Friday, August 10, 2012
I'M YER GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN
It is a beautiful day. I have a Weird Weekend meeting at 2:00 (which reminds me. If you have still not made up your mind whether to come to this year's event, go to www.weirdweekend.org and your mind will be made up for you). I am also expecting a visit from Davey Curtis (who will be familiar to all bloggoreaders) and his family. And finally congratulations to Tim and Graidi Taylor-Rose. Dougal Robert Taylor-Rose arrived in the world at 15.04 on 10th August, weighing a very healthy 7lbs 11oz!I am now an adopted Great-Uncle...
It has been a while since we featured Mimi Page on Gonzo Daily, and I'm not quite sure why. Her album is a perennial fixture on the office hi-fi, and even my delightful (if slightly scary) step-daughter Olivia likes it. But, better late than never. Today we feature a smashing download of a remix of one of the songs from her first EP (Mimi's, I mean, not Olivia's)...
I really am getting back into Annie Haslam, both solo and with Renaissance. I hadn't listened to either for years, but purely through the happenstance of fixing the spelling on her Gonzo Artist Page, I have started to listen to her for the first time in about 20 years or so. She really is a fantastic artist, and I have become a born again Haslam proselytiser. Today we feature a link to another insightful interview with the lady herself..
Having checked them out on YouTube, I so want to see Asia Featuring John Payne live. They look a fantastic band. Today we have news of a forthcoming Mexican festival appearance. I was in Mexico with a UK Channel 4 film crew some years ago, and I would love to go back.
The juggernaut which is the Michael Des Barres publicity machine trundles on, and I am reliably informed that on tuesday fortnight he will officially become the most famous person on the planet, and will be given the title of Emperor of the Galaxy. Today we showcase another fascinating interview with him - I am amazed that he does so many interviews and always manages to say something fresh and interesting...
Rick Wakeman makes another charity appearance; he was at Age UK Gloucestershire presenting a cheque for £400 from Tesco Retired Staff. He really is a nice chap, and totally overturns the popular conception of rock stars as selfish and egomaniac. Well done Rick.
I still think that Peter McAdam is probably the funniest person with whom I have had the privelige of working. His book 'The 9 Henrys' is massively entertaining. Here we are proud to present an interview with the man himself...
And that's it for today. I will be back tomorrow, and - seven whole days having passed - I shall be presenting it in bad poetry. Ta-ra!
Posted by Jon Downes at 2:25 PM