Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Review: 21 Today Album Launch @ Birmingham 21/11/16

The face of J4T21: Julie Hambleton
#1,197: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The Justice 4 The 21 album launch was held in The Foundry Rooms at The Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham yesterday (Monday 21st November). Although the 2CD album - newly released in aid of Acorns Childrens Hospice - was intended to the centre of attention, it was the dignified, heartfelt and emotional speeches of J4T21 campaigner Julie Hambleton, Project Coordinator Phil HattonLord Mayor of Birmingham Carl Rice and Birmingham City Council Leader John Clancy, the latter confirming that the twenty one (21) victims of the atrocity are to be awarded the posthumous freedom of the City of Birmingham, that ensured those assembled not only remembered the happenings of Thursday 21st November 1974, but also that they continue the journey towards a free, fair and unbiased official inquest into the events leading up to and after the tragedy.
Passionate speeches by Cllr. John Clancy, Phil Hatton and Mayor Carl Rice
Yes, the likes of Dave Scott-Morgan, Morganisation, Steve GibbonsRoy Wood, Jasper Carrott, Dave Pritchard, Roger 'Ollie' Spencer and Quill were there (plus not a few contributors and supporters) but, as "The Rain Came Down On Everything" outside, this particular afternoon was more about remembering the innocent and pushing on for justice than it was about the wonderful music on hand. Having said that, the renditions of "21 Today" by Morganisation and "Life is Life" by Joy Strachan-Brain and Abby Brant were so very poignant and touching.
Dave Scott-Morgan and Morganisation
The songs performed were: "21 Today" ~ "Benediction" ~ "Cut Across Shorty" ~ "Shanty Town Blues" ~ "Don't Think Twice" ~ "Knower" ~ "Handle With Care" ~ "On A Plane" ~ "Mission Impossible" ~ "Big Brown Sky" ~ "Rock 'n' Roll Is King" (Morganisation) + "Life Is Life" (Joy Strachan-Brain/Abby Brant (Quill) + "Wonderful World" ~ "No Spitting On The Bus" ~ "Big J.C." ~ "Hey Buddy" ~ "The Memphis Flash" (Steve Gibbons)
Abby Brant, Joy Strachan-Brain and Steve Gibbons
Yours Truly KJS is not a Brummie - I'm a Wulfrunian - but being there hopefully meant that not only can the citizens of Birmingham "Come Together" in support of this noble campaign, but also that their fellow Midlanders, folks from further afield and the worldwide fan bases of those Birmingham bands and musicians that we all know and love can also draw alongside too. elobeatlesforever (elobf) are proud to support Justice 4 The 21.
KJS with Dave & Fiona Pritchard, Dave Scott-Morgan, Julie Hambleton and Steve Gibbons
21 Today, 21 Songs, 42 years later
"21 Today: A Collection Of Songs In Memory" is priced at £12.99 (plus P+P) and can be purchased from: www.21-today.com

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "21 Today: A Collection Of Songs In Memory" to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff Lynne, The Move, Roy Wood, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 22-Nov-2016

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