Joe Longthorne and David Bowie on Chris Evans' TFI Friday 1999.
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JOE'S 60TH BIRTHDAY CONCERT LONDON PALLADIUM PRIZE DRAW
Here's a chance to win a Gold VIP Invite for Joe's 60th Birthday Concert at the London Palladium & After Show Party at The Hippodrome Casino. Joe has decided to make this offer to all his fans worldwide in a prize draw, 2 people to attend for the evening on the 31st May 2015. (The offer is not for any travel or accommodation ) So, all you have to do is e mail firstname.lastname@example.org before 28th February 2015, tell us why you should receive the invite, or nominate someone you know. One lucky winner will be picked out and notified in March 2015. This prize draw in open to everyone. Good Luck !
BIRMINGHAM MAIL INTERVIEW JANUARY 2015
Singer Joe Longthorne: 'I sang Danny Boy in my hospital bed after 10 hour operation' by Roz Laws
The singer has chosen Birmingham's New Alexandra Theatre to make his comeback after twice battling cancer.
Singer Joe Longthorne has battled back from cancer not once but twice.Now he’s looking forward to his first full concert since a life-saving operation five months ago – and he’s chosen to make his comeback in Birmingham.
He takes to the stage of the New Alexandra Theatre after recovering from a tumour in his throat which he feared may stop him singing again.
Joe, 59, had a 10-hour operation in July. It’s the second time he’s had major surgery, after a bone marrow transplant in 2006 which finally saw off the leukaemia he had been fighting for 20 years.
He says: “It’s been a very tough time. The transplant seemed easier than recovering from this operation.
“They told me not to talk after I came round but I had to see whether I could sing again, so the day after surgery I sang Danny Boy in my hospital bed. It was such a relief that I could still sing.
“It was a shock having the cancer diagnosis, but I knew I had beaten it before and I could again.
“The prognosis is good, I see my specialist once a month but it’s up to me now to get up on stage again.
“I’ve been doing lots of throat exercises and I’ve made a couple of public appearances, but I’ve not had a full concert since the op.
“I chose to start my new tour at the Alex in Birmingham which is a very special theatre to me. I’ve played all the venues in Birmingham but the Alex is a favourite, I’ve been going there for 30 years.
“I’ve really missed the connection with an audience and entertaining people.
“I’m a bit nervous about going back on stage but I’m excited too. Maybe I should do some singing in the street first to warm up – well, I did use to busk around Hull as a teenager!
“I’m looking forward to things and it’s all looking good. The bookings have been coming in left, right and centre but I want to ease myself back in and not take on too many venues.
“I’m working up to a major concert at the London Palladium on May 31 to mark my 60th birthday.”
Joe says he feels ‘fortunate’,despite being struck down with such ill health.
His first cancer battle began in 1982 when he was diagnosed with lymphoma, which developed into leukaemia. Then this year he found a lump in his throat.
He lives in Blackpool with his manager and partner James Moran but was born in Hull as the son of travellers. He landed a part on Junior Showtime at the age of 14.
He made his name by doing singing impersonations, particularly of Shirley Bassey which won him Search For A Star and his own ITV series.
Dame Shirley has said of him: “Joe can do me better than I can do myself.”
Joe Longthorne plays Birmingham’s New Alexandra Theatre on January 22 and Lichfield Garrick on February 7.
NEWS UPDATE ON JOE AND THE JANUARY SHOWS
Joe is looking forward to his return to the stage tomorrow 22nd January 2015 at The New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham. However, Joe has been advised by his doctors to still take it easy and not do too many shows back to back as this could jeopardise his recovery, they have asked Joe to cut down his performances in January. Due to his operation most of the 2014 dates were rescheduled into 2015, with 7 of them for January 2015 back to back. The doctors suggested doing 3 out of the 7 shows so that he eases himself back into working and singing. With the huge operation that Joe had last year, Joe & Jamie have discussed this with their team and everyone has agreed that Joe should work his way into touring again instead of full steam ahead.
The shows that have been cancelled are Watford 23rd Jan and Eastbourne 24th Jan.
Birmingham, Southend, Croydon and Clacton are all scheduled to go ahead. Lincoln has been rescheduled to Friday 13th March 2015 and High Wycombe has been moved to Saturday 27th June 2015.
Everyone feels that Joe has to take the advice from his doctors and is deeply sorry that these dates have been cancelled or rescheduled, but all the venues have been sympathetic and we are sure like everyone here at the office that this is for the best, as the main man’s health is more important and we don’t want anything happening to that golden voice that we all know and love.
For the 2 rescheduled dates the original tickets should be valid, but please check with point of sale to clarify the situation.
JOE LONGTHORNE BBC RADIO WM MON 19 JAN
Tune into BBC Radio WM today from 4 pm to hear Joe chatting on air to Paul Franks ahead of his show at The Alexandra Theatre Birmingham this coming Thursday 22nd Jan 2015.
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SPANISH DATES ANNOUNCED - MARBELLA & TENERIFE ON SALE NOW
Following on from the news last week that Joe is back to business at The Alexandra Theatre Birmingham next week on 22nd January 2015, we have two European engagements to announce coming up in the next few months.
On 28th February 2015 Joe will be appearing at The Live Lounge, Marbella Spain. Tickets are priced at 25 Euros to include a buffet and glass of bubbly and are available from The Lounge direct on T: 00349528886206 or contact Geraldine the Friendship Club Secretary on M:07929 746032. Locals to Marbella can purchase direct from The Lounge.
Joe‘s returning to Tenerife in May and this year he’s taking his band and Tracey Jordan for a 2 night engagement “Joe’s 60th Birthday Celebration”. Leye D.Johns hosts the evening at Showtime Tenerife and the dates are Friday 15th May and Saturday 16th May 2015, this is a great chance to see Joe and the band perform on the beautiful island of Tenerife. Tickets are on sale now priced at 50Euros Platinum, 40Euros Gold ,35 Euros Red, the Box Office contact number is 0034 669622622.
Full details also in 'Events'.