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John and the Flames

Hello Everybody.
Welcome to my April and May Newsletter.I would like to pass on my thanks to those of you who kindly sent me Birthday cards and presents. Also a big thank you to ‘The Leytonettes’ for the ‘Beautiful Dreamer’ request played on Brian Mathews BBC Radio 2 ‘Sounds of the Sixties’ programme. Whilst mentioning BBC Radio 2 it was interesting to hear a mention of my story of one of my ‘encounters’ with the late and great Gene Vincent whilst touring with him. The incident in my dressing room when Gene pulled out a gun. Fortunately he did not use it. But it created a few ‘laughs’ at the time. Radio 2 recently ran a series on 50’s rockers and one of the programmes ‘Race with the Devil’ was about Gene. My new CD will include my version of Gene’s great rocker ‘Say Mama’.

Telstar the Movie - goes on Nationwide Release on 19th June 2009.

John Leyton and The Flames NEW CD.
If all goes to plan the CD will be released in late May or early June and as soon as the stock arrives we will post the information on the website. Final mixes have been received for the 22 tracks and liner notes are currently being prepared. It’s then over to the pressing plant to do their work.

Gig Guide.
HollandApril sees The Flames and myself appearing in Holland, my first visit to that Country. In May we are in Twickenham on Friday 1st, Sweden on Saturday 2nd, Guildford on Saturday 9th and Hemsby on Monday 25th.

New Gigs.
Saturday 2nd May
John Leyton and The Flames.
50’s Gala – Ejendals Arena,
Leksand, Sweden

Saturday 6th June.
‘Telstar’ The Concert
John Leyton, The Flames, The Tornados and ‘The Honeycombs Band’.
Crosby Civic Hall,
Crosby Road North,
Liverpool L22 OLQ.
Tel: 0151 928 1919

Sunday 9th August.
John Leyton and The Flames.
Spa Complex,
The Spa.
Tel: 01723 376774

Friday 25th September.
John Leyton, Craig Douglas and The Flames.
Warners, Grange-De-Lings, Lincoln LN2 2NA

Saturday 31st October.
Juke Box Legends.

John Leyton, Craig Douglas, The Flames and ‘The Honeycombs Band’.
Blackfriars Arts Centre.
Spain Lane, Boston, Lincs. PE21 6HP
Tel: 01205 363108

Fans Page.
We have updated the Fans Page to include new items from Iris Bartle and Peter Gibson. Iris was the winner of a competition run by ‘Trio’ magazine in 1962 – her prize an evening with myself, and Peter whom we mentioned in my last newsletter met me in 1962 in New Zealand. A big thank you to both of you for allowing us to share your memories.

I would like to pass on my congratulations to Jeff Tuck of The Flames who has recently announced his engagement to Maria Chamberlain. Also congratulations to Bob Gaudio, ‘The Four Seasons’ and the cast of ‘Jersey Boys’ for winning ‘The Best New Musical’ of 2008 award at the prestigious ‘Olivier Awards’ recently held in London. Bob is an old friend and I managed to catch up with him when he was in London for the award ceremony.

Jericho Jericho.
The music soundtrack recordings for my USA TV Series ‘Jericho’ are available on CD. Released in the USA on the FSM label in their Silver Age Classics Series.
Thank you to Andy Gilson for supplying us with this information.

I have recently been interviewed for articles in The Slough Observer and The Surrey Herald and by Alex East for his ‘It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll’ radio programme. Alex’s programme is networked across the USA, UK, Australia and several other countries.

Telstar -The Film.
We still have no information on a UK release date, however the film has recently been screened at The Rotterdam International Film Festival and received excellent reviews.

John Leyton + John Howard

And finally,
Mike Berry and Craig Douglas.

Those of you who attended the ‘Telstar’ Concert on Sunday 15th March will already know that our good friend Mike Berry was unable to perform due to ill health, our best wishes for a speedy recovery go to Mike. We were fortunate that Craig Douglas was able to change his arrangements for that day and was able to replace Mike. My thanks also go to Craig for his efforts on our behalf.

Always yours.

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