve has performed in South Africa, at the mecca of that country's venues, Sun City & toured that country. He has also met Meaf Loaf during a Big Breakfast interview on the show with Meat Loaf himself. This gave him the chance to ask Meat Loaf if he minded doing a tribute show to him. Meat Loaf replied "Hey man I've heard you're pretty good. There's enough for everyone." Steve & his band continue to to be acclaimed as the finest Meat Loaf tribute show. Visit the Meatloaf2 website.
MIDNIGHT AT J.J's - Fronted by vocalist Jay, the band play a mix of classic soul, funk, reggae covers, & include a number of Tina Turner songs in their entertaining set.
IAN MOOR - Ian first hit the spotlight when he won Granada TV's 'Stars In Their Eyes' final to become champion in 1999. He then went on to win the Champions Of Champions Show staged to celebrate 10 years of the top-rated programme. His performance as Chris De Burgh singing 'Lady In Red' recorded 500,000 votes, over half the total cast. An exceptional achievement for an exceptional talent. Since his stunning debut Ian's popularity has grown due to the rare combination of a voice of great purity and the ability to interpret any song & give it his own distinctive style. With personality & charisma it is easy to see how he endeared himself to an audience of millions. Ian is even a bit of a hit with Chris De Burgh himself, who has invitied him to see on several occasions. Ian is undertaking a major UK tour in 2001, which culminates in an appearance at the London Palladium. In a full 2 hour show & supported by a first class band, Ian will be singing songs from his fantastic new album as well as other memorable hits, including the Chris De Burgh classic that first shot him to fame.
NICKEL - A versatile local male duo, reviving many golden greats, with a modern flavour, using a combination of guitar and vocals. Chris (Babs) Nicolls and Tony Black guarantee an excellent evening.
101 PROOF - Twangy guitars, mandolin & loud shirts from this highly popular 4 piece Country -based band, who play rockin' country in the finest bar-room tradition. Expect songs from sources as diverse as Steve Earle, Jimmy Buffett & Mark Knopfler through to Tom Petty & The Gin Blossoms. (tel 01775 7256253 for info / bookings)
'ONE STEP BEYOND' - A stunning new musical takes to the stage at Newark Palace Theatre. This drama filled celebration incorporates the events, the celebrites & most importantly the music of the 1980's. Audiences are transported back to an era when fashion was flamboyance & people dared to be different, music was attitude, men wore make up and girls just wanted to have fun. A must for all fans of 80's style & with music from Duran Duran, Culture Club, Spandau Ballet, Wham, Eurythmics, UB 40, ABC & Madness, One Step Beyond promises to be a high octane, feel good musical. The story follows Danny, a fading pop star persuaded to return home for a school reunion. Meeting childhood friends & a sweetheart he left behind, Danny relives the night, 7 years before, when he decided to leave home to achieve fame & fortune. Realising the high price of he has paid for fame Danny fights to win back his friends & the love of his life. Tickets for Newark show £11 (£10 concessions) - Rows A-D front stalls (where available) £7.50.
OSIBISA - African roots rock / pop band who first made an impact in the 70's with their debut album 'Osibisa' with its unusual combination of African percussive rhythms overlaid with rock & other diverse influences. Roger Dean's eyecatching covers adorned the bands early albums, & they followed up the success of these records with the hit single 'Sunshine Day'. Their live concerts are full of the infectious ebullience that their music exudes. A great opportunity to see the band who were one of the early pioneers of roots rock music.
POWERPLAY - A sensational fully professional 5 piece band. Powerplay are a young, exciting band full of excellent musicians & fronted by sensational female lead vocalists Lisa & Lisa! performing hits from Meatloaf, Celine Dion etc as well as current chart songs, enhanced by light shows. The band work extensively throughout Europe 52 weeks a year. For further details / bookings - email.
RADIATION - In the early 80's Radiation built a great reputation & cult following with their awesome show. They left the UK in 1985 for South Africa & now in 2000 return. Radiation are the ultimate 80's Electro-Pop tribute band featuring 5 top musicians, pyrotechnics, fire displays, special UV lighting & Laser effects. Opening with 'Space Oddity' the band follow with classic hits of the 80's including music from Gary Numan, Visage, Human League, Spandau Ballet, Kraftwerk & more... The show comes with a 50k state of the art computerised & motorised lighting system, a 10K P.A. system & a stage set designed like a Spacecraft. You can find out more / book this spectacular act by email.
EDDI READER - Eddi came from Glasgow to London in the 80's & soon gained a reputation for being one of Britain's most sought after session vocalists. She has toured with acts such as The Eurythmics & The Gang Of Four, but is perhaps best remembered for her time with the band Fairground Attraction, whose album 'First Of A Million Kisses' & single 'Perfect' both topped the British charts. Since then she has carved out a solo career, with several successful albums and appearance at the Cambridge Folk Festival.
KEV REYNOLDS - Previously with Procal Harem, originally from Yorkshire, Kev started his professional career in 1969 at the age of 15, as a guitarist with a big band & worked with named bands in the 70's, including world famous hit recording band Procal Harem. Kev embarked on his solo career in 1980. In 1986 he was voted Entertainer of the year in the South West & in 1989 Entertainer of the Year for Kent.
RAISED ON ROCK - A show that tells some of the stories behind rock'n'roll in Britain, coupled with the music of the late 50's - early 60's, 42 of the greatest rock'n'roll songs ever, performed by artists who were part of that scene, Vince Eager (from Grantham), Wee Willie Harris, Big Jim Sullivan & Reunion & The Corsaires. Vince started his career in showbiz in the mid 50's in Grantham pantomimes, later he was a member of the popular skiffle band The Vagabonds, before being spotted by impresario Larry Parnes. Giving Roy his new name Vince Eager, Vince toured the UK with artists such as Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Billy Fury, Marty Wilde & Georgie Fame. Stories of these times will be a part of the show. For further info visit the Raised On Rock website.
RON RYAN - Performer playing popular hits, it is rumoured that Ron wrote the hit 'Bits & Pieces' for the Dave Clark 5, though we haven't been able to confirm this and the song is credited to Dave Clark & Mike Smith, interestingly in an early semi professional version of the Dave Clark 5, which featured singer Stan Saxon, Mick Ryan was one of the musicians ....!
THE SOUL SOLUTION - Lincoln based big soul band playing dynamic soul covers with a modern edge that's great for dancing to. Their line up includes male & female vocalists, plus keyboards & a brass section that provides the essential driving rhythms. Often compared favourably with Soul Time, but with a younger, more 'raw' feel, The Soul Solution are a 10 (or so) piece band who combine the classic soul of Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding & James Brown with more recent soul & dicso hits. E-mail Soul Solution or tel 07970 026862 or 0374 251182.
STARSTAR - A sensational award winning completely self contained duo whose show incorporates percussion, congas, multi-keyboards, etc. The boys are opportunity knocks winners & Polydor Recording Artistes (Hit record - 'Hold Back The Night'). Starstar are described as the best male duo in the country performing hits from current chart sounds through to Motown Classics. Their excellent live show is enhanced by incredible lighting effects. For further details / bookings - email.
CURTIS STIGERS - Curtis Stigers is perhaps best known for his early 90's top 10 hit 'I Wonder Why', but in addition to having a great voice he is also a gifted songwriter, saxophonist & guitarist. He has contributed to the soundtrack of the film, 'The Bodyguard' & made numerous appearances on TV and toured throughout the world with the likes of Elton John, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Rod Stewart, The Allman Brothers Band & Joe Cocker.
TALON - The No. 1 Eagles tribute band bring their show 'The Best Of The Eagles' to the Palace Theatre in Newark. 'This truly amazing concert has to be seen to be believed.' The legendary sounds of The Eagles are faithfully and brilliantly reproduced recreated by five of the most respected and talented performers in the music industry today (we don't have any further details regarding who these musicians are). The show contains all the hits including a brilliant acoustic version of 'Hotel California' - the heart stopping five part harmony of 'Seven Bridges Road', lyrical melodies such as 'Tequilla Sunrise', 'Peaceful Easy Feeling' & 'Lyin' Eyes', classic ballads like 'Take It To The Limit' & 'Desperado', rock classics like 'Heartache Tonight', 'Life In The Fast Lane' and 'Take It Easy', climaxing in a brilliant original rendition of 'Hotel California' with one of the greatest guitar solos in the world. (concert at Newark starts at 7.30pm, ticket prices £10 (Concessions £9)
T.REXTASY - Top flight T Rex tribute band, (with the emphasis on band, rather than cabaret act!) - formed in 1992, playing their first gig 15 years almost to the day after Marc Bolan died. Since then T Rextasy earnt the respect of T Rex's contemporaries, touring with The Sweet, Status Quo & Ian Hunter amoung others, they have also appeared at festivals with acts from the modern era such as Dodgy & Blur, their Glam rock live shows appealing to a wide audience. In clubs / pubs, the band perform a full set (80-90 mins) featuring T Rex's chart hits, 90 min theatre shows include both electric and acoustic sets. For more information visit the T Rextasy website.
Updated Dec 30 2002
TTORRIA - One of Lincolnshire's top pop acts - orginally featuring three glamorous singers, Ttorrz - alias Victoria Wilding, Sam Brocklesby and Maddy Wilding. Sam left the group in 2002, she has been replaced by new singer Lucy. The personnel change has changed Ttorria's sound slightly, and the vocal group will have a new image for 2003. They will be releasing a new album in 2003, and new posters and t-shirts will also be available reflecting the groups new image. The group have many commitments around the UK and abroad, including summer seasons at top resorts, hence appearances in their home county are limited, in 2001 they performed a special charity concert in aid of Cancer Research. Their material includes covers of hits from Destiny's Child to Limp Bizkit, as well as their own original material. For further details about the group visit the Ttorria website.
JUDIE TZUKE - Judie first hit the music scene in the late 70's with the hit single 'Stay With Me Till Dawn' (sadly her only hit!), and several accomplished albums. Into the 21st century Judie continues to write stunning new songs, & took the significant step of releasing her music on her own record label Big Moon Records via her website & live appearances in the mid '90's, before many other artists had attempted this. With the return of Bob Harris to Radio Two, who regularly features songs from albums such as 'Secret Agent' (released in the late 90's), her music once again received the airplay it deserves. In 2000 she has been working on her forthcoming album which will hopefully be released in time for her October 2000 tour. For further info visit the Judie Tzuke website, email or write to Big Moon Records, P.O. Box 347, Weybridge, Surrey. KT13 9WZ.
THE UPBEAT BEATLES - Beatles tribute band, based in Kent, The Upbeat Beatles formed in 1997, now regularly perform on the London corporate circuit, playing for majorinternational companies at prestigious venues. The Upbeat Beatles pay minute attention to detail, with not only original 60's style clothes, but the same makes of guitars, amplifiers and drum kit the Fab four used in their heyday. Moptop madness thats pure entertainment!
JENNY WEBB - Fine singer from Louth, Jenny's repertoire includes a wide mix of songs from the 60's to catchy present day pop songs, as well as songs from the shows, country and Irish numbers.