OCEAN COLOUR SCENE
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We bring great tidings. Birmingham’s emperors of rock’n’folk Ocean Colour Scene are back with their ninth studio album. Simply put, the band that knocked Oasis’ Be Here Now off the top spot, prompting Noel Gallagher to send them a plaque engraved with the inscription: ‘To The Second Best Band In Britain’ need no further introduction. As they approach their 21st anniversary together, Birmingham’s emperors of rock’n’folk Ocean Colour Scene remain as sincere and passionate about music as they were when they first came together in the early ‘90’s. Back then, with their Breton shirts and Beat Club haircuts, they were at the vanguard of a new generation of bands determined to shake off ‘80’s miserablism and get, well, a piece of the action.
Little did anyone know that by the release of their second album Moseley Shoals in April 1996, OCS would be bonafide rock stars, their intuitive grasp of pop dynamics on hits like “The Riverboat Song” and “The Day We Caught The Train” leaving an indelible print on the zeitgeist (Moseley Shoals stayed on the charts for eighteen months). Follow up Marchin’ Already (released in September 1997) even knocked Oasis’ Be Here Now off the top spot.
Ocean Colour Scene recently released their ninth studio album, entitled Saturday. In the two years since 2007’s On The Leyline – described by Uncut as their “career best” – they’ve played with thrash metal bands in Korea, stolen the show at this year’s ‘V’ (where they were named ‘Band Of The Festival’ by Radio 2 and Absolute Radio) and are just off a debut show in Dubai.
Though Luke Kenny has been around for a while, and has assumed various roles in his life, after his role in Rock On (2008) he is immediately associated with the keyboardist that he played in the film. Some people still associate him with Channel V. Few know of his rock band. And there are even fewer who know that he has Directed a feature film!
James Walsh is the front man to the critically acclaimed Starsailor, who have sold more than 3 million albums since their 2001 debut album Love Is Here. Since then they have grown a legion of fans through their amazing live performances. In the last two years Starsailor have toured the world including supporting the Rolling Stones, The Police, U2 and The Killers. James has recently started working on his own solo material and is excited to be back in the studio.
MARCH ON STAGE
Established in 2006 to raise funds for local children’s charities, was created by Hard Rock
Café worldwide in 2006 to raise funds for local children’s charities and is a live music
program featuring emerging and established artists performing at Hard Rock locations
worldwide throughout the month of March.
This year Hard Rock Europe is hosting ‘March on Stage presents Street2 Sanctuary’, a live
music series featuring Ocean Colour Scene and other established artists performing at
Hard Rock locations in Europe throughout the month of March to raise fund for the
Bombay teen Challenge.
The Freedom Tour 2010 is part of the March on Stage initiative by Hard Rock Cafe India
and a continuation of part of the line up from the Europe ‘March on Stage presents
Street2 Sanctuary’ aiming at combining efforts to raise the maximum funds for the BTC.
The Bombay Teen Challenge is an organization dedicated to helping women used in
prostitution and their children, and its Stop Sexual Slavery movement aims to bring
about real change in India by exposing the business of human trafficking, bringing it into
public consciousness, and urging people to take a proactive role in abolishing the sexual
exploitation of women.
Proceeds from March on Stage 2010 initiatives at cafés in Europe and India will benefit
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