LondonNet MUSIC EXTRA Newsletter...
2 September 2003, Issue 9

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Music: Classical and Dance

Pavarotti, Royal Albert Hall, London
Last few tickets now available:
Tuesday 7th October 2003, 7.00 PM
The big man of opera returns to London to play the Royal Albert Hall for what could be the final time before his rumoured retirement.... click here for tickets

The Nutcracker
This year London sees two productions of the classic fairytale take place over the Christmas season. Matthew Bourne's interpretation will be showing at Sadlers Wells entitled Nutcracker! Meanwhile the English National Ballet will be performing a more traditional version of the classic at the Carling Apollo Hammersmith. Click on the links for more details.
Nutcracker!, Sadlers Wells 2nd December 2003 - 24th January 2004
The Nutcracker ENB, Carling Apollo Hammersmith 24th December 2003 - 11th January 2004

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1. Pavarotti, Royal Albert Hall, London

3. Nutcracker (Matthew Bourne and ENB)
2. Don Giovanni Royal Opera House
Our Pick
The Nutcracker ENB, Carling Apollo Hammersmith


Music: Rock and Pop
(Music: headlines, rock/pop listings, classical listings, tickets)

Brixton Academy, 12 Dec 2003
The return of a British institution as the ever interesting Brett Anderson and Suede head out into the live arena once more for a mini-tour in support of their new greatest hits package.
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Top Five Gigs
1. DMX, London
2. Blockheads, London
3. Suede, London
4. Goldfrapp, London
5. Buster Rhymes , London
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Our Pick
, London

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Music: Jazz, Blues, Country

LondonNet Obituary:
(first published in Issue 139 of Ahoy! The LondonNet Newsletter)

- Johnny R. Cash, 1932 - 2003

As you will no doubt be aware by now, the Man In Black died on Friday 12 September.

Although I had been aware of Johnny Cash's music since hearing A Boy Named Sue as a kid, my Cash conversion really began with a road trip to Texas back in 1994. Armed with a very basic country compilation album my companion and I pretty much wore out the two Johnny Cash songs on the tape (I Walk The Line and Ring Of Fire).

On returning to the U.K. I set about acquiring just about any Cash music I could get my hands on. 10 years and 30 or so albums later I'm still collecting. From the early Sun days under the watchful eye of Sam Phillips through the pill-fuelled stardom of the 60s, prison recordings of the 70s and finally onto the glory-recaptured era of the Rick Rubin produced American Recordings series, Johnny's music never failed to move my soul. I was lucky enough to see the wily old goat's last London gig at the Royal Albert Hall on 25 April 1997. Front row seats for my hero. Few moments in my life eclipse that.

I spent the summer of '97 scouting the Johnny Cash trail. From the dirtlands of Johnny's birthplace in Kingsland, Arkansas through to Sun Records in Memphis and on to Nashville sniffing out the man's life and heritage. Ending up in Hendersonville, Tennessee just outside of Nashville we came to the end of the line. We had heard about a museum devoted to all things Johnny, The House of Cash, but all we found was a wooden chapel-like building, boarded up and all closed down. A victim to Johnny's dip in fortunes in the 80s no doubt.

Asking around we finally got some directions to his house - a beautiful villa overlooking a gorgeous forest lined lake. Any thoughts we had of meeting the man were quickly disposed of though thanks to a helpful sign advising that 'Trespassers Will Be Shot'. Nevertheless we had reached our journey's end and I find it heart warming to know that Johnny (and his adored wife June Carter Cash who died in May) ended his days in such a fine place, surrounded by the glory and peace of Tennessee's stunning natural backdrop.

That's my personal Johnny Cash story. Reading the many obituaries written over the past fortnight I see that many others have their's too. Johnny leaves a rich catalogue filled to the brim with gritty tales of pain, suffering and hope. No other artist has had such a profound effect on my life. Adios.

Peter D. Clee (mailto:[email protected])
(P.S. Joe Strummer, Nina Simone, Sam Phillips and now Johnny Cash. The past year has sure taken its toll on musical legends, let's hope that's it for now).
From Our Archive: Johnny Cash @ the Royal Albert Hall, 25 April 1997

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