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Date

11/12/19

Title

R.E.M. by STIPE and JOHN VERITY this weekend and other VERY important news from Tropic At Ruislip.
Dear Live Music Fan

 

So, you will probably be reading this just as the polling stations open, so go off and vote and then come back to my missive.

 

I think as we live in a democracy it is important that as we have a vote we should use it. If you are not sure who to vote for when faced with the ballot paper just vote "Loony". Chances are they will get in anyway.

 

COMING UP

 

FRIDAY 13th DECEMBER

 

R.E.M. BY STIPE

 

A welcome return to this tribute to R.E.M. who blew us all away on their first visit about 18 months ago. Now the week (ish) just before Xmas is a tricky one as a lot of people are out on their office parties so if you are not at one of those then please do come and show your support as whilst we are not by any means empty we could do with a few more to make what promises to be a good night become a great night.

 

If, like me, you do not know the music of R E M that well then I suggest you actually come and open your ears up to something "new". I for one genuinely really enjoyed their first visit to us and probably only knew two songs…or thought I did… but knew a lot more when I actually heard them.

 

As it says on the web site:

 

R.E.M. by Stipe - R.E.M. recreated. Playing hits like Losing my Religion and the ever relevant It’s the End of the World Stipe are regular visitors to the festival scene, leading venues and with gigs into Europe. Stipe have earned the praise of “awesome” from R.E.M.’s own lead singer Michael Stipe.

This is the definitive tribute to one of the biggest sounds in rock and they’ve performed the songs of R.E.M. to thousands of people worldwide.

“Where this band succeeds is in the accuracy of the sound ... the lead singer looks the part, his voice is a fairly uncanny likeness of Michael Stipe’s …the other musicians also create a brilliant rendition of the songs, fully convincing and delivered with confidence.” - Platinum Al

R.E.M. was one of the first alternative rock bands. To hear Stipe’s sets live is to fall in love with this music, for the first time or all over again.

 

Book now at http://www.tropicatruislip.co.uk/ebook/index.htm or your usual web links and like I said we will not be packed so room to sit, or stand, as you prefer.

 

This show will probably NOT be seated (I indicated last week it might be).

 

SUNDAY 15th DECEMBER

 

THE JOHN VERITY BAND

 

Derek White closes off the 2019 "Blues at the Tropic'" shows with former Argent member John Verity and his band.

As it says on the web site:-

 

Ex Argent guitarist and vocalist with a great band playing Argent classics like 'Hold Your Head Up' and 'God Gave Rock 'n' Roll' plus JV blues originals and electrifying versions of blues and rock classics.

 

John Verity has had a varied and amazing career, supporting rock luminaries such as JIMI HENDRIX, JANIS JOPLIN, THE WHO, JOHN MAYALLS BLUESBREAKERS and MOUNTAIN and recording with RINGO STARR, KEITH EMERSON, GREG LAKE, TIM ROSE, ZOMBIES, COLIN BLUNSTONE, PHOENIX, CHARLIE and ARGENT to name but a few. John is also an established producer of numerous artists including Saxon, Charlie, Motorhead and Phoenix plus his own extensive album catalogue but a priority has always been live work. Johns extensive touring schedule has seen him scaling new heights with even more new venues and festivals. With his unmistakable and distinctive soulful blues edge to both singing and playing, John is pleasing old friends and winning over many new fans. A gig not to miss !!!!

 

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These gigs have been drawing a steady 60 or so each week and I do hope you will be able to show your support to this one at what can be a "difficult" time of year for live music as people seem to have other things to do!

 

Book now at http://www.tropicatruislip.co.uk/ebook/index.htm or your usual web links where it is only £10 pre-booked or £12 on the door. These gigs are usually seated and start at 8.15 p.m. SHARP and finish around 10.30 p.m.

 

LOOKING FURTHER AHEAD

 

FRIDAY 20th DECEMBER

 

BRINGING ON BACK THE 80's

 

This show remains SOLD OUT. If you have a reservation please make sure all of your party can attend as those that do not turn up against a reservation WILL stop somebody else coming.

 

NEWS

 

NEW BUS ROUTE

 

There is a new bus route from Ruislip to Hillingdon and on to Hayes and eventually Heathrow, the 278. I suspect it might help some get to Ruislip for show but the last bus departs just before midnight so is not great for getting back out that way after a gig except perhaps on a Sunday.

 

CANCELLED SHOWS - And we are "Going Dark"

 

QUEENS OF ROCK (WITH GUITAR GODZ) have pulled their show that was due to take place on 17th April.

 

It is highly likely that we will "Go Dark" on that night now and not have a show at all, the first Friday we will have missed in just over 11 years (Xmas etc. aside). Why? Well if you want to know the answer to that you will have to come to a show and ask me!

 

BOOTLEG BLONDIE will not be able to make their usual Bank Holiday show in August that was set for the 28th. I will try and arrange another date for them in time.

 

TICKET SITUATION FOR BUSY GIGS COMING UP VERY SOON

 

BRINGING ON BACK THE 80's - Sold Out

 

SLADE UK - Technically sold out but I am accepting a few more requests for tickets - so book now!

 

ROLLIN STONED - Technically sold out but I am accepting a few more requests for tickets - so book now!

 

BOHEMIANS (QUEEN) - I will accept another 15 requests for tickets and then that will be declared sold out. BOOK NOW.

 

There is still decent availability FOR NOW at all others shows.

 

BAND BOOKED IN

 

I am delighted to announce that I have booked HOAXWIND, a tribute to Hawkwind, to play for us on 24th July 2020.

 

WEALDSTONE FC

 

(PRESS RELEASE)

 

Wealdstone FC sit top of the National League South and are heading towards professional football in the National League if they secure promotion at the end of the season. With a busy Xmas period ahead, the club have launched a Christmas Bundle, offering admission for home games against

 

Welling United on Sat 21st December,

St Albans City on Sat 28th December

and the huge 1st place v 2nd place clash v Slough Town on New Years Day

 

All for just £20 for adults, £15 for concessions - a massive £25 discount off regular ticket prices!

 

Get behind the Stones and help fill The Vale and roar on your local team to the title!

 

https://wealdstonefc.ktckts.com/package/wld19203mt/3-match-ticket

 

TODAY I HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO

 

Tommy Guerrero - No Mans Land

 

Writing On The Wall - The Power of the Picts

 

LOOKING BACK

 

THE FLOYD EFFECT

 

Brilliant show as ever with full production. We had a few drop off and we were not quite full, this was announce on the web site on the Friday morning, so if a show is sold out then it is always worth checking the web site just before the show.

 

If you were at the show you will probably know a lady was taken ill at the end of the night. I can tell you that after about 45 minutes she was able to walk out almost unaided and leave for home.

 

The Floyd Effect will be back on 4th December 2020 and bookings are now being accepted (and indeed I am amazed at how many folk have booked already).

 

 

 

I think that is all, do try and catch the two gigs this weekend, both promise to be great shows and not packed… and then we enter the busy period.

 

Regards

 

Philip

 

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