Monday, 8 December 2014

Alan Fletcher - Neighbours Dr Karl Kennedy brings his warmth to the UK - AND a Christmas single!

Working with two stations allows me to wear a few different hats.
Whilst my  Classic Rock Radio rock hat is firmly fixed in place over
 the blonde mane, I do enjoy interviewing and getting to know a number of people from all sides of the 'entertainment biz'

I've met and interviewed 'Neighbours' actor Alan Fletcher (or Fletch as he
 likes to be called) a number of times, and even gone to watch some
 shows with him,  a very pleasant time indeed.

I recently spoke with him again for Radio Deeside  which aired on
 Sunday December 7. I'll be popping a transcript of that interview up on the blog at some point soon.

We spoke about his 20 years in Neighbours, his forthcoming panto role as the Sheriff Of Nottingham
in Dunstable  ( it runs from December 12 - January 4 ) and his
brilliant Christmas single 'If You Want A Happy Christmas'

I have no shame in admitting I love the song to bits, and it always makes me smile.

You can send a Christmas Card from Alan Fletcher (Dr Karl) to a friend or family member. The Perfect gift for any Neighbour’s fan and it Includes Alan’s  Christmas single (with the gorgeous Pacific Belles ) '' If You Want a Happy Christmas” 

It makes a perfect pressie and Fletch  is busy getting RSI as he is signing so many cards!  Pop along here to see how you can get it! There is a discount for those who subscribe to Fletch's site/ muisc blog . That will also bring you some surprise treats too.  Peek here and subscribe (it is FREE to subscribe)

You can also connect with him on Facebook here and here on Twitter

January sees Alan off to Iceland (the country not the supermarket! ) to play a gig on the 9th!  Who wants an excuse to go visit Iceland and see  the good 'doc' too ?  You have it now!

Marilyn Michaels
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Sunday, 7 December 2014

Marillion - Christmas Shows - still some dates left!

Marillion ; purveyors of soulful, powerful,
 and often deeply-moving music,
 with a long-standing reputation for blistering live 
shows which have earned them an impressive
 and faithful global fanbase.

Sold 15 million albums
Released 17 studio albums
Had 8 UK Top 10 albums
Played gigs to over 3 million people
Released 23 UK singles

During the period the band were fronted by Fish  (1981 -88) they scored eleven Top 40 hits on the UK Singles Chart, including 1985's "Kayleigh", which reached No. 2 and became their biggest hit single. The first album released with Hogarth, 1989's Seasons End, was another Top Ten hit, and albums continued to chart well until their departure from EMI following the release of their 1996 live album Made Again 

Steve "h" Hogarth fronts the band (since 1988) and brought a new heart and energy to the band when since becoming lead-vocal/lyricist.

Predictions of doom were swiftly dispelled, as across a further 13 albums, Hogarth – along with existing members Steve Rothery (guitar), Mark Kelly (keyboards), Pete Trewavas (bass), and Ian Mosley (drums) – reinvigorated and constantly redefined Marillion’s sound. They forged into new musical territories with a succession of inventive, emotional albums, displaying little regard to the vagaries of the musical "Fashion Police", or radio playlists. The line-up remains unchanged to this day.

After the release of 1999’s ‘’ the band banished the spectre of record company pressure once and for all by launching their own record label (the aptly-named Intact imprint) and freeing themselves up to produce some of the finest music of their career.

Thanks to their much lauded (and much copied) pioneering Internet-based rock n'roll business model, Marillion have developed a unique and intimate relationship with their fans. From sponsoring entire tours of the USA to funding the recording of recent albums, Marillion’s global fan-base is unique in its affection and dedication.  In fact Marillion are credited with inventing Crowdfunding.

The history of the band's use of the Internet is described by Michael Lewis in the book Next: The Future Just Happened as an example of how the Internet is shifting power away from established elites, such as multinational record labels and record producers

As a result, such passionate, wholesale support has allowed Marillion to step outside of the conventional music industry and find their own path.
In 2001 ‘Anoraknophobia’ saw Marillion take the groundbreaking step of asking fans to pre-order an album 12 months before release. An amazing 12,000 people signed up, helping to finance the recording. The band once again took pre-orders for the 2004 masterpiece ‘Marbles,’ but this time the money was channelled into a campaign fund to promote its launch.
When singles ‘Don’t Hurt Yourself’ and ‘You’re Gone‘ breached the UK top 20 – the latter making it all the way to number 7 – jaws dropped right across the music world.

Not bad going for a band without major label backing.

But it was merely the latest twist in the history of a group who have held on to the conviction that what they’re doing MEANS something more than entertainment or selling records.
The band has evolved into a vibrant musical force – to those who already love Marillion, they’re something special; to everyone else they’re a love affair waiting to happen.

In 2012, the band released  their 17th studio album  SOUNDS THAT CAN’T BE MADE and performed a string of gigs in North and South America and all over Europe. 

In 2014 Marillion toured Latin America and returned to the studio to begin writing their 18th studio album.

  still some Marillion December 2014 UK Dates you can catch!

Monday 8 December 2014
SUPPORT: Luke Jackson

Wednesday 10 December 2014
SUPPORT: Luke Jackson

Thursday 11 December 2014
LONDON - The Forum
SUPPORT: Luke Jackson

At the London show, Marillion will be joining forces with Live Here Now to produce a CD of the concert that will be on sale straight after the show.
With the shows being so close to Christmas, expect snow, Father Christmas and a great night of Marillion classics and more.


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Echo & The Bunnymen - tour dates and new album 'Meteorites'



Echo & The Bunnymen have announced new tour dates which will see them tour across the UK this winter before returning to Liverpool for a hometown show in February 2015. 

June 3rd 2014, saw Echo & The Bunnymen release their twelfth studio album;Meteorites, their first studio record in five years to worldwide critical acclaim, - 'Uncut Magazine' calling it "Starry-Eyed Anthemic Rock" & The Quietus -  "Classic Bunnymen Pop".

Meteorites contains ten new songs written by frontman Ian McCulloch and performed with fellow original band-member Will Sergeant on guitar and was produced by Youth, who has in the past produced The Verve, Shack & The Orb.

Formed in Liverpool in 1978, Echo & The Bunnymen have been responsible for some of the most celebrated singles in all music history – Rescue, The Killing MoonLips Like SugarThe Cutter, The Back of Love & Nothing Lasts Forever to name but a few  – The Bunnymen have recorded many classic albums in their long illustrious career, albums like their debut Crocodiles in 1980, the majestic Heaven Up Here in '81, Porcupine (produced by Ian Broudie) in 1983, the orchestral-rock masterpiece 'Ocean Rain' in 1984, their classic comeback album 'Evergreen' in 1997 & the haunting 'What Are You Going To Do With Your Life' ? in 1999.

Echo & the Bunnymen have just returned from a sell-out North American tour & performed "Holy Moses" on 'The Late Show With David Letterman', the band’s loyal and ever growing following is showing no signs of abating. The album ‘Meteorites’ is a key addition to their repertoire and sees them continue to be one of the most seminal British rock acts in modern history.

The tour started in November but the rest of the dates are: 

09/12/14       Holmfirth Picturedome 

10/12/14       Holmfirth Picturedrome SOLD OUT

11/12/14       Newcastle O2 Academy 

12/12/14       Birmingham - Institute 

20/02/15       Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

 Tickets for their UK dates are available from / Box Office No: 0844 811 0051.

 Tickets for their HOLMFIRTH – Picturedrome show taking place on Tuesday 9th December are available from: Box Office No: 0844 811 0051 or from The Picturedrome -

(Doors 7.30pm
Tickets £26.50 adv)

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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Hazel O'Connor & Hugh Cornwell on tour together - guaranteed to be a great night out

Hazel O'Connor will perform songs from her stunning back catalogue and her critically acclaimed recent material whilst Hugh Cornwall’s electric performance will include a mix of solo and classic Stranglers catalogue.

Coinciding with the the 2014 release of the new album, Here She Comes, award-winning singer- songwriter Hazel O'Connor teams up with legendary performers - saxophonist Clare Hirst (Bellestars, Communards, David Bowie) and Sarah Fisher (Eurythmics) on keyboards. 

The superb blend of the three voices and musicianship adds a touch of class to their vibrant performance. Her unforgettable songs from the iconic film Breaking Glass including Eighth Day, Will You, Big Brother and If Only seem even more relevant in our present times.


For more information on Hazel O’Connor, see links below:

Hugh Cornwell is one of the UK's finest songwriting talents and accomplished live performers.
As the original guitarist, singer and main songwriter in the British rock band The Stranglers, he's enjoyed massive success with 10 hit albums and 21 Top Forty singles, etching himself into Europe and the USA's musical psyche with classic songs, including Peaches, No More Heroes, Golden Brown, Always the Sun and Duchess.

Cornwell's latest studio album TOTEM AND TABOO was released to rave reviews. Recorded at Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago, the album was engineered and mixed by the legendary Steve Albini.

For more information on Hugh Cornwell, see links below:

HAZEL O’CONNOR & HUGH CORNWELL (The Stranglers) - November & December 2014 – UK Tour Dates

Wed 26 November               CHESTER – The Live Rooms

Thurs 27 November             STOCKTON – Arc

Fri 28 November                  GATESHEAD – The Sage

Sat 29 November                 EDINBURGH – The Liquid Room

Sun 30 November                LEEDS – The Wardrobe

Wed 3 December                 BRIGHTON – Concorde 2

Thurs 4 December               LONDON – Camden - The Electric Ballroom (with JOHN COOPER CLARKE)

Fri 5 December                   BRISTOL – Trinity

Sat 6 December                   MANCHESTER – Academy

Sun 7 December                  NORWICH – Epic Studios

Tickets for all the above shows are available from the following:
Box Office No: 0844 478 0898

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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

An Open Letter to Kendall Jones - the Hunter Who Has Become The Hunted

(update 27.6.16  - Since writing this 'open letter ' 2 years ago I am glad to see it is still getting widely read. Oddly enough it is  still the most popular post on my blog. I still get the pathetic mostly anonymous career wreck/rape/injury/death/ threats from p*ssed off hunters (hence every comment is screened now) and I am still filled with disgust by hunters.  May it long continue to p*ss off hunters while it spreads it's message. Kendall Jones is not the only one involved in these atrocities but she was the one who in her desperation for fame & attention managed to highlight that this vile activity belonged in dusty history books and NOT in modern times).  With hindsight would I have written it a bit differently? Possibly. Probably. I did not write it with the coolest nor calmest head at the time, nor in journalist mode but write it I did and by it I stand! - Marilyn Michaels )


To Kendall Jones

You may note I did not start off with the word 'dear' - for I do not wish to address you in an endearing manner

You will also note that I am one of the many people, who have paid a visit to your Facebook page and left comments. Polite comments which were immediately deleted and blocked.

Does this look like respect for the dead?

So were  my comments praising you? No indeed they were not. They were letting you know what I think of you and your atrocities.

By the same token, were my comments threatening you? Were they abusive?  Were they calling you foul names? (etc etc etc) No indeed they were not. You see Kendall I do not condone abuse, threats of violence, swearing or name calling. No I do not condone these things at all,  yet nor can I understand what makes you such a sick and twisted person to want to go kill any animal, regardless of  if the animal is cute , beautiful  or not.  ALL  have a right to life and you do not have the right to take that life away. 

Thus I can fully understand why your actions have moved so many  people to threaten you, to wish ill upon you, to call you every rude name under the sun and then some!  For that, I am afraid you only have yourself to blame.

So  what has driven people to this anger and outrage? What has made the hunter become the hunted?

Could it possibly be down to the photos of a once beautiful and majestic lion that you stole the life from and then braggingly posted  upon that Facebook page? Could it possibly be down to the other pictures videos and comments where you brag  about your atrocities?

Here you are  again Kendall, demonstrating  arrogance contempt and lack of respect for the lion you murdered

and  look ,here you are again Kendall, actually having the nerve to stand
on this elephant , the life of which you stole.

 You said: '' First dangerous 7 game down!! One of the prettiest animals in all of the land! ''

I say: you think killing this once beautiful leopard is something to smile, smirk and laugh about Kendall?

Most children (and adults)  would  give anything to see a leopard in the wild just  to admire it,  but even as a child all Kendall Jones cared about was killing them

So Kendall, I get the feeling this is why people have commented on your Facebook page. The hunter has become the hunted. Thousands of messages  from shocked and angry people have  landed on your page and told you exactly what they think of you faster than you can block and ban them.

You thought you could silence some of them didn't you Kendall? 
 You thought wrong. You certainly have not silenced me have you Kendall, because you inspired me to write this piece. Every time I take a moment to peek at your Facebook page I see the flood of angry, bewildered and shocked comments aimed  your way, far more against you than for you. Does that not tell you something?

 Various Petitions against you are springing up left right and centre and thousands are signing them.  These petitions range from calls to have Facebook remove your page to calls for you to be banned from entering Africa.

Does that not tell you  something? If what you are doing is 'so right' to you, why are so many speaking up and speaking out against you?  You may feel you are just doing what you enjoy . You may feel there is nothing wrong in what you do and have a right to do it. Oddly enough the Nazis thought the same.

People said it was crazy when women wanted the vote -
People said it was crazy to  want an end  to slavery -
People said it was crazy to want to end Apartheid -
Crazy, radical, whatever you wish to call it Kendall  but  there will always be people like us and we will keep fighting against injustice, animal exploiters, hunters and hunting and we WILL win this war eventually
So you think those of us who are vegetarian, vegan,  anti-cruelty, anti-exploitation,anti-hunting etc  are crazy don't you Kendall.   You like to poke  fun on your page at those of us who have respect and compassion for our fellow planet dwellers. That is fine, you can think that if you wish, but perhaps next time you preen in front of the mirror  take a good long hard look at yourself  and see the truth of an ugly soul looking back at you.

Your vanity in it's sickening need to proudly pose next to a dead animal is highly unattractive. Your need to place your foot upon  the body of an animal is a concern. I suggest you get some therapy and soon.

                                 her teeth may be bleached  white  these days but her bloodlust remains the same
It seems to me you grew up sick and twisted Kendall. While most teen girls worried about boys  and had pop star crushes, you were busy  killing  wildlife  and thus crushing the life out of them

                                                       you are pictured here with your first rhino kill  Kendall. Disgusting!  

  You talk about conservation Kendall,  that is a big CON yes
The only reason hunters spout about conservation is because they want plenty of animals to kill!
Please don't try to kid us OR yourself that you give a damn about wildlife Kendall
People that give a damn don't go chasing around the world spending  thousands of dollars to kill
Those that give a damn simply donate money to protect the world's wildlife

Do not claim you want to help, help should never be offered with a price tag, especially if that price is the loss of a life.
And that reminds me Kendall, posting the picture below about how you were going to take these  things over for the poor children in Africa  may make you feel like Lady Bountiful  but I put it to you that the thousands of dollars you spend killing  just one lion or other wildlife is more money than the average African will see in a lifetime, or many lifetimes! It would probably build a school, or a hospital. If you really truly cared Kendall you would put your money to that, instead of trying to fool people that you are about conservation.  Kendall, you only care about blasting at some animal who has done nothing to you. You only care about getting your  self publicity and perhaps a TV show. ( If you do, we will be ready with our boycotts!!) .  Well you are getting that publicity now aren't you Kendall, albeit perhaps not the kind you would like! Mud sticks. As it should!

Dear Reader, thank you for taking the time  to read this. (May I ask that you please share this with likeminded friends? ) Thank you to those who take the time to leave a comment.

  If you are as angered as I am at the atrocious activities by Kendall Jones and other hunters like her, then please be pro-active and fuel that energy into something positive , It is easy to just type angry comments, but it does not change anything. Make your voice heard in a more positive way . Many of the trophy hunters come from the USA thus   please contact the Director of US Fish and Wildlife Service to  demand a ban on the import of 'trophys' into America

 Have something to say? Feel free to comment below.  (threatening or abusive comments directed at anyone will not make it to the page, state your opinion by all means no matter which side you are on, but do so in an adult manner) )

You will also find me on my pro Facebook here       Join me  on Twitter here

I would also suggest reading this excellent piece here via Canned Lion Org who campaign against canned hunting.  Do please visit their website and read about the important work they do.

 PS: A  'go visit' plug for  great anti-hunting Facebook pages too  (run by ethical people not extremists  - I do not condone or support extremist behaviour)

 We Will Not Be Silenced About Hunters

Hunt The Trophy Hunters

The Real Kendall Jones Exposed

  (c) Marilyn Michaels