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Date:- 05 February 2007

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US Pop Star Plays in Southport!

WHAT a night! The Ship and Anchor Pub might be small, but they can really put on a party… Guests had come from all over the UK not only for the fantastic music, but also to raise cash for the Rainbow House Charity.

Ok, Southport has had some interesting acts on in the resort theatres, clubs and pubs, but for the size of this venue this was not what you would expect! This had to be a first and I always thought the Spice Girls putting on an act at the St Helens Lido was unusual! Flying in for a one night only performance, for charity, at the Ship and Anchor pub on Cable St. in Southport was Adam Ippolito. Adam, is not the type of musician you would think of finding in such a small venue and he ain’t local. In fact he had just flown in from New York, yes New York in the USA!

If you still do not know who he is, well his very own band at one stage had no other than John Lennon as a member! That band made 9 albums when John was a member of it. Adem has also had 3 albums with Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band. A Platinum Disc for “Celebration”, with Kool & The Gang that sold over 1 million copies! He also made 2 albums with Chuck Berry. Not one, but 3 hit number one’s with Elephant’s Memory, plus a collaboration with Cissy Houston and The Joffrey Ballet and that is just the starters! I had to ask why he picked Southport to play in and why this venue? His response to my question was short and friendly:- “I have known the Adams family for years and as it is for charity, why not? It sounded like fun and I decided to play.” This led me on to ask what he thought of Southport:- “I have never been to Southport before and it is a very nice place. The audience in this venue was amazing and so friendly. It was like being back home!”

Adam, I found to be a very unusual chap considering his past and his status now. He came across very quiet and friendly, unlike most of today’s pop stars that I have had the pleasure, sorry misfortune to come across. He is very old school in his approach to people, very softly spoken and easy going. He also is very quick to encourage others to join in, again unlike some of today’s pop figures. He takes a huge interest in people and seems to respect everyone, taking them for who they are and not what or who he thinks they are.

What struck me the most was the way he reacted to a drunken chap who, in the middle of the set, went over to shake his hand. Instead of what I expected him to do, which was to blank him, he shook his hand and made a funny, but well timed comment.

The other way he gained my utmost respect as a true performer, was how he reacted when the power failed, thanks to a small technical problem, which was quickly fixed. He carried on with the band from exactly where he had left off, as soon as the power came on and no one in the audience was any the wiser. So I had to ask will he be returning:- “Heck yes!  Next year without a doubt.”

Also on stage that night, putting on a fantastic backing acts and supporting acts were Peter Mugford, Barry Womersley, Dave Malpas, Roland Adams and special guests Mike Taylor, aka ‘The Godfather’, Gina Fashioni, aka ‘The Gypsy’, Big Al Menzies and Joey the Kid…. But we cannot forget the bar’s one and only Tony Adams, ‘The Harp’ on his harmonica.

On the night TV personality, Jonathan Thompson, also dropped in with his American Car, complete with US number plates!

Click here to hear a small sound bite of the night’s music


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