April 25, 2015
Peter Williams says this song should be compulsory Anzac Day listening:
There’s a song that should be compulsory listening before ANZAC Day on Saturday.
“And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda” was written by Scottish born Adelaide singer-songwriter Eric Bogle in 1971.
That was a time when attendances at ANZAC Day Dawn Parades were sparse.
A time when – because of the Vietnam conflict – young people especially didn’t want to remember wars and those who fought in them.
A time when there was a real possibility that the annual remembrance of Gallipoli would fade away a long, long time before a centenary commemoration.
So in keeping with the times, Bogle wrote lyrics highlighting the horrors of Gallipoli and in the process emerged with some of the most damning and haunting words ever written about war and its after effects. . .
April 12, 2015
How many 70 year-olds could keep an audience of mostly 50+ in age on their feet for an hour and a half?
Rod Stewart did it at Forsyth Barr stadium last night when most had already been dancing during James Reyne’s opening act.
Rod gave us all the old hits, a few lesser known songs, sensational lighting and shared the limelight with the musicians and backing singers too.
It’s a pity the photo doesn’t show his stunning shoes and leopard skin socks.
January 27, 2015
Greek singer Demis Roussos has died:
The star’s daughter confirmed he passed away at the Hygeia Hospital in Athens, Greece over the weekend after battling an undisclosed illness.
Roussos, real name Artemios Ventouris Roussos, was born and raised in Egypt before his parents relocated to Greece.
He launched his career when he joined progressive rock group Aphrodite’s Child in 1967 before enjoying a hugely successful solo career through the 1970s. . .
January 15, 2015
Trevor Ward-Davies, a member of the 60s band Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, has died .
Ward-Davies – ‘Dozy’ in the British band – passed away on Tuesday following a short illness.
The bassist was a founding member of the group, which enjoyed hits with ‘Hold Tight!’, ‘Bend It!’, ‘The Legend of Xanadu’, and ‘Zabadak!’ in their 1960s heyday before breaking up in 1972 following the departure of frontman Dee three years earlier. . .
December 17, 2014
Sol3 Mio has beaten Lorde to the top of the charts again:
. . . In the New Zealand Albums chart Sol3 Mio and Lorde finished number one and number two respectively, for the second year in a row.
On the overall album charts Sol3 Mio’s self-titled record managed to come in second only to Ed Sheeran’s hugely popular X.
“Sol3 Mio don’t get radio play, but they are quite clearly stars. Their live performance translates into the record, and word of mouth is enormously popular in this country,” says Mr Vaughan.
Sol3 Mio’s record is now seven times platinum. . .
I don’t think this takes into account digital downloads and So3 Mio’s win could reflect the age of their fans who might be older and more likely to buy a CD or DVD than download music on the internet.
Though, I number myself among their fans and am more comfortable with discs than digital versions but I did download their album.