SINGER Peter Corry does not believe in standing still. Aged 53, and leaning into decades of experience in the music business — a high note is playing the role of Inspector Javert in the record-breaking musical Les Misérables — he now also produces and directs his own shows.“It’s all systems go,” says the Belfast-born baritone. For his latest production, The Showman is Coming, he is working closely with his wife Fleur Mellor. “We both produced it — she choreographed it and I directed it. It’s very much a team effort.”The couple married last June in Italy, and he’s still pinching himself — “I find myself very lucky”.He has three adult children from a previous marriage: Joshua, 26, Israel, 22 and Molly Rose, 20. Do any of them intend to follow his career path? “Not even slightly in my footsteps.”The Showman is Coming, takes place at The National Concert Hall on Thursday, May 23. Tickets on sale … [Read more...] about On song: Peter Corry hits a high note
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The singer of Piccadilly Rats has described his heartache after fellow band member Ray Boddington was struck by a tram. Ray, 77, is fighting for his life in hospital following the collision in Manchester city centre on Wednesday night just before 7pm. A statement posted on the busker's Facebook page said he is currently on life-support. Piccadilly Rats singer and guitarist, Gaz Stanley, told the M.E.N is planning to visit Ray in hospital later today. Gaz was also recently struck by a car in Manchester city centre on Friday, on Oldham Street, and has fractured his foot. Ray visited him earlier yesterday to pick up a sick-note and to check on how he was doing. It is understood Ray then went to The Millstone, on Thomas Street, to perform for pub-goers and was injured as he made his way home. Read more of today's top stories here Gaz, 61, said: "We are going to go and see Ray in hospital later today. I spoke to his son this morning. He has a very badly bruised face. "All of his family were … [Read more...] about Piccadilly Rats singer Gaz tells of heartache as dancer Ray fights for life
AN eagle-eyed Nirvana fan has spotted dead singer Kurt Cobain's doppleganger living France. Like all high-profile celebrities who die at an early age, bizarre claims have emerged since the Grunge legend shot himself in the head in 1994. But until now, these theories have never actually questioned whether the star is dead instead centring around whether he was murdered. British Nirvana fan Daniel Carr was on holiday in France and spotted a blonde-haired man dressed similarly to the dead singer. He tweeted out an uncanny comparison along with the caption: “Kurt Cobain is alive and living in Nice France.” This week, Nirvana's ex-manager Danny Goldberg branded claims that Cobain was murdered as “ridiculous” insisting he witnessed the star's downward spiral into suicidal depression. Music mogul Goldberg has released a book charting his turbulent relationship with the Grunge icon marking the 25th anniversary of his death aged 27. 'RIDICULOUS' CLAIMS Heroin-addicted … [Read more...] about Kurt Cobain ‘alive and hiding in France’ as pic shows dead singer’s doppelganger
IT looked like one of those incredible miracle stories of a missing child found safe and well after years of loss and heartache. Sadly, this time there was to be no happy ending. The person who claimed this week to be missing US boy Timmothy Pitzen has been exposed as a liar, a fantasist and a nasty piece of work. Timmothy was six when he vanished in 2001 after his mother unexpectedly took him out of school and checked in to a hotel in Illinois. Tragically she took her own life there — but there was no trace of little Timmothy. Her suicide note said that her son was safe but that no one would ever find him. Police and Timmothy’s devastated family have been searching for him for eight years. And this week it finally looked as if there had been a breakthrough. On Thursday, a thin and dishevelled man found wandering the streets of Newport, Kentucky, told police he was Timmothy. He claimed to have escaped from kidnappers who were holding him against his will. It was all utter … [Read more...] about Throw the book at fantasist who gave missing Timmothy Pitzen’s parents false hope
DEBATE still rages around the circumstances of Kurt Cobain's death 25 years after the rocker was legally ruled to have killed himself. The legendary Nirvana frontman left behind his wife, child and adoring fans at the age of 27. But what did his suicide note say and are there alternative theories about his death? When and how did Kurt Cobain die? Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was found dead in his Seattle home on April 8, 1994, after dying from a gunshot wound to the head on April 5. The beloved singer, who suffered with heroin addiction and mental illness, was discovered by electrician Gary Smith, who had arrived to install a security system. Coming up to a room above the garage, Gary thought Kurt was asleep until he saw how a gun was pointing at his chin. The coroner ruled that Kurt - 27 at the time, and father to one-year-old daughter Frances Bean Cobain - had killed himself. A high concentration of heroin and a small amount of diazepam were found in Kurt's body. The death came at … [Read more...] about When did Kurt Cobain die, what did his suicide note say and what are the theories about the Nirvana singer’s death?