On December 10, Gerry Richardson's Big Idea launch their new CD 'So Many Reasons' at the Sage Gateshead...
November 08, 2012 

Gerry Richardson's Big Idea is a dynamic nine-piece Hammond organ based band exploring the jazz organ genre to the max! Soul, Gospel, Funk, Swing and Samba are all part of the mix. Add to that some kicking original tunes, many written as tributes to the legendary jazz and soul musicians who have inspired Gerry throughout his career and you get an unbeatable format for a great nights' music.

The band, has been expanded to 12 piece with Neil Harland on bass and Liz Corney and Lindsay Hannon on backing vocals. This is to further realise what the Independent called 'The most rollicking jazz-soul ensemble imaginable, like a Geordie riposte to Tower of Power. They're all good, these musicians, but Richardson's organ playing, drummer Paul Smith, and best of all an absolutely extraordinary guitarist named Rod Sinclair, were so on-the-money they made you laugh out loud with delight.'

Tickets are available for what promises to be a terrific night at

Read more about Gerry and the Big Idea at

"So turn up the album loud enough for your neighbours to hear, imagine yourself in a steamy, heaving club in Newcastle and let the warm currents of music wash over you, soothe your body and nourish your soul. Enjoy!" - Sting on 'Cookin' at the Cluny'.
sharonoliver November 10,2012
The Big Idea
Very unlikely sadly, as Sting is playing in Manila the night before. Unless he appeared by video link ... I went to the launch of Gerry's previous album, 'This is What We Do' and Sting did appear via video link to sing 'Springtime in the City', accompanied by The Big Idea. It was great. They are a brilliant band and Shirley and I have seen them many times. Bought my ticket a couple of weeks ago and I can't wait. A guaranteed good night out for anyone who can make it and a bargain at £10 a ticket!
iburn4u November 09,2012
Special guest?


Nov 05, 2012

Sting 'not nostalgic' as world tour hits final stretch...

Sting may be celebrating 25 years in music, but the one-time "Police" frontman hates to look back, he told AFP on the final stretch of a year-long tour that wraps up in Asia in December. "I'm not a very nostalgic person. It's just not in my nature," the singer said in an email interview, before arriving in France this week for the latest leg in the "Back to Bass" tour, launched in 2011. Once the tour is over - the last programmed date is in Jakarta on December 15, final stop after half a dozen Asian gigs - Sting intends to move on. "After this tour, I'm switching gears a bit and will continue work on the play I'm writing," said the singer, born Gordon Sumner, who just turned 61...
Nov 02, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Telethon Gets Help From Bruce Springsteen, Mary J. Blige. Christina Aguilera, Sting, Billy Joel, Aerosmith and Bon Jovi also performed and urged viewers to donate - reports MTV...

In an effort to alleviate some of the suffering caused by Hurricane Sandy's devastation earlier this week, NBC Universal hosted a live benefit concert, "Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together," on Friday (November 2). Proceeds from the hour-long telethon, which featured a slew of charitably-minded A-list celebrities who donated their time and voices to the cause, will go to the American Red Cross. Hosted by "Today" show's Matt Lauer, the commercial-free affair included heartfelt performances from East Coast natives Christina Aguilera, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Mary J Blige and Jon Bon Jovi (who rushed home from London to be there)...