And so another working week begins, and there are six more days before I have to attempt to write poetry again. There is now less than a fortnight to go before the 13th Weird Weekend, the Fortean festival that I promote every summer. If you are interested in such things please check out http://www.weirdweekend.org/ - I am sure that you would not be disappointed. If you want more details please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We begin today with News of Rick Wakeman's forthcoming appearance at an Arts Festival in Suffolk. The Halesworth Arts Festival is apparently in is 11th year and is described as "Suffolk's favourite Festival". Rick will be performing his one man show, An Evening with Rick Wakeman at The Cut Arts Centre on Wednesday 17th October at 7.30pm. The original Grumpy Old Man arrives in Halesworth armed with stories, anecdotes and some virtuoso piano playing.http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/rick-wakeman-at-halesworth-arts-festival.html
Cathy Richardson, the new voice of Jefferson Starship is just about to embark on a solo tour, as well as playing dates with JS. Rocksucker, an online magazine who are quickl to point out that their moniker comes from the name of an obscure fish, and isn't as dirty as it seems, fired off some interview questions for her, and we intercepted them...http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/jefferson-starship-cathy-richardson.html
I really am a fan of Helen McCookerybook. Her blog is essential reading, if - like me - you like meandering stories about DIY, books, politics and being an unconventional female musician in a conventional person's word. The other day she posted such a delightful ramble which started off with her nearly sticking two of her fingers together with superglue and soon went on to recent books she has read. I was so engrossed in it that I felt duty bound to share it with you as the perfect antidote to a monday morning.http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/helen-mccookerybook-read-on-sister.html
As regular readers will know, Davey Curtis (mainman of Co Durham oddballs Happy The Man, and long time beer buddy of mine) is a regular contributor to the Gonzo Daily. Several weeks ago he telephoned me in a state of high excitement because Elizabeth Fraser, the notoriously reclusive singer with the Cocteau Twins back in the day, was playing at the Meltdown Festival in London (which I knew) and was doing a one-off warm up gig in bath (which I didn't). Davey had tickets, and wondered whether we would like a review. Of course, I said and then forgot all about it. Here it is...http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/davey-curtis-elizabeth-fraser-bath.html
As regular readers will also know I am an old hippy who usually doesn't admit it, and takes a childish delight in posting up reviews of Gonzo artists, especially when the reviews come from around the world. I actually managed to write a whole screed just now about the healing power of music and the global village blah blah blah, but then I managed to delete it (which is probably no bad thing). Herewith a Slovakian review of Michael Des Barres. And congratulations to Michael for landing a part in NCIS, which is apparently the top rated drama in America.http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/michael-des-barres-review-from-slovakia.html
Now, what can I say about Erik Norlander? The Gods have been kind to him; bestowing Nordic good looks, oodles of talent and a lovely wife. I am very fond of the two new CD/DVD packages that Gonzo have just released, and it seems that so are lots of other people around the world - like this bloke from Germany.http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/erik-norlander-german-review.html
And that (for today) is that. See ya!