THE SEARCHERS - LATEST
Searchers are now well into the Sixties Gold package tour (which
started on 2 October and runs until 2 December) which also features The
Merseybeats, The Fortunes, P J Proby, Steve Ellis of Love Affair, and
Vanity Fare. .See here for details of the itinerary. All is going well, and I hope you enjoy the shows you are going to.
If you haven’t already done so, do check out the October issue of Frank Allen’s own newsletter.
Amongst other things he talks about recent shows, what other members of
the band did on their September break, the Sixties Gold Tour, his plans
to move house soon, and sadly the deaths of two longstanding
friends. As usual there are some more Qs and As at the end.
He also mentions that, due to the move, he has sent 24 guitars from his
extensive collection for a specialist auction on 12 December. There
will be guitars that are not costly, some medium priced and a few
The ones the fans might be interested in are the acoustic bass he used
for the Searchers’ acoustic set some years ago, the EB3 bass which he
used for a short while (It has a repaired headstock so is not too
pricey) and the ESP black precision bass he has used a lot. That one
comes with two necks. The original neck which has Frank’s name in the
12th fret position comes separately. He had a new neck fitted
after it being split after a dodgy throw at the end of a concert. With
each of these three comes a photo of him using the instrument. There
are also some early 50s arch top guitars which will fetch very modest
prices. See here for full details from the auction house’s
Hopefully you will all have read in my previous newsletters that the
band announced back in March that they will be retiring at the end of
March next year (2019). Frank wrote about this in some length in
the April/May issue of his Searchers News; if you missed that click here to catch up.
I am sure that, very sad as we all really are, we appreciate that after
56 years of continuous touring (albeit with a few personnel changes)
they so deserve time to enjoy their personal lives at a slower pace,
and we are all grateful to have had such superb entertainment and
friendship for so long. But cheer up - we still have another six months
of shows to enjoy.
There will be a Farewell Tour of solo all-evening concerts from early
January to the end of March 2019, the final confirmed schedule for
which is on line. Most theatres
have tickets on sale now, so book soon if you want good seats.
I’m afraid if you haven’t got your tickets for the final show at the
Stables, Wavendon, near Milton Keynes on 31 March, it’s too late. It
sold out completely within a few days of going on sale back in
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.