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|Tribute to The Small Faces, ELO and Free coming soon to Ruislip and an important change of dates in January thanks to Korea.|
Dear Live Music Fan,
Quite a bit to get through this week so pin back your eyelids….
THE SMALL FAKERS
The Small Faces are without any shadow of doubt, one of the most sensational British bands of the 1960s, and are as much a part of the soundtrack to the fabbest decade ever as The Beatles, The Stones, The Kinks, The Who, or anyone else for that matter!
Hitting the charts as teenage mods with their very first disc, 'Whatcha Gonna Do About It', the four diminutive Cockneys went on to release numerous timeless classics including, ‘Sha-La-La-La-Lee’, ‘Here Come The Nice’, ‘Itchycoo Park’ and ‘Lazy Sunday’.
The band are almost as famous for their groundbreaking psychedelic LP, ‘Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake’, which topped the UK’s album charts in 1968. Released a whole year before The Who’s ‘Tommy’, it’s widely regarded as rock’s very first concept album.
The Small Faces split in 1969. Lead singer Steve Marriott – recognised as having one of the greatest ‘blue-eyed soul’ voices ever – went on to have huge international success in the 70s with Humble Pie. The rest of the band – Ronnie Lane on bass, Ian McLagan on keyboards and Kenney Jones on drums – hooked up with Ronnie Wood (later to join The Rolling Stones) and Rod Stewart and had massive worldwide success of their own as The Faces.
Interest in The Small Faces never went away though, and was re-ignited by Jam frontman Paul Weller’s fascination with them in the late 70s, and again in the 90s by Britpop bands like Blur, Oasis and Primal Scream name checking them in interviews as a massive influence. More recently, bands like The Arctic Monkeys and The Kaiser Chiefs have declared themselves to be huge fans too.
But while fans of other great 60's bands had tributes to their heroes to see, to recreate the original live experience, The Small Faces were unrepresented. Until 2007 that is, when they got their very own tribute at long last - THE SMALL FAKERS.
THIS IS A VERY SPECIAL GIG which celebrates 50 years since the release of the album Ogdens Nutgone Flake and as well as bringing us all the usual favourites the band will also be performing this album in its entirety.
Book now to be taken back fifty years at http://www.tropicatruislip.co.uk/ebook/index.htm or your usual web links.
(They did not have recorders to tape Children in Need then….but they do now!!)
LOOKING FURTHER AHEAD
FRIDAY 23rd NOVEMBER
THE ELO ENCOUNTER
Roll over Beethoven, because the greatest tribute to Jeff Lynne’s Electric Light Orchestra is here! In an all live show featuring soaring strings, striking vocal harmonies and playing all the much loved songs from ELO’s hit-filled library including Evil Woman, Telephone Line and Don’t Bring Me Down.
The ELO Encounter tribute band promises a night filled with rock, roll and Blue Skies that would make even Mozart mambo and Bach boogie! So Hold On Tight because Rock and Roll Is King in a show that is guaranteed to have you partying All Over The World.
As a recent reviewer remarked, “Not really a tribute, that cheapens what this band do, which is to transport you back to those days. So sensitively and authentically done, at times it felt like it was actually ELO being mirrored up there on the stage”.
That’s what The ELO Encounter tribute show is all about.
I am delighted to welcome this band back to us, this time back by our usual Friday PA system.
Book now at http://www.tropicatruislip.co.uk/ebook/index.htm
SATURDAY 24th NOVEMBER
Free’s Company - the UK’s definitive Free and Bad Company tribute band.
The band are establishing themselves as a regular headline touring act around the country and further afield, building a reputation for providing an energised and professional show.
The band members are all experienced musicians having toured the world and performed at a variety of renowned venues. The bands attention to detail ensures that crowds are treated to the music of two of the best blues/rock bands of all time fronted by the amazing Paul ‘The Voice’ Rodgers. The show is a non-stop feast of all the best known songs including All Right Now, Wishing Well, Shooting Star, Rock and Roll Fantasy, Mr Big, I feel like making love, Can’t get enough, The Hunter and many more. Having met the legendary ex-Free bassist Andy Fraser in person, the band have received encouragement by both him and his management company.
It is my intention to do this as a mainly SEATED show, so do get down early to get the best seats and be taken back to the days of Filmore North (not sure what this is - see http://www.readysteadygone.co.uk/free-mania-northeast/ )
Tickets, pre booked, are only £10 and this should be a night for a select audience to savour.
Book now at http://www.tropicatruislip.co.uk/ebook/index.htm
VERY IMPORTANT CHANGE OF GIG DATES EARLY IN 2019
In order to allow The Bohemians to do a tour of Korea (really) I the dates for Who's Who and The Bohemians have been flipped.
So now it is:-
FRIDAY 4th JANUARY - WHO'S WHO
FRIDAY 11th JANUARY - THE BOHEMIANS
All those that have booked already should have had an e-mail advising them of this change.
(The rumours that The Bohemians are using this tour to try out a new drummer are not confirmed)
NEW GIG BOOKED
I am delighted to welcome back on Friday 8th March MENTALLICA and RAMMLIED who will bring us the music of Metallica and Rammstein.
This will be a night for Heavy Metal fans to savour, and will be an early start with Rammlied on stage at 9 p.m. sharp.
There is to be a Charity Fundraiser in
tribute to the late Ken Redding happening this Sunday 18th November
at The Belle View in High Wycombe. A number of the bands that Ken
played in will be appearing including some that graced the stage at
A new band to Tropic' but with some members of Dire Straits UK and they gave us a cracking show and included a somebody playing a bass guitar the likes of which I had certainly never seen before, looked more like a bass SITAR if I am honest!!
Anyway, those that came all certainly seemed to enjoy themselves. I suspect we will see them return at some point, but with The Book Of Genesis likely to be bringing us some earlier Genesis tunes late in 2019 I am not sure when they can be squeezed in.
I think that is all
See you soon