A new book reveals the tall tales of the Boss and the Bruce Springsteen fans

Musician turned DJ, web pioneer and publisher Neil Cossar is celebrating the release of the latest The Day I Was There book, this time featuring Bruce Springsteen. MALCOLM WYATT found out more

SirTom Jones

Sir Tom Jones in hospital for bacterial infection

Sir Tom Jones is being treated in hospital for a bacterial infection, and has pulled out of a concert on Thursday evening at Chester Racecourse.

VIDEO: And all that jazz ...

The 33rd Wigan International Jazz Festival came back to town with a celebration of some of the finest music around at he weekend.

The BBC Proms. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/PA Wire

Classical Chat: Standing room as the Proms are back

The middle of summer can mean only one thing for classical music fans: the BBC Proms are back!

Jim Lea was one of the main musical forces behind 1970s glam rock giants Slade, with Dave Hill, Don Powell and frontman Noddy Holder

Slade legend Jim Lea talks Wolverhampton, losing touch with Noddy, and how his mum still thnks he needs a proper job

Legendary Slade bass player, violinist and co-writer Jim Lea very rarely gives interviews, so MALCOLM WYATT was exceptionally star-struck to be granted an audience with one of his 1970s’ music heroes


VIDEO: Viva Las Vegas as jazz festival returns

Finding quality jazz in Wigan certainly won’t be a game of chance this week as a major borough festival opens with a Vegas-themed concert.

Camille Saint-Saens

Classical Chat: Drama and fun in Saint-Saëns' music

For someone obsessed with his standing as a serious composer, it’s the sheer enjoyment of Saint-Saëns’ music which stands out.


We're all humming Three Lions, but do we really know the lyrics?

Everyone may ‘seem to know the score’ and ‘seen it all before’ but do they know all the lyrics?

Hector Berlioz

Classical Chat: Berlioz goes his own way

Berlioz was never someone happy to be fenced in by tradition. In all his output, he defiantly insists on heading off in his own direction

Lee Thompson on stage with Madness at last year's Lytham Festival

The Big Interview - Madness' Lee Thompson tell us the personal history of a Nutty Boy

There’s a new documentary out telling the story of legendary outfit Madness, presented in quirky, compelling fashion by founder-member Lee Thompson. MALCOLM WYATT tracked him down to ask if he’d found the receipt for his first saxophone yet

David Baddiel (left) and Frank Skinner

Odds slashed on Three Lions hitting top spot in charts

The Lightning Seeds' Three Lions could be set to dominate the charts as World Cup fever sweeps the nation.


VIDEO: Wigan pupils join in World Cup anthem

Wigan pupils were given a personal performance of a new unofficial England World Cup anthem.
Sir Paul McCartney

Sir Paul McCartney announces new album Egypt Station

Sir Paul McCartney has announced his first full album of new music since 2013.


Classical Chat: Is Tchaikovsky's music the soul of Russia?

For many people, Tchaikovsky’s lush and unapologetically romantic and emotional music represents something deeply and inextricably Russian.
JC Carroll onstage with The Members

Rebel Yell - The Members' JC Carroll on punk, fashion and struggling to write his memoirs

With The Members among the acts playing Blackpool’s renowned Rebellion Festival this summer, MALCOLM WYATT had a perfect excuse to track down main songwriter, JC Carroll, and talk about ‘The Sound of the Suburbs’
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Classical Chat: Mozart writes with sparkling brilliance

More than any other composer Mozart is surrounded by myth and legend, much of it put about, it has to be said, by the film Amadeus.


Freddie Flintoff and Ricky Wilson release World Cup football anthem

England fans in Russia are to be rallied by a 70's disco classic
Cockney musical duo Chas and Dave are still going strong, and touring in the north west

Chas and Dave - more than just 'rockneying' all over the world

As Chas and Dave return to Lancashire as part of their All Seasons 2018 tour, MALCOLM WYATT spoke to Dave Peacock about the past, present and future of the renowned ‘rockney’ duo

The Spice Girls (left to right) Victoria Beckham, Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm and Melanie Brown

Emma Bunton confirms Spice Girls animated superhero movie

Emma Bunton has confirmed plans for a Spice Girls animated superhero movie.

Franz Schubert

Classical Chat: Schubert’s world of pain and joy

In a tragically-short life which ended at the age of just 31 Schubert poured out an extraordinary torrent of painfully beautiful music.

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