The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 29 August 2023
Noises Off - Police escorted four theatregoers out of Grease the Musical in the West End after causing a disturbance. The audience members were removed from the Dominion Theatre during the evening performance of the musical, which stars Peter Andre and Jason Donovan, on 26 August.
A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: "Shortly before 8.40pm on Saturday, August 26, police received reports of two men and two women causing a disturbance at a theatre in Tottenham Court Road. Officers attended and the group were escorted from the premises." The spokesperson added that there were no arrests and no injuries reported.
A theatregoer told Sky News that the four audience members had reportedly been "rude and abusive" on the balcony but allegedly refused to leave after being spoken to by staff.
Classic Tracks - Classical music is set to be played at some Tyne and Wear Metro stations to create a more "soothing" environment. The sounds of Mozart and Bach were heard about 20 years ago along parts of the system in a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour. Operator Nexus said the plan was not directly linked to trouble but anything that made passengers "feel more comfortable" could only help. Technical trials are taking place before a decision on locations is made. In 1997 classical music was played at Shiremoor station in North Tyneside to try to stop gangs of youths from congregating and causing trouble.
Diamond Geezers - The Rolling Stones appear to have revealed the title of their new album with an advert for a fictional glass repair business in a local newspaper. The ad, which appeared in the Hackney Gazette, referenced several of the band's best-known songs. "Our friendly team promises you satisfaction," it read. "When you say gimme shelter we'll fix your shattered windows." The band have yet to confirm the existence of their 31st studio album.
However, the advert contained several clues: A miniature version of the Stones' famous lips logo appeared as the dot above the letter i, and the glass repair business was established in 1962, the same year the band was formed. The company's name, Hackney Diamonds, is believed to be the title of their new album - and uses the same font as the band's 1978 album Some Girls. The phrase is local slang for broken glass - specifically the shards left on the ground after car and shop windows are smashed during a robbery.
Farewell - Guitarist Bernie Marsden, who performed with the rock group Whitesnake in the 1970s and 80s has died, aged 72. The musician died "peacefully" on Thursday surrounded by his wife and daughters. Along with David Coverdale, Marsden co-founded Whitesnake and co-wrote hits including Here I Go Again and Fool For Your Loving, and had a solo career. Whitesnake lead vocalist Coverdale - the former lead singer with Deep Purple - said he had been "honoured" to share the stage with Marsden. RIP.
(Jim Evans)
29 August 2023

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