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Good Friday (19th) with The Mods plus on 26th April we have a Level 42 tribute and some different Ruislip coasters.
 Dear Live Music Fan,

First of all can I wish you a Happy Easter, and if you are on holiday then have a good time, and if you are not, then maybe I can tempt you down to Tropic' this Friday or next.

So…coming up



I make no bones about the fact that this is one of my favourite nights in the calendar, indeed this band are so good as I alluded to last week I booked them for my own 50th birthday party.

A typical set will include some (or all!) of the following songs

Proud Mary (Tina Turner)
Nut Bush City Limits (Tina Turner)
Sweet Soul Music (Arthur Conley Jnr)
634 5789 (Wilson Pickett)
Hard to Handle (Otis Redding)
Dancing in the Street (Bowie/Jagger)
I Say Yeah (Ten Years After)
Gangsters (Specials)
Israelites (Desmond Deker)
Come Back (The Equals)
Green Onions (Booker T and The MG’s)
Gimme Some Lovin' (Spencer Davies Group)
Everybody Needs Somebody (Soloman Burke)
Funky Music (James Brown)
Superstition (Stevie Wonder)
Get Down Tonite (KC and The Sunshine Band)
Sex Machine (James Brown)
I Feel Good (James Brown)
Land of 1000 dances (Wilson Picket)
Wooly Bully (Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs)
Louis Louis (The Kingsmen)
Mustang Sally (Wilson Pickett)
Sweet Home Chicago (Blues Brothers)
Shake a Tail Feather (Blues Brothers)
Make Love to You (Etta James)
Signed Sealed Delivered (Stevie Wonder)

When your band includes (to name but two) Johnny Marter who has toured with Marillion and Mickey Simmonds who was musical director and keyboard player for the (then re-formed) Bonzo Dog Band you know that there is just a wealth of talent on the stage.

We are looking fairly busy but by no means packed…so about perfect.

Book now at http://www.tropicatruislip.co.uk/ebook/index.htm  or your usual web links.




I am really looking forward to this show - why? Well I confess that I do not know the music of Level 42 so this tribute, Never 42, will be an education to my ears, and that is always a good thing. Whilst it is nice to listen to music you are familiar with there is nothing like, in my opinion, opening your mind to something new.

Formed in 2010, Never 42 have established themselves as the ultimate tribute to Level 42.

Get ready for a high impact night of funk driven tunes bringing you all the hits of Level 42, such as ‘Lessons in Love’, ‘Something About You’ and ‘The Sun Goes Down (Livin it up)’

Never 42 faithfully recreate the amazing sound and atmosphere of Level 42.


Testimonial – Never 42 @ The Churchill Theatre, Bromley

I went to see these guys in the summer of July 2016. Level 42 have always been one of my favourite 80’s bands and i have never got to see them live before or knew if they were still touring or not, so when i saw an advert that Never 42 – a tribute to Level 42 were coming to my local theatre, I was interested to see what they were like.

With Never 42 being a tribute band and also the first and ONLY tribute band to Level 42, I was a little sceptical to how they would sound but any doubts quickly vanished as their sound and likeness was spot on.

All of the band are excellent musicians and lead singer Howie Rogers is an extremely talented bass player that matches Mark King’s sound and technique and he even has the lights along his guitar that light up too.

I enjoyed the whole concert throughout and Never 42 both sound and look like Level 42. They played a good selection of songs and my favourites were: Lessons In Love, Love Games and instrumental Heathrow, which showed off Howie’s great bass guitar licks and playing skills.

I highly recommend going to see Never 42 as they put on a good show, are good people and show a high standard which will not disappoint you or the fans!

Andrew Lone


I suspect this will be a quieter night, what with the holiday season kicking in and it being the first time they have been in to us so room to dance or room to sit as you prefer.

Book now at http://www.tropicatruislip.co.uk/ebook/index.htm  or your usual web links.



There was an error with the date in my message last week when I mentioned that I had booked a different Marillion tribute for us to savour, the correct date is 29th MAY 2020 (and not March). So just a little longer to wait…

(I did say in my missive last week that The Mods played at my 50th Birthday Party in 1994, this was not the case of course as I am not 75.That was a deliberate attempt at humour, but given the embarrassing date slip above it has backfired somewhat.)


Although it seems to have escaped mention in the main press I learned that Paul Raymond of UFO died suddenly this week.



I have also just learned that J Geils of the J Geils Band, who had a massive hit with "Centrefold", has died.



I have been selling some "local" drinks coasters at the gigs for a while now and have had made a new version which mention Ruislip ONLY rather than the other ones which also name other local areas.

You can collect either of them at a show, £2.99 each, but if you cannot make it to a gig and want me to post some to you then please go to http://www.ruisliponline.com/coaster/  where you can order them.

Once they are gone I think that will be it.


At the end of each of these messages I make mention of my community web sites and ask if you can support my endeavours by simply altering the link you might use off your PC to get to Amazon if you want to buy something. That way I make a small commission on any sales I "make". Costs you nothing, makes no difference to you at all but supports my endeavours paying for things like Domains and hosting plans etc.

Each day I look at a graph which shows my sales and each day they vary between nothing (often) and sometimes as much as a pound if I am lucky, usually is comes to about 40p!

Well I can tell you there is a ruddy great blip in the graph when I look at it now, so if you were the one that bought a Nikon Camera can I just thank you so very much, that one purchase covered the total running costs for my web sites for about a two weeks!!

All you have to do is go to https://www.amazon.co.uk/?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0&link_code=hom&tag=ruisliponline  and save THAT link as your shortcut to Amazon. Do it once and you (and I!) are set for life.


Well we had the predicted fairly small but perfectly formed audience in for Yes Please (a tribute to Yes) and we were treated to the sight of the largest drum kit ever to grace the stage at Tropic'!

The band were great, the music was frightfully complicated and everyone that came seemed to enjoy themselves.

Prior to the gig I played some fairly unusual music over the PA for folk as they came in and was somewhat amazed when one person told me they had not heard Hallogallo by Neu! for years…I thought I was the only person if the room who might have known it! It is an, ahem, acquired taste.

As people we leaving somebody else asked me about the music and suggested I check out a band called Camera given I like Neu! Can I thank you if you are reading this, the album is on my birthday present list, and that birthday is coming up very soon (too soon even).

I think that is all, and given the sad news contained in this e-mail regarding Paul Raymond and John Geils there are no jokes but I will finish with a picture or two.

See you soon



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