THE SEARCHERS - LATEST
pleased to report that the Searchers arrived safely in Australia
earlier this week, where they will be touring until 12 March.
Full details are on the dates list, and I look forward to hearing from
some of you who will be at the shows.
The first night in Perth
the boys were deliciously wined and dined by Clyde and Lesley Bevan of
the Friends Restaurant, where they had performed on some occasions in
the past.. It was lovely for them all to catch up again. Also in
this picture with Clyde and Lesley is John Ryan (sitting next to John
McNally) a very long time friend of John’s from the early days in
Liverpool, who has lived in Australia for many years now and acts as
the boys’ tour manager on their trips down under.
If you haven’t already done so, do check out the most recent (mid January) issue of Frank Allen’s own newsletter
on line. He started on a very sad note by talking about the death.
after some years of illness, of his and the Searchers’ longtime friend,
Peter Sarstedt, with whom they toured many times in the 1980s and
1990s. Many of us, myself included, will remember this very talented
man with affection. RIP Peter. So many of our 60s singers
have died in the last year, and we had hoped that 2017 would have
started a bit better.
On a more cheerful note he went on to
mention a recent report about the hardest working bands in the UK
(where the Searchers were listed third, behind two other acts which
surely can’t match their schedule), and his own birthday celebrations
at The Ivy in December. As usual, there are some more Questions
and Answers at the end, and yours would be welcome especially if they
are on a subject that hasn’t been asked before. Frank will
hopefully write a new issue in due course, about the Australian
The dates list, includes
all the UK shows confirmed so far up to the end of September.
Some of you already know that The Searchers will be part of another
Sixties Gold tour in the autumn, also featuring Gerry & the
Pacemakers (Gerry’s farewell tour apparently), Brian Poole & the
Tremeloes, Vanity Fare and Steve Ellis (of Love Affair). Although
I believe that a few shows are already on sale, I’m afraid the
promoters don’t want to release the full schedule until they are all
confirmed. Of course, as soon as I have them, I will put them on
line, so do check the list regularly until they are there. It is
very reassuring that as bookings are already being negotiated for 2018,
the dreaded subject of retirement isn’t yet on the horizon!
night before the boys left for Australia, I saw them at the Mill at
Sonning, a beautiful old converted water mill on the banks of the
Thames near Reading. Following a very nice dinner in the
restaurant we moved into the small and very intimate theatre. The
stage is only about 4 inches high, and you can see from this photo that
the centre front row seats (where I and my friends were sitting) are
almost on the stage. It’s almost like having a Searchers concert
in your own front room!
Frank’s very detailed 2009 hardback book “The Searchers And Me”
is still in print. It is ONLY available direct from Aureus
Publishing - from the above link, read all about it and follow the
instructions to place an order. Click here
for a message from Frank, which includes a whole chapter from the book
which we hope will encourage you to buy it. If you bring your
copy along to a show, Frank will be pleased to autograph it for you.
if you’ve never read Frank’s first book “Travelling Man - On The Road
With The Searchers” (originally published in hardback in 1999 and now
out of print) - it is now available as an electronic version to
download for Kindles etc from various Amazon sites worldwide.
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