THE SEARCHERS - LATEST
NEWSHello again everyone.
Not a lot new to tell you at the moment. I hope you are
enjoying the current run of “solo” all evening concerts, which run
through the spring and summer.
If you haven’t already done so, do check out the most recent (February) issue of Frank Allen’s own newsletter.
Amongst other things he talks about are John McNally’s very welcome
return after three months’ absence late last year, the recent trip to
Denmark, some upcoming shows, and looks forward to another Sixties Gold
tour in the autumn. I hope you will enjoy reading it. There
are some more Qs and As at the end of it.
The dates list now includes the schedule for
the Sixties Gold package tour, which will run from 2 October to 2
December. It will feature The Searchers, P J Proby, The Merseybeats,
The Fortunes, Steve Ellis (of Love Affair) and Vanity Fare. I
believe most of the shows are now on sale, but some may not be yet, so
do please be patient with Box Office staff, who in the main won’t know
what shows are coming up until they actually go onto their screens for
Some theatres are promoting this as “The Searchers Farewell Sixties
Tour” which has unfortunately made some people misleadingly think that
the boys are retiring after it finishes. This is not so – it will
actually be the farewell Sixties Gold tour, but The Searchers will be continuing with their own solo shows in 2019.
Sales are going well for the recent American release of a new CD
compilation set “The Searchers - Another Night – The Sire Recordings
1979/1981”, a must-have especially for fans who weren’t around when the
original LPs, or a later CD re-issues, were available. This isn’t on
general release in the UK, but it can be obtained via Amazon and from
the website of the US record label (Omnivore).
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: 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.