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Rollin Stoned, Could it be Magic, The Faces and Willie Nile will return in November.

Dear Live Music Fan,

I trust this finds you well and enjoying the fine weather we are having at the moment…long may it continue please (well except Friday night, and this week, a Saturday night too...).




The band that played the first ever gig at Tropic' back in 2009 return to us for a "Summer Special" (as they normally only ever play in the bleak mid-winter).

We hope you've got the name and if you're puzzled by our game, why not take a look at some of the things that have been said about us, “.... the nearest thing to the real article” was the view of one reviewer who claims to have seen them all in 'The Times', “.... about as true to the originals as you can get” raved another and “Just like the real thing” enthused rock star photographer Gered Mankowitz at his recent private view. Indeed Keith Richards' own mother, Doris, was kind enough to describe us as “outstanding” and fit to “stand in for the Stones” which is about as good an endorsement as any could wish. Well we could go on, but you get the picture, it’s not just enthusiastic fans who rate the Rollin’Stoned so highly, it is the people in the know and those from the Stones' inner circle.

With a Rolling'Stoned show, the costumes are shamelessly camp gaudy and fab, the instruments genuinely vintage and the wit irreverent. However while the tongue is never far from the cheek we make sure it is never to the detriment of the music. This band is not to be confused with the grotesque parody on parody 'Stella Street'-Lite Stones bands that abound, nor a bunch of seasoned old pros, opportunistically hitched on to the “Tribute Bandwagon” for an easy ride. What clearly comes across to audiences seeing the band at work is the passion we all have for the music of what is, cliche or not, "The Greatest Rock'n'Roll Band" the world has seen.

A typical two hour show includes not only all the classic crowd pleasing hits, but is spiced with enough eclectic selections from the deeper recesses of Stones Album archives to satisfy the most demanding of “Buffs”, all performed with the same vibrantly authentic attack and raw energy that characterised the original Stones shows in their prime.

For those who witnessed the Stones - Brian Jones et al - in their hey Day, this is a chance to revisit lost youth, for the rest of you, now’s your chance to see what all the fuss was about.

(The above is reproduced from the Rollin’ Stoned web site).

NOW…usually this gig, when we put them on in January or February, gets packed to the rafters, but this does not look like happening this time, so if you want to strut your stuff there WILL be some "wiggle room" on Friday. Book now at http://www.tropicatruislip.co.uk/ebook/index.htm  or the usual web links.



An early booking is advised for this one as we do look like being quite busy and as it looks like being a warm evening I will NOT be filling the room right to the limit as it can get rather hot in there!

Could it be Magic have been together and performing as a Take That Tribute Show since 2007 and have worked extensively all over the UK and at times have "Ruled the World" performing in Europe and beyond.

The list of clients they have performed for is almost endless but include Butlins, Pontins, Copthorn Hotels and Hilton Hotels as well as corporate events for the likes of Macdonalds and Colgate.

They have also shared the billing with Lamar, The Cheeky Girls and Peter André and been performing at events with members of the casts of Hollyoaks, Strictly Come Dancing and Coronation Street as well as various "Party in the Park" type events.

Could it be Magic will take you on the full Take That journey from their beginnings and early songs such as Relight My Fire, Everything Changes But You and Never Forget and then bring it right up to date with more recent material.

As a Take That tribute they are somewhat unique as two members have actually performed with Gary Barlow himself...having made it through to Boot Camp on X-Factor in 2012.

Come and see the band soon and you will have your Greatest Day.


Tribute to the sounds of the Four Seasons and the long running West End show. With hits like Oh What a Night, Big Girls Don't Cry and songs from the movie Grease and Dirty Dancing.

Floor filler after floor filler...after floor filler.

Please note this will be two sets split about 50/50 between the two genres with Take That first.

Book now at http://www.tropicatruislip.co.uk/ebook/index.htm  or the usual web links.




Picking themselves up and dusting themselves down after losing their lead singer Steve Marriott, the three Small Faces left behind... Kenney Jones, Ian MacLagan and Ronnie Lane recruited Ronnie Wood on guitar, and then a certain Roderick David Stewart on lead vocals and became The Faces.

Husky vocals and sublime song writing talent, coupled with the raunchy playing of the band, produced an awesome repetiore of incredible songs and created one of the finest and most entertaining live acts of the early 70s.

Not content with producing such terrific tracks as Three Button Hand Me Down, Cindy Incidentally, Stay With Me, Debris and Miss Judys Farm, The Faces also backed Rod live on numbers he put out as a solo artist, including massive tracks like Maggie May, You Wear It Well and more.

The Faces Experience, featuring Noel Lanigan in the role of Rod Stewart, plus Dan Taylor, Neil Runalls, Dean Rees and Matt Bond from sensational Small Faces tribute The Small Fakers will have you Twistin The Night Away to 90 minutes of the very finest tracks from Rod and The Faces... Ooh La La.

Three Button Hand Me Down recorded in Pontypridd

Hear all the hits of the Faces on one night, where the set list normally includes all the songs below.

All Over Now, Cindy Incidentally, Debris, Flying, Gasoline Alley, Hot Legs, (I Know I'm) Losing You, In A Broken Dream, Maggie May, Maybe I'm Amazed, Miss Judy's Farm, Ooh La La, Reason To Believe, Silicone Grown, Stay With Me, Three Button Hand Me Down, Twisting The Night Away, Your Wear It Well.


I (Philip) will not be at this gig, I actually go on holiday next Tuesday for about 10 days.

It follows that if you fancy coming to it you are invited to book on or before 19th June in order that I can "get you on the list" and acknowledge your booking.

If you book after this the booking should still get through to Ian (who will be looking after the door) but I will be acknowledging them off my mobile phone so rather dependent on getting some 3G and as I will be at sea a fair bit of the time it is not always available!

So PLEASE, if you can, book now at http://www.tropicatruislip.co.uk/ebook/index.htm  or the usual web links. But I would stress if you book after Monday it will all be fine, but maybe not acknowledged quite as timely as you might be used to.




I am delighted to advise you that WILLIE NILE, with One Guitar, and who knows, maybe a piano, will be returning to Tropic on November 5th 2017 (should go with a bang!) and, as usual, closing off his UK tour with us.

Bookings are now being taken and I can tell you that I will be limiting the numbers as I intend to do it as a mainly seated gig.

Book now at http://www.tropicatruislip.co.uk/ebook/index.htm  , several people have already so do not hang around as I expect a fair old demand for tickets.



I have yet to receive full details but we will be having a charity fundraiser on 17th September featuring Wings tribute, Band On The Run, and the highly regarded covers band The Dominoes (who played in Cardiff recently in front of 6,000 people). All funds raised will go to St Luke's Hospice.

Like I said, more details on this will follow just as soon as I have them.


Lost for words really, Cloudbusting we, as expected, simply stunning. We did the gig seated as far as possible and at times you could hear a pin drop in the room. Wonderful.

There is no date in the diary for Cloudbusting to return at present.

I think that is about all.

See you soon





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