2017 is a special year for Wilko Johnson. Not only does it mark the 30th anniversary of the Wilko Johnson Band, but this year sees the guitarist celebrating his 70th birthday, with a concert at the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 26th September 2017.
Given the events of recent years, this gig is truly a celebration with Wilko leading his own party long time partners; Norman Watt-Roy (bass), Dylan Howe (drums), family, friends and special guests.
The wonderful news is that Michael Head who is best known for his time with The Pale Fountains in early eighties Liverpool with younger brother John and the band they both went on to form, the legendary, Shack.
Eleven years since the release of his last album 'On The Corner Of Miles And Gil' released on Noel Gallagher's Sour Mash label, Michael Head is in the studio again, adding the finishing touches to his highly anticipated new album. 'Adiós Señor Pussycat' which will be released in the summer, preceded by a single. Both will be released on Michael's own Violette Records.
Watch this space for more news to come soon.
Doors open at midday for a rockin' Saturday on 17th June at the O2 Arena in Greenwich.
Playing a full headline set and closing the afternoon festivities at Indigo at The O2 will be the iconic New York hard rockers Blue Öyster Cult after which The O2 Arena's Main area will open up for headliners Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow who will be preceeded by British glam rock legends Sweet. There will also be an After Party with Steve’n’Seagulls from Finland. Skillfully re-working some of metal’s finest moments into a new breed of country hoe-down guaranteed to shake you all night long!
Full details of everything happening on the day are below;
Speak Easy Lounge
One of the must-visit destinations at last year’s event, the Speak Easy Lounge, is back to make you shed tears of laughter with a whole host of performances to be announced including comedian and singer-songwriter Phil Nichol, who found fame in the Canadian comedy music trio Corky and the Juice Pigs, comedy club regular Rich Wilson, hailed by Time Out as “Highly entertaining” and a very special live recording of Stuart Goldsmith’s Comedians’ Comedian podcast featuring a big comedy name to be announced (previous guests include Tim Minchin, Bill Burr and Jimmy Carr).
Big Entrance Stage
The Big Entrance Stage will be there to welcome all Stone Free Festival goers with a bang as they arrive into the venue and will have performances throughout the afternoon providing a non-stop soundtrack to the variety of entertainment on offer.
Headlining will be the menacing Evil Blizzard who with four basses and a singing drummer will bring their dystopian madness to proceedings. Joining them will be the rock and soul infused Buck & Evans, Australian hell-raising rockers , Brit rockers Massive Wagons and the heavy metal stalwarts Death Valley Knights.
The Beer Garden
With no chance of rain stopping play, there will still be the chance to bask outside in London’s summer sun. Outside the entrance to the O2 will be The Beer Garden with street food stalls and more live music to entertain fans as they eat, drink and get merry.
Classic Rock Vinyl Fair
Free to the general public, VIP Record Fairs will be returning to Stone Free on Saturday 17th June. VIP Record Fairs produce more Vinyl Record Fairs than any other company in the world and at the Stone Free Festival they will present specially selected vinyl dealers from around the UK.
A new box set which includes a 20 page limited edition book, artworks and lyrics. 2 x 180g Vinyl and 2 x CD, 1 x DVD sets, containing the complete works from The Mission’s 2016 album, 'Another Fall From Grace' will be released on 12th May.
To coincide with the release The Mission will be touring the UK in May with The Skeletal Family and Pauline Murray supporting on all UK shows (except Norwich). The seven UK dates start in Norwich on May 11th and include Wayne’s Birthday celebration show in Sheffield, before concluding in Leicester on May 27th..
'Another Fall From Grace' was produced by Wayne Hussey and Tim Palmer, features guest backing vocals from Gary Numan, Martin Gore (Depeche Mode), Ville Valo (HIM), Julianne Regan (All About Eve) and Evi Vine.
With the original members Wayne Hussey, Craig Adams and Simon Hinkler being joined by new drummer Mike Kelly in 2011 the band are still cranking out great shows;
Watch a new video for Only You & You Alone (featuring Martin Gore)
THE MISSION ANOTHER FALL FROM GRACE TOUR 2017
Thu 11th Norwich Waterfront *
Fri 12th Belgium Leuven Het Depot
Sat 13th Germany Oberhausen New Waves Festival
Sun 14th Germany Flensburg Roxy
Wed 17th Bournemouth O2 Academy
Thu 18th Oxford O2 Academy
Fri 19th Liverpool O2 Academy
Sat 20th Newcastle O2 Academy
Wed 24th Greece Athens Gagarin 205
Fri 26th Sheffield O2 Academy (Wayne’s Birthday celebration show)
Sat 27th Leicester O2 Academy
Tues 30th Netherlands Hengelo Metropol
Wed 31st Netherlands Tilburg 0-13
Sat 3rd Germany Hannover Musikzentrum
* For the opening night in Norwich and we, understand from the band that they are maybe planning to play one of their infamous 2 set gigs that night as a warm-up for the rest of the tour.
THE MISSION with ALICE COOPER and THE TUBES November tour 2017:
Sat 11th Leeds First Direct Arena
Sun 12th Glasgow The SSE Hydro
Tue 14th Birmingham Barclaycard Arena
Wed 15th Manchester Manchester Arena
Thu 16th London The SSE Arena, Wembley