THE SEARCHERS - LATEST
NEWSHello again everyone.
am sorry to be starting this issue with some worrying news. Sadly
John McNally has been taken ill, and has been told he must rest for at
least four weeks. This meant that the shows this weekend at
Haverhill, Selsey and Rotherham had to be cancelled and
unfortunately John will not be able to appear for the first few weeks
of the Sixties Gold Tour. Steve Thompson, lead guitarist
from The Pacemakers has kindly agreed to stand in for as long as is
necessary on the tour. It goes without saying that we are all
thinking of John and wish him a good recovery.
We’ve recently put on line the new (September) issue of Frank Allen’s own newsletter.
In it, amongst other things, he talks about where he and the rest of
the team went on their summer holidays (our very best wishes to
Scott and Sam Ottaway who got married during that time), the Sixties Gold
autumn tour, and the interviews he and John McNally recently did for an
upcoming “Mersey Sound” DVD. He also congratulates Gary Jackson (our
webmaster) and me on the 20th anniversary of us starting the
website. As always, Frank answers some more of your questions at
the end of the newsletter.
All the Searchers shows for the rest of the year are on the dates
list including another run of the Sixties Gold tour which starts on 30
September and runs through until 3 December. It also 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). Tickets are selling fast, so if
you haven’t already booked, do so soon if you want to get a decent seat.
We have recently added to the list all the dates
confirmed so far for the first six months of 2018. Please note,
however, that not all of the later ones are on sale yet. So just
put them in your diaries for now, and try to be patient until they
are. Although I expect more dates will be added in due course, it
is good to know that the boys have realised that the oh-so-hectic
schedule of the last few years was not good for their health, and they
are hopefully perhaps slowing down just a little. We’d rather see
them less frequently than not at all, of course.
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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