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Sent by Dick Greener, 15 Jan 2016

Welcome to 2016 on Strawbsweb and the first Strawbswebnews of the year!


* Gig changes
* RIP David Bowie


Unfortunately, Dave's scheduled short stay in hospital for examination was cancelled as a result of the planned junior doctors' strike back in December last year (though it didn't actually happen, a number of non-urgent procedures were cancelled for that day before that became clear - unfortunately Dave's was one them).

This has now been rescheduled and unfortunately makes it impossible for a few shows in early February to stay in the calendar.

Accordingly, the following previously announced shows are to be rescheduled:

Wed 3 Feb - Red Lion, Kings Heath
Fri 5 Feb - Junction, Goole

The gig which was to be confirmed for Stockton was also in that time period.

So the first gig of the year will be 11th March, unless otherwise advised.


Many Strawbs fans will have been saddened to hear of David Bowie's death last weekend - a truly influential musician of his generation.

In his early career, Bowie was well known to the Strawbs - he mimed on a Colour Me Pop TV showing of "Poor Jimmy Wilson" and his prototype Spiders from Mars (aka Hype) played at the Hounslow Arts lab that Dave ran.

Dave includes in his book "Exorcising Ghosts" a radio interveiew with Bowie at the release of The Man Who Sold The World, conducted for Danmarks Radio.

The producer of many of his albums was Tony Visconti, also involved with the Strawbs up to about 1972, and his breakthrough hit "Space Oddity" and other tracks featured the keyboard wizardry of Rick Wakeman.

And finally, of course, the b-side of "Lay Down" is an affectionate parody of his Ziggy Stardust glam rock persona - "Backside".


"You'll scarcely believe all the pleasures inside..."

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