Hello again everyone. 

As 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 has received.

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 year. 

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.

10 Nov

Wendy Burton
    Website Editor/Co-ordinator