“The Who and I” by Tony Klinger Box Set, Book and Memorabilia Now Available For Pre-Order

Pre-order Limited Edition Box Set Signed & Numbered by Tony Klinger at https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/the-who-and-i

London – Tony Klinger, renowned producer of The Who’s “The Kids Are Alright” film, has started a PledgeMusic campaign for “The Who and I” Box Set, Book and Memorabilia. The Box Set contains Tony’s new book “The Who and I,” an audio book / CD, reproduced memorabilia, and a reproduction of “The Kids Are Alright” press kit and photos!

“Angry management, crazy people, women jumping naked out of giant cakes, fireworks going off in your hand, trips to the Pleasure Chest, run ins with Steve McQueen, afternoon teas with Ringo Starr, drunken sessions with Rick Danko of The Band, hotels demanding money up front before we checked in, travelling, constantly travelling, all the while trying to juggle schedules, money and egos, that’s what I remember from my time with the Who when I was making a film, ‘The Kids Are Alright’ with, for and about them.

“The packaging of ‘The Who and I’ project accurately and faithfully represents the flavour of our project and the time we originally created the film, ‘The Kids Are Alright,’ and that forms the central themes of this project.

“I want to tell this story because there are so many of us, you and me included, who love rock music and film, who should know what really goes on, and this book tells it like it is. ‘The Who’ are the icons of both the sight and sound of My Generation. They sounded and looked angry and it wasn’t an act. ‘The Who’ were among those who invented Mod England, which forced the world look up and pay attention. Their energy demanded your focus, whether it was Townshend’s duck walk borrowed with love from Chuck Berry, his skinny whirling arms bashing out the chords, or Roger Daltrey swinging his microphone, more a weapon as he marched to the beat punched out by the bass played with metronomic intensity by the Ox, John Entwistle or the only drummer I ever saw who could lead a melody line, the maniacal Keith Moon.

“And then when you got past the image there was the music, that brilliant, original and fantastic music. How could such sounds spring out of such chaos? The answer is that it’s the chaos that creates those sounds, that environment which enables a different view, a special sideways on look at our world that is so dynamic, true and genuine that we all have to take notice.

“’The Who,’ maybe more than any other group epitomise that special rock lifestyle of danger mixed with brilliance to create a bubble of such power that we all want to see and listen and share.

“’The Who and I’ was originally known as ‘Twilight of the Gods.’ So I am qualified by dint of knowledge about the group. More especially I know the men who make up the band and the originals who no longer get to go on stage because they’re playing bass and drums with the celestial choir.

“Like most of you I am a fan, I remained a fan despite sometimes wanting to wring their collective necks! It’s well known and I documented the fact that we didn’t always agree with each other, in fact it would be more accurate to report that we hardly ever did so.” – Tony Klinger

To pre-order Tony Klinger’s “The Who and I”  Box Set, Book and Memorabilia: https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/the-who-and-i

Also available “The Kids Are Alright” Film Screening and a one off original Tour Jacket!

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (US), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

A Home In Your Thoughts by Aethellis Officially Released

Aethellis continues its amalgamation of progressive structures, pop hooks and funky grooves with the new collection of songs, A Home In Your Thoughts. 

By turns plaintive and inspiring, “A Home In Your Thoughts” is a meditation on the persistence of overcoming obstacles, while the joyous, uplifting and powerful “Second Home In Your Thoughts” represents the fruition of that persistence with its multi-thematic epic structure.

“Janice,” tells the story of a divorced man attempting to reconcile with his ex, detailing his frustrations, yearning and ultimately his belief in the power of love. Add this to an infectious funky groove that spirals into prog territory in the latter half of the song which includes jazzy riffs and solos and concludes with a variation on the main riff but this time in 5/4 (which is hinted at earlier in the song).

Finally, “Believe In Somebody” is a punchy concise pop/rock offering with prog flourishes and more uplifting lyrics. This song received the Runner Up Award from the 2014 Song of the Year Contest.

This inspiring Aethellis collection could be considered a concept EP about overcoming obstacles by believing in oneself.

A Home In Your Thoughts Digital Only Release

Track Listing
1. A Home In Your Thoughts / Second Home In Your Thoughts 15:09
2. Believe In Somebody 04:34
3. Janice 08:13

Where to Buy
| Bandcamp | CD Baby | iTunes & Amazon and all fine digital retailers Coming soon!

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Former Yes Guitarist Peter Banks Posthumously Rejoins Mabel Greer’s Toyshop For The Last Song On New Album “The Secret”

Mabel Greer’s Toyshop: The Secret Is Out… A new song was written to celebrate 50 years of Peter Banks and Chris Squire joining the group in 1967.
 
London- On a new Mabel Greer’s Toyshop album “The Secret” to be released on December 15, and for the first time in 50 years, Peter Banks and Clive Bayley are heard playing a guitar duo. Clive has written a new song around previously recorded guitar parts by Peter Banks. The song is included on the album as a tribute to Peter Banks and Chris Squire joining Mabel Greer in September 1967. “I did it because a reading of Peter’s passing in 2013 was the catalyst for meeting Bob Hagger again and coming up with the crazy idea of re-forming Mabel Greer. The result is that we have produced two new albums since then, and released re-mastered BBC tapes from 1967 on the EP ‘Images’”, said Clive.
 
Clive and Bob first met in 1966 – a time when the London underground music scene was an impressive force for the future development of a different kind of rock music. Clive at sixteen years old, had already been playing music in a band since the age of 13, he was writing his own compositions and already had an idea of what kind of music he wanted to perform. Bob had previously been for an audition in the band ‘The Syn’. The bass player happened to be Chris Squire and the guitarist Peter Banks, it wasn’t long before they both joined Bob and Clive in Mabel Greer’s Toyshop and the seeds of ‘Yes’ were planted. In early 1968, Jon Anderson also joined the group, in June Bill Bruford replaced Bob and Tony Kaye joined on keyboards. But in August of that year, Clive left the band and they changed the name to ‘Yes’.
 
Fast forward to 2013, Clive met Bob again for the first time in 45 years! Both now in their sixties. The first thing Clive said to Bob was “let’s get into the studio, see if we still have the old magic”. The result became the album “New Way Of Life” featuring Billy Sherwood and Tony Kaye, released in 2015.
 
This new album of 9 songs “The Secret” with Max Hunt on keyboards and Hugo Barré on bass will be available on or before December 15, 2017, on CD and digital download at: https://mabelgreerstoyshop.bandcamp.com
 
Special thanks to Daniel Earnshaw of QEDG Management for providing the Peter Banks recordings.
 
Enquiries: Emily at: mabelgreerstoyshop@gmail.com
Mabel Greer’s Toyshop official website: www.mabelgreerstoyshop.com
 
Press Inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (US), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

US band Shadow Merchant signed for the ROSfest 2018 After Party Events

We are pleased to announce that local progressive rock band Shadow Merchant has been signed as the After Party band for ROSfest 2018. They played for us last in 2014, then as the Friday night after party band. Their set back then was described as “kickin’ ass”.

When Shadow Merchant returns in 2018, they will be a different band with new members. Their current line-up consists of veteran members Sean Reiter (guitars) and Howard Whitman (vocals, bass), while Michael LaBuono (keyboards), David Lee (drums), and Yvonne Blackwell (vocals, percussion) are new additions to the band. Also new since their last ROSfest appearance is that Shadow Merchant will perform at both the Friday night and the Saturday night after parties.

The Friday night after party will take place at the Appalachian Brewery Company, where the band will deliver a 90-minute long acoustic set.

The Saturday night after party will take place at The Pike Restaurant and Bar, which is situated less than a mile from the host hotel. Shadow Merchant will perform a 60-minute full electrical set there, which will be followed by the traditional jam session. As usual, the jam session will be open to anyone that wants to play.

The after party events are an integral part of the ROSfest experience, and while the concerts are what people come to see, many of the most treasured memories come from these after-party events. With Shadow Merchant playing, quality entertainment and an enjoyable experience is guaranteed.

Shadow Merchant official website:
http://www.shadowmerchant.net/

Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/ShadowMerchantBand

Shadow Merchant video:

Tom Slatter, Curry Talk, Forthcoming Album and Duo Gigs

Hello, You!
I’m typing this on a Sunday, after the most epic home-cooked curry. There are bound to be typos as most of my energy is currently being put into digestion. I’ll do my best to type something coherent through the paneer induced fug. My brain is currently secondary to my stomach.

Talking of curry, I visited David Elephant, founder of my record label, in his office The Spice Inn, Stratford last week. Among other things we discussed the next new music, I’ll be releasing. Yes, the mythical ‘secret project’ will be unleashed upon an unsuspecting and indifferent world in just a matter of months. Tremble ye mighty, for it shall humble your ears.

But not yet. Patience, patience.

Anyway, gigs have started! Gigs!

Yes, that’s right, the first Tom Slatter Duo gig (we’re not calling it the Tom Slatter Duo, that’s an awful name) has taken place. It was a lovely gig in Darlington, UK. I have written a blog post about it in which i explain exactly how rock n roll Gareth and I are (hint: not very):

I first worked with Gareth when we both played on a track called Wounds from Mike Kershaw’s last album. When I mentioned online that I was gearing up to get gigging again, Gareth offered his services, which I thought sounded grand. I have a lot of songs, particularly on Happy People, that just can’t work as a solo song. …Read more 

As I mention in the blog, the gig has also been reviewed, so there’s another write-up to read over here.

What’s more, Emma the promoter has sent me a live recording. It’s just the unedited feed from the sound desk, and being an acoustic gig that means it isn’t a perfect recreation of the sound. You can hear both guitars and the vocal, however, so here is a link to the mp3 of the opening track:

Happy People Live in Darlington (MP3)

A great night, and yes I did glare at Gareth once or twice.

Anyway, the next gigs are:

1st August Supporting The Far Meadow at the Horns in Watford
5th August The Surrey Steampunk Convivial in New Malden

All the links to tickets and so on are at this link.

Midsummer Madness

Last weekend I went to see Mothertongue, and to do away with ‘fan’ Tony, who had been going far too far with bad puns over on The Tom Slatter Immoral Support Group. Alas, I was not as successful as I hope:

Tony claims he’s a fan of my music. That might be the case, though if you can decipher this sub-Joycean melange of a review you more clever than I. He is, however, guilty of the most egregious, violent punning on the internet….Read more

Still Happy

Happy People is selling quite nicely, but of course, there are still copies. You can get your mitts on a copy, or stream the whole thing over here.

Thanks for listening!

Tom Slatter
www.tomslatter.co.uk

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