Congratulations, Shirley

…and to everyone involved in the tour, on behalf of your fans.

“Bravo, Maestro!” to Mike Dixon, Musical Director (blog dated 5th April) and
Chris Egan, Musical Arranger and grand piano player.

To the ladies and gentlemen of the orchestra. Pete Callard for playing a perfect electric guitar solo every time in The Living Tree. A copy of the Fender Stratocaster break in Never The Bride’s original.

To Nicky Spence for your fine voice and kilt.

You all rocked!

To DSB’s management and assistants, with best wishes to Beau Mills for being such a dependable friend.

To Helena Shenel for vocal coaching, caring for that famous voice.

To my distinguished friend David Spencer for the programme notes and photos.

To Catherine Feeney and Nikki Lamborn – please write more songs like that tree thing!

To the crew, roadies, technicians and the whole backstage team. All unseen heroes except the bloke who had to pick up the yellow cape Shirley had dropped on the stage floor. At one concert she was standing on it, and he had to try later.

To Julien Macdonald for the gowns. And to anyone I’ve missed out, many thanks and well done.

Not forgetting the audiences, including fans who had travelled from New Zealand, Australia, Israel, USA, Hungary and other countries just to see Shirley. You were all stars too.

What a team, what a tour, what a blast!

Let’s do it all again next week.

A note from Mike Dixon

I was delighted to receive a personal reply from Mike Dixon (MD the MD) to my email to him below.

Thanks Peggy!
It was fun – though I have been a bit tired today!
Very warm wishes to you

Dear Mike,
Congratulations on a fantastic tour. I went to each gig except Glasgow, and you were wonderful.
I noticed the friendly rapport you have with our Diamond Dame, the care and attention you gave to detail.
It was a thrill when we first knew you would be MD – I called it a DREAM TICKET.
Please visit my fans web blog:
I devoted a page to you dated 5th April, and there’s tons about Shirley and the tour on other pages. You must be exhausted today. I certainly am, and I only watched.
There’s a congratulations page being uploaded tomorrow. Please do it all again soon.
# I’m still here #


I’ll be on holiday for the next two weeks. The venerable Ed has kindly agreed to feed the blog. It’s in good hands because I think he likes DSB.

Wicked in Wembley

A breathtaking, wonderful performance tonight.

Wembley has often been the jewel in the crown of past tours. Tonight it was a monumental glittering diamond.

This was, of course, the last gig of a consistently brilliant tour. All of the concerts were shining sell-out successes. We’re still in a state of joyful shock… did that really happen?

It looked like Shirley was enjoying it as much as the enthusiastic audience. At times she looked surprised at the tidal waves of rapturous applause. The atmosphere was alive with emotion.

That extraordinary voice is as strong as ever. The Dame is as professional, rehearsed and glamorous as ever.

It was a pleasure to meet other devoted fans. Thank you for your friendly words about this web blog. It’s not really my blog… it’s every fan’s blog. You are invited to please send your photos and memories.

Thrilled to see adorable Nikki from Never The Bride on her way to her seat.

6,835 Internet hits today – a new record – thank you folks. More tour reports soon, just give us a chance to recover!


As always I consider the fans unable to attend the concerts. If you want to buy any tour merchandise, the following information is from the official programme:
You can pay by telephone using VISA or MASTERCARD. Tel 0161 928 8445
Cheque orders – please forward your order along with a cheque payable to
‘In-Tents’ at the following address: The Old Chapel House, Barns Lane, Dunham Massey, Altrincham, Cheshire WA14 5RU, United Kingdom.
For general enquiries email: or fax 0161 928 8016
These prices are VAT inclusive. Postage and packaging charge at cost (allow 28 days for delivery, subject to availability of stock).

Here are the items listed in the tour programme:

Unisex T-shirts
A choice of two 100% cotton V-neck short-sleeved T-shirts. Ash grey with an embroidered DSB logo in dark grey, and a navy blue with the DSB logo embroidered in silver £18.00

Ladies T-shirt
A pink ladies 100% cotton V-neck T-shirt embroidered with the DSB logo in pale pink. £18.00

Pashmina Scarf/ Shawl
Luxury soft and versatile, available in white with the DSB logo embroidered in pink or light coffee colour; or in black embroidered in silver. £16.00

Baseball Cap
Navy with a suede peak and silver DSB logo, or linen trimmed with navy with matching navy DSB logo. £12.00

Fine Bone China Mug
In a protective cardboard box, a white mug with a platinum DSB logo £10.00

Key Ring
A satin brushed stainless steel key ring engraved with the DSB logo presented in a black box. £10.00

A set of 6 drinks coasters . The set of melamine and cork backed coasters depict Dame Shirley on her 2003 tour. Each coaster has a different photo. £15.00

Spectacle Case
Black, in two sizes with the DSB logo. £10.00

“My Life on Records and in Concert” is a large 192 page full colour hard back “coffee-table” book tracing Shirley’s career. £10.00

The above doesn’t include the programme (well it wouldn’t because it’s in the programme) but the programme was £8.00. I don’t know if they have any in stock but you could ask them.

I hasten to add that I don’t make any money from promoting the merchandise here, it’s purely information that might help fans. I obviously can’t get involved in any disputes or questions.

About the book , here’s a little bit of further info. I have a copy and it’s very good. Cover photo here.

ISBN 0 7475 4090 X

First published in 1998 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

It’s described on this link:

Hope that works, otherwise just go to and search for it.

You can click on most photos in this blog and see an enlarged version by itself on your screen. Then click the backwards button to go back to the page. (This is for visitors who are as computer-illiterate as I am, I only found out myself by mistake

Thanks to Astrid for the photos taken at Manchester

Beautiful in Birmingham

“She’s better than ever!” a woman in the Birmingham audience said last night, and she had a point.

The quality of this tour is astonishing everyone. Shirley is in fantastic voice.

Her gowns are in yellow and red – the colours of fire.
And the audiences have been ignited by the dazzling heat of her performances.

Here are some exceptional photos taken at Manchester, with thanks to André Boon.

Loads more pictures and reports are coming soon, so please visit again.
It’s a thrill to see 5,336 hits today, a record.

And if things can get better, they just have. My blog is privileged to have a link on the DSB official web site. Look at this nice new banner created by my friend Ed.
# I love it! #

Thanks to all at Never The Bride for adding the link. Mi casa es su casa.

Wembley Arena tomorrow. I’m wrecked!

#I just take two Bufferin and drink a hot cup of tea #

Cool in Cardiff

Another superb performance in her home city last night.

There will be full written reports soon. Birmingham tonight!
Shirley is a 29 year old, larking about on stage, having fun with the audience and singing magnificently.

Here’s a fine photo taken at Manchester by Astrid. There are lots of photos in the pipeline so keep visiting! I’m exhausted – how does she do it?

The only problem at Cardiff was the over zealous security men. They confiscated flowers from the audience before the show saying that Shirley had specially requested no flowers. I don’t believe them. It upset a lot of fans.

They stopped people giving the traditional gifts and flowers to her between songs. Some had to almost fight their way through the henchmen, including a fan with a magnum of champagne whe pushed through saying “I’ve got to!”. Shirley was delighted to accept the bubbly and pretended to drink it later in the show. During the finale they stopped people going down to the stage, and Shirley had to signal for them to come forward.

The CIA Security was ill-judged for such a good-natured audience. They spoilt the evening for a friend who spent a lot of money on a huge bouquet. They snatched it off her and dumped it among the wires and equipment hidden left of the stage. This was disgusting, I have never seen a Shirley show without flowers from her adoring audience. At Glasgow and Manchester they were allowed.

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