Shoreworld: Denny Laine and Strawbs John Pfeiffer April 2, 2019 Columns, Shoreworld DENNY LAINE AT MCLOONE’S Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Denny Laine returns to McLoone’s Supper Club on April 5. This up close and personal show will feature the songs and stories of a fantastic career in music and beyond. The English songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is best known for his roles as the original guitarist, lead singer, and founding member of the Moody Blues from 1964 through 1966. In 1971, he was the co-founder of Wings with Paul McCartney. Denny was one of three constants in Wings along with Paul & Linda McCartney through 1981. The incomparable Wings album Band on the Run reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts three different times, and eventually, the album went triple platinum. In the UK, Band on the Run spent seven weeks at #1 on the U.K.’s Guinness Charts of British Hits Singles and went on to be the top selling British album of 1974. In 1975, Wings won the Grammy award for “Band on the Run,” the single and title track from the 1974 record. With the 1976 release of Wings at the Speed of Sound, the band had become one of the most successful groups of the decade with a top-grossing tour to follow. Denny also performed select solo numbers during their concerts on the Wings Over America tour and showcased his talents on many songs, most notably “Go Now” and “Time to Hide.” With Wings, Denny enjoyed the most prominent commercial and critical successes of his career, including co-writing the hit “Mull of Kintyre,” which reached #1 in the UK’s Guinness Charts of British Hits Singles in 1977 and became the U.K.’s highest-selling single until that time. At the height of the British Invasion, Denny Laine was one of the most recognizable voices on the music scene. Denny departed The Moody Blues and formed The Electric String Band, writing the hit “Say You Don’t Mind,” and opened shows for Jimi Hendrix in London. Denny joined the bands Balls as well as Ginger Baker’s Air Force, singing lead on the memorable “Man of Constant Sorrow.” Throughout his career, Denny has also worked with various members of the Beatles, the Who, Led Zeppelin, Cream, ELO, the Zombies, the Hollies, and many more. Denny performs highlights from the Band on The Run and The Magnificent Moodies albums, and more. In April 2018, Denny was honored with the induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a founding member of the Moody Blues. For more information on Denny Lainie and his show at McLoone’s head over to www.facebook.com/DBFLaine. STRAWBS TO CELEBRATE 50TH ANNIVERSARY WITH A THREE-DAY MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA AT THE STRAND British rock legends Strawbs will mark their 50th anniversary with a three-day event filled with exclusive musical performances that feature the current band, special guests, and many of the artists who have contributed to the band’s sound over its five-decade history. The event will take place at The Strand Theater in Lakewood, New Jersey, from April 26 through April 28, and will be hosted by Strawbs’ current line-up: founding member David Cousins, along with long-standing band members Chas Cronk, Dave Lambert, Tony Fernandez, and the band’s latest addition, Dave Bainbridge. “In 2009, we celebrated our 40th year with a weekend party in Twickenham, England,” says Cousins. “Now, we’re bringing the party across the pond so that more of our North American fans can be part of the celebration. I expect it will be a raucous celebration of every era of our music, along with a lot of socializing and maybe the odd pint of beer.” Confirmed special guests include: producer Tony Visconti, Renaissance vocalist Annie Haslam, electronic music pioneer Larry Fast, Strawbs/Bee Gees keyboardist Blue Weaver, author/musician Wesley Stace, Hooters frontman Eric Bazilian, Strawbs/Nashville Teens/Renaissance/Spooky Tooth keyboardist John Hawken, Strawbs/Hudson Ford bassist John Ford, Strawbs guitarist Brian Willoughby performing in his folk duo with Cathryn Craig, and a special tribute set featuring Richard Barone, Pete Donnelly, Sophie B Hawkins, Dag Juhlin, David Lewis, David Nagler, Bridget St. John & Tammy Faye Starlite. The UN Singers, the 40-member United Nations Choir, will join the band for the grand finale on Saturday. Additional information is available at www.strawbs50.com. Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.