23rd June 2014
The baritone guitar competition is now closed. The winner will be announced in mid July - thanks to everyone who entered, and good luck!
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Click here for an article by Arnold Goodman - "Top 12 Bassists"
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Newsletter from Leo - 13th March 2014
The February/March HSS tour ended all too soon last Saturday and we want to thank you for giving us such a fantastic welcome. We had a great time playing for you and we will never stop touring as long you want to hear us play.
The new HSS CD is selling hot off the presses and I want to thank you all for that too. It’s encouraging to have such a quick and positive response.
Later in the year we will be doing a limited edition run in vinyl. I love the sound of vinyl and judging by your email requests many of you do too.
There are some one-off shows planned for the summer and a long European tour starts in autumn and runs into next year. We will be playing more shows in France and the United States. Many of you have requested gigs in the UK. We are working on that too. Updates will be posted on the website.
We are recording a live CD. We’ll try to pick a venue and make a special event of it. The recording should be in the can ready for release towards the end of the year. Watch this space.
Trivia from the road
Damon has bought a new drum kit and it sounds and looks great. I think he even dreams about it.
Four years ago ‘The Bass Centre’, London made me a signature model bass, a replica of my original ’62 Fender bass and most times on tour you will see me playing the replica. On the recent tour, by way of a change, I took my original 1962 Fender Jazz bass out with me. It’s the bass I played at Woodstock. We all agreed it sounded great. It was good to give it an airing but I will not be giving away my bass in a competition.
We now have mood lighting and privacy curtains on our tour bus. Thanks to Mark and Oli.
I’m writing this letter and, at the same time, looking out of my office window at a glorious sunny spring day. I should carry on with some paperwork or start a new song but instead I think I’ll go for walk in the park. I’ll write the song in my head as I walk.
Hope to see some of you out there.
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Message from Leo Lyons, founding member of TYA
Joe Gooch and I left TYA on December 30th 2013 when Ric Lee told us our services were no longer needed. We have been accused by the agent Roland Nilles and TYA drummer Ric Lee of intentionally trying to pass ourselves off as being current members of TYA We have made every effort to state otherwise but some promoters and journalists still forget to say EX MEMBERS.
Today the 'TYA' management team, after many requests by me, finally made a lineup change announcement (see below). I hope that clears things up once and for all.
I wish the new band members the very best of luck.
Ten Years After Tour 2014
Keyboard player Chick Churchill and drummer Ric Lee, the two remaining original members of TEN YEARS AFTER are pleased to welcome two truly powerful newcomers into the fold: British Blues Award winner and renowned solo artist, Marcus Bonfanti, handles vocal and guitar duties while Bass icon Colin Hodgkinson (Spencer Davis, Peter Green, John Lord, Chris Rea) will lay down the low frequencies.
The band has rehearsed many songs and is once again at the peak of its power.
On stage, we can expect some material which has never or hardly ever been played live. For example: 'Gonna Run', 'Nowhere To Run', 'I Say Yeah' and 'Standing At The Station', all of which were composed by late legend Alvin Lee.
Alongside these new ventures will be countless tried-and-tested classics such 'I Woke Up This Morning', 'Love Like A Man', Good Morning, Little Schoolgirl', 'I'm Going Home', 'The Hobbit' and 'Choo, Choo Mama'.
There will also be some surprises and several entirely new compositions, which the Blues/ Rock veterans are currently writing to be recorded later in 2014.
TEN YEARS AFTER is once again creating an unbeatable mix of experience and youthful vigour beyond comparison, that's as timeless as it is energetic.