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Showing posts with label David Cassidy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label David Cassidy. Show all posts

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Hot Tuna in Colo. & Ariz. July 2012

(Austin, Texas) Hot Tuna, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, rev up their audiences with groundbreaking music and insightful songs that keep them a moving musical force. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees from their legendary Jefferson Airplane days, Hot Tuna updates their repertoire always keeping a roisterous sound and a wry sense of humor. Adding dimension to the duo is mandolin virtuoso Barry Mitterhoff and, when electric, daring drummer Skoota Warner. Hot Tuna has just released a two-hour live performance DVD, Jorma’s 70th Birthday Celebration with special guests and guitar players galore. ( About Hot Tuna’s live performances the critics say:
“The symbiotic force of Kaukonen and Casady’s electrifying music led the band into a seminal rock jam. All told, the stunning performance cemented Hot Tuna’s continued presence as a fresh and innovative face of rock blues more than 50 years after the duo began playing together.” – Crawdaddy
“Kaukonen's highly inventive guitar work rocks tough and articulate, clean as a cat's whiskers. He still sings with that slightly strange, quintessentially laid-back voice, waxing wry with an existential bent. His melodies, even mean as a snake, have warmed over the years. Casady is Casady, one of the most unorthodox and profoundly gifted bassists ever known to rock music. They've always been a fascinating pair." – Twin Cities Daily Planet
Greats, Innovators, Initiators of Psychedelic Rock, Purveyors of the Blues, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady are all these and more, they are themselves masters of expression. Catch the excitement live as they tour this summer. If not check out their new DVD and follow their escapades on twitter: @HotTunaBand.

July 01 The Bull Run Concert Series, Shirley, MA Shows: 3 & 7pm
July 05 Westbrook Performing Arts Center, Also Darol Anger, Westbrook, ME
July 06 The Flying Monkey, Plymouth, NH
July 07 The Theater at Newburyport High School, Newburyport, MA
July 09 The Arts Center, Carrboro, NC
July 10 Bijou Theatre, Knoxville, TN
July 11 Diana Wortham Theatre @Pack Place, Asheville, NC
July 13 Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA
July 14 Tampa Bay Perf. Arts Ctr, Tampa, FL
July 17 One World Theatre, Austin, TX
July 18 Kessler Theatre, Dallas, TX
July 20 Oriental Theatre, Denver, CO
July 21 Third Street Perf. Arts. Ctr, Carbondale, CO
July 22 Sheridan Opera House, Telluride, CO
July 25 Mesa Arts Ctr, Mesa, AZ
July 26 Orpheum Theatre, Flagstaff, AZ
July 27 Anthology, San Diego, CA
July 28 Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz, CA
July 30/31 Sweetwater, Mill Valley, CA (SOLD OUT!)
Aug. 02 Tower Theatre, Bend, OR
Aug. 03 Aladdin Theater, Portland, OR
Aug. 04 Mount Baker R&B Festival, Bellingham, WA, Electric

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Monday, April 16, 2012

David Cassidy, Leo Sayer, Hot Chocolate & Smokie on tour in the UK

0844 847 1726 - 0871 220 0260


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Once In A Lifetime is an unforgettable UK tour that will feature the crème de la crème of 70s superstars and hit singles from pop icons David Cassidy, Leo Sayer, Hot Chocolate and Smokie.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday April 20th at 9am.

The nationwide arena tour kicks off at the Birmingham LG Arena on November 9th, and takes in dates at Manchester Arena (Nov 10), London Wembley Arena (Nov 11), Newcastle Metro Radio Arena (Nov 14), Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (Nov 15), Sheffield Motorpoint Arena (Nov 16) and Liverpool Echo Arena (Nov 17).

All four artists have had 55 top ten hits and over 200 million record sales between them. This is a once in a lifetime tour – the only time all four of these seminal acts will perform on the same stage together!


Friday 9th November

Tickets: £38.50
Box Office 0844 338 8000
National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham B40 1NT

Saturday 10th November

Tickets: £38.50
Box Office 0844 847 8000
Victoria Station, Manchester M3 1AR

Sunday 11th November

Tickets: £41.50
Box Office 0844 815 0815
Arena Square, Engineers Way, London, HA9 OAA

Wednesday 14th November

Tickets: £38.50
Box Office 0844 493 6666
Arena Way, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 7NA

Thursday 15th November

Tickets: £38.50
Box Office 029 20 224488
Mary Ann Street, Cardiff CF10 2EQ

Friday 16th November

Tickets: £38.50
Box Office 0114 2 565656
Broughton Lane, Sheffield S9 2DF

Saturday 17th November

Tickets: £38.50
Box Office 0844 8000 400
Kings Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool, Merseyside L3 4BX


David Cassidy has managed to stay at the top of his game for over four decades, with a unique ability to re-invent himself and adapt to numerous genres from concerts to theater, television to Las Vegas, and even actor/singer to producer/writer/director with a demographic that crosses three generations. David rose to stardom in “The Partridge Family” and became the biggest TV and performing phenomenon in history by the time he was 20.

From television to recording and record-breaking concert tours, from Broadway and London’s West End to Las Vegas production shows, David Cassidy has made his mark and been lauded with nominations and awards in each arena. David has certainly proven that it is talent, creativity and tenacity that keep people coming to shows, turning on the television, and buying his recordings.

Hailing from a family of actors, mother Evelyn Ward and father Jack Cassidy, his fate as a performer was essentially seeded at a young age. It was by coincidence that he wound up starring with stepmother Shirley Jones in “The Partridge Family.”

When ABC cast David Cassidy as its juvenile star in what became an astonishingly successful series, one of the most spectacular careers in the entertainment industry was launched. Before the end of 1970, the year that “The Partridge Family” premiered, David had the #1 selling single of the year and record of the year, and garnered multiple Grammy nominations and won a Golden Apple Award. Over the next five years, membership in his official fan club exceeded that of Elvis Presley and the Beatles.

Those were only the first of many records David broke in his long and constantly evolving career. He became the first personality to be merchandised globally. His likeness appeared on everything from posters to lunch boxes, comic books, toys, cereal boxes and almost anything else imaginable. His concerts sold out in the largest arenas and stadiums in the world which led him to be the world’s highest paid performer by the age of 21. He broke box office records at Melbourne’s Cricket Grounds, London’s White City Stadium, Houston’s Astrodome and New York’s Madison Square Garden. To date, his records have sold well over 30 million copies worldwide and have been recognized with over 24 gold and platinum recordings including four consecutive multi-platinum LP’s.

David was responsible for seven chart-topping Partridge Family singles including “Doesn’t Somebody Want To Be Wanted,” ”I Woke Up In Love This Morning,” ”Breaking Up Is Hard To Do,” and of course, “I Think I Love You”, the best selling record of 1971. As a solo artist, David has had hit singles including “Cherish,” ”Could It Be Forever,” ”How Can I Be Sure,” ”Rock Me Baby” and “Lyin’ to Myself.” His 2004 CD, “Then and Now,” was in the Top Five and reached platinum status.

In addition to the superstardom he has enjoyed as a singer, songwriter and producer, David still thinks of himself as an actor. His credits, from the phenomenal success of “The Partridge Family” also include the telefilm “A Chance to Live” the highest rated “Police Story” in its seven year history, which earned him an Emmy nomination as Best Dramatic Actor.

Never one to rest on his laurels, he went to Broadway where he starred in the original production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

London beckoned to David, and he starred next at the prestigious West End in “Time” with Sir Laurence Olivier. In 1994, he once again broke box office records in the stunning and highly lauded production of “Blood Brothers” on Broadway, working for the first time with Shaun. The subsequent tour of the United States and Canada was also SRO.

Despite the peaks and valleys of his professional and personal life, David has always been able to regenerate his success by keeping his perspective and acute sense of humor. “I’m an optimist. I mean, you have to be with my career,” he laughs. “I’ve never gone out and changed my style to suit the times. I have always stayed true to myself by using the work ethic my father instilled in me, to strive for the best musically, theatrically, as well as in producing and writing. He taught me to be fearless about revealing the frailties and strengths of the human experience. Bringing that human element to my work is the most important thing I can do as an entertainer.”

In 1996, David took on his next challenge and moved to Las Vegas to star at the MGM Grand in the $75 million extravaganza “EFX.” Under David’s creative direction and by entirely re-vamping the show, it became the most successful production in Las Vegas. The MGM acknowledged that he was singularly responsible for bringing over 1 million paid customers to see “EFX”. Within four months of opening, the show was voted “Best Production Show” in Las Vegas, and David was voted “Best All Around Performer” and “Best Singer.” In 1999, David was again named “Best All Around Performer,” “Entertainer of the Year” and “Show Star of the Year” for “The Rat Pack Is Back!”, the first original production paying tribute to the legendary quartet, which he created and produced with Emmy Award winning writer-producer Don Reo. The musical played to sold-out audiences first at the Desert Inn, then at the Sahara Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Simultaneously, David and Reo created “At the Copa,” which David wrote, co-produced and in which starred. He returned to performing in concert subsequently and continues to tour worldwide.

He returned to series television in 2009 for “Ruby & the Rockits” (ABC Family), in which brother Patrick co-stars along with Alexa Vega (“Spy Kids”). Brother Shaun was executive producer and writer and youngest brother, Ryan, was the set designer. “This was the first time that all three of my brothers and I ever worked together. It has been our dream and desire to do this for many years and it couldn’t have been more fun,” said David. “I wouldn’t trade that experience for the world.”

In addition to performing, producing, writing and recording, David’s passion and avocation lie with the thoroughbred horses that he breeds and that race throughout the country. His greatest pride is his 21 year old son, Beau, who has just debuted live in concert with his band Beau Cassidy and the Fates.

Of late, because his mother was stricken with Alzheimer’s and dementia, David has become an active spokesperson for Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF) and related organizations and will be traveling the country speaking on the subject.


Leo Sayer almost needs no introduction. He is held in great esteem as a live performer and recording artist by all age groups - from 6 to 60. This is as much due to his appearing famously with the Muppets, the Wiggles and on the Charlie’s Angels Soundtrack, as the countless hit songs he has written and recorded throughout his 40 plus years career.

From the Olympic Stadium in Moscow, through New York’s Central Park, the Greek Theatre and Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, the Las Vegas Hilton, Wembley Arena and the Royal Albert Hall in London, to the State Theatre in Sydney and the Hamer Hall in Melbourne; in concert Leo has played the lot!

The trio’s first success came in 1973 when The Who’s lead singer Roger Daltrey based a debut solo album around Leo and David’s songs. 1972’s Daltrey led to Adam and David producing Silverbird, Leo’s first album release in 1973, which had the breakout hit: The Show Must Go On featuring Leo dressed in the costume and white make up of Pierrot. The album and single both hit the UK # 2 slot.

Leo’s star continued to rise in 1974 with a second album, Just A Boy, the Pierrot image now discarded. From this the singles One Man Band and Long Tall Glasses (a US # 7), and “Train” became international chart hits. He toured the States and Australia for the first time that year, and the impact of that first tour of Australia has endured to the present day. Further success ensued with 1975’s Another Year, which spawned the classic hit single Moonlighting.

A major turning point in Leo’s career came in 1976 with his premiere American album, Endless Flight. This gave him his first US # 1 with You Make Me Feel Like Dancing, a crossover R&B dance hit which also won him a Grammy Award. Then Albert Hammond and Carole Bayer Sager’s When I Need You went on to do the same. The album was a worldwide success, with How 2 Much Love” also hitting the top of the charts.

In 1977 Leo followed this up with Thunder In My Heart - and a later remix of the title track became Thunder In My Heart Again went to UK No.1 as recently as 2006. Then, in 1978, Leo released Leo Sayer, which included further hits like Dancing The Night Away, Raining In My Heart, and I Can’t Stop Loving You.

While visiting England, Leo had recorded Living In A Fantasy in 1980, and a single from this album: “More Than I Can Say”, put him back on the top of the worldwide charts. Working with producer Alan Tarney at the time, he even found time to pen a top ten hit for Cliff Richard, with Dreamin’ in 1981. More hits followed: Orchard Road in 1983, along with Have You Ever Been In Love, featured as the title track of another hit album released that same year.

In the international music charts there have been more than twenty top ten singles and five top ten albums in Leo Sayer’s illustrious recording career. Add to this the hits written for Roger Daltrey, Cliff, Three Dog Night, Tina Turner, Gene Pitney, Jennifer Warnes, and both Stella and Dolly Parton. It proves his prowess as an internationally acclaimed and talented songwriter. Now Leo is based in Australia, where he is busier and in more demand than ever. Last year was his 40th anniversary and to celebrate this he completed a tour of 58 venues.


Hot Chocolate started their recording career making a reggae version of John Lennon's "Give Peace a Chance". They discovered that John Lennon liked their version, and the group was subsequently signed to Apple Records. The link was short-lived as The Beatles were starting to break up, and the Apple connection soon ended.

In 1970 Hot Chocolate, with the help of record producer Mickie Most, began releasing tracks that became hits, such as "Love is Life", "Emma", "You Could Have Been a Lady", and "I Believe in Love".

It was in the disco era of the mid-1970s that Hot Chocolate became a big success. A combination of high production standards, the growing confidence of the main songwriting team of Wilson and Brown, and tight harmonies enabled them to secure further big hits like "You Sexy Thing" and "Every 1's a Winner".

In 1977, after scoring 15 hits, they finally reached Number One with "So You Win Again”. Other hits followed including “No Doubt About It”, “Girl Crazy”, “Brother Louie” & “Put Your Love In Me”

The band became the only group, and one of just three acts, that scored a hit in every year of the 1970s in the UK charts (the other two being Elvis Presley and Diana Ross). The band eventually had at least one hit, every year, between 1970 and 1984.

They continued well into the 1980s, and clocked up another big hit record: "It Started With a Kiss", in 1982, which reached Number 5 in the UK. In all, the group charted 25 UK Top 40 hit singles. Their single "You Sexy Thing" became the only track that made British Top Ten status in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Its renewed appreciation can be credited in part to its appearances in a string of successful films starting with the 1997 comedy The Full Monty.

Errol Brown left the group in 1986 and has been replaced with Kennie Simon and they continue to tour extensively including performing for Prince Charles & Princess Diana and at the film premier of The Titanic.


With chart-topping hits like Living Next Door to Alice, Lay Back in the Arms of Someone and If You Think You Know How to Love Me, and constant tours of the UK and Europe, the internationally successful British pop group, Smokie is one of the most popular bands in the world today.

Look at the Guinness Book of Hit Singles and you could be forgiven for thinking Smokie’s success story was a 1970s phenomenon. After all, 11 of their 14 British hits came in that eventful musical decade. However, their massive success story has continued to flourish around the globe including Scandinavia, South Africa, Germany and even China. Smokie are a band which has sold out tours and gained platinum records in four decades – the 70s, 80s, 90s and the present day.

Smokie first got together at school in Yorkshire in the late 60s. After going through various names and styles, they signed with Mickie Most’s then ultra-hot RAK label and found themselves chart bound. Songs like If You Think You Know How To Love Me, Don’t Play Your Rock’n’Roll To Me, It’s Your Life and Oh Carol (all Top 10 entries) became radio staples and gave Smokie their ticket to travel the world.

In 2003, Smokie released the ultimate greatest hits collection. Entitled The Box Set, the collection consisted of ten CD's spanning the decades from the 1970's through to today and gained Gold and Platinum awards throughout Scandinavia.

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