BBC Radio 2 Festival in a Day with Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Bellowhead

Posted in Classic rock, ELO, Folk with tags , , , , , , , , on September 14, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

A great idea having a festival in a day with a BBC Radio 2 friendly line-up. Chrisie Hynde opened up proceedings with a set of Pretenders classics and a couple of her new solo album, including the very catchy single ‘Cheap Sunglasses’. Not a big fan but she did the hits and started the afternoon off in fine style.

Bellowhead I was seeing live for the fourth time and sadly due to sound issues their set was cut short. Still they got the crowd going and stuck to their more well known songs like ‘10,000 Miles Away’, ‘Roll The Woodpile Down’ and an excellent version of ‘Gosport Nancy’.

Kacey Musgraves has a lovely voice but a little to country for my personal tastes and sorry Gregory Porter but I have never liked jazz. However, Sunday afternoon and a decent jazz singer certainly did the trick for many.

Paloma Faith is another artist that Radio 2 have helped break, yet has a wide appeal across the ages.Great voice and stage presence, although musically not my cup of tea. Billy Ocean is a festival staple as he has the hits like ‘Red Light’ and ‘Caribbean Queen;, plus a good stage presence and he has lost none of his vocal power down the years. Enjoyable leading nicely into Blondie. Now drummer Clem Burke (what a powerhouse of a drummer he is, amazing drumming throughout the gig) hinted in a recent interview he wasn’t sure how much longer the band would keep touring. I’d say based on the show tonight they have a few more years left yet! Debbie Harry still has the voice and belts through the hits like ‘Atomic’, ‘Maria’ and ‘Heart Of Glass’. They play a couple of new songs, although sadly a festival crowd will only ever want to hear the classics. A very enjoyable set and they kept the between song banter to a minimum in order to cram in as many songs as possible.

Oh and Tony Blackburn leading the crowd through a rendition of ‘YMCA’ was a tad surreal to say the least.

They also have ‘An Introducing…’ stage for new acts and caught a brief snippet of the Buffalo Skinners and Sam Brookes, impressed by both and will be investigating their music further,

A crowd of 50,000 in Hyde Park eagerly anticipating the first full live show from Jeff Lynne (billed as Jeff Lynne’s ELO) since 1986 in the UK and the last full live shows were a couple of US TV concert shows to promote the then new album ‘Zoom’ back in 2000. Even better news for ELO fans like me was that another key ELO member Richard Tandy was present (looking like a cross between a music teacher and an accountant!). The backing band were Gary Barlow’s/Take That’s live band who backed Jeff Lynne when he played a couple of songs last year for BBC’s Children In Need.

Words can’t describe how overjoyed I was at finally seeing ELO and the legendary Jeff Lynne live. Along with Queen, ELO are one of my all time favorite bands and I’ve been a fan since the early 1980’s but sadly never saw them live bar on TV (I can still recall seeing them perform at the charity gig Heartbeat back in 1986 shown by Central TV). I was seeing Jeff Lynne tonight! And with my six year old son who has been musically educated in the ELO classics and Bellowhead, who he loved when they performed earlier on the day.

After a video showing a brief snapshot of the varied musical works of Jeff Lynne, Radio 2’s Chris Evans introduced Jeff Lynne. Big thanks to Chris Evans from myself and fellow ELO fans as his apparent persistent nagging of Jeff Lynne to play live again worked for Children In Need which led in turn to tonight’s gig. Even better news in a radio interview Jeff Lynne revealed if he enjoyed tonight this could mark the start of more live shows and a world tour (something he confirmed on stage too).

Read the full Jeff Lynne’s ELO review here

Stoke 0-1 Leicester City

Posted in Football, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , on September 13, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Begovic, Bardsley, Pieters (Muniesa), Shawcross, Wilson, Whelan, Nzonzi, Moses, Bojan (Diouf), Walters (Assaidi), Crouch
Subs not used: Sorensen, Huth, Arnautovic, Adam

Lots of shots from us, albeit not many on target and plenty of pressure from our play. Fair play to Leicester as their tactics won them a precious three points and we are pointless at home now after two games. Needed Adam on the pitch to try a few chances from long range and hopefully Diouf will be fully rested in time to start next game. We really need pace and accurate shots, as elsewhere we are looking okay for this early in the season. Onwards and upwards!

Shea off on loan and an old player returns…

Posted in Football, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , on September 12, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

No real surprise as Brek Shea head off on loan again, joining Championship side Birmingham City until mid-December. He had a loan spell at Barnsley at the end of last season, although injury cut short a largely unremarkable loan spell.

Former player Kevin ‘Rooster’ Russell is back at the club with a coaching role at the Academy. A great signing by Lou Macari and amazingly he only stayed one season with us, but during that time became a big hit with Stoke fans.

Geoff Cameorn will be out for at least a fortnight following surgery on his groin. Better news though for Stephen Ireland who should be fit ahead of tomorrow’s game against Leicester City.

Gibraltar 0-7 Poland

Posted in Football, Gibraltar with tags , , , , , on September 7, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Not a great start for Gibraltar’s European Championship qualifying campaign – their first ever. Robert Lewandowski scored four for the visitor’s Poland. Still the group does contain Scotland who as I know from being a supporter never do things the easy way and may well draw away at Gibraltar!

They have a tough group with Germany, Georgia and Republic of Ireland completing the group. The team is mainly made up of amateur players with a few professionals. I am confident they can get at least one or two draws in their inaugural qualifying campaign. Gibraltar’s next game is on Saturday 10th October away against Republic of Ireland.

Elsewhere in the European Championship qualifiers tonight Albania pulled off a great away win beating Portugal 1-0. Scotland lost 2-1 to Germany whilst Republic Of Ireland (Stoke’s Wilson, Whelan & Walters all featured) and Northern Ireland both recorded 2-1 away wins.

Gibraltar v Poland preview

Posted in Football, Gibraltar, News with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 5, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The first competitive European Championship qualifier for Gibraltar who have been officially recognised by UEFA. A momentous occasion for the national team and their fans. Good they have a home draw for this game, although playing Poland will certainly test their goalkeeper! Love to see a draw, although realistically think it will be 3-1/4-1 to Poland.

The squad named for the game includes nine players from Lincoln Red Imps FC and three players from Manchester 62 FC. Two English based players make then squad (Danny Higginbotham has since retired after a brief playing career with Gibraltar), Preston’s Scott Wiseman (he has two caps to date and has played previously at club level for Hull, Rochdale & Barnsley) and Jake Gosling (he ahs two caps and one goal to date) from Bristol Rovers.

Goalkeepers:

Jordan Perez (Lincoln Red Imps FC), Jamie Robba (College Europa FC(, Kaaron Macedo (St Josephs FC)

Defenders:

Scott Wiseman (Preston North End FC), Roy Chipolina (Lincoln Red Imps FC), Ryan Casciaro (Lincoln Red Imps FC), David Artell (Bala Town FC), Jean Carlos Garcia (Lincoln Red Imps FC), John Jack Sergeant (Manchester 62 FC), Joseph Chipolina (Lincoln Red Imps FC)

Midfielders:

Liam Walker (Bnei Yehuda FC), Scott Ballantine (Manchester 62 FC), Jeremy Lopez (Manchester 62 FC), Jake Gosling (Bristol Rovers FC), Anthony Hernandez (Unattached), Rafa Bado (Lynx FC)

Strikers:

Kyle Casciaro (Lincoln Red Imps FC), Lee Casciaro (Lincoln Red Imps FC), Adam Priestley (Farsley FC), John Paul Duarte (Lincoln Red Imps FC), George Cabrera (Lincoln Red Imps FC)

RIP – Survivor vocalist Jimi Jamison

Posted in Melodic rock, News with tags , , on September 3, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Survivor were (and still are) one of my favourite melodic rock bands whose music I have loved since my school days, along with a select bunch of fellow school pals who liked the band. Over the years I have been lucky enough to see the bands I loved from the mid-80’s melodic rock heyday like REO Speedwagon, Night Ranger, Journey, Kansas (okay they are more prog/pomp rock) and I was really looking forward to finally seeing Survivor live next month (with the added bonus of original vocalist Dave Bickler back in the band). Sadly this won’t be the case as Jimi Jamison passed away from a heart attack aged just 63 years old. A real sad loss to music and from the tributes paid by fellow musicians and journalist/fans who have met him a genuinely nice guy off stage too.

Unlike a lot of singers with a long career Jimi Jamison managed to keep his voice in good shape and I’d recommend seeking out his solo albums, well worth a listen. Of course the Survivor albums are ‘must haves’ in particular ‘Vital Signs’ and the last album to feature Jim Peterik ‘Too Hot Too Sleep’, a lost gem if ever there was one. Lots of good music to remember him by RIP Jimi Jamison

Some tributes from fellow musicians and his record label Frontiers:

Jim Peterik (ex-Survivor): “I’ve feel like I’ve just been punched in the heart. I have lost a dear friend and the world has lost a massive talent and world beating singer. Shine on Jimi. Love Jim Peterik”

Kevin Chalfant (The Storm/707): “Dear Jimi, Getting to know you as a personal friend truly enriched my life. Your advice in so many situations all comes flooding back to my mind now. I am so glad you called me last week or I would feel like I didn’t have a chance to say goodbye. You still found it humorous to prank on me one last time by saying that you lost a great paying because I never called you back or answered my text messages when everyone knows it was you that never replied, but I played along because that brought you such joy to watch me squirm : ) I will miss your teasing and joking around more than anything, but the world will truly remember you for your gigantic talent and enormous voice. But you were a friend with a caring soul. God grant you peace my friend.”

Bobby Kimball 9ex-Toto): “When I heard that Jimi had passed away, it totally broke my heart. I feel so bad now that I know he is gone. Frontiers Records sent me an e-mail 2 months ago, and they asked me if Jimi and I could do another “Kimball/Jamison” Duet CD. I really wanted to. I feel so bad that I’ve just lost one of my very best friends, and he was such a great singer, also fun to work with. We also lost Fergie Frederiksen not long ago, and he was one of my very good friends as well. This is all very sad for me, because I loved these two guys, and I have done a lot of concerts with both of them.”

Frontiers Records: “To say we are deeply saddened by the passing of Jimi Jamison would be a tremendous understatement. We had the pleasure of working with Jimi on a few releases including, “Empires” (1999), “Reach” (a Survivor album) (2006), “Crossroads Moment” (2008), “Kimball/Jamison” (with former Toto singer Bobby Kimball) (2011) and “Never Too Late” (2012). He was an incredible talent and will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jimi, his family and his friends and fans.”

Survivor: “The entire Survivor family is very shocked and saddened by the passing of our brother Jimi Jamison. Our thoughts, love and prayers go out to his family and friends.”

Frankie Sullivan (Survivor guitarist): “There is no way to explain the loss of my brother “Jamo.” Over the years we developed a deep friendship. My heart is heavy with sadness as I struggle to express the pain, suffering and deep loss. Though I rest assured that Jim is in the best of places, it still provides little comfort for those of us left behind. His voice was magic and he had a loving heart. I called him “Golden Throat” and for good reason. Jim Jamison had a voice we will never forget. It was massive and huge and yet sweet and gentle. He was a loving soul and a brother to me in many ways. I will miss him greatly.”

Assaidi Returns

Posted in Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership on September 1, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

http://mobile.stokecityfc.com/news/article/oussama-assaidi-signs-1892165.aspx

Good to have him back and as a loan in case injury worries occur again.

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