Someone came up with the great idea of re-editing The Human League’s 1981 classic – Don’t You Want Me.
In their version – she was working in a cocktail bar. Working a cocktail bar. She was working a cocktail, a cocktail bar…
Monday Matters Reporter Bonnie Britain went along to the launch night of a new club called Why Not People which has been founded by Jameela Jamil who says: “I one day decided I simply can’t continue living in a world that excludes such a large part of society. Some of my best friends are those people. I am so grateful that I am finally in a position where I can help to do something about it.”
Why Not People? has been created to host accessible live gigs and events to enhance the experience for its members and their friends. These showcase events are designed to help impact significant change in society for the 11.8 million people living with disability in the UK – helping to solve the issues often faced when booking and attending live events.
It’s a members club established exclusively for people with disabilities. Membership is free. It will include accessible events hosted by us with a line-up of music, comedy and dance from World Class artists!
Since its launch in January 2015, Why Not People? has received support from global musicians and TV personalities such as Coldplay, Calvin Harris, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Mark Ronson, Tinie Tempah, James Blake, Paralympic athletes Ade Adepitan, Jordanne Whiley, Hannah Cockroft, Hannah Russell, TV personalities Alex Brooker, Martin Dougan and Sophie Morgan.
Monday Matters reporter Bonnie also meets the boyband Flawless and there is live music from artist Tinie Tempah.
On the 31st May 2015, the traffic along the A249 at Detling in Kent was unusually busy for a Sunday night. The warning signs had been out for weeks but still some motorists – who had no intention of standing in a field for 6 hours in the rain, cloud, sunshine and cold – decided to chance their luck and instead of using a different route – joined the long and winding queue with those who only aim was to get cold and and slightly wait – whilst watching Elton John.
The thing about Elton is it’s all about the music. Maybe the difference between a musician and someone who does a radio programme is that I wanted more from the bits in between the music. I wanted him to gossip, to charm and to smarm. But true to form – he performed. He was joined by his band whom he has been with for many many years. One got the impression that there wasn’t so much as a VIP area backstage but an OAP area. However, if ever there was an advert for old guys showing the youngsters that they’ve still got it and age is only a number – it was watching these honed musicians play, entertain and have fun.
Elton himself commented a few times about how cold he felt – and he had two heaters blowing hot air directly at him – a job, I assumed usually reserved for his PR team or keepers of the stool.
His set started off with a few songs from his best selling 1973 album Goodbye yellow brick road. It was 50/50 whether he would go in hard and fast or slow and build. He went slow and built. And actually – by the end of the performance it seemed to work as the security allowed revellers to dance in the bear pit (which had been shut off).
Elton himself rose between songs and did the occasional walkabout – although one got the impression he would suffer for it all the following morning. He belted out a number of classics including ‘Believe’ and ‘I’m Still Standing’ – but then there are just so many that he could do – I got the feeling that this particular set is more personal to him. On my radio show I sometimes do a tribute too – in which we play interviews and music from the lives of various musicians. I remember him and Bernie Taupin talking about how “Tiny Dancer” came about – and I wondered if he was recalling specific memories about the writing process when he was singing – but then, he was probably just thinking “it’s bloody cold here” and “how long until i jump into the helicopter and get myself home?”
I’m glad I saw Elton. I see him as one of the last in a line of true great performers – the likes of whom we may struggle to replace (Madonna, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel – just to name a few). Who will replace them? Beyonce? Robbie Williams? Maybe – but I don’t think they will in my mind.
So, if you get the chance and you are an Elton John fan – I’d say – it really is worth a visit.
You can find a list of tour dates here.
Former X Factor contestant and winner of the 2009 final Joe McElderry spoke to Jason McCrossan on Monday Matters on 106.9 SFM www.sfmradio.com about his latest tour – Evolution – which is heading to Maidstone in March 2015.
Since winning the X-factor Joe, has also crowned the winner of the second series of Popstar to Operastar in 2011 and the first series of The Jump in 2014 – won this year by Joey Essex.
For more information: www.jmccrossan.co.uk
Voodoo Room are a new and exciting Classic Power Trio, paying tribute to both “Hendrix” & “Cream.” Featuring some of the U.K.’s finest musicians, they perform a kicking, world class show in total appreciation of these two massive pioneers from the world of classic blues/rock!!
Pete Orr & John Tonks joined Jason McCrossan on 106.9 SFM for an acoustic mix of their favourite music . They perform at the Hazlitt theatre in Maidstone on 30th January 2015.
The 106.9 SFM Saturday breakfast show is broadcast in Sittinbgourne and everywhere else onwww.sfmradio.com.
On the show today: Who’s The Voice; in tranquil time the poem is WInter by Robert Louis Stevenson – read by Gill Fraser Lee; Feather Barkweasle brings us Blankety Blank after 8 and then at 9 it’s Pick of The Number One Pops.
Kyra Cross brings us the latest from our listeners and travel.
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Beverley Craven is best known for her 1991 hit single “Promise Me”. On the 28th of July 2014, the beautiful Beverley celebrated her birthday and was kind enough to speak to Jason about her forthcoming album Change Of Heart which is released on 1st September.