THE SEARCHERS - LATEST
NEWSHello again everyone.
most of you know, John McNally was taken ill in late September and
although he is doing well, his doctors advise that he still needs to
recover for a bit longer, especially regarding the need to drive long
distances on his own.
Therefore, as mentioned previously, Steve
Thompson, lead guitarist from The Pacemakers has kindly stood in for
John for the whole of the Sixties Gold tour, and if necessary for most
of the solo shows in December – here is a photo of the temporary
line-up. From all reports Steve is doing brilliantly and The The
Searchers are very lucky to have acquired his services. It goes
without saying that we are all thinking of John and wishing him a good
recovery – he really appreciates the hundreds of messages of support he
Frank talks about all of this in much more detail in the new (October) issue of his own newsletter
which we have just put on line. There is a lengthy PS at the end of the
newsletter, all about one of their lesser known recordings – I Don’t
Want To Be The One – written, purely coincidentally, by another Steve
Thompson. So please do scroll right down to the end to read it.
The Sixties Gold tour runs to the beginning of December – see the dates list.
In addition to Tthe Searchers it features 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). As Frank mentions in his newsletter, most venues are sold out
- or as good as - already. The dates list also gives all the shows
(mostly solo all-evening concerts) confirmed so far up to June next
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, if you would like to be
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