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21:00 – 02:00 – entry is free !!!
Strap on your air guitar, select your favourite anthem….Rockaoke is here on the last Fri of every Month. Fresh from a string of amazing performances with us, The Star welcomes back Rockaoke for their monthly residency.
Fri 30 March
Fri 27 April
Fri 25 May
21:00 – 02:00 – admission is free !!!
Arrive early to guarantee a seat and singing spot. Booking is advisable via 020 7278 9708.
You know the score. They play the tunes. You sing them. Fame, fortune and the inevitable downfall await you…
Sign up to sing @ www.rockaokenights.com/starofkings
“But February made me shiver, with every awesome, barn storming gig we delivered!”
Admittedly there weren’t as many as we would have liked. For some reason people don’t feel the need to launch into the rockmosphere at this time of the year. From the faces I see on da street I think the contrary is probably the truth. But where we were invited, stars were born , legendary residencies created and a little bit of wedding dust sprinkled.
The stunningly wonderful Tooting Tram and Social hosted us for a loosely Valentine themed shindig and as a little band meeting decided afterwards we think this was probably our favourite gig there of the past 3 years. Because it’s such a big beautiful barn of a venue it can take a while to get the whole place shaking. However this Valetine’s spectacular saw revellers bouncing on chairs at the back and hanging from the mezzanine from the first song and then it just got better and better. There were a few contenders for winner of the soon to be invented “I am Rockaoke and Roll” performance of the night T-shirt. These included a 30th birthday rendition of Teenage Dirtbag (complete with rose between the teeth when rubbing up to MC Mataoke’s leg), a guy on his first night in London leading everyone in a rendition of Tootingwall and another pulsating Standing in the Way of Control to finish the night off.
Next stop was a new Friday night residency at AAA@Archangel bar on Kensington High Street. We went for this gig based on a meeting with Mark, the lovely ( and a little bit crazy) owner of the bar whose enthusiasm and excitement for bringing Rockaoke madness to his stage was infectious and he DID NOT disappoint. From the very first lick, pluck and snare smash he was front, side and centre of the party, jumping around, singing and giving away free “Rocktails” to everyone who performed. In contrast to the vastness of Tooting this is a cosy ( not cramped) downstairs venue which filled up quickly and after about 4/5 songs we found ourselves slap bang in the middle of a bouncing rock and roll gig. One of the main reasons this was and will be such a bloody good crack of a residency is that the sound is AWESOME. AAA is very serious about becoming one of West London’s best live music venues and as such have laden themselves with an awesome sound system and some of the best technicians in the business. Phil was God of Sound for our first gig and he was genuinely enthralled by the task of making EACH and EVERY singer sound as good as they possibly could. It’s not often we find that detail on the road and subsequently we have provisionally bagged him for our world tour . This maybe be tough as he was out in Europe last week with Deep Purple and is making Marillion sound good for the rest of the month.
Last but not in anyway least was the wonder of last Thursday at The Alchemist in the city. Technically this was not in February but it deserves a mention as it was the scene of not only a Rockaoke first but simultaneously one of most mega Rockaoke moments of all time. . Manus ( our new biggest fan) had e-mailed a few weeks earlier to ask if we could accommodate a little favour during the evening. So at the beginning of the second half, after the previous singer had whipped the crowd into a frenzy with Sex on Fire , Manus took to the stage. Eyes closed and understandably a little nervous he slipped into Chasing Cars and within moments the lighters were out, arms were swaying and everyone was in love. During the second verse he signalled to his girlfriend Lauren to come and sing with him and she foolishly obliged. As the crescendo of the last chorus eased, our main man dropped to one knee and slightly adapted the outro to suit his requirements. “If i just kneel, If I just kneel here, will you kneel with me and we’ll forget the world”. He then popped the question and Lauren said yes. She burst into tears ( which is rare for an Aussie girl) and so did the band and the rest of the Alchemist. In fact I’m a little wet around the edges writing this now.
And so we march into March with guitars held high and amps turned up very loud, looking forward to making more dreams come true along the way. It’s a tough gig but we’ll play it.
We’re going to start at Punk this Friday and then a large dose of Rednose Rockaoke next Thursday at The Rose in Vauxhall. Let’s lay some down and raise money for those who have fewer chances to Rock than ourselves. Take a sneaky peek at the link below for more details
Rock long and prosper
ROCKAOKE NIGHTS return to the home of karaoke’s much cooler older bro’ – PROUD, Camden.
ROCKAOKE are the UKs original karaoke rock band, inviting their audience to live the dream by jumping on stage, grabbing the mic, fronting their own live rock band and getting a crowd going crazy.
The band and the concept made headlines back in 2006 when Ricky Wilson jumped on stage with ROCKAOKE @ IBIZA ROCKS to sing “I Predict a Riot”.
One of the last bands to play the old PROUD GALLERIES back in august 2007, ROCKAOKE became a firm favourite at PROUD over the next few years.
ROCKAOKE have performed with over 25,000 different lead singers – all wannabe rockstars and some actual superstars like Justin Lee Collins, Alexandra Burke, Peter Andre, James Corden, Jeremy Clarkson etc…
Shows with CHRIS MOYLES in 2009 introduced ROCKAOKE to 8,000,000 Radio 1 listeners. In september 2009, the band toured with Chris to celebrate his show becoming the longest running Radio 1 breakfast show ever!
And now on 23/05/2010, ROCKAOKE are launching monthly Sunday ROCKAOKE NIGHTS @ PROUD.
So, if you want something cooler than karaoke but more interactive and hands-on than a live rock band, come down to ROCKAOKE NIGHTS @ PROUD and get your lips dirty!
up-and-coming ROCKAOKE NIGHTS @ PROUD (8 til 11.30 – free admission)
Sunday 23rd may 2010 – Sunday 27th june 2010 – Sunday 25th july 2010
“Most fun ever? We reckon so” – TIME OUT, LONDON
“So wrong – it’s right” – IBIZA ROCKS
“Karaoke’s much cooler older brother” – SUNDAY TIMES
“It’s such a good idea! Get a band – and then you do karaoke” – CHRIS MOYLES
SIGN UP TO SING ONLINE @ www.rockaokenights.com/proud
See www.rockaoke.com for more information on ROCKAOKE.
OM crazy venues G! This is gonna be a right little winner!, as Danny would say.
After a slightly delayed start last night, due to Mat poncing around at a singing lesson, we managed to get on stage at about 8, full of pizza and topped up with Mojitos. What looked like being an intimate affair turned out to be a raucous free for all as the songs came in thick and fast.
Particular highlights included the one and only Roger Inocenti smashing the front and back doors out of Bon Jovi ( the bar tenders had to smother the glasses when he went awol on the top note near the end ). There was also a high voltage rendition of Don’t Stop Believing that nearly made me stop hearing ,and a very excited American contingent who stumbled upon us from their booth and got stuck into a bit of Blink 182.
Good news is that we think this night will be mega if the first one was owt to go by. It’s tough to find a good venue with cool staff and a ready flow of right minded peop’s to get on stage and have a smash, and Karaoke Box at Smithfields is definitely a goer. We just need to keep on telling the city folk that it’s there every other Wednesday and hopefully they’ll come down and help make it a cracker. There are even rumours of a Rockaoke themed Pizza being created especially! What dreams are made of…..I wonder if Kings of Leon have got their own pizza?
Until the next one…rock on!
LAUNCH NIGHT 31/3/2010 and every 2nd & last wednesday.
We are looking forward to our first ROCKAOKE NIGHT at Karaoke Box, Smithfield. It is live band karaoke’s first venture into hardcore karaoke territory in London and it will be interesting to see how we get on. Our nights at OK Karaoke in Leeds were successful – marred only by the tiny stage and the amount of Sambuca that seemed to find its way into our guitarist. Karaoke Box is small too – but the stage is OK and I think we are going to have a great night!
The signs are good. Already 10 songs requested at www.rockaokenights.com/karaokebox – get your song request in quick if you want to sing tomorrow. Admission is free and we will be on stage between 8-11pm.
The really good news is that there are drinks sponsors. Asahi beer – though I can’t help thinking that Singha beer would be a better fit at Karaoke Box. And Bacardi! That’s a dream come true for us. The Mojito is the official drink of Rockaoke as hotel night porter’s throughout the land will grudgingly vouch for. And now we have the name “Bacardi” on our flyers. Happy days.
Hope to see you down at Karaoke Box tonight 🙂
Shitbiscuits! I’m driving 🙁
Well so far this year ROCKAOKE at Punk in Soho has been shit-hot. We have been doing the second and last Fridays of the month at Punk, and ROCKAOKE has seen a packed house every time, with the usual array of weird and wonderful singers/performances. Some more memorable than others – i.e a very strange performance of “Poker Face” which the travelling fans from Sunderland (clearly a new thing to the North East massive) found quite off the wall!! Just a normal night a Punk then!
We have also seen the addition of two new ROCKAOKE boys – Steve (drums), and Al (Bass), to give the legends that are Basil and Jon a wee bit of respite from all the travelling. Jon and Basil must be the hardest working guys in showbiz!
With popularity of the live band karaoke concept growing week by week, Punk really is the coolest place in London to sing with ROCKAOKE.
We played in Brixton for the first time on saturday (27th march – Phil’s birthday). Was a great night @ Dex Club. Only threatening behaviour we encountered was the obligatory jobsworth parking attendant on Danny’s mission to acquire parking tickets in every London borough by the end of 2010. He missed out this time as drummer Steve assumed the mantle temporarily.
I was uncharacteristically on my toes. I sussed out the parking restrictions and parked some way off. Walking back to Dex Club I came across a chap trying to move a piano on his own. A thankless task – I offered my services naturally. And ended up pushing a piano from Brixton Village to the Dog Star.
London’s Cuckoo Club is not typical of the venues we have played. For a start, it costs about £25 to get in. Incredibly exclusive. So not exactly the class of punter that we started to out playing to in Sheffield and – errrr – Glasgow!
We did about 6 great shows at Cuckoo Club in 2009. There was usually a lot of hanging about. Then, turned midnight when everyone was ready, 45 minutes of rock mayhem! Rockaoke, casually straddles all boundaries of class, race, gender etc… And of course everyone loved it! They wanted to see more of us. But we were dead busy doing other gigs that happened to be paying better fees at the time. So I believe they even got another band in at one stage.
We almost landed a dream gig in Brindisi. One night we met this guy who wanted to fly us out to his villa and for us to spend the week there hanging out, rocking out etc… Sounded great to us. Less so to my wife. It didn’t come off though. I think I was just a bit too northern to take the guy seriously. It sounded a bit too good to be true. Maybe the other band went.
Anyway, we got a great article in COMPANY magazine’s october 2009 issue. “A Night Less Ordinary” was a very good description of our nights at Cuckoo Club. See the full article at http://www.rockaoke.com/company_oct_2009.pdf.
Last month we landed a gig at the prestigious Brits 2010 Aftershow. And the guy who booked us saw us at Cuckoo Club. So, no surprise we are keen to play at Cuckoo Club again in 2010. Because things happen down there…