And so, dear fellows, another week has come and gone. On a personal level the big news is the release of episode one (or 76, depending which way you are counting) of our rebooted monthly webTV series after a break of nearly four years.
I actually hadn't realised it had been so long, but - then again - my concepts of time and space are fairly abstract at the best of times. The worst news of the week is - of course - the terrorist atrocities in Spain yesterday. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims.
And finally, thank you to Corinna for sending me this news item: A childhood friend of Pink Floyd legend Syd Barrett is developing a hospital garden in his honour. Syd's Garden will be "laced with little clues" about the singer, according to Stephen Pyle who was a schoolfriend of his, and played alongside him in a band called Those Without, which toured Cambridge youth clubs and pubs between 1963 and 1965. Designed as a restful area for patients and staff, it will open in the grounds of Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge in 2018.
But now, here is the news:
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Gonzo Weekly #247
THE CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN ISSUE
In which we meet the legendary Don Airey, who tinkles the ivories for Deep Purple (amongst others) and talks about his mountainous solo album, John talks about Cary Grace, the Luck of Eden Hall, Steely Dan and Pye Hastings, Alan gives an Observer’s Guide to Lithuanian Pop Music, Jon critiques the best novel he has read all year and presents the latest news from The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu.
Yup, and it’s all free!
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Strange Fruit, Canterbury sans Frontieres and Friday Night Progressive. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, C J Stone, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and numbats with the right to choose (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have become eligible to vote, but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stick at. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
This issue features:
The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, RAZ Band, Paul McCartney, Foo Fighters, Ronnie Wood, Patti Smith, Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Chantek, Jessy Serrata, Glen Travis Campbell, Janet Seidel, Arleta, Rick Wakeman, Ashton, Gardner and Dyke, Third Ear Band, Atomic Rooster, Deep Purple, Don Airey, Alan Dearling, Laura Remeikiene, Neda Malunaviciute, Rugile, Boris and the Gopnik tour of Vilnius, John Brodie Good, Cary Grace, The Luck of Eden Hall, Caravan, Pye Hastings, Steely Dan, Donald Fagen and The Nightflyers, Kev Rowland, ESP, Eternal Wanderers, Gentle Knife, Horseneck, Immolation, Integrity, Jam It!, Neil Arnold, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Nathan Kuzak, Lemmy, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Ringo Starr, Charlie Watts
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 246 (Steve Hackett)
Issue 244-5 (Summer Special)
Issue 243 (Galahad)
Issue 242 (Steve Miller Band)
Issue 241 (Carol Hodge and Steve Ignorant)
Issue 240 (Midsummer Madness)
Issue 239 (Miss Peach)
Issue 238 (Hawkwind)
Issue 237 (Hawkwind)
Issue 236 (Manchester)
Issue 235 (Jon Anderson)
Issue 234 (Al Atkins)
Issue 233 (Richard Strange)
Issue 232 (Roy Weard)
Issue 231 (Allan Holdsworth)
Issue 230 (Curtis Womack)
Issue 229 (Larry Wallis)
Issue 228 (Space Pharoahs)
All issues from #70 can be downloaded at www.gonzoweekly.com if you prefer. If you have problems downloading, just email me and I will add you to the Gonzo Weekly dropbox. The first 69 issues are archived there as well. Information is power chaps, we have to share it!
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