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So hypothetically, let’s say a reunion is announced with the original members and they do a short touring cycle in celebration of Empire’s 30th anniversary in 2020. And let’s say the public is told that Parker and Todd are merely “sitting this one out.” What would you think of it?

Honestly, I think it would completely crush the public’s perception of the band. They’ve really got behind Todd after the messy split with Tate and I think the band would lose a lot of credibility in the public eye (for those who are paying attention, anyway). They’d likely be perceived as a joke to those fans who have embraced the current Todd-fronted band.

For me personally, it wouldn’t much matter because if they were to tour, they wouldn’t come to my town, and it’s not something I’d travel huge distances to see. I’ve never seen the band with Chris live before, but his addition to a reunion lineup wouldn’t be enough of a reason to go on a road trip. But I sure would love to sit back and watch the circus online.
60's Rock Invasion / The Pretty Things
« Last post by InnaGaddaDaVida on August 17, 2019, 10:30:21 PM »
The Pretty Things are an English rock band, formed in 1963 in London. They took their name from Willie Dixon's 1955 song "Pretty Thing". A pure rhythm and blues band in their early years, with several singles charting in the United Kingdom, they later embraced other genres such as psychedelic rock in the late 1960s (with 1968 S.F. Sorrow being one of the first rock operas), hard rock in the early 1970s and new wave in the early 1980s. Despite this, they never managed to recapture the same level of commercial success of their very first releases.

Phil May
Dick Taylor
Frank Holland
George Woosey
Jack Greenwood

past members

Brian Pendleton – rhythm guitar, backing vocals, bass (1963–1966)
John Stax – bass, harmonica, backing vocals (1963–1967)
Pete Kitley – drums (1963–1964)
Viv Andrews – drums (1964)
Viv Prince – drums (1964–1965)
Skip Alan – drums (1965–1968, 1969–1976, 1978–1980, 1994–2007)
Wally Waller – bass, guitar, vocals (1967–1971, 1978–1981, 1994–2008)
Jon Povey – keyboards, vocals (1967–1976, 1978–1981, 1994–2007)
Twink – drums (1968–1969)
Victor Unitt – guitar (1969–1970)
Pete Tolson – guitar (1970–1976, 1978–1981, 1994)
Stuart Brooks – bass (1971–1973)
Gordon John Edwards – guitar, keyboards, vocals (1973–1976)
Jack Green – bass, vocals (1974–1976)
Simon Fox – drums (1981)
Joe Shaw – guitar (1984, 1987)
Dave Wintour – bass (1984)
Dave Wilki – keyboards (1984)
John Clark – drums (1984)
Kevin Flanagan – saxophone (1984)
Perry Margouleff – guitar (1986–1987)
Doede Ter Veld – drums (1986–1987)
Roelf Ter Veld – bass (1986–1987)
Bertram Engel – drums (1987, 1993–1995)
Mark St. John – drums, percussion (1988–1991, 1993–1995, occasionally 1995—2007)
Steve Browning – bass (1988–1991, 1993–1995)
Hans Waterman – drums (1989-1990, 1990–1994)
Barkley McKay – guitar (1990-1994)

The Pretty Things' early material consisted of hard-edged blues-rock influenced by Bo Diddley and Jimmy Reed.
Their appearance and behaviour was provocative, with May claiming to have the longest hair in the UK and Prince often causing chaos wherever he went.

The first of what would be many personnel changes over the years also began, with Prince, whose wild antics had become too much for the other members to endure, being the first to go in November 1965.

The S.F. Sorrow album. Released in December 1968, it was the first rock opera, preceding the release of the Who's Tommy in May 1969.  It was recorded between December 1967 and September 1968 at the Abbey Road Studios, while Pink Floyd were working on A Saucerful of Secrets (also produced by Norman Smith) and the Beatles worked on the White Album. In March 1968, drummer Skip Alan left the group. Twink replaced him to help the band to complete the album.

In 1973, David Bowie covered two of their songs, "Rosalyn" and "Don't Bring Me Down", on his album Pin Ups.

In 1974, Pretty Things were one of the first acts signed by Swan Song Records, the label created by Led Zeppelin, and Peter Grant became their manager. Stuart Brooks left the band before the recording of their first album for Swan Song, Silk Torpedo. The bass lines on the album were recorded by guitarist Pete Tolson before the arrival of a new bass player, Jack Green, who only contributed backing vocals.

Silk Torpedo was the first British album release on Zeppelin's own label Swan Song. It charted in the lower reaches of the Billboard Hot 100, for the first time in the band's history. Jimmy Page later remarked:

"The Pretty Things were a band that were really changing their music and had done because they probably did one of the best singles way back in the day with 'Rosalyn'. That's wild! That's serious! And then they'd gone through S.F. Sorrow and the music that they were doing on Swan Song was incredible. It was the sort of band that, when someone said, 'Oh, some tapes have come in,' I was keen to hear what they'd done, because it was always so good! Good writing, good performance from everybody. A fine band.

During the recording of Savage Eye, the follow-up to Silk Torpedo, tensions arose between the members of the band, with May finding himself at odds with newcomers Edwards and Green. After the release of Savage Eye, May did not show up at a major London gig, and he was fired soon after. Alan, Edwards, Green and Tolson tried to form a new band called Metropolis, but Swan Song was not interested in offering them a contract and they went their separate ways. Edwards briefly joined the Kinks for their Misfits tour, while Green became a member of Rainbow for a few weeks before launching a solo career.

May and Taylor, together with former Yardbirds drummer Jim McCarty, recorded two albums in Chicago as Pretty Things/Yardbird Blues Band. They were The Chicago Blues Tapes 1991 and Wine, Women, Whiskey, both produced by George Paulus. They also recorded one album with members of the Inmates and Matthew Fisher of Procol Harum under the name Pretty Things n' Mates. It was released in 1992 as Rockin' the Garage.

Pretty Things "Midnight To Six Man" 66

The Pretty Things - Talkin' About The Good Times (1968)

Pretty Things - Road Runner (Live, 1966)

Pretty Things - Come See Me


The Pretty Things - Don't Bring Me Down

Pretty Things - Raining in my Heart 1966

Pretty Things- Rosalyn(1964)

The Pretty Things-Honey, I need

The Pretty Things - A House In The Country

The Pretty Things "Walking Through My Dreams"

The Pretty Things - S.F. Sorrow Full Album

Electric Banana (The Pretty Things) - It'll Never Be Me

The Pretty Things - Can't stand the pain (UK, 1965)
60's Rock Invasion / Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders
« Last post by InnaGaddaDaVida on August 16, 2019, 02:03:27 PM »
The Mindbenders were an English beat group from Manchester, England. Originally the backing group for Wayne Fontana, they were one of several acts that were successful in the mid-1960s British Invasion of the US charts, achieving major chart hits with "Game of Love" (a number-one single with Fontana) in 1965 and "A Groovy Kind of Love" in 1966.

Wayne Fontana (born Glyn Geoffrey Ellis, 28 October 1945).

Wayne Fontana founded the band in 1963 with Bob Lang, Ric Rothwell, and Eric Stewart. The group was later joined by Grahame Foote. The name of the group was inspired by the title of a 1963 UK feature film, starring the British actor Dirk Bogarde, called The Mind Benders. Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders released a number of singles before recording "Um Um Um Um Um Um" in 1964, which was to be their first major hit in Britain and led to a tour with Brenda Lee. They also had a No.1 hit in the United States with "Game of Love" in 1965 (which also reached No.2 on the UK singles chart). The band's self-titled album reached No. 18 in the UK.

After a tour of America and some more singles that were less successful than "Game of Love", Fontana left the band in the middle of a concert in 1965. Stewart became the lead singer of the band, which henceforward was known simply as the Mindbenders.

The Mindbenders' first single without Fontana was the hit "A Groovy Kind of Love" (a Carole Bayer Sager / Toni Wine composition). The song reached No. 2 in the US (No. 1 on the Cashbox singles chart) and No. 2 in the UK in 1966. It sold one million copies globally. The Mindbenders' 1966 album of the same name managed to reach No. 28 in the UK.

A second song by Bayer and Wine, "Ashes to Ashes," took the Mindbenders to No. 14 in the UK Singles Chart in the autumn of 1966, after an earlier effort in 1966, "Can't Live With You (Can't Live Without You)" had struggled to break the UK Top 30.

On 4 July 1966, the Mindbenders began their US tour in Atlanta, Georgia in front of a capacity 25,000 crowd as the support act for James Brown. It would later turn their last tour of the US. Stewart recalled that "we went down quite well" but that later shows at the Fillmore West Auditorium on Friday 8 July and Saturday 9 July 1966 were more memorable. "The liquid light show was great and really worked with our act, which was a lot heavier than on our records."

Stewart had become a songwriter, and wrote "My New Day and Age" for Family. However, the Mindbenders sought material from outside the band.[1] Their next project was a concept album, several months before Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, S.F. Sorrow and Tommy were issued. The Mindbenders release, With Woman in Mind, contained "I Want Her, She Wants Me" (written by Rod Argent of The Zombies), "Ashes to Ashes", and the lascivious "Schoolgirl". The album did not sell well and was not even released in the US. The accompanying single, another Bayer/Wine composition, "We'll Talk About It Tomorrow" also flopped.

The Mindbenders appeared in the 1967 Sidney Poitier movie, To Sir, with Love and were also on the soundtrack with the songs "Off and Running" and "It's Getting Harder All the Time".[1] Rothwell quit the band and was replaced by Paul Hancox. The Mindbenders released their cover version of "The Letter" which fell short at No. 42 in the UK singles chart (the last time The Mindbenders registered a single in the UK charts), whilst The Box Tops original reached the UK Top 10. A couple more flops followed and in March 1968, Lang quit and was replaced by Graham Gouldman; with him the band recorded a final single "Uncle Joe, the Ice Cream Man".

On 20 November 1968, they broke up at the final concert of a UK tour with The Who, Arthur Brown and Joe Cocker.

Stewart and Gouldman played together in Hotlegs and later went on to form 10cc.

Lang later joined another rock music outfit, Racing Cars. They had one hit single, "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?", which reached No. 14 in the UK Singles Chart in 1977.

In the 1970s, Grahame Foote joined with original members Lek Leckenby and Barry Whitwam of Herman's Hermits after the exit of Peter Noone. Although Leckenby died in 1994, Foote has continued with the Hermits through to the present.

Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders : Um, Um, Um, Um, Um

Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders-Ashes To Ashes

Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders - Just A Little Bit Too Late (Live)

Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders - Honey And Wine


Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders - Can't Live Without You (Can't Live With You)

The Mindbenders - I Want Her She Wants Me

The Mindbenders - We'll Talk About It Tomorrow

Mindbenders - schoolgirl

Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders-Game Of Love

The Mindbenders - A Groovy Kind Of Love


Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders-Uncle Joe The Ice Cream Man
Singers & Songwriters / Cilla Black
« Last post by InnaGaddaDaVida on August 16, 2019, 01:32:51 PM »
Priscilla Maria Veronica White OBE (27 May 1943 – 1 August 2015), better known as Cilla Black, was an English singer, television presenter, actress, and author.

Championed by her friends in the Beatles, Black began her career as a singer in 1963, and her singles "Anyone Who Had a Heart" and "You're My World" both reached number one in the UK in 1964. She had 11 Top Ten hits on the British charts between then and 1971, and an additional eight hits that made the top 40. In May 2010, new research published by BBC Radio 2 showed that her version of "Anyone Who Had a Heart" was the UK's biggest-selling single by a female artist in the 1960s.
"You're My World" was also a modest hit in the US, peaking at No. 26 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Along with a successful recording career in the 1960s and early 1970s, Black hosted her own variety show, Cilla, for the BBC between 1968 and 1976. After a brief time as a comedy actress in the mid-1970s, she became a prominent television presenter in the 1980s and 1990s, hosting hit entertainment shows such as Blind Date (1985–2003), The Moment of Truth (1998–2001), and Surprise Surprise (1984–2001).

In 2013, Black celebrated 50 years in show business. British television network ITV honoured this milestone with a one-off entertainment special which aired on 16 October 2013. The show, called The One & Only Cilla Black, featured Black herself and was hosted by Paul O'Grady.

Black died on 1 August 2015 after a fall in her villa in Estepona. The day after her funeral, the compilation album The Very Best of Cilla Black went to number one on the UK Albums Chart and the New Zealand Albums Chart; it was her first number one album.

Cilla Black - Anyone Who Had A Heart(cover)

Cilla Black - Alfie (cover)

Cilla Black - You're My World
Singers & Songwriters / LuLu
« Last post by InnaGaddaDaVida on August 16, 2019, 01:27:47 PM »
Lulu Kennedy-Cairns, OBE (born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie; 3 November 1948) is a Scottish singer-songwriter, actress, TV personality and businesswoman.

She is internationally known, but especially by UK audiences in the 1960s. Later in her career she had hits internationally with "To Sir with Love" from the 1967 film of the same name and with the title song to the 1974 James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun. In European countries, she is also widely known for her Eurovision Song Contest 1969 winning entry "Boom Bang-a-Bang", and in the UK for her 1964 hit "Shout", which was performed at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.      Born 3 November 1948 (age 70)

Years active   1964–present

In 1969  Lulu had married Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees in a ceremony in Gerrards Cross. Maurice's older brother Barry was opposed to their marriage as he believed them to be too young. Their honeymoon in Mexico had to be postponed because of Lulu's Eurovision commitment. Their careers and his heavy drinking forced them apart and they divorced in 1973, but remained on good terms.

Lulu - Boom Bang-a-Bang | Live at the BBC on Songs of Europe

Lulu 1967 - The Boat That I Row

LULU - Singing Shout from Ready Steady Go 1965

Lulu To Sir With Love 1967 Stereo
70's & 80's Heavy Metal bands / Re: King Diamond/Mercyful Fate
« Last post by Setzer on August 15, 2019, 11:22:42 AM »
Cool, So how was the show Setzer? I had wanted to see him the last time he played Philly and didn't make it.
It was great! But considering it was a sort of homecoming show (First time headlining non-festival show in Denmark since 2006), it was way too short clocking only 80 minutes  :-\
Still, there are 3 different audio recordings on DIME, and the full show with pretty decent video on YouTube as well - and I bought a t-shirt >:D
70's & 80's Heavy Metal bands / Re: King Diamond/Mercyful Fate
« Last post by NJFIREFIGHTER on August 14, 2019, 10:03:20 PM »
Cool, So how was the show Setzer? I had wanted to see him the last time he played Philly and didn't make it.
QUEENSRYCHE: / Re: EdBass Solo Album?
« Last post by NJFIREFIGHTER on August 14, 2019, 10:01:52 PM »
I could go for an Ed Bass solo disc, that would be cool   
Someone Else? / Re: Recommended rock band/performer books
« Last post by NJFIREFIGHTER on August 14, 2019, 10:00:15 PM »
While not a rock band or performer, this will be a must read book for me from a music industry related standpoint. Jonny Z (John Zazula) the founder of Megaforce records is releasing a memoir.
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