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Stanley Dee play Steely Dan and The Zoots debut at Ruislip soon.







So returning to Tropic' this Friday we have the wonderful Stanley Dee who bring us the music of Steely Dan, a gig I really enjoy doing. We do not look like being that busy so there will be room to dance, or room to sit I suspect if you have had a long week at work…..but whilst we might be a few short when it comes to people in the audience what will have is a packed stage, as there are 10 of them in the band! It is a really up tempo show and well worth seeing.


Stanley Dee came together in 2010 as the result of a few friends having the mad ambition of playing some of the most technically demanding yet musically rewarding material in the world of music.


There are many ways to approach the music of Steely Dan. Music which means so much to those of us who appreciate a tightly crafted groove, a memorable tune, an intriguing chord progression and often a twisted story line. Bearing in mind the sheer quality of the musicians who played on the original recordings, the scope of the task can seem daunting. For that reason, you might reasonably expect a Steely Dan tribute band to have a somewhat serious manner…..


But not Stanley Dee! We love the music of Becker and Fagen, and it makes us happy. Audiences can tell from the way some of us bounce around on stage, and the way we all have large smiles plastered on our faces most of the time. This music is FUN!


Which is not to say that we treat the music lightly. This stuff is hard to do well, and we pride ourselves on recreating the authentic sounds, down to the details of the amazing solos and the intricate vocal harmonies. We’re all huge fans of the music itself, and we know what our audiences want to hear. We’ve been at this since 2009, and have racked up loads of gigs, starting in our home area of South Herts, but also (increasingly) going much further afield. If you’ve seen us, you’ll know what we’re about, and if you haven’t… it’s about time you checked us out.


Authentic sounds played with skill and enthusiasm. If you like Steely Dan, you will love Stanley Dee!


If you have never seen this band they you really should, even if you do not know the music of Steely Dan, and you will know a few when you hear them that is a promise,  you will be up dancing to it. It is just fun from start to finish.


Book now at http://www.tropicatruislip.co.uk/ebook/index.htm








It is always nice to welcome a new band to Tropic' and so we do just that  on 2nd March with The Zoots making their debut. However, The Zoots are not a new band by any stretch of the imagination, they have been touring around the UK and filling venues up and down the land with their amazing 1960's show for years.

Some years back we had The New Amen Corner play for us, sadly (for me) they are now so busy that getting them for a return date is impossible so I am hoping that The Zoots will admirably fill that gap. At my request on this occasion they will somewhat mirror what The New Amen Corner did for us and bring us their take on "The Summer OF Love": 1967.


As it says on the web site:-


Experience THE Sixties show that’s wowing audiences around the world, selling out venues from the Palladium to Old Trafford – with the spectacular sounds of THE ZOOTS!


THE ZOOTS are here to make your whole family bop to the ’60s beats that everybody loves – with legendary numbers by The Beatles, Elvis, The Stones, The Monkees, The Beach Boys, The Kinks, Elvis and dozens more of your favourite artists.


Feel the groove that’s thrilling audiences of stage and screen, in more than 30 countries!


Discover why national critics call THE ZOOTS “impressive”, “authentic”, and “impossible not to like”!


It’s more than a performance – it’s totally ZOOTtastic!


“The ZOOTS are impossible not to like” – The Stage


“What an amazing night! The crowd loved you, we love and you will be back” – Stamford Corn Exchange


“The ZOOTS are fantastic” – The Beacon Theatre


“ The type of band we have always been looking for “ – Eastbourne Bandstand


Special set at Tropic' to concentrate on or around 1967.


Expect such tunes as:-

All along the Watchtower - Hendrix / Bob Dylan,  Apache - The Shadows, Bend me shape me - Amen Corner, Boots are made for walking - Nancy Sinatra, Born to be wild - Steppenwolf, Brown eyed girl - Van Morrison, Build me up buttercup - The Foundations, California Dreaming - Mama's and Papa's, Can't take my eyes off you - Frankie Valli (Number one in the summer of 67), Daydream Believer - The Monkees, Gimme some loving - Spencer Davis Group, Hi Ho Silver Lining - Jeff Beck, I feel free - Cream, I'm a Believer - The Monkees, Itchycoo Park - Small Faces, Jumpin Jack flash - The Rolling Stones, Lazy Sunday - The Small Faces, Let it be - The Beatles, Light my fire - The Doors, Miserlou - Dick Dale, Mr Tambourine Man - Byrds, Mrs Robinson - Simon and Garfunkel, Proud Mary - Creedence Clearwater, Son of a Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield, Sitting on the dock of the bay - Otis Redding, Sunny Afternoon - The Kinks, Surfin USA - Beach Boys, Sympathy for the devil - Rolling Stones, Sgt Peppers - Beatles, Waterloo Sunset- Kinks, White Room - Cream


and many many more.


The Zoots have an excellent web site at https://www.thezoots.com/ and I recommend you have a look.


This promises to be a great night.


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






I have booked a very special "One-Off" event for 8th February 2019 it the shape of "Jagged Little Pill" a full band tribute to Alanis Morissette. The band actually includes the two guys who form the Simon and Garfunkel tribute "Bookends" and they are putting this show together for a special short tour. I will post more information about this show on the web site once I have it, but bookings are now being taken.




Cracking show with Los Pacaminos and thanks to the "Tequila Girls" for taking part, (not that you needed much persuasion I am sure!!). There is no date in the diary for Los Pacaminos to return but if one is offered I will snap it up!


I think that is all. See you soon, don't miss the gigs coming up in the next two weeks, if you have not seen either band both will give you a lot of fun for not a lot of money….that is a promise.



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