THE SEARCHERS - LATEST
the Searchers returned from Australia in March they have been
very busy travelling around the UK with their spring run of “solo”
theatre shows - no support acts, just the Searchers all evening..
Unfortunately, as many of you have noticed at recent shows, John
McNally has been unwell, suffering from a very bad cold. Being
the trooper he is, he carried on but it has now developed into a very
nasty chest infection, he is on strong medication and he has been
firmly advised by his doctors to rest and give himself a chance to
Unfortunately, therefore, the following shows have had
to be cancelled – Richmond on 19 April, Solihull on 20 April, Gravesend
on 21 April, Worthing on 22 April and Worcester on 23 April. It
is so very unusual for the Searchers to have to cancel shows, in fact I
think this is only the second time in the 29 years since I’ve been
seeing them that they have had to do so.
We all wish John the
very best for a prompt recovery, and look forward to seeing him and the
boys back on the road soon. It’s very disappointing all round of
course, but I’m sure you’ll agree that John’s health has to come
first. Hopefully the cancelled dates might be re-arranged in due
All the Searchers shows for the rest of the year, as
they stand at the moment, are on the dates list including another run
of the 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).
If you haven’t already done so, before he writes another one 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.
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.
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.
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.
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