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HERE are more entries from my tour diaries, all taken from the month of June in years past. JUNE 1963: During the 30 days of June, 1963, my band Denny Laine and the Diplomats managed to fit in an astonishing 29 live shows, plus a recording session at EMI studios in London and an appearance on ATV's For Teenagers Only.

Gig venues were Edgbaston Water Carnival (twice), the Hen and Chickens pub in Langley, Green Lane youth club in Shirley, Crown Hotel in Birmingham, Stewart and Lloyds social club in Langley.

Then there was the Crown and Cushion pub in Perry Barr, Birmingham Town Hall, Bull's Head pub in Hay Mills, Moathouse nightclub in Birmingham (twice), and Paul Freemans Dance Studio in Kidderminster (twice).

We played the Woolpack restaurant in Wolverhampton, Springfield ballroom (twice), Bilston Town Hall, Coronation Youth Club in Shirley (twice), and The Avon Cinema in Aldridge (between the B and main film!) Last, but not least, we called in at the Masons Arms pub in Solihull, Wednesbury Youth Centre (twice), Shirley Annexe, Golden Cross pub in Erdington, Wheatsheaf pub in Yardley and three appearances at the Adelphi Ballroom in West Bromwich.

Phew! Let me know if you went to any of them!

JUNE 1972 A tour of Italy for the newly formed Electric Light Orchestra and shows in Arezo, Rome, Padova, Carpi, Cardono, Immola, Vio Reggio, Cavaiellamaggoire and Milan.

JUNE 1981: I appeared again on BBC TV Pop Quiz. My team of Helen Shapiro and 10cc's Graham Gouldman took on Robert Plant, Dave Edmunds and Jake from Stiff Little Fingers.

JUNE 1995: ELO Part 2 played at the Esburg Festival in Denmark.

What a great line-up, with Fleetwood Mac, Black Sabbath, Wet Wet Wet, Saxon, 10cc and Smokie also on the bill. Great to catch up with old mates Tony Iommi and Mick Fleetwood.

Went to the launch of the Rock Family Trees TV series at Kensington Palace Gardens in London. I was there along with Roy Wood, Paul Jones of Manfred Mann, The Moody Blues' Graeme Edge and Jim McCarty of the Yardbirds.

Went with Tony Iommi to the Kerrang awards in London, where Tony won the "Greatest guitar riff of all time" award for Paranoid. Also there at the do were Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, Sammy Hagar, Glenn Hughes and Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
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Date:Jun 5, 2011
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