Hello again,

The Searchers have now arrived back from their very enjoyable and successful time in Australia, and I thought you might be interested in some of the statistics of the tour:

31 shows performed in 42 days, playing to 20,044 people
22,863 miles flown in total, including 4,863 miles in Australia itself
7,948 miles driven in Australia, totalling 156 hours on the road
A very onerous schedule in just six weeks.  Well done to John, Frank, Spencer and Scott, and also to their longstanding sound engineer, Phil Hayes, and their Australian tour manager, John Ryan.

If you haven’t already done so, do check out the March issue of Frank Allen’s own newsletter , written towards the end of the Australian trip, and therefore mostly about it.  Always interesting and entertaining, and I hope you will enjoy it.   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 perhaps hasn’t been asked before.

With just four days to have recuperated after the tour and the long flight home, the Searchers are back on  the road again with their spring solo UK tour - all the dates for this are on the dates list which now includes all the shows confirmed so far right up to the end of December.  As mentioned previously, 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 (Chip Hawkes and Dave Munden), Vanity Fare and Steve Ellis (of Love Affair).  It is very reassuring that as bookings are already being negotiated for 2018, the dreaded subject of retirement isn’t quite yet on the horizon.

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: 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, if you would like to be on my mailing list to be advised whenever this and other pages are updated, or when there is any important news to relay, please email me (see below) including mentioning please which country you are in if your email address doesn’t show it, as I keep separate mailing lists for each continent.

18 March

Wendy Burton
    Website Editor/Co-ordinator