Hello again.

The Searchers are now well into the Sixties Gold package tour (which started on 2 October and runs until 2 December) which also features The Merseybeats, The Fortunes, P J Proby, Steve Ellis of Love Affair, and Vanity Fare.  .See here for details of the itinerary.  All is going well, and I hope you enjoy the shows you are going to.

If you haven’t already done so, do check out the October issue of Frank Allen’s own newsletter.  Amongst other things he talks about recent shows, what other members of the band did on their September break, the Sixties Gold Tour, his plans to move house soon, and sadly the deaths of two longstanding friends.  As usual there are some more Qs and As at the end.

He also mentions that, due to the move, he has sent 24 guitars from his extensive collection for a specialist auction on 12 December. There will be guitars that are not costly, some medium priced and a few expensive ones.

The ones the fans might be interested in are the acoustic bass he used for the Searchers’ acoustic set some years ago, the EB3 bass which he used for a short while (It has a repaired headstock so is not too pricey) and the ESP black precision bass he has used a lot. That one comes with two necks. The original neck which has Frank’s name in the 12th fret position comes separately.  He had a new neck fitted after it being split after a dodgy throw at the end of a concert. With each of these three comes a photo of him using the instrument. There are also some early 50s arch top guitars which will fetch very modest prices.  See here for full details from the auction house’s catalogue.

Hopefully you will all have read in my previous newsletters that the band announced back in March that they will be retiring at the end of March next year (2019).  Frank wrote about this in some length in the April/May issue of his Searchers News; if you missed that click
here to catch up.

I am sure that, very sad as we all really are, we appreciate that after 56 years of continuous touring (albeit with a few personnel changes) they so deserve time to enjoy their personal lives at a slower pace, and we are all grateful to have had such superb entertainment and friendship for so long. But cheer up - we still have another six months of shows to enjoy.

There will be a Farewell Tour of solo all-evening concerts from early January to the end of March 2019, the final confirmed schedule for which is  on line.  Most theatres have tickets on sale now, so book soon if you want good seats.  I’m afraid if you haven’t got your tickets for the final show at the Stables, Wavendon, near Milton Keynes on 31 March, it’s too late. It sold out completely within a few days of going on sale back in June. 

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.

And 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.

Finally, could I again remind those of you who now go direct to the most popular webpages, without going via the Home page, that there are some comprehensive articles about the Searchers’ career accessible from links down the left hand side of that page: These include three very comprehensive “history” pages and very detailed coverage - with plenty of pictures - of their guitars and other stage equipment.  There are technical reasons why these additional links are only available from the home page, but unless you sometimes access the site via there, you’re missing at least half of all the website has to offer.
Wendy Burton,
Website Editor/Co-ordinator

20th Oct