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Otway, Rainbow, Prince and some Guitar Legends coming to Tropic At Ruislip soon

Dear Live Music Fan

This will be the only e-mail sent this week and I am sending it earlier than usual in the hope of drumming up some extra bodies for John Otway on Sunday 19th February as whilst it is not looking like a disaster an extra 40 or so would make a lot of difference.





John Otway returns to Ruislip with a fairly unusual show and not one he does that often, Otway: The Movie, followed by Otway: The Gig.

Settle down in your seat for a 7 p.m. showing of "Rock and Roll's Greatest Failure - Otway The Movie". This is the story of John's trials and tribulations throughout his musical career and will no doubt include in it the famous moment when, whilst on The Old Grey Whistle Test, he managed to land on his...ahem...nether regions astride an amplifier.

John Otway is the sort of person everyone should see once. I certainly regret not seeing some people and bands perform when, perhaps, I had the chance. Look how popular Michael Jackson became after his death...and yes I can say I did see him live. Did I enjoy the experience? No I did not. But see him I did. So I will sleep better in my bed tonight knowing I had the experience.

Here is a (slightly edited) review I found on the Internet from 2014:

Cult music legend John Otway has made a career out of being the greatest example of how to be a failure. And he’s far from being done yet with plans to release his first Christmas song.

You've got to have a good sense of humour to happily declare yourself ‘Rock and Roll’s Greatest Failure’, and John Otway has it in abundance.

But he’s the one having the last laugh because his life has been turned into a critically-acclaimed movie, aptly-named Otway the Movie.

“I’ve been very, very busy this year,” says John during a brief break between dates.

“It’s been quite good fun going from a pop star to a movie star. It’s what I’ve wanted to do from the age of 10, but it’s just taken me longer than expected.

“I’ve always had the ambition to turn my life into a movie and I’ve ended up having to make it myself. I got fed up waiting for anyone to offer!

“I started making it about three or four years ago to mark my 60th birthday.”

John, now 62, has never been one to let his birthday milestones be uneventful occasions. To celebrate his 50th, John had a top 10 hit, giving him his second chart success.

“It’s just a shame they were 25 years apart,” says John with a chuckle.

“I call them the hitless years! The first was Really Free in 1977 and the second was when my fans got together to give me another hit for my 50th to take me out of that one hit wonder bracket.

“No one thought I would be able to beat that – but I have. I booked the Odeon in Leicester Square, the largest cinema in the country, and the ticket money paid for me to make a movie of my life to mark my 60th.

“We filmed everyone arriving and walking on the red carpet and while the film was being shown it was being edited to add seamlessly onto the end for the climax of the movie.”

It charts the all-too-frequent lows and spasmodic highs of John’s ongoing quest for stardom. Guardian readers voted the film the Second Best Movie of 2013, second only to Oscar winner Gravity.

It features classic archive film and TV footage, plus interviews from family and antagonists universal in their estimation of his talent.

“I have always insisted someone follow me around with a camera when I thought I was being clever,” reveals John.

“I thought it would be useful one day.

“I was stage struck from an early age. I probably didn’t have much talent but I always knew I wanted to be a pop singer. When I was 16 my mum finally let me have a guitar which I played really bad.

“I had a series of jobs before I started making a living from music, and I can’t think of any other reason than determination why it happened.”

Perhaps fate also lent a helping hand by forging a partnership in 1976 with Willy Barrett, a musical prodigy from a young age.

John recalls: “I went to see a fortune teller when I was 18 and she said I would have a lot of success with a blonde haired musician and Willy was the only one I could think of. It was destiny.”

What the fortune teller failed to predict was the turbulent relationship the two would endure.

When times got tough they did re-unite for short periods of time, but any sustained partnership was usually curtailed by unreasonable behaviour by one of the parties.

Typical examples were Willy writing a song called Give It Headbutts which required him to bang John’s head against the microphone in time to the music, and John recording a solo album called All Balls and No Willy.

In the past few years they have reunited for a few short tours, if only to prove that nothing much has changed.

“When we were younger we were both very ambitious and looked at each other as a stepping stone to get where we were going,” explains John. “That’s why we were not very nice to each other.

“Within a year we went from playing to 10 people in a pub to being on Top of the Pops. Willy lived up the road from me and he wouldn’t normally work with me, but he was a good musician and I was a show off.

“The name Wild Willy came from a long argument about whose name should go first. We agreed to add ‘wild’ to his if I went first.”

In the midst of Britain’s Seventies punk revolution, John had his first hit. It was also when 5.5 million viewers watched him land painfully on his testicles during a TV appearance.

The years that followed might not have been full of highs but failure has its rewards and it has kept John in the spotlight for 35 years.

“I’ve always gone for the joke and there’s something nice about the ability to make someone laugh. It’s more about fun than being artistically worthy.

“The live shows have always been popular and supply me with a living. In 1998 I performed at the Royal Albert Hall so it’s not a career that has been consistently bouncing along the bottom. I’ve had moments but not the hits and that’s how you define pop stars.”

Those magical moments include over-the-top projects which, among others, garnered him status as The Nation’s Seventh Favourite Lyricist in a BBC poll.

“It’s amazing what you can achieve and how badly it can go wrong,” laughs John.

Always on the look out for a new challenge, he reveals his next mission is to have a Christmas number one. His inspiration is the Sinclair C5 – a small one-person battery electric vehicle built in 1985. It became known as “one of the great marketing bombs of postwar British industry” and a “notorious ... example of failure”.

John says: “I’ve never gone for the Christmas market. There is a nice symmetry between the car and me – rock and roll’s greatest failure! I’m going to get a reindeer to pull me along in a Sinclair C5 in the video.”


(This is actually a repeat of what I wrote last week)

This five piece play tribute to the very best music of Deep Purple and Rainbow.

Featuring established and talented musicians from across London and the Home Counties they play all time classics as well as a few surprises to really get the audience going. Having honed their craft over many years in some of the hardest working bands in the country these guys have finally come together to bring you Rainbow in Rock.

The band include in their line up Tamas on vocals who will also be gracing the stage later in the year in Logicaltramp.

What people say about Rainbow in Rock:

"Rainbow In Rock (a new band formed from members of Stargazer) are still the best band on the circuit playing Deep Purple and Rainbow classics and tonight was no exception. Classics like 'Burn' and 'Child In Time' and lesser heard songs such as 'Stone Cold' added up to a superlative set that was pitched and performed perfectly" - Liz Medhurst - Metaltalk Magazine

"We were really keen to have these guys play at Legends of Rock. They filled the place as always and performed a great set going down an absolute storm. We didn't hang about and have already booked them again for next year which will definitely keep the punters happy!" - Eddie Yates - Promoter (was he not also the dustman on Coronation Street?)

“No gimmicks here, just solid musicianship from the band overlaid with the fantastic voice of a great front man" - RC - Lemonrock Reviewer

So, lovers of Rainbow and Deep Purple book now at http://www.tropicatruislip.co.uk/ebook/index.htm


(This is actually a repeat of what I wrote last week)

Tropic gig number 500! A real milestone and what a band to celebrate it with us.

You can love him, you can hate him, but NO ONE could ignore Prince. One of the most prolific and controversial musical icons of all time, it seems there's nothing this man could not do. And because there was only one PRINCE, there's only one Prince tribute band, ENDORPHINMACHINE.

The nine piece Endorphinmachine is made up of some of the UK's top session musicians who all have one thing in common, a love of the music of the artist formerly known as Prince. This love is clear to see, and of course hear when the band perform. Fast becoming known as 'the tightest live band out there, they play with a passion that is undeniable, you won't believe your ears once the music starts. With complimentary comments being made across the pond by no less than several ex Prince band members, you just KNOW this band are something special.

The vocalist has even been accused of miming to the 'real thing', but I can assure you, there is NO miming! Just jaw breaking high notes, high screams and high heels, wailing guitar solos, linn drums, loops, funky funky bass, live brass, and that famous 'purple' sense of humour.

Only Endorphinmachine have the audacity, and the musicianship to do justice to the music of the purple genius, it all comes together in an incredible onstage explosion of hits, from the floor shaking 1999, through the era defining soundtrack from the movie Purple Rain, right through the hits of the 90s, and beyond. One thing is for sure, you better bring your comfortable shoes, because you WILL be dancing.

Sadly Prince died back in April 2016, trust me this is the nearest you are going to get to seeing him these days, (if only the singer was not quite so tall).

An astonishing band, but sadly unless we pack the place out I would suggest this could be their swansong at Tropic....so you know what to do. Book now at http://www.tropicatruislip.co.uk/ebook/index.htm and bring all your friends!!!

(From here on this is new stuff!)



It is always nice to welcome new bands to Tropic' and this could be seen as a step away from the norm as they are not an original band NOR are they a tribute band, some could look at what they offer and say they are a covers band....but really they are not that either.

The 'Guitar Legends' will mesmerise you with the some of the Greatest Guitar Hits of all time...

From the early 1950's, right up to the present day Guitar Legends. Featuring tracks from the Worlds most Legendary Guitarists: Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, BB King, Brian May, Carlos Santana, Van Halen and many many more....

We can expect the likes of:-

Fire - Jimi Hendrix
Paint it Black - Rolling Stones
Apache - The Shadows
Route 66 - Chuck Berry
Thrill Has Gone - BB King
Pride and Joy - Stevie Ray Vaughan
Layla - Derek and the dominos
Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
Rocky Mountain Way - Joe Walsh
Waiting for and Alibi - Thin Lizzy
Parisienne Walkways - Gary Moore
Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
Kashmir - Led Zeppelin
Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix Smooth - Santana
Hold the line - Toto
Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns & Roses
Jump - Van Halen
Enter Sandman - Metalica
Beat IT - Michael Jackson
Trooper - Iron Maiden
Freebird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Hotel California - The Eagles
All Right Now - Free
Money for nothing - Dire Straits
Whole Lotta Rosie - AC/DC
Walk this way - Aerosmith
Brick in the wall - Pink Floyd
Substitute - The Who

So I think we can say something for everyone!

Book now at http://www.tropicatruislip.co.uk/ebook/index.htm


Not very much to report other than to say that if you fancy coming to see Absolute Bowie on 10th March then you should really book very soon as is looks like selling out.


Paul Young returned to us with his band Los Pacaminos and were, as usual, thoroughly entertaining. A polished show if ever there was one, so polished in fact they even asked me to stay off the stage (!).

There is no date in the diary for Los Pacaminos to return, but I do hope they will and thanks to everyone that came along to see them and especially those who presented at the door with the correct money to come in, you have no idea how much that small gesture helps.

I think that is all - see you for John Otway - JUST DON'T MISS HIS ACT.




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