GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!

For anyone who hasn’t got their tickets yet, here’s a recap of sources.
Some venues might be sold out.

GLASGOW
Saturday 3rd June 2006 8pm
Scottish Exhibition + Conference Centre Hall 4
Tickets £47.50 and £35.00
Venue Website
Or the box office telephone lines are open daily
09:00am – 21:00pm on 0870 040 4000

MANCHESTER
Sunday 4th June 2006 8pm
Manchester Evening News Arena
Tickets £47.50 and £35.00
Venue Website
Enquiries and booking line 0870 190 8000

CARDIFF
Tuesday 6th June 2006 8pm
Cardiff International Arena
Tickets £47.50 and £35.00
Venue Website
Venue box office: 02920 224 488
Monday – Saturday: 10:00am – 18:00pm

BIRMINGHAM
Wednesday 7th June 2006 8pm
The NEC Arena
Tickets Price £47.50 plus £5.00 booking fee
Plus transaction fee of £1.50
0870 909 4133
Venue Website

LONDON
Friday 9th June 2006 8pm
Wembley Arena
Tickets £47.00 and £35.00; with booking fee £52.50 and £38.50 plus transaction fee £1.25 each.
Venue Website
Enquiries 0870 060 0870

BRYNFEST, near BANGOR, NORTH WALES
Sunday 27th August 2006
Seating £42.50, Grass £28
Gates 5.30, show start 8pm
Telephone Booking*
North Wales Theatre 01492 872000
Theatr Gwynedd 01248 351708
Silver Star Holidays 01286 672333
* Booking Fees Apply

… and if you’re desperate there might be tickets on eBay.co.uk

Vintage sheet music cover photos No. 11


Here’s another from a collection of 18 historic sheet music covers.
Previous covers were posted:

No 10
14 May What Now My Love

No 9
13 May No Regrets

No 8
10 May There’s No Place Like London

No 7
9 May Let’s Start All Over Again

No 6
7 May If You Go Away

No 5
5 May Nobody Does It Like Me

No 4
30 April My Special Dream

No 3
29 April As I Love You

No 2
28 April The Greatest Performance Of My Life

No 1
23 April I’ll Get By

More soon.
Special thanks to Mikey Mike.

Message from a friend

Thank you Carol for your message:

“Congratulations to Peggy on her marvellous new Dame Shirley Bassey web blog.

I have been a fan of DSB since 1956 – when I first heard Banana Boat Song – and have followed her ever since.

I even postponed my engagement so I could see her at Cardiff’s New Theatre on May 3rd 1957, when she was bottom of the bill. She has never been bottom of the bill since.

I have been married 48 years this July. My husband still coming second place to DSB when she is on tour!

I have met many friends through following DSB. Queuing all night for front row seats, meeting up for Shirley Bassey parties, travelling with fellow fans to concerts.

The last time Shirley appeared at St. David’s Hall I ended up with hypothermia queuing up all night in freezing cold weather.

I wonder if anyone else has gone to these extremes. But I don’t regret any of it, DSB is worth it all.

Then there are the new friends I met at the Diamonds Are Forever Ball. I feel privileged to have met Peggy. Carry on the good work!”

Carol in Cardiff

(Non-DSB) Joan Collins live on stage


The ever youthful Joan Collins was fantastic last night in her touring show “An Evening With Joan Collins”

We caught her at the New Theatre, Oxford. The penultimate appearance of her UK tour.

There’s a blog dated April 7th which I hope helped some decide to go and see her. It was well worth it.
Joan and Shirley are long term friends, and I can see why.

Joan was bright, breezy, confident and honest. She described her life as having “more ups and downs than Joan Rivers’ face.”

She made us laugh all the way through, with a well written, well rehearsed and very well performed narrative. On stage was an armchair, table and a phone which rang to help smooth her links. Joan looked great, amazing for her age, and showed she can still do the splits. Like Shirley she is smaller than you’d think, and like Shirley she is good-looking, bubbly and intelligent. She has enough chutzpah to fire Alan Sugar.

The backdrop was a big projection screen which showed photos from her life and film clips from her career.

Including the role of Alexis in Dynasty, which Joan jokingly calls “Die Nasty”.

THE DSB CONNECTION
At the end of the show she took questions from the audience. I was surprised when she answered my question first. “Do you have any memories or anecdotes about Dame Shirley Bassey?” Joan laughed and said she would need another complete show to talk about all her times with Shirley.


Above: Shirley arrives at Claridges

She told us about her wedding reception at Claridges. (There’s an archived report on Songs of Shirley Bassey):

“We’d all had quite a lot to drink. Shirley got up and sang a song a capella. That means without a band. The hotel band didn’t have the music for the song that Shirley sang at full volume. Afterwards, Shirley asked if her performance was alright. She was concerned because she “couldn’t hear the orchestra.”

After the show I met Percy, her 5th husband who is lovely and very handsome.

Joan recalled a TV chat show when Joan Rivers asked her “Which husband was the best in bed?” After thinking, she replied “Yours.” For once Joan Rivers was speechless.

We also saw Christopher Biggins who was in the audience, an all-time-great pantomime dame and entertainer. He was jolly, chatty and amusing.

A lovely evening and a fun filled connection to DSB.

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