When are the Last Trains to London?

Beat of the M60 finds an excuse to combine trains with music

“It was 9.29, 29… 9.29 back street, big city/The sun was going down, there was music all round, it felt so right.”

Last Train to London, Electric Light Orchestra (1979)

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Breakfast In America for Beginners: A Duffers’ Guide to Supertramp’s 1979 LP

(Almost) everything you need to know about Breakfast In America, Supertramp’s sixth album which is 40 years old this year

  • Album: Breakfast In America;
  • US Release Date: 29 March 1979 (#1);
  • UK Release Date: 31 March 1979 (#3);
  • US Chart Singles: The Logical Song (#6), Breakfast In America (#62), Goodbye Stranger (#15), Take The Long Way Home (#10);
  • UK Chart Singles: The Logical Song (#7), Breakfast In America (#9), Goodbye Stranger (#57);
  • Producers: Peter Henderson/Supertramp;
  • Management: Dave Margerson, Mismanagement;
  • Supertramp: Richard Davies (vocals, keyboard), Roger Hodgson (vocals, lead guitar), John Anthony Helliwell (saxophone, backing vocals), Dougie Thomson (bass guitar), Bob C Benburg (percussion).

As pivotal dates go, the 29th of March 1979 really pushed the envelope. Britain was in election mood as James Callaghan’s Labour Government lost a vote of no confidence by one vote. This would lead to a General Election on the 4th May and a Commons Majority of 40 for Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative party.

Over in Los Angeles, the 29th of March 1979 was a pivotal date for an Anglo-American rock group. One of the said group’s earlier albums may have inspired a front page headline in The Sun: Crisis? What Crisis? Which was supposedly said by the departing PM during the Winter of Discontent whilst on holiday.

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“When You’re Up on the Stage it’s so Unbelievable*”

RH@M/CR: Roger Hodgson, Palace Theatre, Manchester, 03 October 2007

One of the geniuses behind Supertramp Roger Hodgson delivered a virtuoso performance at the Palace Theatre in Manchester.

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“So you think you’re a Romeo, playing a part in a picture show..?*”

New Roger Hodgson DVD out next month

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“…Bbbb-bloody Marvellous!”

Roger Hodgson’s first UK tour for over 20 years

The former Supertramp vocalist will be playing six venues within the first fortnight of October 2007.  He will be performing in Cardiff, Manchester, Glasgow, Bournemouth and London between the 1st and the 11th October.

Tickets for the non London shows will £35.00 (plus booking fee for those who pay by credit or debit card).  The gig at the Royal Albert Hall (Tuesday 9th October) will be priced between £27.50 and £40.00.

For details of his tour, click on to http://www.rogerhodgson.com/documents/uktourpress.html.

The Manchester show will take place on the 3rd October 2007.  Expect to see a review after this.