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Live and in concert: FM, Europe and Foreigner in Nottingham

The Dream Line-Up: FM, Europe and Foreigner. Completely live and in person.

7 April 2014 marked another historic moment in the rock diary of Nicky Wells, author of romance with rock stars! Not only was I lucky enough to secure front-row balcony tickets for one of the best gigs of the year… but I also got to take my entire family. Yes, husband and kids. I can’t tell you how much this means to me. It’s almost like I’m bringing my love for rock full circle as it’s blossoming in the kids. I don’t know if that makes any sense, but it was just beyond words to take the kids and see them enjoying themselves so much! But I’m getting ahead of myself here…

Now I know my boys are only seven and nine respectively, but they do love their rock music, and they had been begging for months to see a ‘real bona fide’ gig, especially one that would involve the band that plays “Tough It Out” (that would be FM) and the “Rocket Song” (otherwise known as “The Final Countdown”–yes, that would be Europe!). So when this opportunity in Nottingham offered itself with no age restriction for the venue… we jumped at it. And my goodness gracious me was a good time had by all!

First of all, we got the chance to meet up with the lovely Andie and Caroline Farren whom we had met at an FM gig in Nuneaton last year. I’m telling you, folks, rock friendships last a lifetime! We started the evening with a pizza dinner together and then were delighted that, by pure fluke, we even only sat a few rows apart from each other in the venue. Awesome stuff!

Wells and Farren families in the Royal Concert Hall...ready for the show!

Wells and Farren families in the Royal Concert Hall…ready for the show!

FM took the stage and owned it, playing as many classics and all-time favourites as was possible to ram into a forty-minute set. “Burning My Heart Down” practically burned the hall down, the fans loved it so much!

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Europe absolutely rocked. There really is no other way to describe the magic they performed last night. My boys were more or less out of their seats, and my little drummer was drumming along ferociously on the balustrade. When the band eventually closed with ‘Final Countdown’, everybody–and I mean everybody–in the entire hall was on their feet.

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In between sets, we managed to do a tiny little bit of hobnobbing with FM, introducing them to the next generation of their fans…

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Foreigner was a new experience to me. As in, they are one of those bands that I’d always meant to see but never previously managed. Sadly, guitarist Mick Jones had been taken ill for the evening, but the show went on anyway, and the remaining band members did their music proud. Front man Kelly proved himself a star entertainer and had the crowd eating out of his hands. It was mind-blowing!

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And the all-round verdict? Let’s do this again soon!

Long live rock ‘n’ roll!

Thank God It’s Christmas! (Well, nearly…) #Queen

It’s Music Monday!

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Hope you’re all in the mood for Christmas by now. Yesterday was the third Sunday of Advent, and true to tradition, we lit that third candle:

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We also went to see the stage play of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at the weekend. It was a magical production, and the kids were absolutely enchanted. So with that, there’s only one song that comes to mind today. If you love The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, you’ll know why.

Have a great week! Only nine sleeps ’til Christmas ‘proper’… (Eight, if you’re German. Woohooo!)

Gabriel’s Message

Happy Monday!

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It was the second Sunday of Advent yesterday, and one of my favourite Church hymns seems to be prominently sung on and around that day. How lucky I feel that one of the world’s best singer-songwriters has also recorded a version of this song! Sit back as I bring you a Christmas ‘rock’ tune with a difference. Let yourself be enchanted by Gabriel’s message…

PS. And how do I know of this version, you ask? Well, there’s a question! It happens that Sting’s single “Russians” is the first record I ever bought with my pocket money. I didn’t even know what it was called, I had to sing it to the chap in the record store. And on the ‘B’ side of this prized possession…for yes, we’re talking real, actual vinyl here! On the ‘B’ side was none other than this very song. I didn’t know any Anglican church hymns at the time, living, as I did then, in Germany, but the song lodged in my brain and made a deep and lasting impression.

Now then. Instant reactions?

A ghostly playlist, and other songs: The soundtrack to Spirits of Christmas

It’s a festive Music Monday Special!

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Hello, you! The Advent season is finally upon us, the St Nicholas Promo Sale for Spirits of Christmas is under way, and I’m allowed to post Christmas tunes on my blog. With that, sit back and grab a cuppa (or a glass of mulled wine) and let yourself be carried away by the playlist behind Spirits of Christmas. I’d love to hear your guesses on how these songs match the storyline! (Warning ~ a few songs are red herrings… songs that inspired me, but that have no direct relevance to the novella!). Have fun!

Spirits of Christmas: The Playlist

Did I have fun writing this novella,
or what?
What do YOU think ~
any favourites  here?

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Everybody Have A Good Time!

It’s Music Monday!

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There really is only one song I could possibly post today. Here it is:

And here’s the reason why this is the only song I could possibly post today:

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Wooohooo!!!

And there’s more! Because: *squeeeeeeeeeeeee* All things being well and no hiccups, disasters or other unscheduled mishaps getting in the way, I’ll be interviewing The Darkness briefly tomorrow before the show, for and on behalf of The Midweek Drive on Siren 107.3 FM.  Excuse me a moment while I go cheer quietly in a corner of my study…  Okay, back again. The interview is scheduled to be aired on Wednesday, 27 November 2013, on Siren 107.3 FM between 5pm and 7pm. Tune in or miss out! More news plus photos –assuming I get Permission to Land Post! — soon…. :-D

Highway to Hell

It’s Music Monday!

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Happy Monday, you! I hope you’re well today and that you had a fabulous weekend. Me, I’ve been all over the place lately, and I woke up this morning feeling very discombobulated. There are just too many things vying for prime air space in my brain. So I looked to the UK Top Forty Rock Singles Charts for inspiration (because sometimes even genius writers and rock lovers need a helping hand!) and stumbled across this gem. It’s currently at number six, and it totally suits my mood, not least because of its strong anthem sing-it-at-the-top-of-your-voice-and-feel-better value.

There, that’s better already. What song clears your mind when you’re distracted or confused?

Music Monday Special: IT’S MY LIFE plus Winners, Podcast Linkies and Festival of Romance Pics

Happy Music Monday!

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So. How’ve you been? Last week got away from me from the word go, and after the big Siren FM ‘Spirits of Christmas’ On Air Festive Fun Extravaganza, I went completely MIA.  Very bad form of me, but there was a reason! The reason being that a cold gripped me and wouldn’t let me go! And at the weekend, it was time for the Festival of Romance ~ so now it’s Monday again and I’m asking myself, where did the last seven days go?

Well. This is the rock star lifestyle for sure, right? So here’s a fitting song. I know I shared Bon Jovi last week already when sleep seemed the most elusive resource of all… but hey, if this band will write the most appropriate songs for the soundtrack of my life, I can’t help it, right? Here goes. STAY TUNED (i.e. read on) for your Radio Party Podcast Linkies and some photos from the weekend’s Romance Fest!

WINNERS!

The winners of the Spirits of Christmas On Air Festive Fun Extravaganza Party were announced live on the show. You can also hear the announcements in the podcast, but let’s give the winners a big cheer here too.

Rachel Miles and Lheanne Spicer ~ One signed paperback copy of Spirits of Christmas each!

Dawn Crooks ~ One “Now That’s What I Call Christmas” CD

Congratulations!!!!!

Thank you to everyone who entered. I was stunned, as always, by the response to this giveaway, especially given the very short countdown time of only three days. You all ROCK and I feel the lurve!

The Spirits of Christmas Festive Fun Podcasts 

The Party Team: Ed Wellman and Katie Grimason; and Holly Cox, myself, Emily and Rosie. We rocked it!

The Party Team: Ed Wellman and Katie Grimason; and Holly Cox, myself, Emily and Rosie. We rocked it!

Missed the show? Never fear! The good folks at Southside Broadcasting like to make the shows available for all posterity, and you can listen in here:

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It was rockin’ awesome! And is if that wasn’t enough fun for one week, after two days of languishing on the sofa with a dreadful cold, I made my way to Bedford for….

Festival of Romance!

Saturday morning saw me arriving (very nearly) bright-eyed and thoroughly excited in Bedford for immediate setting up of table at the Romance Fair. This year, we were hosted in the Harpur Suite, and the punters started arriving as soon as the doors opened at 10 a.m. The fair passed faster than you could say “Romance Fest 2013″ with a steady stream of visitors passing by my stall. Evidently I did a reading! I chose a little passage from “Spirits of Christmas” that was suitable for the “Royal Baby Shower” theme. And evidently, I opened my reading with a short burst of song. LOL!

The gala/ball was splendiferous! My congratulations go out once again to all the award winners, you totally rocked it! I’m still reeling from all the fun and information packed into the industry event on Sunday. And it was amazing meeting all manner of readers and friends, many of whom I knew from Facebook or Twitter but hadn’t hitherto met face-to-face: JB Johnston, Carol Wright, Heidi Bartlett, Kiru Taye, Talli Roland, Manda Ward, Glynis, Sheryl Browne, Les Moriarty, Pete Cook, Linn Halton, Mandy Baggot, Fi Harper, Kate Allen, Cat, Jane Lovering, Terri Nixon, Lyn, Caroline… the list goes on and on!

If you missed it this year, I’d thoroughly recommend you check out this fabulous event next year and: I’ll see you there!

Ready for Doors Open!

Ready for Doors Open!

Two happy authors: Nicky and Lyn!

Two happy authors: Nicky and Lyn!

JB!!!!!

JB!!!!!

Manda Ward, so nice to meet you!

Manda Ward, so nice to meet you!

JB and Sheryl at the end of Sunday's industry event... we can't believe it's time to go home already!

JB and Sheryl at the end of Sunday’s industry event… we can’t believe it’s time to go home already!

It’s My Life! And I’m loving it!
How was your week?

I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead

It’s Music Monday!

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Morning, peeps! I’m so sorry I’m late posting this feature today. Last week was crazy from start to finish, and I’m still recovering from the climax that was Friday’s launch of Spirits of Christmas. I mean that ~ I’m literally camped out on the sofa, rehydrating with lemon tea and trying to get to a state where I can keep my eyes open, LOL, for more than five minutes at a time. Write hard, party hard, rest… every now and then!

With that, a song’s been my mantra for the past few days and weeks. I’m sure these guys can relate to how I’m feeling right now.

*waves* I’ll catch you properly later in the week! Don’t miss out on Wednesday’s ON AIR jollifications, and hurry to enter the giveaway for two paperback copies of Spirits of Christmas or a brand new rock/pop Christmas tunes album! Rock on!

Trying Not To Love You

It’s Music Monday!

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Welcome back! The half term has ended in these parts, it’s Halloween week and also…it’s launch week for me (again!)!!!

There are so many themes I could explore with my song choice, but somehow, this number did it for me today. It fits with my upcoming surprise novella in the widest sense, in that ‘Trying Not To Love You’ is something that my hero, Jude, is kind of telling himself… but also, it’s a really cool video. Trust me on this one, it’s worthwhile watching. It’s a little piece of art, and the ending made me smile. I do love it when a band has a great sense of humour! Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy! ;-)

Now then. How was it for you?

Before you go…

…don’t forget to pop back to this very blog on 1 November for the release news!!! And if you want an early heads-up, I’ll be revealing everything exclusively in my newsletter on 31 October. Not signed up yet? Never fear, do it here: SUBSCRIBE TO NICKY’S NEWSLETTER

Rock on!

Gutter Ballet! Music Monday guest post by Hugh Sherry @shug1963

It’s Music Monday!

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Happy Monday! Hope you all had a great weekend? It’s the school half-term holiday and guess what… I chanced upon someone offering an excellent guest suggestion to take over this holiday Music Monday. Yup, we connected on Twitter via Planet Rock, we got chatting and… here he is!

A huge thank you Hugh Sherry for introducing me to this brilliant band and awesome tune.  Thought-provoking if slightly gruesome lyrics (you know I’m a sucker for lyrics) too ~ in a roundabout way, not inappropriate for the upcoming Halloween festivities.

Have a listen and let me know what you think!

Gutter Ballet ~
are you intrigued by Savatage?