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BACK AT THE TOP; Reformed band play Kasbah date.


TIME flies in the music business and, believe it or not, it's over a decade since Toploader's support stint with Bon Jovi secured their niche in history as the last British band to play the old Wembley Stadium. The Eastbourne outfit, who logged top five albums with Onka's Big Moka and Magic Hotel, split up in 2003 and vocalist Joseph Washbourn was most recently seen and heard as one of the contenders in ITV's Popstar to Operastar. But having concluded that he's not about to become the new Pavarotti, he has teamed up with three more members of the original quintet - Dan Hipgrave, Rob Green and Matt Knight - to record a much-delayed third album, Only Human, and sign up for a comeback tour that kicks off at Coventry's Kasbah on Saturday, October 1.

The band decided it was time to take up where they left off when they got together at guitarist Dan's stag night and they recruited Coldplay producer Danton Supple to oversee Only Human which produced an instant success when first single Never Stop Wondering was snapped up by Sky and the BBC to inject the required atmosphere into a host of sporting events including the FA Cup, Formula One, the Cricket World Cup and Rugby's Six Nations. "The opera experience was great fun," said Washbourn, "but it's time to forget arias and get back on stage with the band.

"This is the reason we got back together, to get on the road and tour our new material. It's going to be a long month, we haven't shared a tour bus for a while!" Monday's Poptastic session at the Kasbah features Brighton newcomers Cave Painting - their first tour to pave the way for debut EP Midnight Love which will be released in November before they go back into the studio to complete their album. They're big Arcade Fire fans and they've been compared with Fleet Foxes and Body Language which should give you some idea of what to expect. They'll be joined at the Kasbah by Flygone and The Antics, and if you miss them on Monday - or are so impressed you want a second helping - you can catch them at Birmingham's Rainbow on October 7 or Nottingham's Bodega on Tuesday 11.

IF you like drums - and who doesn't - Coventry is the only place to be on Sunday, November 6. Warwick Arts Centre is staging The World's Greatest Drummer Concert in aid of charity, specifically Teenage Cancer Trust and Dyslexia Action, which will see eight internationally know percussionators take it in turns to perform with the 15-piece Pete Cater Big Band. The event has been organised by Warwickshire's Ian Palmer, who has performed with the likes of Georgie Fame and Natalie Imbruglia, and will also feature Steve White (Oasis, Paul Weller, The Who), Darrin Mooney (Primal Scream) and Steve Barney (Annie Lennox, The Sugarbabes). "My parents were very focused on fundraising and helping the younger generation, so I feel it is very fitting to raise money for these charities," explained Ian. "It is a unique opportunity to see an amazing cross-section of drumming talent performing out of their comfort zone with an incredible band." Hosted by ELO's Bev Bevan, the concert will see each drummer perform a couple of arrangements with the band before combining for a (presumably very loud) finale and will include a tribute to the late Buddy Rich, aka The World's Greatest Drummer. Tickets for the event start are pounds 20 or pounds 25 on 02476 524524 or via

THE all-conquering Adele (left) has rescheduled the tour which she was forced to postpone earlier this month because of a severe chest infection. She will now play Wolverhampton's Civic Hall on Monday, November 7, and Tuesday 8 and tickets for the original dates will be valid. FIREBIRDS HEAD FOR JAG CLUB ONE of the top rock 'n' roll bands around, The Firebirds, play the Jaguar Sports & Social Club in Chorley Way, Radford, tomorrow. The Bristol band play a selection of classics as well as a number of their own songs all of which have that distinctive 50s sound Having backed some of the great American singers of yesteryear including Jerry Lee Lewis, and Charlie Feathers, the band has also played alongside British greats such as Marti Wilde, Lonnie Donegan and Showaddywaddy. Meanwhile, the Eager Beavers - the Coventry-based rock 'n' roll/ rockabilly band who have supported the likes of Little Richard, Buddy Holly's Crickets, Bill Haley's Comets and Vince Eager down the years, play Lime Tree Park WMC in Templar Avenue on Saturday, October 1. It's the trio's first gig for over 18 months, following bass-player Stuart's recovery from major heart surgery, and full details are available from their website,


LOCAL GIGS: The Eager Beavers and (inset) The Firebirds
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Sep 23, 2011
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