Category Archives: Music Monday

Hallelujah! It’s Music Monday… #BonJovi

Ladies, friends, and fellow rock lovers! It’s ages since I last posted a Music Monday video but today… today I just had to. I stumbled across this outstanding performance on Facebook, and I simply had to share. Sit back and be prepared to be wowed. THIS is why I write the books I write… golden-voiced bad boys with a magical stage presence. Rock On!

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?