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

November 2014

Sun. 2nd: MIDDLESBROUGH – Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 2QJ. 01642 729 729 7pm  £20+B/Fee
Tues 4th – FRANCE
Wed 5th – FRANCE
Thurs. 6th: NORWICH, Epic Studios, 114 Magdalen Street, Norwich Norfolk NR3 1JD 01603 727727  7.30pm £22 adv seating £20 adv standing
Fri 7th: RIPLEY – Town Hall, Ripley, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 3AX. 01423 860340 £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.  8pm £20 01833 640854 (Sue)
Sun 9th: CLITHEROE, The Grand 18 York St, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 2DL 01200 421599 ?Doors 7pm £17.50 adv /£20 (door)
Tues 11th BURY ST EDMUNDS, The Apex, 1 Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds IP33 3FD. 01284 758000  8pm  £22
Wed 12th EDMONTON – Millfield Theatre, Silver Street, Edmonton, London, N18 1PJ T: 020 8807 6680   7.45pm  £21  / £20 online
Thurs 13th: WAVENDON, The Stables,Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK17 8LU,   01908 280800 8pm £27.50 £25 ?
Fri 14th: WORTHING – The Assembly Halls, Stoke Abbott Rd, Worthing, BN11 1HJ T: 01903 206206 7.30pm £22.50 + bf
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.    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
Sat 22nd: GLASGOW – Classic Grand,18 Jamaica St, Glasgow G1 4QD  Scotland 0141 847 0820 Tickets  7pm-10.30pm   £25 + £2.50 B/F
Sun 23rd: BEDFORD – Corn Exchange, St Paul’s Square, Bedford MK40  1SL 01234 718112  7pm  £20

The latest Josh Taerk live session was streamed on Sunday 21 November. Next session 12 December. The video above was a Halloween Special, streamed 31 October.

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David Randall presents a weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sundays at 22:00 GMT, repeated on Mondays and Fridays), when he invites listeners to ‘Assume The Position’. This show was first broadcast on 21 November 2021 and includes the Top 10 albums at for that week.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020 and 2021 Finalist) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 GMT as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 23 November 2021.

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