Adrian… In The Flesh

Hi there.

Next Saturday is a big occasion in the history of DSOTW when, despite the band having been in existence for 22 years, we see the debut of only our 3rd lead guitarist. Taking on that David Gilmour mantle, and following in the footsteps of firstly John Wall and more recently Andy Nixon, the extremely talented Adrian Stokes will make his debut with the band at Norden Farm Centre For The Arts on Saturday 2nd June. If we could have hand-picked somewhere for the occasion it could well have been this place… it’s an amazing venue with a beautiful and unique character all of it’s own. We’ve performed here twice previously and simply love the place. Tickets are available via the venue’s website:
https://norden.farm/events/dark-side-of-the-wall-43

This will be followed by our annual show at The Benn Hall Venue in Rugby on Saturday 30th June. Tickets are sale for that now. Check out our ‘Live’ page for details.

Look forward to seeing you at one of the shows soon!

DSOTW

 

Andy’s Pink Floyd Swansong

Hi everyone.

Here’s our latest press release ahead of our show in Worcester at the end of this month (28th April)…

The award-winning ‘Dark Side Of The Wall’ roll up at The Swan Theatre in Worcester on Saturday 28th April and this year’s show promises to be an emotional occasion as it will be the last appearance with the band of their long-serving lead guitarist, Andy Nixon.

The band’s manager and bass player Steve Chilton says, “Andy joined us in 2004 and having played nearly 200 DSOTW shows has decided the time has come to move on in order to take up a full-time career in the music industry. We’re going to miss him that’s for sure, as both a musician and a friend. However, it’s fitting that his final show with us will be at a theatre where we’ve all enjoyed so many great nights over the years. I’m sure the local people who support our annual Swan Theatre shows will take this opportunity to see us with Andy one last time.”

Steve continues, “This is not all bad news though… we auditioned new guitarists earlier this year following Andy’s decision, and we’re thrilled to announce we have the excellent Adrian Stokes joining us following the Swan Theatre show. Meantime, we’re determined to put everything into enjoying Andy’s swansong in front of our Worcester-based fans.”

Make sure you secure advance tickets by calling The Swan Theatre’s box office on 01905 611427 or visiting their website at www.worcesterlive.co.uk

Hope to see you in Worcester!

DSOTW

 

As one era ends – another one dawns

We’ve reached another one of those milestones in the band’s history… after more than 12 years as our lead guitarist, the legend that is Andy Nixon will shortly be standing down in order to pursue a professional career in music. Being not just our guitarist but also a great friend, Andy’s decision is not one he’s made lightly. However, it is one that he needs to make in order to fulfil professional opportunities within the music industry and the rest of us are not only fully supportive of him, but also wish our very good friend every success and will be forever grateful to Andy for not just his unbelievable talent but also for his brilliant company, be it in the rehearsal room, at the gigs, in the pub, on our trips away, or even just on the phone… Mr Nixon will always be “one of the band” to us and this will definitely not be the last we see of him.

Back in 2004 when our original guitarist John Wall said he was standing down we thought that was it, we’d have to finish. No-one could possibly replace John… Andy proved that not only could it be done, it could also move the band forward. We fully intend for that to happen again and after holding auditions in recent weeks (and we sincerely thank the incredible players who came along to play a few numbers with us!) we’re absolutely delighted to have recruited the extremely talented Adrian Stokes to take on the crucial David Gilmour duties!

Now for the ‘when’… Andy will play his last show with us at The Swan Theatre in Worcester on Saturday 28th April before he immerses himself in a UK tour with another production. That means his last ‘local’ gig will be the Queens Hall in Nuneaton on Saturday 17th March. So, all you fellow midlanders who have appreciated this special musician’s talents over the years, please come down and make his last ‘local’ gig one to remember. No doubt our audience down in Worcester will also make the show at The Swan an amazing and emotional occasion. Advance tickets are on sale now for both these shows. See our ‘Live’ page for details.

With no DSOTW show in May, Adrian will be making his live debut with us when we head down to Maidenhead on Saturday 2nd June, followed by our annual return to The Benn Hall in Rugby on Saturday 30th June. After yesterday’s rehearsal we’re all really excited about how Adrian is fitting in and we look forward to everyone welcoming him in the DSOTW family.

See you in Nuneaton & Worcester!
DSOTW

2018 up and running

Hi everyone.

A belated happy new year from all of us in DSOTW. Apologies for the gap between blog posts… we’ve been rather busy for reasons which will become apparent in the coming month or two.

As some of you will know, we were meant to have kicked off the year with a spot at the ‘Giants Of Rock’ festival at Butlins Minehead at the end of last month, but for reasons best known to the promoter, it never happened. So… that being the case, we make our 2018 bow at The Flowerpot in Derby this Saturday (17th Feb) in what’s become one of our favourite dates in the annual diary. Always such a brilliant atmosphere and an amazing turn out when we play this place. This will be our 5th time there, and on the back of previous sell-outs, we advise you make sure you book tickets in advance if you’re thinking of coming along.

http://www.rawpromo.co.uk/tickets.html

We follow this up with a return to The Queen’s Hall in Nuneaton exactly four weeks later on 17th March. Again, another venue that we’ve only been playing the last 4 years or so but is now a ‘must’ every time we plan our annual gig calendar. A proper rock gig with atmosphere to match.

Our spring schedule finishes with an old favourite of ours, the Swan Theatre in Worcester. We’ve been heading down to Worcester every year since 2000 and the brilliant stage and setting at the Swan affords us the opportunity to present the full theatre style show with projections so it’s always one we look forward to.

And this year, the Swan show will take on an extra special significance, which will become apparent in the coming weeks. A case of watch this space!

Full theatre style shows also follow in June with a trip down to the wonderful Norden Farm Centre For The Arts in Maidenhead (2nd) and then another perennial favourite, The Benn Hall in Rugby (30th). We hope to add a couple more to our present list of confirmed gigs so keep checking our ‘Live’ page for all show details and on how to get tickets.

See you soon!

DSOTW

A double header weekend to sign off 2017

Hi everyone.

It’s a busy weekend ahead with Saturday and Sunday night shows at TWO new venues for us. We haven’t done a ‘double-header’ weekend for some time so this will test the stamina but hey, what better way to spend a December weekend? Definitely way better than xmas shopping that’s for sure!

First up, on the Saturday evening (2nd Dec) we’re at Marchington Village Hall, near Uttoxeter.  We’re told it’s nearly sold out so please check with promoter Paul Needham on 01283 820374 to secure tickets if you fancy coming along. We’re on around 8.30pm.

Then on Sunday (3rd Dec) we return to Birmingham, but this time not to the Roadhouse but to the Hare & Hounds in King’s Heath, where we’ve been invited to headline the local celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s appearance there. As it’s a Sunday (and no doubt bearing in mind people getting up for work next morning!) we’re on stage at 7.30pm sharp. You should be able to pay on the door (£10) but advance tickets (£8) are available via this link:
https://www.skiddle.com/…/Pink-Floyd-Tribute-Dark…/13064574/

These will be our LAST shows of 2017 so make sure you get your fix this weekend! Look forward to seeing some faces old and new at both shows!

Before we sign off, an exciting 2018 lies ahead with our first gig of the year being a slot at the ‘Giants Of Rock’ festival at Butlins in Minehead… just check out the poster here for the names we’re sharing the bill with (Hawkwind, Uriah Hep, Nazareth, Slade, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band as well as the main guys from bands such as Toto, Boston, Wishbone Ash…… and so on!) We’re playing on the Sunday but will definitely be there the day before to take in some of these amazing bands…  it’s an honour to be invited to be a part of an event such as this. Can’t wait!

Then, after Minehead, we have returns to the Flowerpot in Derby in February, The Queen’s Hall in Nuneaton in March, The Swan Theatre in April and Norden Farm Centre For The Arts in Maidenhead and The Benn Hall in Rubgy in June. Loads to look forward to. All confirmed gigs/shows are on the ‘Live’ page of this website.

Right, that’s all for now… make sure you have a good one folks!
Shine On.

 

It’s been a while

Hi folks!

It’s been a while…. if you’ve missed a bit of live Floyd music such as this…

DSOTW promo video

then you’ll find us at The Musician in Leicester this Friday night – 20th October. Doors open at 8pm, you can pay on the door, and we start the show at 8.45pm.

Best wishes
DSOTW

THE LUNATICS ARE IN BENN HALL

Paraphrasing a line from Pink Floyd’s most successful album, we’re back at The Benn Hall in Rugby on Saturday 24th June for our first show for 4 months, following the Derby gig way back in February!

This year has seen us have to reduce the amount of shows we play due to other commitments and individual band member availability. However, our annual appearance in Rugby has always been a highlight of every year so it was a “no-brainer” to ensure we still did a show there.

We’re working hard in the rehearsal room throughout June to make sure we’re ready for the 24th and after talking to Abstract Audio (our regular lighting crew these days), this year’s show promises to be visually more spectacular than ever so we simply can’t wait to get back on stage again.

As most of you will know by now, Sofia has reluctantly had to leave the band to pursue her dream of a professional singing career. Her and Louise’s rendition of ‘The Great Gig In The Sky’ has always been a set highlight over recent years and we’ve had to lose it from the set for the last three shows. However, the good news is that Lou has been working on her own solo version and she’ll be debuting that this time out. Having heard her do it in rehearsal we know you’re in for a treat!

Advance tickets can be obtained from the Benn Hall Venue by calling in or ringing 01788 533719, or via their website at www.bennhall.com. There will also be a ‘pay on the door’ option available on the night.

Look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on the 24th!

Shine On

DSOTW

New year news

Firstly, a belated happy new year to everyone!

We kick off 2017 with a return to The Queens Hall in Nuneaton on Saturday 28th January. Always a good night at this venue so hopefully we’ll see you there! We then follow that up with a return to Derby and fingers crossed yet another sell-out at The Flowerpot. That’s on Saturday 18th February.

See our ‘live’ page for details.

As things stand those two shows are the only ones confirmed in the early part of the year before we play the Benn Hall in June. We have deliberately kept our diary light in the short term due to us needing to be certain about various band member’s availability before committing to shows with our venues. We’re all busy people and getting us the same room at the same time is no easy task! Please bear with us as 2017 might well be a bit of a transitional year but rest assured, we remain fully committed to continuing DSOTW’s considerable journey.

Finally, we are sad to say “goodbye” to Sofia who has had to take the decision to stand down from her 5 year long role as one of our backing singers. Her contribution since her debut in 2011 has been massive and she will be missed by us all, none more so than her fellow band members. However, the positive in all this is that she is now embarking on a career as a full-time professional singer, and whilst that makes her unavailable for our shows, this is her dream job and we sincerely wish her every success in everything she achieves in future. She will always be welcome and will always be one of the DSOTW family. In the short term Louise and Andy, with a little extra help from Jon, will make sure the backing vocals still shine on!

We look forward to seeing everyone in Nuneaton at the end of the month!

Shine On
DSOTW

Every Year Is Getting Shorter (or so it seems!)

Hi everyone.

So, here we are heading fast towards the end of yet another year that’s gone by so quickly. DSOTW’s 20th anniversary is now behind us and this coming Saturday (17th December) we aim to close out 2016 with a ‘bang’ as we head over to Birmingham for The Roadhouse’s coveted ‘Last-Saturday-before-xmas-gig’! We had a sell-out last time we did this slot a couple of years ago so here’s hoping we get the place rammed again with fellow Floydies looking for a great night out. It’s always a brilliant atmosphere at The Roadhouse. Nice and cosy – nice and noisy!

THE ROADHOUSE
Wharfside Leisure Complex, Lifford Lane, Strichley, Birmingham B30 3DZ
Box Office Tel: 0121 246 2273 or online via www.theroadhousebirmingham.com

Doors open from 7.30 and we’re on around 8.45pm. The show lasts until 11.30pm with the bar closing at midnight. Not only that, it’s an absolute bargain £8 advance – or just a tenner on the door!

An early heads up is that we kick off 2017 on Saturday 28 January with a return to The Queens Hall in Nuneaton, followed by our annual trip over to The Flowerpot in Derby on Saturday 18th February (another one that usually sells out so make sure you get your advance tickets!). The only other 2017 show scheduled so far is at The Benn Hall in June but there will be others added in due course as we confirm availability with people and places – never an easy task with so many of us!

If for any unfathomable reason you can’t make it to Birmingham on Saturday we’d like to take this opportunity to thank you so much for all your support and wish everyone a great xmas and a very happy new year.

Shine on!
DSOTW

Pink Floyd and Pork Pies!

Hi everyone

Next weekend we visit the home of the best Pork Pies known to man….

Now that we’re working with Melton Mowbray based sound and light specialists Abstract Audio, a show in Melton has been on the agenda since the turn of the year – and next Saturday (15th OCTOBER) we roll up in the town for our first show there in several years when we take to the stage at the Market Tavern Banqueting Suite (at Melton Market), Scalfold Road, Melton Mowbray LE13 1JY.

We’ve had some great shows in Melton in the past and Norman at Abstract Audio has been instrumental in getting us back. Big thanks to him for all the local leg work! The Market Tavern venue is perfect for our full show and as usual we promise a spectacular night of live music accompanied by a fantastic Floyd-style light show. Norman and his crew want to pull out the stops on this one!

It’s a huge room so tickets are still available. They can be obtained by any of FOUR different ways!

If you’re local to Melton and would like advance tickets for just £10 each, simply call Norman on 07525 627684 and he’ll deliver tickets to your door! Secondly, they can also be purchased at Icon Music, 58 King Street, Melton.

Thirdly, you can buy them online via PayPal by emailing us at band@pinkfloydtribute.co.uk in the first instance. These tickets will be £11 each to cover p&p.

Finally, you can simply buy a ticket on the door on the night at £12 each.

Hope you can make what promises to be a great night – Pink Floyd and Pork Pies… what a combination!

Shine On
DSOTW