Tuesday, 21 November 2017

'NEW' FREE Footage From October 1969

Well, FAS reader Alessando Borri has done it again! In his bloodhound search to find missing concert dates and information about our favourite band he's actually turned up some completely unknown footage! On October 9, 1969 Free played in Essen at the 'Pop & Blues Festival' with lots of other bands. A full audio recording of the Free set has been around for a while but it appears some of the show was filmed too and below you'll find a link that takes you to the WDR (German TV) website that has posted TV coverage from the show.

The Free footage is in the second section which has the header;
'Hier und Heute' vom 14. Oktober 1969 | Rockpalast | 28.03.2016 | 09:52 Min. | WDR 
below it. Free appears from 00.00.45 through 00.01.06 directly after ELP. Despite the dialogue overlay it appears the footage also has VERY good sound underneath. Is there any more.... who knows, but its fantastic to see Kossoff nailing that Hunter ending and check out Fraser breaking a string!!

There's also snipets of Colosseum, Spooky Tooth, Deep Purple (Ian Paice), Fleetwood Mac (w/Green) and others. Fabulous stuff. Its just a shame its not longer!!

Monday, 6 November 2017

Kossoff : The Band Plays On - Leicester. November 3rd, 2017

So, you didn't make the 'Band Plays On' show at The Musician in Leicester on Friday (November 3rd). I did mention it here on October 27th. Its a shame you weren't there.

On Thursday evening both Simon Kossoff and JP James arrived at Castle FAS to sign the Ltd. Edition books (70). We settled in and had that all sorted out by Friday afternoon, had a visit from Steve Clarke (who recently did all the guitar tech reviews of Kossoff's Les Paul's) and then made our way over to support John, Terry and the band. Awful traffic but wholly worthwhile.

Had you been there you could have had a chat with J.P. James, author of  'Paul Kossoff: All Right Now. The Guitars, The Gear, The Music'. You could have had a chat with myself or Simon Kossoff, Paul's brother. And you could have seen a really great couple of sets from the band that featured 'Blue Soul', 'Raging River', 'Leaves In The Wind' and 'Molten Gold' among others. Terry Slesser was on great form and John Buckton wailed away. Furthermore you missed the chance to see Paul's original Isle Of Wight stripped '59 Les Paul. Yup the very one he used at the Beat Club and on TOTP's. NOT a copy. The owner kindly lent it to us for John to play during the evening and it sounded MAGNIFICENT!! It was enjoyed for the whole show but for two songs, when John broke a string just before the end of the first set. Fantastic to see and hear it in such capable hands.

Those who were there... great night wasn't it. We drank beer, we listened to great 'live' music, we took lots of photographs and we talked a lot after the show. I had a grand time. Thanks to all who came to the gig said 'hello'.

Photographs from the gig © Russell Airey.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Paul Kossoff - Warren Haynes - JP James

Got Mule?

You should have. The new album 'Revolution Come... Revolution Go' is the best for a while and highly recommended by the FAS. Get the deluxe 2CD or HiRes 88k/24bit version from HDTracks for maximum Mule.

Still out on tour and following the great 'Revolution Is Free' Halloween show in Amsterdam (see below) Mule played 'I'll Be Creepin' again in Hamburg on November 2nd. Hopefully FREE songs will be popping up on the setlist in the future. Will they play some FREE stuff in the UK? Well only time will tell I guess but it would be a shame if they didn't !

In the meantime what does a young Mule do when he has some 'spare' time. Well Warren Haynes is a serious music head. Talking to him you soon realise he knows his stuff and his knowledge is as deep as it is wide. So in his case he reads his copy of the J.P. James book 'Paul Kossoff: All Right Now. The Guitars, The Gear, The Music' of course!! 

Do you have yours yet?

Photograph © Tony Lewis.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Gov't Mule Play FREE set in Amsterdam

"Its hard to be Paul Kossoff AND Paul Rodgers at the same time"
Warren Haynes.

Gov't Mule
Paradiso, Amsterdam
Special Halloween Show
October 31, 2017

'The Revolution is FREE'
Set 1:
Eternity's Breath
(Mahavishnu Orchestra cover) (> 'St. Stephen' jam >)
Banks of the Deep End
Rocking Horse
Pressure Under Fire*
The Man I Want to Be
Kind of Bird*

Set 2 (Halloween 'FREE' set):
Fire and Water*
Ride on a Pony
The Stealer
I'll Be Creepin'*
Oh I Wept*
Mr. Big
Little Bit of Love
Songs of Yesterday
My Brother Jake
Be My Friend*
Walk in My Shadow
I'm a Mover
Mouthful of Grass*
All Right Now*

Encore: (With Bernie Marsden)
The Hunter*
Don't Say You Love Me
Wishing Well


Be My Friend
Oh I Wept
Shot by Gerrit Jan van Pelt

I'll be Creepin'
Shot by Satorifosale

Currently up on Youtube*
As 02/11/17

Friday, 27 October 2017

Kossoff - Slesser / Buckton 'Band Plays On' gigs in November

Weds 1st November 2017
Tribeca, Manchester
50 Sackville Street, Manchester M1 3WF
Tel: 0330 111 5002
Tickets: £16.00 in advance  £20.00 on the door

Thursday 2nd November 2017
The Iron Road, Evesham
140 High Street, Evesham WR11 4EJ
Tel: 01386 422582

Friday 3rd November 2017
The Musician, Leicester
Clyde Street, Leicester LE1 2DE
Tel: 0116 283 5533
Tickets: £15.00 in advance  £18.00 on the door

We are very pleased to announce that the author of the new book, "Paul Kossoff: All Right Now", J.P. James will be attending the "Kossoff...The Band Plays On" gig at The Musician, Leicester, Friday Nov 3rd

This limited edition book will be available at a discounted price of £40 (rrp £49.99) and the author will be more than happy to sign copies. 

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Arthur Ramm Sells Kossoff Les Paul

Congratulations Kris on your purchase of Paul Kossoff's Les Paul.
Its a beautiful guitar and I hope it brings you much pleasure.

Details here:


Kossoff's original guitar case.

Monday, 16 October 2017

ALL RIGHT NOW goes Sci-Fi on UK Channel 4

Yes it does sound a little strange but if you have been watching the 'Electric Dreams' series on Channel 4 (Sundays 9pm) then last night was a bit of a treat. During the episode, called  'Real Life', you were indulged with 'All Right Now' being featured not once, but twice!  The song plays in the background of two separate diner scenes and may seem an odd choice but with its instantly recognisable 'hook' in the chorus its useful to the plot as the main character struggles to work out which of the two lives they seem to be living is actually real, and which is computer generated. The shows have been a little hit and miss in both production values and stories but this was one of the better instalments so far.

The plot is thinly based on a story called 'Exhibit Piece' by Philip K. Dick, famous of course for 'Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep' on which the 'Bladerunner' movie was loosely based. It deals with (and not giving too much away here) someone who is offered the chance of a 'holiday' into another life via a prototype computer reality. The dilemma is that in the end they can't work out which of the two is 'Real Life'. The show reminded me somewhat of the film 'The Thirteenth Floor', which deals with similar themes. The episode will be broadcast again this coming Friday (20th October) at 3am and is worth recording for investigation at your leisure. 

It is also available via Channel 4's 'On Demand' service.