THE SEARCHERS - LATEST
NEWSA very Happy New Year to you all.
My new year – and that of the Searchers themselves and many regular
fans – got off to a very good start last night with the annual solo
show at The Beck Theatre in Hayes, West London. It was especially
enjoyable as John McNally was back in the fold, after his three months
of recovery from a stroke, and he got a much deserved full-house
standing ovation.. Everyone is so relieved, and also so grateful
to Steve Thompson of the Pacemakers for standing in for John, but it
was so good to have John back and looking well.
We have just added to the dates list. The
schedule, as it stands at the moment, for July, August and
September. It could be that some are on sale already, but the
later ones might not be just yet.
If you haven’t already done so, do read Frank Allen’s most recent (December) issue of his own newsletter.
He talked about John, about the later weeks of the autumn Sixties Gold
tour which became rather a “wait and see who turns up on the night”
affair, and on a just-released American CD set of all the 1979/80 Sire
recordings. 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
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.