News: STEVE CROPPER tour with ANIMALS & FRIENDS – Interview and Feature

Steve Cropper - Great British Rock & Blues, 27 February 2013
Photo: Noel Buckley

Stax legend Steve Cropper heads out on the road again in October/November as special guest of Animals and Friends.

Following their critically-acclaimed and hugely successful tours together in 2008, 2011 and 2012 this legendary combination of musicians will once again be performing on the same stage together.

Animals & Friends feature original members John Steel and Mick Gallagher together with Danny Handley and Scott Whitley.

Cropper was a member of the Stax house band from the early-1960s, achieved worldwide success with Booker T & The MGs, and pursued a parallel career as A & R man/producer/composer for some of the best-known soul acts such as Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd and Wilson Pickett.  In the late-1970s he teamed up with John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd to form the Blues Brothers Band, recording three albums and a movie.

On Sunday 2 November, at 17:00 Get Ready to ROCK! Radio features a recent interview with Steve Cropper chatting about his career in the “Heroes” series.

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Animals & Friends (Facebook)
Steve Cropper website

OCTOBER

Tues 21st: WATFORD -  Colliseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford WD17 3JN Tel 0845 0753993. www.watfordcolliseum.co.uk 8pm Tickets £22 – £25
Thurs 23rd; BILSTON – The Robin 2, 220-28 Mount Pleasant Bilston Wolverhampton WV14 7LJ   01902 401211 www.therobin.co.uk/? £18.50 adv  £20 door.Time tbc
Fri 24th: ALDERSHOT – West End Centre, Queens Road GU11 3JD 8pm £26 01252 330040 www.hants.gov.uk/westendcentre?
Sat 25th; DEAL – The Astor Theatre, Stanhope Road, Deal, Kent, CT14 6AB. 01304 370220. mail: info@theastor.org  Time/tickets tbc
Sun 26th: BROMSGROVE – The Artrix, Slideshow Dr, Bromsgrove B61 1PQ. 01527 577330 www.artrix.co.uk/?  Time/tickets tbc
Wed 29th: CARDIFF – The Globe  125 Albany Rd, Cardiff, South Glamorgan CF24 3NS       http://www.globecardiffmusic.com/ +44 7590 471888  7.30pm  £25
Thurs 30th: WAKEFIELD -  Warehouse 23, 23 Smyth St, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 1ED, UK   01924 724523  http://warehouse23.co.uk/  7pm  £22
Fri 31st: WIMBORNE – The Tivoli, West Borough Wimborne Minster Dorset BH21 1LT   01202 885566  8pm  £20   http://www.tivoliwimborne.co.uk/

November 2014

Sun. 2nd: MIDDLESBROUGH – Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 2QJ. 01642 729 729     http://www.middlesbroughtownhallonline.co.uk/ 7pm  £20+B/Fee
Tues 4th – FRANCE
Wed 5th – FRANCE
Thurs. 6th: NORWICH, Epic Studios, 114 Magdalen Street, Norwich Norfolk NR3 1JD 01603 727727 http://www.epicstudiosnorwich.com/events/categories/music/  7.30pm £22 adv seating £20 adv standing
Fri 7th: RIPLEY – Town Hall, Ripley, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 3AX. 01423 860340 andy@ripleylive.com £20 (members) /£25 (guests & non members) 7.30pm
Sat 8th: MICKLETON – Mickleton R n B Club, Old School House, Mickleton, Barnard Castle, Co Durham. DL12 0LQ. http://www.mickletonrnb.co.uk/Events.htm  8pm £20 01833 640854 (Sue)
Sun 9th: CLITHEROE, The Grand 18 York St, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 2DL 01200 421599   www.thegrandvenue.co.uk/ ?Doors 7pm £17.50 adv /£20 (door)
Tues 11th BURY ST EDMUNDS, The Apex, 1 Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds IP33 3FD. 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk/?  8pm  £22
Wed 12th EDMONTON – Millfield Theatre, Silver Street, Edmonton, London, N18 1PJ T: 020 8807 6680    http://www.theatresonline.com/theatres/edmonton-theatres/milfield-arts-centre/whats-on.html   7.45pm  £21  / £20 online
Thurs 13th: WAVENDON, The Stables,Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK17 8LU,   01908 280800 8pm £27.50 £25 www.stables.org/Whats_on ?
Fri 14th: WORTHING – The Assembly Halls, Stoke Abbott Rd, Worthing, BN11 1HJ T: 01903 206206 7.30pm £22.50 + bf http://www.worthingtheatres.co.uk/events-by-type/music/
Sat 15th: ISLINGTON -  Assembly Rooms, Upper Street London N1 2UD  Tel 020 7527 8900 Tel 020 7527 5848    7pm   £27.50  B/Fee  £3.44  Handling Fee  £1.50
THURS 20th: LEICESTER – 02 Academy, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH. www.o2academyleicester.co.uk/O2    B/O 0844 477 2000 (24 Hr) Tickets/time tbc
Fri 21st: ABERDEEN – The Lemon Tree, 5 W North St, Aberdeen, Aberdeen City Scotland AB24 5AT 01224 641122  Doors 7pm  £25.00 www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/events/
Sat 22nd: GLASGOW – Classic Grand,18 Jamaica St, Glasgow G1 4QD  Scotland 0141 847 0820  www.classicgrand.com/? Tickets www.tickets-scotland.com/  7pm-10.30pm   £25 + £2.50 B/F
Sun 23rd: BEDFORD – Corn Exchange, St Paul’s Square, Bedford MK40  1SL  www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk/events/whats-on/? 01234 718112  7pm  £20


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Power Plays w/c 10 June (Mon-Fri)

TAKE TODAY Lifeline (indie)
CRAZY LIXX Silent Thunder (Frontiers)
HAZY DAYS New Beginnings (indie)
MYRATH Wicked Dice (earMUSIC)
HOLLIS BROWN Do Me Right (Cool Green Recordings/Mascot)

Featured Albums w/c 10 June (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 NITRATE Open Wide (AOR Heaven)
12:00-13:00 CRAZY LIXX Forever Wild (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 DANNY VAUGHN Myths, Legends & Lies (Townsend Music)

Albums That Time Forgot (Mon-Fri)

VOODOO HILL Waterfall (2015)



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