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MARK SPREX NEWSLETTER UP-DATE
howdy folks ... just a quick up-date on what's going on at 'planet sprex' ...
it's been a pretty hectic and fruitful year so far, and it's not looking like slowing-up either ... on average about 20 live shows a month and 4 albums due for release in 2009 ... that can't be too bad eh??!! ...

the brand new 'smooth and the bully boys' cd 'black and white' is finished and off to the factory within the next couple of weeks, the exact release date is still under wraps, but rest assured it will be available by the beginning of july ...
the official release party will take place at the 'ace cafe' in rumst on saturday 26 JULY AT 8pm ...
the  ... continue reading

more info on : http://www.myspace.com/marksprex
Added : 8/6/2009
'THE WILDEST SHOW IN VEGAS!': Keeper of the legacy signs off Age and changing times catch up with lounge great and Louis Prima collaborator Sam Butera
Sam Butera contemplated the fact that the Golden Nugget is now owned by two guys in their 30s with an interest in the old Vegas.

"They don't know when the old Vegas started," the 76-year-old lounge legend says, a little dismissively. But then he flashes his famous ear-to-ear grin to add: "And it really didn't start until we got here. That's the God's truth. As God is my judge."

Few would argue that the waning days of 1954 gave rise to something special on the Strip.

The Louis Prima band, with Butera as his saxophone sidekick, gave Las Vegas a distinctive sound and a freewheeling, all-night image that still echoes  ... continue reading

more info on : http://www.reviewjournal.com/lvrj_home/2004/jul-18-sun-2004/news/24229805.html
Added : 4/6/2009
Sam Butera, former Louis Prima saxophonist, dies in Las Vegas at age 81
Sam Butera, the hard-driving, hard-swinging New Orleans saxophonist who was Louis Prima's longtime musical partner, died Wednesday in Las Vegas following a long illness. He was 81.

Mr. Butera joined Prima's band in 1954. With singer Keely Smith, they built one of the most popular acts in the golden age of Las Vegas. Mr. Butera cooked up the arrangements that gave the likes of "Just a Gigolo," "I Ain't Got Nobody" and "Jump Jive An' Wail" maximum impact.
"Louis's ace-in-the-hole was Sam Butera," said Gia Prima, the fifth of Louis's five wives and the singer in his band from 1962 to 1975. "That animal attraction that they had, with  ... continue reading

more info on : http://www.nola.com/news/index.ssf/2009/06/sam_butera_former_louis_prima.html
Added : 4/6/2009
New Johnny Cash Site
Marking the 13th anniversary of its debut, JohnnyCash.Com, the official site of the legendary Man In Black has relaunched today with a new look and feel "Johnny Cash deserves the best, and we intend to continue to provide his fans cutting edge technology, incredible eye appeal and a place for fans from around the world to come to celebrate his life," said Bill Miller who founded the site in 1996.
The new site includes an enhanced photo gallery featuring many personal behind the scenes images never seen before by the public. Miller has what is widely acknowledged to be the largest archive of Cash photos in the world. "It's time to share this  ... continue reading

more info on : http://www.johnnycash.com
Added : 2/6/2009
Chopper Pussy & Los Fabulous Frankies, Opwijk
Last sundaynight we checked out a new band from some friends of ours. Chopper Pussy playing in the Sint-Pauluszaal in Opwijk. Chopper pussy a name that might not mean much to some of you, but itís Tom Putaís new bad, maybe we should call him Tompus from now on. Other familiar faces on stage aswell, Steve on guitar, Serge ( or Franz) on vocals, Tom on Bass, Sam ( ex Hetten Des) on guitar and Jef on Drums. The first gig for this new band, but they sure had their stuff worked out. They play some kind of Southern Rock, sometimes more trashier, sometimes a bit more bluesy. But great, especially for the first gig. Serge his voice is excellent for this  ... continue reading

Added : 2/6/2009
Rock This Town, Aspelt (Lux)
On a sunny Sunday afternoon we decided it would be a great time for a visit to our western neighbours. So after a 2h30 in the car we arrived at Aspelt, a small town in the south of Luxembourg, not really the place were you would expect an event like this to take place. The US cars near the entrance showed us we were in the right place. The hall were this event was organized was awesome, a fully restored old building, it had a 2 floors layout, although the second floor was closed off, a huge terrace, very high ceilings, huge bar and a cocktailbar, but since I was the designated driver no alcohol for me today, I must admit I had a few sips of some  ... continue reading

Added : 2/6/2009
Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers @ Den Daak Duffel
After missing out on the Ace Rumble gig and thus not getting to see Ruby Dee and The Snakehandlers, we headed over to Den Daak in Duffel for another change.

Den Daak is the local youth club, so think of a small room, dangerous stairs to get to the toilet ( specially when youíre drunk), no smoking. But great fun and as an extra they served La Chouffe. Man thatís a good beer, but dangerous. So back to the gig, this was organized by Eddie for the first time in cooperation with the youth club, but it was promised that if this gig had a good turn out it would defiantly be repeated. So hopefully weíll be able to visit this place in the near  ... continue reading

Added : 2/6/2009
Marilyn's clothes, Elvis' pill bottles for sale
LOS ANGELES Ė Marilyn Monroe's coffee table and Elvis Presley's prescription bottles are going up for auction.

Julien's Auctions will also sell clothing, autographed photos and other Monroe memorabilia, including items from her Brentwood, Calif., home, and jewelry, books and other items that Presley gave to his longtime personal physician, Dr. Nick.

The items will be on view at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas before the auction begins June 26. Bids will be accepted in person, by phone and online at juliensauctions.com.


more info on : http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090526/ap_en_ot/us_marilyn_and_elvis_auction
Added : 27/5/2009
For all you big spenders
The guitars used by the Blue Caps are for sale on an American auction site.
Go check it out, if you have enough money that is

more info on : http://entertainment.ha.com/common/search_items.php?txtsearch=meeks&chkauctions=1&chkinventory=1&chkpabs=&cbodenomination=music+memorabilia:&chkfullsearch=1
Added : 23/5/2009
Mark & The Slum Dogs, Whiskey Daredevils, The United Steelworkers of Montreal.
Alright iím a bit behind on concert reviews, so hereís one that covers a few bands in one time.

First of: Mark & The Slumdogs @ Bacchus cafť Geel

The first time Iíve been to this place, not a bad place. Looks small from the outside, but the bar is L shaped, with a rather big stage at the end. The interior isnít much special, looks like it was some kind of pop music bar at first. But that defiantly would change this night. Mark Penington from the UK's legendary neo-rockabilly band 'The Caravans' performing 'unplugged' versions from the 2 top selling 'Caravans' albums 'Smashed and Stripped Bare' and 'Return To Zero' together  ... continue reading

Added : 23/5/2009
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  • LolliePop Rock'n'Roll Festival don 25 mei


  • Saturday May 27
  • The Truly Lover Trio (USA) (Live Rockabilly cafe Wilhelmina)


  • Sunday May 28
  • Hoorn Rock'n'Roll SUNday #10 FREE FESTIVAL

  • Cale Tyson (USA)


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  • Jason James (USA)


  • Sunday June 11
  • Eightball Boppers


  • Monday June 26
  • The Hillbilly Casino (USA) (Live Rockabilly cafe Wilhelmina Eindhoven)


  • Saturday July 1
  • Moonrunner


  • Friday July 7
  • The Billygoat Riders

  • Eightball Boppers


  • Saturday July 8
  • Rock around Giethoorn 2017


  • Sunday July 9
  • Rock around Giethoorn 2017


  • Sunday July 16
  • Eightball Boppers


  • Friday July 21
  • Big Bayou Bandits

  • Rockin' Em (UK) (pre party meeting Wilhelmina Eindhoven)


  • Saturday July 22
  • 12e int. Rock 'n Roll meeting Wilhelminaplein Eindhoven


  • Saturday August 5
  • The Billygoat Riders


  • Friday August 11
  • Big Bayou Bandits


  • Saturday August 12
  • Big Bayou Bandits


  • Saturday August 19
  • The Billygoat Riders


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