THE SEARCHERS - LATEST
NEWSHello again everyone.
very good news! John McNally is now fit enough to return to
work – he tried himself out at two shows last weekend (albeit being
driven by his son) and everything should be back to normal for the New
Year. Everyone is so relieved, and also so grateful to Steve
Thompson of the Pacemakers for standing in for John for the last nearly
Frank talks about all of this in much more detail in the new (December) issue of his own newsletter.
He also reports back on the later weeks of the Sixties Gold tour which
became rather a “wait and see who turns up on the night” affair, and on
a just-released American CD set of all the 1979/80 Sire
recordings. This isn’t on general release in the UK, but it can
be obtained via Amazon and from the website of the record label
All the dates confirmed so far up to the end of next June are on the dates list. I think most of them are on sale now, but some of the later ones might not be just yet.
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.
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: www.the-searchers.co.uk.
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.
Finally, as always, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you, from us all:
John McNally, Frank Allen, Spencer James and Scott Ottaway - The Searchers
Phil Hayes and John Semark, their hardworking sound and light engineers
Alan Field, the Searchers’ business and booking agent
Tim Viney, who runs the Searchers Appreciation Society
Gary Jackson, our webmaster, without whom none of this would get on line
and me, Wendy Burton, website editor/co-ordinator