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Martin Turner The Vintage Years Tour Spring 2018

Martin Turner ex Wishbone Ash
The Vintage Years Tour Spring 2018
Featuring full performance of the classic 1974 There’s the Rub album

Fresh from sold-out 2017 shows during which they performed Wishbone Ash’s seminal 1972 album Argus in its entirety, Martin Turner and his band return to the concert stages in Spring 2018 to perform another classic album from the vintage years of Wishbone Ash – 1974’s iconic There’s the Rub.

Tour Dates Are:
16th March Sudbury Quay Theatre £17
22nd March Twickenham Eel Pie Club £17.60
23rd March Kidlington Football Club £18.70
24th March Nuneaton Queens Hall £15
30th March York Fibbers £15
31st March Derby Flowerpot £17
6th April Bromsgrove Artrix £18
7th April Swindon Victoria £13.75
8th April Bishops Cleeve Nr Cheltenham £18
12th April Glasgow Ferry £16.50
13th April Kinross Greens Hotel £24
14th April Hartlepool Belle Vue Club £16.50
15th April Sheffield Greystones £16
21st April Barnet Bull Theatre £13.50

Wishbone Ash was formed by West Country musicians Martin Turner and Steve Upton, who arrived in London in 1969 to embark on their musical journey. Intent on creating a musical sound that was rich in texture and melody, Martin Turner envisaged the band’s innovative harmony-guitar hallmark and guitarists Ted Turner and Andy Powell were recruited via a now legendary Melody Maker advert. The partnership of the original line-up of Wishbone Ash forged a unique musical identity that would produce some of rock music’s best loved works and influencing numerous successful bands, resulting in millions of album sales and concert attendances. Wishbone Ash would become one of the most enduring and best loved British rock acts – its name synonymous with high quality guitar-driven melodic rock music.

Over four decades later, the enduring music of the classic marks of Wishbone Ash continues to delight audiences worldwide through both live performances and a rich legacy of recorded work that continues to be enjoyed by fans old and new. Classic album releases such as Wishbone Ash, Argus, Pilgrimage, There’s the Rub, New England and Live Dates defined the Wishbone Ash sound and have touched the hearts of several generations of music fans. As lead vocalist and key creative force, founding original member Martin Turner was central to the critical and commercial success of Wishbone Ash’s most revered albums, with his passionate vocal delivery, songwriting ability, keen melodic sense and production values being a key ingredient in the definitive Wishbone Ash sound. Martin Turner continues to perform the band’s best loved works with his current line-up, which features guitarists Danny Willson and Misha Nikolic, and drummer Tim Brown.

In recent years Martin Turner has delighted audiences worldwide with his performances of material from the classic periods of Wishbone Ash’s history. Martin’s Spring 2018 tour continues his exploration of the Wishbone Ash catalogue and coincides with the release of a deluxe 30-disc Wishbone Ash career retrospective CD boxed-set entitled The Vintage Years 1970-1991 (Snapper Music) as well as Martin Turner’s 2016-recorded 2CD/DVD package The Beauty Of Chaos – Live at the Citadel. The Spring 2018 tour shows shall feature classic tracks from the extensive Wishbone Ash repertoire, as well as new music that remains true to the original Wishbone Ash blueprint plus, of course, a full performance of There’s the Rub.

There’s the Rub marked a departure for Wishbone Ash, being their first album to be recorded in the USA (with noted producer Bill Szymczyk of Eagles fame) as well as the debut of new guitarist Laurie Wisefield, who had replaced original member Ted Turner. Featuring regular stage favourites FUBB and Persephone, as well as deeper album cuts such as Silver Shoes and Lady Jay the album received rave reviews from the UK media and charted at UK#16. It remains a firm favourite with the band’s loyal fanbase and connoisseurs of classic rock music and is widely regarded as one of the band’s most enduring works.

It is anticipated that fans will be enthralled by these vintage album tours, the likes of which have been so successful for other classic bands. As such this touring period will be followed in Autumn 2018 with further dates, these showcasing the ground-breaking debut Wishbone Ash album from 1970 in its entirety. Further album tours are likely in the future – a genuine last opportunity to hear these much-loved works performed live and in full by the founding member of the original Wishbone Ash.



Limited Edition Deluxe 30CD Box Set

Out on 20th April 2018

Authorised by all of the original band members

On April 20th 2018, Madfish celebrate Wishbone Ash, one of Britain’s most enduring and best-loved rock acts, by releasing a comprehensive deluxe 30 CD box set, The Vintage Years. Loaded with rarities, memorabilia, a new interview and a lavish 156-page hardback book, a third of this new collection features previously unheard & unreleased material.

Following decades of being starved of unreleased material from the true vintage years from Wishbone Ash, fans will soon be able to enjoy the long-awaited, remastered anthology from this esteemed and influential band in its pure quality in both musical and printed content.

Watch the unboxing of The Vintage Years here:

This box set is strictly limited to 2,500 copies and includes all 16 studio albums between 1970-1991, all of which feature bonus material including rare album outtakes, B-sides and 12 previously unreleased studio tracks. These are presented in mini-gatefold sleeves. Three of the 16 albums are currently out of print on CD (Nouveau Calls, Here to Hear & Strange Affair). The box set will feature brand new cover artwork designed by Colin Elgie, the original designer behind the award-winning Live Dates sleeve artwork.

There are 3 original live albums (Live Dates, Live Dates Volume Two & Live in Tokyo) and 8 previously unreleased live albums (on 11 discs) recorded between 1973 & 1980.

  1. Portsmouth Guildhall 1973 (2CD) from the Wishbone Four / Live Dates tour
  2. Southampton University 1973 from the Wishbone Four / Live Dates tour
  3. Edinburgh Usher Hall 1976 from the New England tour
  4. Marquee Club 1977 from the Front Page News tour
  5. Newcastle City Hall 1977 from the Front Page News tour
  6. Bournemouth Winter Gardens 1978 (2CD) from the No Smoke Without Fire tour
  7. Guildford Civic Hall 1980 (2CD) from the Just Testing tour
  8. Chelmsford Odeon 1980 from the Blowin’ Free tour

All music has been remastered from the original multitrack and ¼” tapes, sourced from Martin Turner and Andy Powell’s personal collections, and from the Universal Music and Atlantic archives.

Accompanying this thorough collection of repertoire is a 156-page coffee table hardback book written by Classic Rock’s Dave Ling, which includes personal photos, rare posters and flyers and collector’s memorabilia.

Fans lucky enough to purchase this set also receive: –

  • 36-page poster book covering the early years through to Here to Hear
  • Four reproductions of original posters for:

– Christmas at the Palace Dec 1973

– Live Dates European tour Hamburg Musikhalle 1974

– Europe 1975 tour

– Front Page News tour Empire Pool Wembley 1977

  • A Facsimile MCA debut album promo pack
  • A 7″ flexi disc for the single Blind Eye, the first of the 11 Japanese singles series
  • Individually signed photos of each band member: Martin Turner, Andy Powell, Ted Turner, Steve Upton and Laurie Wisefield

Talking about the release, founder member Martin Turner explains, “I looked after most of these tape recordings for decades, wondering when they would ever see the light of day and I am very glad that they will at last be available for everyone to hear. I wanted to mix the live performances myself, but being a busy chap and not famous for my speediness, we decided to give it all to the wonderful Pete Reynolds whom I believe has done a brilliant job of mixing and remastering a massive collection of work. It’s almost like having one’s whole musical life in one box. It certainly represents the most comprehensive Wishbone collection that I know of and I hope you enjoy it.”

Andy Powell agrees, ”It’s truly amazing to look back at the musically fertile 70s and 80s and wonder at the sheer amount of incredible creative output from our band. We had great roots and a really strong blue-print for success. I feel blessed to have played my part in it all and I’m truly thankful that it’s set the course for my entire life and all the music that’s followed, as the band continues to live on into the 21st century.

Rarely is an anthology of this quality ever released… Wishbone Ash: The Vintage Years is so comprehensive and lovingly-compiled, with such beautiful and quality accompanying material … if ever there was a box set not to miss, this is it!


Marillion Release Live DVD – All One Tonight on 2nd April

On 2nd April Marillion release ALL ONE TONIGHT, the live DVD of their Royal Albert Hall Show filmed in October 2017. On 26th March, there will be screenings of the show in 6 Everyman Cinemas across the UK. Marillion will host the screening at the Kings Cross Everyman. Tickets available from:

On October 13 2017 Marillion played the Royal Albert Hall for the first time in their near forty year career. The show sold out in minutes, a full year before the band took to the stage at the iconic London venue. The audience, many of whom had travelled over oceans for the show, were treated to a Marillion show like no other.

In two parts, All One Tonight firstly showcases the band’s acclaimed 2016 studio album F E A R in full. Accompanied by an awe inspiring light show and films, Marillion perform their incisive and era defining zeitgeist with unparalleled passion and power.

The second half introduces In Praise of Folly and guests, a string quartet with flute and French horn that throughout the rest of the show inject an extra depth and emotion to some of Marillion’s best loved live material. Once again, with amazing lights and audience participation, Marillion steal the night, proving that they more than belong on the stage that has been trod by the most acclaimed musicians.

Directed and edited by Tim Sidwell, recorded and mixed by Michael Hunter, All One Tonight is a Racket Records and Toward Infinity production.

Marillion embark on their UK tour on 8th April.

FULL 2018 Tour Dates are:-

Date                       City                         Venue

Sun 8th April         Belfast                    Ulster Hall               NEW DATE

Mon 9th April        Dublin                    Vicar Street              NEW DATE

Wed 11th April      Gateshead             The Sage                  Last few tickets available

Fri 13th April          Cambridge            Corn Exchange        SOLD-OUT

Sat 14th April         Birmingham          Symphony Hall       SOLD-OUT

Mon 16th April       Brighton                Dome                       Last few tickets available

Tue 17th April         Bristol                   Colston Hall             SOLD-OUT

Thu 19th April        Reading                 Hexagon                   SOLD-OUT

Fri 20th April          Liverpool               Philharmonic Hall   SOLD-OUT

Sun 22nd April       York                       Barbican                   NEW DATE

Tickets available from & venue box offices.

YES ‘FLY FROM HERE – Return Trip’

On 25th March prog icons YES will release a brand-new mix of their album Fly From Here – Return Trip, featuring the Drama line-up and new lead vocals by Trevor Horn, to coincide with their 50th Anniversary celebrations.

Fly From Here – Return Trip can be exclusively pre-ordered via Pledge Music here:

The original 2011 release of Fly From Here featured the band members who appeared on Drama: Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes, plus Benoit David on lead vocals with Trevor Horn in the role of Producer.

The addition of Trevor’s lead vocals has produced a genuine sequel to Drama. Fly From Here – Return Trip was developed as a labour of love for all involved and the new vocals were recorded over the last two years amidst other commitments. Trevor began re-recording the lead vocals the day after he guested with YES at the Royal Albert Hall in 2016 and within 24 hours the rest of the band had joined him at his studio. Additional overdubs by other members have also been added.

In addition to remixing parts of the album, Trevor has added personal liner notes and the sleeve design features the painting by Roger Dean originally used on the inside of the 2011 edition.

Trevor Horn says: “I really enjoyed listening to Alan and Chris playing together again. Finishing off the album was a labour of love.”

Fly From Here  – Return Trip also contains a previously unreleased song, Don’t Take No for an Answer, recorded in 2011, with Steve Howe on lead vocals. Additionally, the full-length version of Hour of Need is included. This has previously only been included as a Japanese bonus track.

“It is great to have the original Drama line up playing Fly From Here plus several other songs Trevor had a big part in writing.”  comments Steve Howe.

Geoff Downes adds: “It’s quite amazing what Trevor has done with the album and the way it has turned out. It is most refreshing and adds a whole new dimension to the original recordings from 2011. I think the fans will appreciate it as a genuine sequel to the Drama album, and embrace it as a valuable part of our YES50 celebrations.”

Track Listing:-

Fly From Here – Overture

Fly From Here Pt 1 – We Can Fly

Fly From Here Pt 2 – Sad Night at the Airfield

Fly From Here Pt 3 – Madman at the Screens

Fly From Here Pt 4 – Bumpy Ride

Fly From Here Pt 5 – We Can Fly (Reprise)

The Man You Always Wanted Me to Be

Life on a Film Set

Hour of Need (full length version)


Don’t Take No for an Answer

Into the Storm

The album is a long-awaited treat for all YES fans and following Chris Squire’s passing in 2015, represents the last chance for fans to hear a follow-up to the classic YES release Drama which reached number 2 in the UK album charts in 1980.

The album is available to pre-order now exclusively via Pledge Music, plus some extra Roger Dean images and Pledge offers, and fans will be able to collect their orders, or buy direct for the first time, when YES attends the 50th Anniversary Fan Convention at the London Palladium on 25th March 2018 as part of their eagerly anticipated March 2018 UK tour. Trevor Horn will be guesting with Yes at the London Palladium [both shows] and Paris. Please see the tour dates below.

MARCH 2018 (UK & Europe)

Tues 13th              Bristol Colston Hall

Wed 14th               Sheffield City Hall

Fri 16th                  Glasgow SEC Armadillo

Sat 17th                 Manchester Bridgewater Hall

Sun 18th                Gateshead Sage

Tues 20th              Birmingham Symphony Hall

Wed 21st               Brighton Centre

Fri 23rd                  Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Sat 24th                 London Palladium

Sun 25th                London Palladium

Tue 27th                Tilburg 013

Wed 28th               Antwerp De Roma

Fri 30th                  Paris Olympia

UK Tickets available from 24hr Ticket Hotline 0844 249 2222 (subject to fees). Also available from venue box offices and select authorised ticket agencies.

Front row, Meet & Greet & VIP packages are available from

There is no support. Please see ticket for start time.


Steve Hackett Adds Extra Dates to his Genesis Revisited Band & Orchestra Tour

Prog icon Steve Hackett has added 2 new dates to his October tour of Genesis Revisited, which features his band and a 41-piece orchestra as the London show at the Royal Festival Hall has already sold out! The additional shows are at The London Palladium and the Ipswich Regent. Tickets for both go on sale at 10.00 am on Friday 23rd February.

UK fans will not want to miss these unique performances of many of their favourite Genesis and classic Hackett numbers as Steve and his band are joined by a 41-piece orchestra.

The decision to undertake this tour was cemented following the critical success of last year’s one-off US performance of the Genesis Revisited music with his band and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by the charismatic Bradley Thachuk.

It went down a storm with the audience and sounded amazing, with the orchestra adding even more texture and colour to these classic tracks, prompting Steve to want to perform more shows in this way. Such was the gusto and verve brought to the performance by conductor, Bradley Thachuk that he will fly over to the UK to conduct the October shows. This show promises to be a transcendent experience!

Steve explains, “I always hoped that the Genesis music would one day involve an orchestra and I’m proud to say I’ll now be able to make that dream a reality on my next British tour, involving my own extraordinary rock band alongside a full-sized orchestra.”   He goes on to say “I’m thrilled the forthcoming UK shows featuring full orchestra with the band are selling so well, and I’m excited we’re adding two extra dates… This promises to be an incredibly special experience!”

The show will feature some of Genesis’ best-loved songs, including Supper’s ReadyDancing with the Moonlit KnightFirth of Fifth and more. Steve will not be neglecting his remarkable solo repertoire and there will be tracks included such as Shadow of the Hierophant, El Niño and The Steppes.

Tour details are as follows: –

Monday, October 1st Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

Wednesday, October 3rd Manchester Bridgewater Hall

Thursday, October 4th London Royal Festival Hall

Friday, October 5th Birmingham Symphony Hall

Sunday, October 7th Gateshead The Sage 1

Monday, October 8th Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Wednesday October 10th Ipswich Regent

Thursday October 11th London Palladium

Tickets available from and venue box offices. Tickets for the 2 additional shows go onsale at Friday 23rd September at 10.00am.

Joining Steve on the tour are his regular musicians Roger King (keyboards), Gary O’Toole (drums/percussion), Rob Townsend (saxes/flutes) with Nad Sylvan on vocals. They will be joined on this tour by Jonas Reingold from The Flower Kings on bass.


Welcome to the World of Let’s Be Strange


We were delighted to be joined by Brentwood four-piece Let’s Be Strange today, consisting of Sophie, Lauren, Ciara and Nicole.

Let’s Be Strange are playing in the regional final of the Undiscovered Live Music Project at Cramphorn Theatre on 17 February.

You can find out more about the girls at @letsbestrange on Twitter and Facebook.





Motown legends The Four Tops and The Temptations announce a UK arena tour in November 2018. They will be joined by special guests, yet to be announced.

These two bands are true icons and epitomise the Motown sound that shook the world in the 60s and continues to delight audiences, old and new.

The Four Tops have a vast catalogue of hits, with 27 UK top 40 singles, which include I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) and the 1966 number one Reach Out (I’ll Be There). The line-up for the tour includes original member Duke Fakir plus Ronnie McNeir, Lawrence Payton and Harold ’Spike’ Bonhart.

The Temptations were the first Motown group to win a Grammy Award  – and have won 3 in total. In 2013, they were honoured with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award: a deserved tribute to a band that helped shape Soul and R&B music as we know it. Amongst their classics are My Girl and Papa Was a Rolling Stone. The line-up is founder member, Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Larry Braggs and Willie Greene Jr.

“These songs are the soundtrack to our lives  – we love performing them as much as ever, especially to the UK audiences”  says The Temptations’ Otis Williams. Duke Fakir agrees, ”We love coming to the UK – this is our favourite tour and we love the people of the UK … and they treat us like royalty. They love the music which makes it wonderful to perform on stage every night”.

Tour Dates are:-

Mon November 19th 2018    Leeds First Direct Arena

Tues November 20th 2018    Manchester Arena

Thurs November 22nd 2018    Birmingham Arena

Fri November 24th 2018    Liverpool Echo Arena

Mon November 26th 2018    Southend Cliff’s Pavillion

Tues November 27th 2018    London O2 Arena

Wed November 28th 2018    Bournemouth International Centre

Thurs November 29th 2018    Nottingham Motorpoint Arena

All shows start at 7:30 pm with the exception of Southend which starts at 8pm. Ticket prices are £47.50 and £40 and £50 and £45 in London and Southend.  Tickets available from, the 24-hour ticket line 0844 888 9991 or from the venues direct. Tickets go on sale on Friday 1st February at 9.00am.


STEVE HACKETT Genesis Revisited

Following last year’s sell-out Genesis Revisited tour, prog icon and former Genesis guitarist, Steve Hackett, announces a 6-date UK tour in October. Treating fans to many favourite Genesis and Hackett numbers, this time Steve and his band will be accompanied by a 41-piece orchestra.

The decision to undertake this tour was cemented following the critical success of last year’s one-off US performance of the Genesis Revisited music with his band and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by the charismatic Bradley Thachuk.

It went down a storm with the audience and sounded amazing, with the orchestra adding even more texture and colour to these classic tracks, prompting Steve to want to perform more shows in this way. Such was the gusto and verve brought to the performance by conductor, Bradley Thachuk that he will fly over to the UK to conduct the October shows. This show promises to be a transcendent experience!

Steve explains, “I always hoped that the Genesis music would one day involve an orchestra and I’m proud to say I’ll now be able to make that dream a reality on my next British tour, involving my own extraordinary rock band alongside a full-sized orchestra.”

The show will feature some of Genesis’ best-loved songs, including Supper’s Ready, Dancing with the Moonlit Knight, Firth of Fifth and more. Steve will not be neglecting his remarkable solo repertoire and there will be tracks included such as Shadow of the Hierophant, El Niño and The Steppes.

Tour details are as follows: –

Monday, October 1st Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Wednesday, October 3rd Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Thursday, October 4th London Royal Festival Hall
Friday, October 5th Birmingham Symphony Hall
Sunday, October 7th Gateshead The Sage 1
Monday, October 8th Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Tickets available from and venue box offices.

Joining Steve on the tour are his regular musicians Roger King (keyboards), Gary O’Toole (drums/percussion), Rob Townsend (saxes/flutes) with Nad Sylvan on vocals. They will be joined on this tour by Jonas Reingold from The Flower Kings on bass.

Geoff Downes Talks YES at 50

Geoff Downes (R) talks about the upcoming YES 50th Anniversary tour as well as his work with Chris Braide (L) in DBA

I was delighted to speak over the phone with YES keyboardist Geoff Downes on Friday.

Geoff has a great pedigree in the music world, co-writing Video Killed the Radio Star with Buggles band mate Trevor Horn, also being a key member of Asia and co-writing their massive hit, Heat of the Moment.

Aside from these, Geoff is currently working on solo material, plus his project Downes Braide Association (DBA) with prolific songwriter for some of the World’s biggest pop acts, Chris Braide.

Listen again as we talk about all that, but firstly about YES’ upcoming 50th Anniversary tour in March.


Billy Idol Live! Tour 1 copy

Rock icon BILLY IDOL will bring his Live! 2018 Tour to the United Kingdom and across Europe. The earliest date to be announced is a 20th June show in Manchester with more dates to be revealed in the coming days.

The tour includes a Saturday 23rd June appearance at O2 Academy Brixton in London and will be Idol’s first UK/European run since his hugely successful Kings & Queens of The Underground Tour in 2014 and 2015.

The Guardian described Idol’s 2014 and last headline performance in London at the Hammersmith Apollo in their 4-star review: “Wrapped in leather and soaked in nostalgia, the punk zealot serves up hard riffs with attitude…Idol struts and snarls, propelled by the conviction that rock is the cure for whatever ails you…. this show is nothing if not fantastic fun.”

UK Tickets go onsale on Friday 15th December at 10.00am from, with a presale for subscribers beginning today. Check local venue listings for detailed onsale information.

Billy Idol was an early architect of the sound, style, and fury of punk rock. His lip- curling sneer and fist-pumping persona vaulted him into the mainstream as one of MTV’s first megastars, making him one of the most recognisable faces in pop music, while selling out arenas everywhere he played. He has sold 40 million albums while scoring numerous platinum albums worldwide, nine top forty singles in the U.S. and 10 in the U.K. including Dancing With Myself, White Wedding, Rebel Yell, Mony Mony, Eyes Without A Face, Flesh For Fantasy, and Cradle Of Love.

Billy was responsible for some of punk rock’s most memorable, literate, and evocative moments and created a pioneering new sound by bringing the spirit of ’77 to the dance floor, going on to fashion an immediately identifiable musical blueprint that integrates club-land throb, rockabilly desperation, and rock’n’roll decadence.

Billy Idol Live photo by Edison Graff copy

Idol returned to the spotlight in the fall of 2014 with two high profile releases that marked the latest chapter in the long and remarkable story of a musician, an inventor, a survivor, a father, a son, a man who returned from the brink, and a rebel whose yells made the mainstream sit up and pay attention.

Idol’s New York Times bestselling autobiography Dancing With Myself is an electric, intelligent, brutally honest and entirely self-written account of Billy Idol’s journey to fame, from his early days as front man of the pioneering UK punk band Generation X to a long and often decadent life lived loving sex, drugs, rock’n’roll, and motorcycles.

Kings & Queens of the Underground was Billy’s first album of new material in nearly a decade. The album’s palette, which includes incredible contributions from Idol’s long-time collaborator and lead guitarist Steve Stevens, will be instantly familiar to lovers of classic Billy Idol, while announcing a firm step into the future. Produced by Trevor Horn (with two tracks co-written and produced by 2017 Grammy Producer of The Year winner Greg Kurstin), it is full of thumping, cinematic songs about sin, redemption and the love of rock’n’roll.

BILLY IDOL 2018 UK and EUROPEAN TOUR DATES (more to be announced)

June 20           Manchester, UK              O2 Apollo

June 21           Birmingham, UK             O2 Academy

June 23           London, UK                     O2 Academy Brixton

June 25           Luxembourg, LU            Rockhal

June 26           Regensburg, DE             Donau Arena

June 30           Zajecar, RS                     Guitar Fest

July 2              Budapest, HU                Budapest Park Open Air

July 3              Munich, DE                    Tollwood Festival

July 6              Zurich, CH                      Hallenstadion

July 14            Halle, DE                        Peissnitz Insel

July 17            Cologne, DE                  Tanzbrunnen

July 19            Berlin, DE                      Zitadelle

July 21            Slupsk, PL                     Charlotta Valley Amp

July 22            Hamburg, DE               Stadtpark