You see me, right, HIM OFF THE VIZ, I’m doing a three hour bus tour around Newcastle on 25th August, starting from the Central Station at 7pm, right. The bus is kindly provided by Tyne Idols, who do this kind of thing all the time, but with less swearing and fart jokes.
The tour will take in many of the places that contributed to the birth and growth of Newcastle’s most sweatiest ever toilet magazine. We’ll be stopping at The Gosforth Hotel, the place where Viz was first sold by my brother and me at the door of a gig by Arthur Two Stroke on the 10th of December back in 1979, and also at the Trent House, the first pub to sell Viz over the counter, these stops will allow passengers to alight and impart of refreshments, but don’t let that stop you bringing some plonk of your own to neck on the journey. Best bring some crisps too, to give the impression you care about yourself.
My constant babbling will be micro-managed by my co-conductor Alex Collier, HIM ALSO OFF THE VIZ, who will be using his big, hairy hands to push the anecdote triggering button just above my arse.
You’ll be able to buy merchandise; signed and personalised copies of my book HIM OFF THE VIZ and live DVD’s. I’ll also begrudgingly sign any old Viz tat you’d care to bring along.
I’ll also be doing a song about buses, so that’ll be nice. Or possibly not.
Tickets are £15 and are selling fast, please visit tyneidols.com or call 0191 253 1618.
GREAT NEWS… Billy Mitchell, former front man with North East folk rock Goliaths Lindisfarne, is to be the special guest at my Dyslexia North East fundraiser on April 1st at The Cluny2 in Newcastle. Billy has once again given his time to help raise funds for this local charity.
The multi talented entertainer will open the night with a tune or two before the rest of the music gets underway; Hannah Lamb, Acoustic Whodlums, The Purest Green and The Middens. I’ll be keeping the whole thing going with a comedy tune or two and maybe a guest spot or two with a couple of the bands. We may yet manage to get another special guest. Watch this space. TICKETS
DECADENT DECEPTIONIST & PERFECTOR of PRESTIDIGITATION
Also just added to the bill is multi award winning lanky local masterful magician Chris Cross, he’ll be doing some close-up magic in the bar and a stage trick between two of the music sets. Nothing is old hat here – he’s fresh, funny & fast. Remarkable sleight of hand and mesmerising tricks.
A FLASH OF SOUL
Amongst the many items that will be auctioned on the night are a set of framed photographs kindly donated by Ian Woodcock. Very fitting for a night with so many mod connections, his fantastic photos are of Northern Soul dancers, getting the funk right out of their faces, and nearly kicking their own teeth out in the process.
SMALL FACES EXCLUSIVE… There is also an official Small Faces T-Shirt signed by Kenny Jones. I shall be bidding on this one myself.
Very generously donated by Lee Major.
North Shield’s own young faces The Middens have added the services of their ‘New Mod’ sounds to Simon’s Dyslexia North East fundraiser at The Cluny on 1st April, joining a line-up already featuring The Purest Green, Acoustic Whodlums, Hannah Lamb plus a guest or two, all hosted by Simon himself.
The Middens take influences from bands and artists spanning five decades. For their sound, think Libertines meet The Clash with a hint of Who. They write and play way beyond their teenage years and are now being recognised for their vibrant and energetic live shows with a growing fan base. Click on the photo above to hear and see this vibrant little outfit doing their thing.
All of this cracking entertainment for just five of your quids. Tickets HERE