It was with great sadness of heart that I read this morning about John McVie's current battle with Cancer and the cancellation of the tour dates in Australia/New Zealand. Aged 67 and one of the Co-founding members of Fleetwood Mac along with Drummer Mick Fleetwood, McVie's treatment falls into the time when the Australian and NZ dates would be taking place and therefore as a band they have decided to cancel the shows. Here is the full statement from their Facebook Page:
FLEETWOOD MAC CANCELS AUSTRALIAN/NEW ZEALAND TOUR Fleetwood
Mac who has just completed the European leg of their phenomenally
successful worldwide tour has announced the cancellation of their
upcoming 14 date tour of Australia and New Zealand.
McVie, one of the co founding and original members of Fleetwood Mac is
now scheduled to be in treatment for cancer during that period of time.
"We are sorry to not be able to play these Australian and New
Zealand dates. We hope our Australian and New Zealand fans as well as
Fleetwood Mac fans everywhere will join us in wishing John and his
family all the best.”
I trust that you will join me in wishing the very best outcome for John.
On this day in musical history in 1966, Question Mark and the Mysterians hit the #1 spot in the US Singles Chart with 96 Tears. A while back I was talking to my friend Ronnie from Lulubelle III and we thought it would be funny to see if we could find 96 cover versions of of 96 Tears, so here goes (Not all the songs are by signed artists and some are a little bizzare to say the least!).
I'd like to dedicate this blog to Ronnie and his family who recently lost their Mother.
Long-defunct U.K. indie-pop outfit The Darling Buds
will reunite for the second time in 20 years next spring for a one-off
concert in London that’s being billed as “Pop Said… Again,” a reference
to the group’s 1988 debut Pop Said…, which featured the singles “Shame On You (1988),” “Burst (1988)” and “Hit the Ground (1988).”
The concert is set for April 19 at London’s Borderline, and finds frontwoman Andrea Lewis joined by original bassist Chris McDonogh and Matt Gray, who played guitar on 1992′s Erotica
album. According to the show’s promoter, the Borderline performance
“truly is planned as a one-off gig” and that there are no further
touring plans for the band. Since the band’s breakup in 1993, Lewis previously only has reunited the group once, performing a pair of shows in 2010. Tickets for the Boderline concert are on sale now. Click on The Links to enjoy the music.
Lou Reed passed away yesterday at the age of 71. Details of his death are sketchy at the moment but it is thought that it was the result of his Liver transplant (according to his Literary Agent) that he had earlier in the year. He had been ill for a number of months. I first heard Lou Reed way back when I was a young boy but didn't really start listening to him properly until in my teens when The Velvet Underground were being name-checked by many Punk and New Wave bands. 'Street Hassle' 12" was probably the first record I ever bought of his.
He was not to everyone's liking and not everything he did was brilliant. Here's a few of the great ones. Whilst not remembered as a likeable man except by those who knew him well it's his music that will be much remembered.
I'm more than a little disappointed to have missed Graham Parker and The Rumour's show last night in Glasgow at the O2 ABC. Still not fit enough for a gig after surgery a few weeks ago on my feet but I'm hopeful that come the new year I'll be ready to go! So until then I have to make up for this with a post with loads of links for the current European Leg of the Reunion Tour and from his recent Solo shows. I will add Rumour links when they become available. Click on the Links to enjoy the music.
16 Days ago (today will be the 17th) my friend Lydia Franklin set off from Chicago heading toward Los Angeles on a journey that would be a tough cookie for anyone to consider. A bike ride along the historic Route 66! The ride is in aid of Love Hope Strength Foundation. What is even more remarkable about this journey of Lydia's is that she's doing it all on her lonesome, no support trucks running alongside her, just one lady and her bike!
Note: There seems to be some confusion as to the year that Tom was born, the place I normally get birthday information from said 1953 whilst some other places say 1950. Whatever the case hope he has a rockin' birthday. Doug S4L
This little blog has had almost 71,000 page visits since I began it and I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who drops by to check out what I've posted. I never in my wildest dreams imagined it would be read by so many and in so many different places around the world. It's a delight to be able to share just some of the things that bring me a little joy day by day. Doug Soundtrack4Life
One of my friends encouraged a listen to this album from Tankus The Henge yesterday and I'm glad I took up that offer. This album has rocketed into my favourite albums of the year list.
It's fascinating music to my ears. There's a whole bundle of influences that seems to creep through every track and on the first listen I thought The Kinks, Madness and Blur shone through. I'm certain a few more listens will bring out more and more comparisons. After listening to the album I posted on their Facebook page:
just heard your album for the first time I am now playing it a second
time. This is gloriously wonderful. So fresh and if I didn't have sore
feet I'd be dancing like a clown on the first night of the circus coming
to town." The album was released in April of this year, There is little information that I know about the band so I've been surfing around trying to find out something about them. This is what their Reverbnation page says about them:
"The world of Tankus the Henge is uplifting and wild, dark and heartfelt.
A six piece powerhouse of a band drawing visual and musical
influences from old time Fairgrounds to modern day Circus; The Beatles
to Tom Waits and Gogol Bordello to Radiohead, they embody a look and a
sound that lies somewhere between their South East London home and the
carnival town of New Orleans. With their charismatic frontman, Jaz Delorean, looking like a lost
character from a Terry Gilliam film and the pump and grind of the Tankus
the Henge sound generating a groove that makes it impossible to stand
still, their live show ebbs and flows like a small boat on a turbulent
sea. Any other band who billed themselves as "the most fantastic band in
the world" would rightly quake in their boots at having to live up to
such fanfare. Tankus the Henge defy you to contradict them!"
It's not often that we get the opportunity to look beyond the band on the stage and at the labour of love that goes into booking a show at a venue in the heart of a city but today we do. A huge thanks to Mainy for taking time out to answer some questions and offer some interesting insights into his business and his own passionate heart.
Click on the links to discover the music and details about Mainy's Pivo Pivo Venue. Photos are courtesy of Mainy.
(Mainy on the left, Steve Diggle in the middle and Jojo from Pivo Pivo on the right)
S4L: What is it that you actually do?
Mainy:I'm currently working inPivo Pivo - a city centre music venue in Glasgow - as the Booker, but I also sort of do the jack of all trades
thing and don't adhere to the usual remit of a booker. On any given day I
can be doing anything from designing posters to separating the blue m
and ms from the green ones to appease rock stars. It feels like I have
been doing this forever in one capacity or another, but let's call it
twenty five years as a bit player.I can be contacted here.
How did you come to get involved in the whole world of Booking
Mainy:I have no idea.
That's the truthful answer.
I couldn't even tell you what the first gig was that I booked.
There's a nagging memory of a group of mates looking to put a night of
live music on, and then as is so often the case, one by one everyone
else dropped out leaving me to push through to the end.
It may be a phantom memory, but it feels right.
I suspect it must have been fairly successful though.
If it had failed miserably then I doubt I would have put on another, and
So this isn't something that I planned.
I've not been ticking off achievements over the years, or plotting out a
Instead I've sort of simply fallen into it.
S4L: I take it that you
are a lover of music and not just in it for the money? I ask that mainly
because sometimes the impression that comes across from some of the
bigger Gig Promoters is that they want to make huge bucks (whilst at the
same time paying the bands that play so little!).
Mainy: I doubt people
who know me would care to call me a lover of music.
Most would laugh and say that was too passive a description and call me a
music obsessive who should seek professional help.
I really couldn't argue with them either.
To give you a little insight I will admit that just today I had a twenty
minute wait for a bus, and instead of standing in line I went into a
poundland store and bought a CD by a band called 'The Sights' who I have
previously never heard of.
Apart from that I will also admit with a degree of shame that in the
last three days I have also come into possession of a Culture Shock box
set that contains three CDs, A Culture Shock vinyl album, a Thin Lizzy
box set of six CDs, the original Crown of Thorns vinyl album, The Crown
Jewels CD Linoleum, and the new Nevada Base ep that I picked up from
This is the behaviour of an addict, and it is only a partial joke when
others say I should seek help.
As for being in it for the money, well I know exactly what you mean
about the impression that is given as I probably share a similar level
of dismay with you about how some promoters conduct themselves.
However this all consuming passion that I have for music does put me in
the position of being partly in awe of those who create it, and with
this being the case I couldn't look myself in the mirror if I didn't
treat the musicians who work so hard to provide something that is so
important to me with anything less than the respect that they deserve.
It would be a dream to earn a living from what I do, but not at the
expense of ripping the artists off.
There must be some sort of mutually beneficial balance that can be
reached, but all too often greed gets in the way of that.
S4L: What do
you make of the whole issue of some venues or promoters basically
getting the bands themselves to promote their gigs and sell tickets
rather than them doing the hard work of promoting and selling tickets?
Do you think that there should be a joint effort or is it the sole
responsibility of the bands playing?
Mainy: I think it should be a joint
effort and I advocate a communal approach to promotion.
I don't expect bands to walk about putting posters up for a show that I
am putting on, nor do I expect them to stand outside a venue thrusting
flyers into peoples hands, or sit on facebook hassling people every day
to come to the show as I consider that to be my job.
I do however think that at the very least they can make people aware
that they are playing an event and attempt to get a crowd to attend.
That takes little effort.
In this era of social media being king they can invite people along with
a few clicks of a button and that's really not too much to ask for is
The selling of tickets as part of an arrangement to play is different
I would urge acts to consider how much a promoters cut is of the money
in regards to how much effort they have put into promoting a show.
If for instance a promoter books a venue and gives four acts forty
tickets each to sell and then expects 80% of the sales for making one
phone call then please do feel free to tell this shady character where
In fact for artists reading this please think about how accepting a deal
like that impacts on others.
It's maintaining a rather ugly status quo of disrespect.
S4L: You book a
lot of shows for Pivo Pivo in Glasgow, is it tough to get bands to come
and play especially as Glasgow has a couple of other more "famous
venues"? What's great about Pivo Pivo as a venue?
Mainy: It can be tough.
There's no point in pretending otherwise.
If a band are looking for a date and the options are one of the more
well known venues, or Pivo Pivo, then the allure of the well established
name very often wins out.
It is the nature of the beast.
All I can do is be open and honest about what the venue can provide and
draw attention to our strengths.
The main one being the people who work there.
Without exception everyone is a music fan and that matters.
In the last few months the praise has been pouring in from touring acts,
and while that makes my heart swell with pride I am fully aware that
the steps forward we have taken are not something I could have done
The team that I am part of are rock solid.
We really do try and go that extra mile and that makes a huge
S4L: Looking at recent shows that you have booked it is a
very diverse range of musical genres, is that important to you find such
diversity rather than focusing on one particular musical genre?
I don't want Pivo to be known as a rock club, a punk club or any other
genre specific venue.
We are a music venue, and it is an inclusive experience we want to
Regardless of what sort of taste in music an individual has I would love
them to be able to look at our listings and find something that they
want to see.
Every Saturday afternoon we have pensioners in watching a big band, and I
could argue that other venues would feel that is rather unhip, and
would look to move away from hosting a regular event like that, but I
don't see it that way.
When I see the ninety five year old conductor of the band going for it I
see a celebration of a love of music, and I am never going to knock
That band are just as important to the local music scene as the latest
young guns who are kicking up a racket on a Friday night.
S4L: Did your own gig going experience help you at all in the way you work now?
Mainy: Most certainly.
I am a punter first and foremost.
I can't help but see a show through the eyes of the audience member.
I want the best sound, the best lights and the best performance just like everyone else who pays to see a gig.
Most importantly I want people to come to a show and leave feeling that they have been to see something special.
That has always been what I wanted from the experience, and it is what I want to share with others.
Basically our cumulative experiences has allowed us to have a firm insight as to what works and we want to provide that.
I think we are getting there one gig at a time.
S4L: A question that
always comes up with regard to shows is to do with tickets and the age
old debate of how to stop the scalpers? It's annoying when you want to
see a band and the show seems to sell out in ten minutes flat and you
know that a large majority of the tickets have gone to scalpers, what do
you think is the way forward? E Tickets?
Mainy: Government legislation
is one answer.
There are people making obscene amounts of money from this and the whole
music industry is guilty by association.
How do certain companies manage to advertise tickets at a mark up prior
to them going on sale unless they are assured of getting them?
Something stinks about the whole deal.
The old style scalper on the street waiving tickets at punters do not
have the capital to even come close to these companies.
Another answer is people power.
If a solid percentage of people boycotted the large companies who are
nothing more than legalized scalpers then they would lose money hand
over fist and crumble under the weight of unsold tickets, but I wont be
holding my breath waiting for that to happen.
S4L: Could you name five
shows that you have put on that you are the most proudest of and maybe
why those particular ones make you proud?
Mainy: Culture Shock was one.
I was never a huge fan of the anarcho punk scene, but I do have a soft
spot for the bands Dick Lucas has been in and it was an honour to be
part of their reunion tour.
It felt quite special, and part of that is because of the reaction from
There's something that feels good about being involved in something that
makes others so happy.
Hurray for the Riff Raffis another.
I'm a fan.
That's it really.
After they played last time they went back to the states to open for
Alabama Shakes and I was so happy for them.
I sincerely hope that they get the recognition that they deserve and
when they do I will be able to sit back and say that I put them on not
just once, but twice.
That will be pretty cool I think .
Then I can't forget a night when I had Mike Peters of The Alarm to a
solo acoustic set in a pub in Kilmarnock.
It was the smallest venue of the tour and the roof was nearly taken off.
Someone who was there said to me that I hadn't just put on a gig, but
instead made peoples dreams come true, and in a way that was exactly
what had happened.
Here was grown men and women standing shoulder to shoulder with a man
they loved and everything just fitted into place.
A great memory for me, and everyone who was there.
being a promoter you are a passionate blogger, what is it that excites
you to write and are you ever amazed that people actually read what you
blog about (I know I am because there are so many better places people
could go and read about music and yet they have chosen a few moments to
read a post that I created)?
Mainy: I try not to think about people
reading my blog.
It partly freaks me out, but writing, or more accurately finding an
outlet that allows me to express myself, is akin to therapy for me.
Prior to blogs I did fanzines and prior to that I filled notebooks.
There's a bit of me that accepts that others are reading it, and some
are very kind with their praise, but in a selfish way I really do it for
Others getting enjoyment from what I have written is a huge bonus of
course, but ultimately I'm really just howling at the moon with rants,
random nonsense, stories, reviews and interviews.
S4L: Any words of
advice for up and coming promoters wanting to get into the business? A
second part of this question would be any advice you could give to a new
band looking to begin playing their first shows?
Mainy: Promoters - If
you want to make money then forget it.
Only a tiny percentage of people make any, and very often it is never
Certainly it is rarely worth the hours of effort for.
If on the other hand you are a music fan then just dive in.
It's not rocket science.
Book a venue, sort out a back line if required, source tickets, make
posters and flyers, get them up on walls and hand them out, shout about
the gig and put on the best bands that you can find and then just enjoy
Bands - Don't run before you can walk.
Practice, practice, practice, and not just the songs.
Work on every single aspect of a live performance.
Have some swagger if the music has it, get some attitude to go along
with the technical ability.
Once you have ticked all the boxes then grab your first show and shake
Go into it with the intent that those watching it will remember your
name and will want to see you again.
Never use the stage as a practice hall.
S4L: Last question. What are your favourite ten singles,songs or albums
that have been a constant source of pleasure on your musical journey and
would be part and parcel of your Soundtrack4Life?
Mainy: Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit.
It's so intimate, yet it deals with such huge issues, and it blows my
mind to think of it in the context of the time it was released.
The Kinks - Lola.I love anything that blatantly subverts the mainstream, and what better
than a big hit about being seduced by a transvestite.
Scott Walker - Jackie.
It's a Brel song, but Scott Walker does it with such joyous abandon that
it makes me want to join in at the top of my voice, and I do.