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21st August 2017

john coghlan

Blackstar Promotions are on a real rock and roll with their increasingly popular series of 'Intimate Evening With...' events.

Hosted by transatlantic media maven and one-time MTV presenter Steve Blacknell, the format works brilliantly, mixing live performance, storytelling and audience participation. The stage is set up like a front room with subdued lighting and oversized armchairs to reinforce the informal and relaxed vibe.

The guest list is also proving to be impressively eclectic, with comedy royalty Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden one week and the unique song-writing talent of John Otway the next being recent examples.

The next event which takes place on 24th August greets rhythmic royalty, John Coghlan, the original, and for many, the definitive drummer of Status Quo, the 16-string frantic boogie quartet that emerged as matchstick men riding their paper planes from down down the dust-pipe to rocking all over the world. It promises to be a fascinating evening for Quo army conscripts and rock fans alike.

Having reunited with original bandmates, Rossi, Parfitt (RIP) and Lancaster for the rapturously received 'Frantic Four' tours in 2013 and 2014, John is busier than ever touring with his own band and keeping the spirit of the original band alive. This is a unique opportunity to meet the man behind the Ludwig Super Classic Oyster Pearl kit.

Beyond that, renowned singer-guitarist Chantal McGregor has added a special date at The Islington on 15th September as part of her thirty date European tour in support of second album 'Lose Control'.

Although best known for her fiery virtuoso guitar skills, this 'Intimate Evening With..' is up-close and unplugged and will showcase Chantal's strong emotive voice and accomplished songwriting, exemplified by 'Home' from her current album:

Whether the small, but perfectly formed confines of the music room at The Islington bar will remain large enough to contain the burgeoning popularity of the events and the increasingly starry participants, remains to be seen. Indeed, next month's 'Intimate Evening With Derek W Dick' sold out in the blink of a Fish eye.

For now, these are intimate evenings to savour and always worth booking well in advance.


monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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