"Sometimes there's a song in my brain/
And I feel that my heart knows the refrain/
I guess it's just the music that brings on nostalgia
For an age yet to come" - Pete Shelley (Nostalgia - Buzzcocks)
Found this little note about Joe Elliott's latest outing at Blabbermouth.Net
"Sometimes the most interesting of projects arise from the most unusual of circumstances. So it is that the DOWN 'N OUTZ is a project fronted by DEF LEPPARD's Joe Elliott, backed by THE QUIREBOYS and playing rare tracks connected only by MOTT THE HOOPLE….
Joe Elliott takes up the story: "When MOTT THE HOOPLE announced they were reforming for a week's worth of shows at the Hammersmith Odeon, I was asked that I participate in some capacity. They've always been my favorite band and it's nice to see the rest of the rock world finally catch up and give them their due.
"But, what was I to do? It was suggested to me that THE QUIREBOYS would be up for offering their services. This was perfect! A fan since their first album, I loved the idea of working with a band as enthusiastic to do this as I was.
"I decided that the thing to do was play some songs that like minded people thought they would never hear live again, if ever, songs by spin-offs of MOTT THE HOOPLE — songs by Mott, Ian Hunter and BRITISH LIONS. Songs that are close to my heart, songs that I've played every week for the best part of 35 years on record, cassette, CD, iPod and now live."
The DOWN 'N OUTZ supported MOTT THE HOOPLE at one of their legendary 2009 reformation shows at Hammersmith Odeon. In addition to Joe Elliott (vocals, guitar, keyboards), the band featured THE QUIREBOYS' Paul Guerin (guitar), Guy Griffin (guitar), Keith Weir (keyboards) and Phil Martini (drums) and finally bassist Ronnie Garrity (RAW GLORY). Following a rapturous reception, the one-night project took on a life and energy of its own and an album project was born. DOWN 'N OUTZ then set about recording an album's worth of material. Entitled "My Re Generation", the CD was produced by Joe Elliott, with co-production by Ronan McHugh, and was recorded at Elliott's own studio Joe's Garage and Moor Hall studio in Bedfordshire.
"My Re Generation" track listing (with original recording artist listed in parenthesis):
01. Golden Opportunity (Ian Hunter)
02. Storm (Mott)
03. Overnight Angels (Ian Hunter)
04. Career (No Such Thing As Rock 'n' Roll) (Mott)
05. England Rocks (Ian Hunter)
06. Shouting And Pointing (Mott)
07. By Tonight (Mott)
08. Who Do You Love (Ian Hunter)
09. One More Chance To Run (BRITISH LIONS)
10. Good Times (Mott, originally recorded by THE EASYBEATS)"
The album is released as a 13 track CD and actually came out in July this year. It's pretty good stuff as well. I wasn't quite sure how it was going to sound but I have to say I'm quite impressed.
U.S. soul singer Solomon Burke died at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam on Sunday morning, aged 70, after flying in from Los Angeles, Dutch media reported.
Known as the King of Rock and Soul, the Grammy winner was a preacher turned singer and had released his latest album "Nothing's Impossible" in April.
He mixed gospel with rhythm and blues and made several soul classics, including the 1964 hit "Somebody to Love." Famed R&B producer Jerry Wexler referred to him as the "best soul singer of all time," according to Burke's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame biography.
Local news agency ANP said Burke was declared dead at the Schiphol morgue and a doctor said he had died of natural causes. His body will be returned to the U.S. next week.
A Schiphol airport spokeswoman in Amsterdam confirmed Burke had died, but could not provide further details.
The burley Burke, who often performed in the Netherlands, had been due to release a new compact disc, "Hold on Tight," with the Dutch band of De Dijk on Tuesday in Amsterdam. His last concert was on September 4 in Seattle.
Born March 21, 1940 in Philadelphia, Burke started singing in church choirs at a young age and later became a minister.
He presented gospel music on a local radio station and made some recordings between 1954 and 1958 before obtaining a contract with Atlantic Records in 1960.
He won a Grammy as recently as 2003, owned a church a funeral enterprise and a limousine rental service.
He was known for his showmanship and on stage would sometimes sit on a stage, resplendent in regal robes. He had 21 children and 90 grandchildren.
(Reporting by Aaron Gray-Block and Marcel Michelson; Editing by Matthew Jones)
Show #8 Londonderry - Tupelo Music Hall - 15th September 2010
SET LIST: Unsafe Building The Stand Marching On We Are The Light Where were you Hiding? Breathe Walk Forever by my Side Strength Rain In The Summertime Alarm Calling Absolute Reality Drunk and Disorderly 68 Guns Rescue Me Rockin in the Free World Spirit of 76 Love Hope and Strength One Guitar 45 rpm Blaze of Glory
Unsafe Building The Stand Marching On We are the light Where were you Hiding Breathe Strength Rain in the Summertime Absolute Drunk and Disorderly 68 Guns Rescue Me Spirit of 76' One Guitar Blaze of Glory
Show #6 New York - Highline Ballroom - 12th September 2010
Marching On Direct Action Where were you Hiding Release the Pressure Superchannel Absolute Reality Deeside Drunk & Disorderly Blaze of Glory Walk Forever by my Side Strength Rain in the Summertime Rescue Me 45 rpm Spirit of 76'
Encore: One Guitar (featuring Willie Nile) 68 Guns Rockin' in the Free World (featuring Robin Wilson of The Gin Blossoms and Brian McVernon) Love Hope and Strength
A busy day for Mike and the boys as Mike would be playing at the Union County Musicfest with friends (including Willie Nile) and then later in the evening the band would be playing at an Aftershow @ Crossroads, Garwood, NJ.
On a day much remembered for events that brought much sorrow Mike Peters was invited to sing at the start of the festival Rock & Run in aid of Love Hope Strength.
Walk Forever By My Side
Mike Peters & Friends on stage at Union County Musicfest
Marching On Where Were You Hiding We are the Light Sold me down the River Walk Forever by my Side Rescue Me Strength Blaze of Glory Absolute Reality Rain in the Summertime One Guitar Spirit of 76' 45 rpm
The Punk Set: Blitzkrieg Bop White Riot Anarchy in the UK Police on my Back (featuring Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum) I Fought the Law
Show #3 Philadelphia - Blockley Pourhouse - 10th September 2010
Set List Marching On Direct Action Where were you Hiding Release the Pressure Alarm Calling Absolute Reality Blaze of Glory Drunk & Disorderly Strength Rain in the Summertime One Guitar Rescue Me 45 rpm 68 Guns Encore: The Stand Spirit of 76'
Show #2 was moved from it's original venue to The Club Diablo, Buffalo on 9th September 2010.
SET LIST: One Guitar Marching On Sold Me Down The River Walk Forever By My Side Absolute Reality Rain in the Summertime Blaze Of Glory The Deciever The Stand Strength Spirit of '76 Rescue Me 68 Guns Where Were You Hiding Knockin' on Heavens Door
After a number of Summer Festival appearances The Alarm hit the road taking 'Direct Action' to Canada & the USA.
All pictures in the following blogs are the property of MPO and were taken by Andy Labrow. I will try and find video were possible for each date but if there is nothing available then there's not much I can do about that.
First Show: Hamilton 8th September 2010
SET LIST: Marching On Direct Action Where Were You Hiding ...Release The Pressure (Stand Down Margaret) Alarm Calling Absolute Reality Blaze Of Glory The Drunk And The Disorderly Strength Rain In The Summertime One Guitar Rescue Me 45 R.P.M. 68 Guns-Rockin' in the Free World-68 Guns The Stand (Westworld)