As they get ready to play the Marquee in Cork, Hall and Oates tell Ed Power about the mad times of their 1980s heyday, and having Bowie support them for his first US gig.ANY countdown of the greatest music duos of all time has to give pride of place to Daryl Hall and John Oates. In their Eighties pomp, they achieved chart nirvana with smashes such as ‘Maneater’, ‘I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)’ and ‘Out of Touch’. These songs were playful and knowing, catchy yet with a glimmer of darkness. Even in the heyday of Madonna and Michael Jackson, the big-haired partnership was one of the biggest forces in pop“When I think about our big singles — not one sounds like the other,’ says Oates, as the pair look forward to a summer tour that includes dates in Cork and Dublin.“We never succumbed to that thing where the record company says, ‘Oh you had a hit — now you have to have a follow-up that sounds like … [Read more...] about I can go for that: Hall and Oates ready to rock Cork
Rock band rivals
Superstar bassist Marco Mendoza is bring his band to the Apollo in Scarborough He has played with Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy and more recently Black Star Riders. He is now touring with his own band that features other superstar musicians; Tommy Gentry (Gun) and Bumblefoot (Guns 'n' Roses).The band will be stopping at The Apollo on Castle Road in Scarborough as part of their European tour on Tuesday may 7The Apollo has been open just over a year and has quickly gained the status as a quality venue among bands and music lovers alike. A regular haunt for touring artists, tribute bands and club nights as well as supporting the vibrant local music scene.Julian Reed, owner of Apollo said: "We're super excited to have such rock and roll royalty coming to Apollo. These guys have played with so many huge bands over the years. You can be just a few feet away from some of your most favourite artists in our intimate venue. Something that you just can’t do in a big arena. I'm sure they'll have … [Read more...] about Legendary bass guitarist Marco Mendoza brings his band to Scarborough for gig at Apollo
Vampires are very much in, if the packed audience at the Pavilion Theatre in Worthing last night was anything to go by. The crowd was not so much baying for blood as bouncing for banging rock hits.Steve Steinman's Vampires Rock Ghost Train rolled into town with powerful vocals, great dancing and a lot of fun besides.His guest star this time was X Factor winner Sam Bailey, taking the part created especially for 80s punk singer Toyah Willcox and played by her for two years.I saw Toyah in Vampires Rock when the original show came to Worthing back in 2008, so I was interested to see if Sam would fill her shoes as the Vampire Queen.I was not disappointed - Sam is an absolutely fabulous singer and to have come so far, pretty much on her own, is testament to the hard work she has put in.Hayley Russell, as the Queen's rival in love, Roxy Honeybox, also powered out the vocals.Having a live band on stage added to the drama but it took most of the night to get the sound levels right, at least … [Read more...] about Vampires Rock Ghost Train review: Pavilion Theatre packed for crazy night
Music lovers will get the opportunity to see four local music acts perform at Leaf Hall on Saturday March 30 as part of a series of gigs designed to showcase a variety of new musical talent in the area. The concerts are the brainchild of local musician, Joe Walsh from the band Elephant Radio and run in association with music promoter, Blackrock Music Promotions and Eastbourne council.On the bill at the first concert from 7.30pm on Saturday March 30 are TDK, TXT Talk, Sam Tier and Fighter of the Nightman.TDK is a four-piece band from Hastings and hotly tipped for future success.A spokesperson for the organisers of the gigs said, “The band have a real indie sound mixed with a hint of soft rock, and melodies that pull the crowd in and make them dance. Spotted by the promoters This Feeling and Modern Age Music they are causing an indie fuelled storm and are really becoming head turners.”Txt Talk are a new band from Eastbourne, whose genre is indie, pop and electro. Calum Dalton … [Read more...] about Local musical talent to rock the Leaf Hall
After months of speculation, former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke of El Paso launched a campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday, hoping to rekindle the liberal enthusiasm around his enthusiastic but ultimately failed Senate bid in deep-red Texas in 2018. Along with mounting a formidable challenge to Republican Sen. Ted Cruz last year, O'Rourke represented a majority Latino border district in the House of Representatives for three terms, served as a city councilman in El Paso for six years and was part of several rock bands as a young adult.Here's everything you need to know about the latest candidate to enter the crowded and diverse Democratic primary race: BiographyO'Rourke was born and raised in the Texas border city of El Paso. Although his legal first name is Robert, he has been known as Beto, the nickname Spanish-speaking communities give names that end in "berto," like Roberto and Alberto, since childhood. He was an avid musician as a … [Read more...] about Who is Beto O’Rourke, the latest Democrat to enter the race for president?