Feb 042018
 

On This Day


Births


                


1940 – George A. Romero

George Andrew Romero was an American-Canadian filmmaker, writer and editor, best known for his series of gruesome and satirical horror films about an imagined zombie apocalypse, beginning with Night of the Living Dead (1968), which is often considered a progenitor of the fictional zombie of modern culture. Other films in the series include Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Day of the Dead (1985). Aside from the Dead series, his works include The Crazies (1973), Martin (1978), Creepshow (1982), Monkey Shines (1988), The Dark Half (1993) and Bruiser (2000). He also created and executive-produced the television series Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988).

Romero is often noted as an influential pioneer of the horror film genre, and has been called an “icon” and the “Father of the Zombie Film”.

Died: 16 July 2017

Aged 77


1953 – Kitaro

Kitaro, born Masanori Takahashi, is a Japanese recording artist, composer, record producer and arranger noted for his electronic-instrumental music, and is often associated and regarded as one of the most prominent musical acts of New-age music. He is the winner of a Grammy Award for Best New Age Album (Thinking of You (1999); with record 16 nominations in the same category) and a Golden Globe Award for the Heaven & Earth (1993) original score.

Age 65


1960 – Tim Booth

Timothy John “Tim” Booth is an English singer, dancer and actor best known as the lead singer from the band James.

Age 58


1962 – John Gordon Sinclair

John Gordon Sinclair is a Scottish actor most notable for playing Gregory in Gregory’s Girl. He was born as Gordon John but took the stage name John Gordon Sinclair because Equity already had a Gordon John registered.

Age 56


1975 – Natalie Imbruglia

Natalie Jane Imbruglia is an Australian singer-songwriter, model and actress. In the early 1990s, she played Beth Brennan in the Australian soap opera Neighbours. Three years after leaving the programme, she began a singing career with her successful hit cover of Ednaswap’s song, “Torn”.

Her subsequent album, Left of the Middle (1997), sold 7 million copies worldwide. Further releases include White Lilies Island (2001), Counting Down the Days (2005), a hits compilation, Glorious: The Singles 97–07 (2007), Come To Life (2009), and a cover album of songs originally performed by male artists, Male (2015). Since 1997, Imbruglia has sold 10 million records worldwide, and received several accolades, including eight ARIA Awards, two Brit Awards, one Billboard Music Award, and three Grammy nominations.

In addition to her singing career, Imbruglia has appeared in several films, including 2003 film Johnny English and an Australian indie film, Closed for Winter (2009). She has also modeled for several brands, such as L’Oreal, Gap, and Kailis.

Since 2005, Imbruglia has been a spokesperson of Virgin Unite and campaigns to raise awareness of obstetric fistula.

Age 43


Deaths



1984 – Paul Gardiner

Born: 01 May 1958

Paul Mark Gardiner was a British musician who played bass guitar with Gary Numan and Tubeway Army, as well as creating material under his own name.

Died Aged 25


On This Day

Jan 192018
 

On This Day


Births



1949 – Robert Palmer

Robert Allen Palmer was an English singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer. He was known for his distinctive, soulful voice, eclectic mix of musical styles on his albums, combining soul, jazz, rock, pop, reggae, blues, and sartorial acumen. He found success both in his solo career and with the Power Station, and had Top 10 songs in both the UK and the US.

His iconic music videos directed by British fashion photographer Terence Donovan for the hits “Addicted to Love”, “Simply Irresistible” and “I Didn’t Mean to Turn You On” featured identically dressed dancing women with pale faces, dark-eye makeup and bright-red lipstick, which resembled the women in the art of Patrick Nagel, an artist popular in the 1980s. Palmer’s involvement in the music industry commenced in the 1960s, covered four decades and included a spell with Vinegar Joe. Palmer received a number of awards throughout his career, including two Grammy Awards for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, an MTV Video Music Award, and two Brit Award nominations for Best British Male.

Died: 26 September 2003

Aged 54


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Jan 162018
 

On This Day


Births


                


1948 – John Carpenter

John Howard Carpenter is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, musician, editor and composer. Although Carpenter has worked with various film genres, he is associated most commonly with horror, action and science fiction films of the 1970s and 1980s.

Most films of Carpenter’s career were initially commercial and critical failures, with the notable exceptions of Halloween (1978), The Fog (1980), Escape from New York (1981), and Starman (1984). However, many of Carpenter’s films from the 1970s and the 1980s have come to be considered as cult classics, and he has been acknowledged as an influential filmmaker. The cult classics that Carpenter has directed include the films Dark Star (1974), Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), The Thing (1982), Christine (1983), Big Trouble in Little China (1986), Prince of Darkness (1987), They Live (1988) and In the Mouth of Madness (1995).

Carpenter is also notable for having composed or co-composed most of his films’ music; some of them are now well-known, with the main theme of Halloween being considered a part of popular culture. He won a Saturn Award for Best Music for the film Vampires (1998). Carpenter has released three studio albums, titled Lost Themes (2015), Lost Themes II (2016), and Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998 (2017).

Age 70


1949 – Caroline Munro

Caroline Munro is an English actress and model known for her many appearances in horror, science fiction and action films of the 1970s and 1980s.

Age 69


1951 – Alex Cropley

Alexander James Cropley is a retired footballer who featured as a midfielder. As so he played with clubs Hibernian, Aston Villa, Arsenal, Newcastle United and Portsmouth. Cropley was also capped for the Scottish national football team.

Cropley played 14 times for Portmouth scoring 2 goals between 1981 – 1982

Age 67


1957 – Trevor Ross

Trevor William Ross is a former professional footballer who played as a midfielder. Ross played for English clubs Arsenal, Everton, Portsmouth, Sheffield United and Bury. He also featured for AEK Athens of the Greek First Division.

Ross played 5 times for Portsmouth in 1982

Age 61


1975 – Tsianina Joelson

Tsianina Joelson is an American actress, fitness model, and former beauty queen.

Joelson was born in 1975 in Coquille, Oregon to Ken and Betty Means. She was crowned Miss Coos County in 1993. She was married to fellow Oregonian Greg Joelson (played 4 games in NFL in 1991) when she won Fitness America’s Miss Fitness USA competition in 1997. She married Michael Lohmann in 2004.

Joelson was the co-host of the short-lived summer 1998 MTV series The Daily Burn. Her most recognized movie role is for the 2000 film Bring It On, where she played wealthy cheerleader Darcy. She also had four appearances in the role of Varia, an Amazon, on Xena: Warrior Princess.

Age 43


1985 – Renee Felice Smith

Renée Felice Smith is an American actress. She is known for portraying Nell Jones on NCIS: Los Angeles, since joining the series that began in 2010.

Age 33


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Oct 172017
 

Gary Numan

 

Brighton Dome, Brighton

16 October 2017

 



The return of Gary Numan to the south coast last night to promote his most successful album of recent years Savage

Great concert as per usual, including his daughter Persia taking the stage for backing vocals on My Name Is Ruin.

Didn’t see the support act this time

Set List

01. Ghost Nation
02. Metal
03. The Fall
04. Remind Me to Smile
05. Bed of Thorns
06. Dead Sun Rising
07. Down in the Park
08. Pray for the Pain You Serve
09. Here in the Black
10. Mercy
11. Love Hurt Bleed
12. My Name is Ruin
13. Cars
14. When the World Comes Apart
15. A Prayer for the Unborn

Encore:

16. I Die: You Die
17. Are ‘Friends’ Electric?


Gary Numan

May 202017
 

Singer – Gary Numan

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On our way to LAX. We’ll be in London tomorrow. Looking forward to playing live again.

Very pleased to say that the Savage show in Copenhagen has now Sold Out, and Edinburgh. I fly into the UK on Saturday to get ready for rehearsals.

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Sep 242016
 

Gary Numan

 

Pyramid Centre, Portsmouth

24 September 2016

 



Just seen my hero the almighty Mr Gary Numan

Certainly one of the best gigs I have seen, he is a legend,

An all round good day after Portsmouth had a good win followed by a few beers.

Terrible support act though !

Set List

01. Replicas
02. Metal
03. Remind Me to Smile
04. Me! I Disconnect From You
05. Films
06. The Joy Circuit
07. You Are in My Vision
08. M.E.
09. I Dream of Wires
10. The Machman
11. Observer
12. I’m an Agent
13. Down in the Park
14. Tracks
15. We Are Glass
16. Are ‘Friends’ Electric?
17. Cars
18. I Die: You Die

Encore:

19. We Are So Fragile
20. My Shadow in Vain


Gary Numan