FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10 . 8PM . DENNY LAINE . ACOUSTIC SONGS & STORIES

February 28, 2023 2:00 am The Music Room

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2023 . 8PM-11PM

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DENNY LAINE

The Music Room proudly presents an acoustic evening of songs and the stories from Denny’s long career, from The Moody Blues, through Wings to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and everything in between.

Denny Laine (born Brian Frederick Hines), is an English musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist.  He was an original member of The Moody Blues, singing the band’s first hit “Go Now” in 1964, and in 1970 played lead guitar on Ginger Baker’s debut album, and with Paul McCartney and Wings from 1971 to 1981.  In 2018 as a founding member of The Moody Blues, Laine was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Laine was born in Tyseley, Birmingham, where he attended Yardley Grammar School, and took up the guitar as a boy, inspired by gypsy jazz musician Django Reinhardt.  He gave his first solo performance as a musician at the age of 12 and began his career as a professional musician fronting Denny Laine & the Diplomats, which also included future Move and Electric Light Orchestra drummer Bev Bevan.

THE MOODY BLUES

In 1964, Laine left the Diplomats, shortly afterwards, he received a call from Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder to form a new band, The M&B 5, which eventually was changed to The Moody Blues and sang the group’s first big hit, “Go Now“; other early highlights included “I Don’t Want To Go On Without You”, another UK hit, and the two minor UK chart hits “From the Bottom of My Heart (I Love You)” and “Everyday”, both written by Laine and Pinder.  He also sang on “Can’t Nobody Love You” and “Bye Bye Bird” which was a hit in France.  A self-titled EP and The Magnificent Moodies LP on Decca followed.  Laine and Pinder wrote most of the band’s B-sides during the 1965-66 period, such as “You Don’t (All the Time)”, “And My Baby’s Gone” and “This Is My House”.  However, Laine’s tenure with the band was relatively short-lived and, after a number of comparative chart failures, Laine quit the band in October 1966. He was replaced by Justin Hayward.  The last record issued by The Moody Blues that featured Laine was “Life’s Not Life” b/w “He Can Win” in January 1967.

After leaving the The Moody Blues, Laine formed the Electric String Band in December 1966, which featured himself on guitar and vocals, Trevor Burton (of the Move) on guitar, Viv Prince (ex-Pretty Things) on drums, Binky McKenzie on bass guitar, and electrified strings in a format not dissimilar to what Electric Light Orchestra would later attempt.  In June 1967, the band shared a bill with the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Procol Harum at the Saville Theatre in London.  However, it did not achieve national attention, and the Electric String Band broke up.

At the same time, Laine recorded two singles as a solo artist: “Say You Don’t Mind”/”Ask The People” (April 1967, Deram) and “Too Much in Love”/”Catherine’s Wheel” (January 1968, Deram).  Both failed to chart, although “Say You Don’t Mind” became a #15 hit in 1972 when recorded by former Zombies frontman Colin Blunstone.

BALLS & GINGER BAKER’S AIR FORCE

Laine and Burton then went on to the band Balls from February 1969 until the band’s breakup in 1971, with both also taking time to play in Ginger Baker’s Air Force in 1970.

Only one single was issued by Balls, “Fight for My Country”/”Janie, Slow Down” on UK Wizard Records.  The top side was re-edited and reissued on UK Wizard and issued in the UK on Wizard and in the United States on Epic under the name of Trevor Burton; Laine and Burton shared lead vocals on the B side.  The single was reissued again as B.L.W. as “Live in the Mountains” for a small Pye-distributed label, “Paladin”.  Twelve tracks were recorded for a Balls album, but it has never been released.

WINGS

In 1971, Laine joined Paul McCartney to form Wings, and stayed with the group for 10 years until it disbanded in 1981.  Laine provided lead and rhythm guitars, lead and backing vocals, keyboards, bass guitar and woodwinds, as well as writing or co-writing some of the group’s material.  Laine, McCartney, and McCartney’s wife, Linda McCartney formed the nucleus of the band to which it was also reduced twice.  The albums Band on the Run and London Town were written and recorded by Wings as a trio.  Denny Laine’s second solo album Holly Days released in that period was also recorded by Wings core trio.

With Wings, Laine enjoyed the biggest commercial and critical successes of his career, including co-writing the hit “Mull of Kintyre“, which reached #1 in the UK in 1977, and became the UK’s highest-selling single until that time.  Laine also co-wrote and sang lead vocal on “Deliver Your Children“, which was released as a Wings B-side but charted in the Netherlands.

In January 1980, McCartney was arrested for possession of marijuana on arrival at an airport for a tour in Japan.  The tour was cancelled and the band members, except Linda, returned to England.  After returning to England, McCartney decided to release his solo album, McCartney II, and plans for an autumn Wings U.S. tour were dropped.  Meanwhile, as the band’s future was uncertain Laine released a solo album, Japanese Tears, that December, with the title track as the single.  He also formed the short-lived Denny Laine Band with Wings member Steve Holley.  On 27 April 1981, Laine announced he was leaving Wings due to McCartney’s reluctance to tour in the wake of John Lennon’s murder.  However, Laine did work on McCartney’s Tug of War and Pipes of Peace albums and has co-written one more song with McCartney, “Rainclouds“.

SOLO CAREER

Laine signed with Scratch records and began working on a new album, Anyone Can Fly.  He then went on to record other solo albums such as Hometown Girls, Wings on My Feet and Lonely Road before returning to Scratch to do his Wings at the Sound of Denny Laine.  He has also had three fanzine publications, Ahh Laine, wrote the musical Arctic Song and released two more albums, Master Suite and Reborn.

From 1997 to 2002, he toured with the rock supergroup World Classic Rockers.  He left the World Classic Rockers and now tours as a solo artist with his band, The Denny Laine Band, and teams up with other bands on occasion.

Why is there a difference in price for available seats at The Music Room?

All seating at The Music Room is acquired with a first come, first served basis approach.  The Music Room provides all patrons with a live musical experience above and beyond your average concert hall, and supporting this vision are the 4 tiers of available seats at The Music Room.  With a nod to classic record sales certification, the 4 tiers are:  Diamond, Double Platinum, Platinum, and Gold.  Seats range in price based on several factors including artist availability and distance to the stage.

Do you have the same number of seats for each tier?

No.  The Diamond tier of seats only has 12 seats available.  These seats are 4 top rounds located right at the foot of the stage.  You cannot get any closer to the artist than these 12 seats.  These are considered premium seats and are usually purchased by the most ardent fans.

The Double Platinum sections features 4 top square tables and one special 2 top rectangle, and there are 14 seats available.  Still very close to the stage, these seats provide an exceptional view and personal experience.  Table no. 7 is a 2 top rectangle that sits just to the right of the stage and back approximately 6 feet.  It is an extremely popular table.

The Platinum section of seats has a mixture of 4 top squares, two 3 high top rounds, and 9 drink rail seats that are bar height.  The total number of seats in the Platinum section is 37.  These are all excellent seats and reside in the main room.  Depending on a viewer’s personal taste, a table, a high top, or a drink rail might be the right choice, but they are all fabulous and unobstructed.

Gold seating is available in the bar area and can be considered first come, first serve general admission.  Most of the seats are unobstructed but depending how patrons sit at the bar or high tops, there might be a slight obstruction.   Standing room is permitted in the Gold section. The sound is excellent and most Gold level tickets are purchased by patrons that want to be near the bar specifically or by patrons wanting to be further away from the stage by design.  Please refer to our pictures to determine if this area is what you are looking for.  There are 24 Gold seats available and or Standing Room.

*TICKET DISCLAIMER:  The Music Room has a NO REFUND POLICY.  In the event of a cancellation/reschedule, The Music Room will always honor the purchased ticket for the same seat and same artist at the original price.  If a show is cancelled and not rebooked, ticket holder will be issued a credit towards any future show/event at The Music Room.  Ticket holder assumes all risks, hazards, and dangers.  Event subject to change.  No ticket required for entry.  Please bring I.D*