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The Knebworth Festival

I chanced upon a report in the media earlier this week that the Knebworth Festival is celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year. I have vague memories of being there at various times in the 1970s to see Pink Floyd – who arranged for a Spitfire, or rather a replica version, to ‘fly’ on [...]

May 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

A thumbs-up for a musical idol

According to reports in the media overnight, fears are growing for the health of former Beatle Paul McCartney, 71, now hospitalised in Tokyo by some form of virus that has caused the cancellation of four gigs in the Far East in advance of a 19-date US tour planned to begin next month. Despite this, [...]

May 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

Revisiting the hammer of the gods

There are many plusses in being connected with the mighty publishing organ that is the National Rust. One of them is its policy of allowing its contributors to go beyond their given brief. In that context, today I stray from mine into the world of rock music. On match day at the Stoop – the home [...]

April 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

If it’s what you do, why stop?

Given the remit and mission statement of this esteemed organ, I thought that readers of The National Rust might enjoy this article by Nick Hasted, published today on the website of THE [...]

April 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Hurricane bows out

The boxer Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter has died aged 76. He was primarily famous for two things – in the 1960s, when I was an impressionable schoolboy who followed the Noble Art largely through the pages of Ring magazine, he was a mini-hero of mine as a sometime contender for the world [...]

April 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

Bush matters – a female perspective

Yesterday it was announced that Kate Bush’s first tour in thirty-five years later this summer – now amounting to 22 dates – had sold out in fifteen minutes. Naturally, despite my reservations about the entire project, I had my secretary go online ten minutes before the tickets went on sale [...]

March 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Of their time – maybe

Let me be frank. Generally-speaking, when it comes to the issue of ‘mature’ pop musicians continuing to make music and seeking to put it out in public, I’m a sceptic. Please don’t get me wrong – I’m denying neither the right of anyone to attempt to do whatever they want, irrespective of [...]

March 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

This woman’s work is not yet done

The sudden announcement that legendary UK singer Kate Bush will be undertaking her first ‘live’ gigs in thirty-five years (the Before The Dawn tour) took the media world by storm yesterday. As things stand, it seems that she will be playing 15 dates at what is now called London Eventim Apollo [...]

March 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

Classic FM

Alongside the more highbrow Radio 3, Classic FM is regarded as the Reader’s Digest of classical music. It repeats well-known classics, what impresario Victor Hochauser called the bank manager’s choice, and has disc jockeys. In some programmes the jockettes  have velvety sensual [...]

March 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

Peter Callander

Reading the obit section of the Times, I was saddened to read of the passing of songwriter Peter Callander as 44 years ago we met him on a family holiday in Rhodes.  He was the sort of fellow you would want to meet on holiday: jovial, fun loving and generous.  In that half-hearted way one does [...]

March 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

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