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Smokie is coming to town!

Lefra Productions
02/21/2011 09:28:40

The internationally successful British pop group Smokie will be touring South Africa from 2 to 10 April as part of their Take A Minute World Tour.

With chart-topping hits like Living Next Door to Alice, Lay Back in the Arms of Someone and If You Think You Know How to Love Me, and constant tours, Smokie is one of the most popular bands in the world today. As part of their Take A Minute World Tour, Smokie will be visiting inter alia Russia, Sweden, UK, Germany, Ireland, Austria, Norway, Spain, Denmark, Greenland, Australia and South Africa.

The South African leg of the tour is:
- 2 April 2011 – Silver Star Casino – Mogale City (Krugersdorp)
- 3 April 2011 – ABSA KKNK Festival – Oudtshoorn
- 5 April 2011 – Grand West Casino – Cape Town
- 6 April 2011 – NNMU Indoor Sports Arena – Port Elizabeth
- 7 April 2011 – Sand du Plessis Theatre – Bloemfontein
- 8 and 9 April 2011 – Carnival City – Brakpan

The band consists of: Mike Craft (Lead Singer/Guitar), Terry Uttley (Founding member, Bass Guitar/Vocals), Mick McConnell (Lead Guitar/Vocals), Martin Bullard (Keyboards) and Steve Pinnell (Drums/Percussion).

We recently had the opportunity to talk to the individual members of Smokie in London and posed the following questions to them:

Why do you like performing in South Africa?
Mike: “South Africa is a very special country for Smokie. Not only is it the most beautiful part of the world, it is an experience to tour here. The people are very friendly and the atmosphere at the concerts is just amazing!”
Terry: “South Africa has a different culture to anywhere else that we tour. Your people are wonderful and believe me … we enjoy the warmer weather.”
Mick: “Our shows in SA are always great, crowds are so appreciative and enthusiastic. I always have a little smile when I get to know we are touring SA. And your 500gram fillet is just superb.”
Martin: “The people of SA are so warm and welcoming towards Smokie and have taken our music to their hearts, which is reflected in the two platinum albums we had in SA. I really love your country and its people.”
Steve: “I like performing in SA because the South Africans really know how to enjoy themselves.”

Give us your views on South African red wines.
Mike: “There is a smoothness and flavour to SA red wines that you don’t get anywhere else in the world. After falling in love with your wines, we nowadays insist on South African wines to be served during our tours worldwide.”
Terry: “I like red wine and always like to sample local wines. With our last tour to SA in 2008, we were introduced to the best red wines in your country and we just love it.”
Mick: “I am not the biggest red wine drinker, but one thing I know for sure is that SA wines have a great reputation worldwide.”
Martin: “When I was a wine drinker, I loved the full bodied taste of SA wines.”
Steve: “SA red wines can compete with any wines in the world. The rich full flavour wines can give the best Spanish Riojas a run for their money!”

Smokie will be releasing their latest album, Take A Minute internationally and in SA before the tour starts. How do you take a minute?
Mike: “I just love photography. To take to the road with my camera is really a wonderful experience for me.”
Terry: “To take a minute is actually not for Smokie as we tour the whole year. Just to fill my car with fuel and to actually drive it, is my way of relaxing.”
Mick: “Sometimes a cup of tea and a biscuit. I often day dream and let my mind wander … nice!”
Martin: “I meditate and do Tai Chi. There are very few spare minutes in my life, but I always make time for these practises.”
Steve: “On the golf course and watching sports … all sports.”

Why do women like Smokie and their shows?
Mike: “We are lucky that the ladies enjoy our shows so much. They usually bring the husband or boyfriend as well as the kids along. We are lucky that we have three generations making up our audiences nowadays. If the husband has been ‘dragged along’ to the gig, because the wife wanted to go, we mostly find that it is these guys that are first to shake our hands and to congratulate us on the shows.”
Terry: “Romantic songs always appeal to women and we have a fair share of them. It’s a while since the underwear flew onto the stage, but the flowers keep on coming. We could probably open a florist at the end of each tour. We sold the lingerie store (?)
Mick: “Because of me.”
Martin: “A lot of our songs are about love. It is noticeable that a large proportion of our audiences are comprised of ladies.”
Steve: “I think you should ask the ladies that question. We just like to see them all there.”

What is important to you in life?
Mike: “Friends, family, health, happiness, playing music … not necessarily in that order.”
Terry: “Smokie is very important to me. It has been my whole life and I never want to let anyone down in Smokieland.”
Mick: “To look forward in life and never look back with any regret. I try to be as positive as possible and I often remind myself how lucky I’ve been. Life dealt me a good card.”
Martin: “Love, family, good food, good health and music.”
Steve: “The most important thing for me is to spend time with my family and hopefully keeping in good health.”

Smokie is ready to rock South Africa in April! And who is Alice again? Also watch out for Sally!

Bookings for the Smokie – Take A Minute World Tour can be made at Computicket 011 340 8000 or www.computicket.com  For groups and hospitality packages at reduced prices, call Zena on 011 815 3000 or send an e-mail to info@lefra.com


Note to Editors:


- Telephonic or e-mail interviews with the members of Smokie can be arranged.
- More high res pics are available – please contact us if you need any.
- Although complimentary tickets are limited, we would be able to run competitions. Please talk to Charl about this on 011 815 3000 or e-mail him at marketing@lefra.com  
- The new CD, Take A Minute, will be released in South Africa in February. We would be able to do give-aways of the CD as well.
- All media promotional ideas are welcome. Please discuss this with Charl as well.
- The Smokie story is attached – as background material.
- More information on the tour: http://community.icontact.com/p/lefras/newsletters/ideale-fondsinsamelingsgeleentheid/posts/smokie-is-coming-to-sa-in-april
- See the new hit, Sally’s Song: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTo1sGQ6gbU&feature=related
- More about the album: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ir36N7OD96c  
- Afrikaanse mediavrystelling is op pad.


Media Enquiries/Interviews:
Charl Senekal
011 815 3000
marketing@lefra.com
Lefra Productions
 
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