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BBC Radio 2 are holding a poll to find the listeners favourite guitar riff!
There are 100 riffs to choose from, including "20th Century Boy", so get voting at
The vote will be live until 5pm on July 25th. The Top 100 will then be counted down in order of preference from midnight to 5pm on 25th August on Radio 2 to find R2’s ultimate guitar riff of all time!


Happy Birthday to the legendary Andy Ellison!


"Rock On" to my friend Left Hand Milan, who would have celebrated his 55th Birthday today. R.I.P.


DATE- 16/9/14. Doors open 6pm, ending at 1am.
VENUE- The Claddagh Ring,
10 Church Road,
NW4 4EA.
Bolan/T.Rex disco with Bop DJ Peter.
Live music from the FAB "Strange Orchestra".
Raffle in aid of The Alzheimers Society.
TICKETS- £10 each, available now.
To order, please contact


Confirmed dates-
29 June: The Half Moon, Putney.
4 July: The Sailmakers Arms, Hull.
5 July: The Cask Inn, Scarborough.
6 July: The New Roscoe, Leeds.
9 July: The Grey Horse, Kingston, London.


Remembering the lovely Mickey Finn on his 67th Birthday. R.I.P.


Thinking of Steve Currie today on what would have been his 67th Birthday  bday


Happy 70th Birthday to Bill Legend!
Legendary drummer with the original T.Rex.


In memory of my dear friend Wayne, who passed away 1 year ago today. Wayne was a massive Bolan fan and was DJ at our Beltane and Rexmas Bops in Newcastle. Thinking of Wayne and his lovely family on this sad day. R.I.P. x


In memory of Steve Currie, who passed away on 28th April 1981 in a car accident in Portugal.


Remembering my Bolanic friend Milan on the 7th Anniversary since his passing. Still greatly missed. R.I.P.


Good luck to all involved in the stage production of "20th Century Boy-The Musical", which opens tomorrow!
The 2014 tour opens at Eden Court, Inverness on 18-19 April, before visiting:
Manchester Opera House (22-26 April),
Birmingham Alexandra (28 April-3 May),
Southampton Mayflower (6-10 May),
Bristol Hippodrome (12-17 May),
Sunderland Empire (19-24 May),
York Grand Opera House (26-31 May),
Belfast Grand Opera House (2-7 June),
Woking New Victoria (9-14 June),
Cardiff New Theatre (17-21 June),
Wimbledon New Theatre (23-28 June),
Wolverhampton Grand Theatre (30 June-5 July),
Plymouth Theatre Royal (7-12 July),
and Southend Cliffs Pavilion (14th-19th July).
Further dates-
Kings Theatre, Edinburgh (22nd-27th September 2014),
Darlington Civic Theatre October (13-18 Oct 2014).


SAT 22nd MARCH 2014, 7.30pm - 2am.
Bop till you drop at The Regency, 19 - 21 Derby Lane, Old Swan, Liverpool, L13 6QA.
The Rex, top T.Rex tribute band, will be playing the sounds and songs of T.Rex "live" on the night.
Tickets will cost £6, all proceeds from the night will be going towards local charities. There will also be a raffle on the night.
For further details e mail


T. Rex - Tanx Demon Records - LP + download Dual Colour LP + Poster + Download Card:
Cut from a brand new 2014 Tony Visconti master, this exclusive and very special Record Store Day 2014 release celebrates the 1973 T.Rex classic Tanx. Pressed on a dual Red & Blue coloured 180 gram LP, the package also includes a large poster and download card for digital redemption of the record.

Marc Bolan - BBC – Electric Sevens 2 UMC - 4 x 7":

Single 1- Ride A White Swan, Beltane Walk.
Single 2- Electric Boogie, Woodland Rock.
Single 3- Woodland Bop Medley (Woodland Bop/Conesuela/King Of The Mountain Cometh/Woodland Bop), Jewel.
Single 4- By The Light Of A Magical Moon, Once Upon The Seas Of Abyssinia.




"20th Century Boy - The Musical"
The show management have said, "We are really excited that Sue Jenkins (Brookside) will join us in the role of Phyllis, Luke Bailey (Waterloo Road) will play Rolan, and from the West End, Warren Sollars (Mamma Mia) will don his feather boa and grab his Les Paul to play Marc Bolan. We’re looking forward to getting the whole company together, old and new, when tour rehearsals start in March."


Today we remember Johns Children drummer Chris Townson, who passed away on 10th February 2008. R.I.P.


44 years ago Marc & June were married on 30th January 1970!


Remembering T.Rex keyboard player Dino Dines, who passed away 10 years ago today. R.I.P.


Today we remember Marcs Mum, Phyllis Winifred Feld (nee Atkins), who passed away on 11th January 1991.

We are also thinking of Mickey Finn, who passed away on 11th January 2003.


Saturday 22nd March 2014- Liverpool Bop,
The Regency,
19-21, Derby Lane,
Old Swan,
L13 6QA.
7.30pm - 2am. Live appearance by The REX. Raffle. Tickets £6.00 from, or write to Terry Hughes, 40 Nant y Coed, Pen y Maes, Holywell, CH8 7BA.

Saturday 26th April 2014-TooREX & Strange Orchestra Spring Show,
The Half Moon,
93, Lower Richmond Road,
Tel 020 8780 9383

Saturday 24th May 2014- The Peppermint Apes,
The Gun Club,
London Road,
Essex, SS13 2DU.
Please see


As well as the Tanx/Zinc Alloy release below there are to be 2 more releases! BEARD OF STARS & T.REX.

Four classic albums from Marc Bolan’s Tyrannosaurus Rex and T. Rex catalogue will be released on 3 March 2014 by Universal Music Catalogue/Polydor and by Demon Music on their Edsel label. The release of A Beard of Stars, T.Rex, and a double CD set including Tanx and Zinc Alloy And The Riders of Tomorrow/A Creamed Cage, come just prior to the national tour of 20th Century Boy, a new musical inspired by the life of the rock legend who continues to captivate each and every generation with his catalogue of hits and classic tracks.
Universal Music Catalogue/Polydor turn back the clock for the earliest of the releases – A Beard of Stars (1970) and T.Rex from 1971, each with a bonus disc of rarities unmask Bolan on the threshold of success. A Beard of Stars, a more accessible and streamlined outing than previous Tyrannosaurus Rex releases turned out to be Bolan’s farewell to his late ’60s hippie duo and was the first to feature photogenic new sidekick, the bongo-playing Mickey Finn.   The tie-in single, By The Light Of A Magical Moon, was as charming as its title, and the entire set is woven with mysticism and melody. A Beard Of Stars also marked the first real stirrings of electricity, with album closer Elemental Child clocking in at five-a-a-half-minutes, thanks to some extended Hendrix-style guitar soloing.
A bonus disc of outtakes, many previously unreleased, has been handpicked by T.Rexpert Clive Zone - who also provides memorabilia for the booklet. A Beard of Stars will also be available on download, single CD and limited edition double vinyl LP.
By the time Bolan started work on T.Rex, in late spring 1970, The Beatles had split and there was a perceived crisis at the heart of pop. Bolan, too, had grown dissatisfied. The moment of epiphany came on July 1, 1970, when he nailed a new song, Ride A White Swan. The reward was a huge hit later that winter – only kept from the No. 1 spot by ‘Grandad’, a slice of seasonal schmaltz sung by popular TV figure  Clive Dunn!
Everything had fallen into place by the time of T. Rex. The band’s name had shrunk but their fame had risen immeasurably, with sweet-faced Bolan an instant hit with the glossier pop magazines. Now including a version of Ride A White Swan specially recorded for Top Of The Pops among its bonus tracks, the T. Rex album reveals another side to Bolan’s so-called instant success.   For despite the electrifying rock’n’roll Jewel, Is It Love? And neo-bubblegum Beltane Walk, there’s a surprising sweetness to much of the album, with songs such as The Visit and Seagull Woman likely inspired by new wife June. It’s little wonder that many aficionados, Morrissey among them, regard T.Rex as the best-kept secret in the Marc Bolan catalogue.
T.Rex will also be available on download, single CD and limited edition double vinyl LP.
To commemorate the release of a A Beard of Stars and T.Rex, Universal Music Catalogue will also be making available 2 strictly limited 7” singles from the period – By The Light Of A Magical Moon – home demo/Find a Little Wood and Ride A White Swan – Top of the Pops 12 November 1970/Summertime Blues –BBC Radio One Dave Lee Travis Show – 9 December 1970. These will be strictly first come, first served and exclusively available from

Tanx (1973) and Zinc  Alloy And The Riders of Tomorrow/A Creamed Cage (1974), sounding better than ever thanks to remastering by Bolan’s longtime producer Tony Visconti, come packaged together in a limited edition, 12 inch collector’s book style set on Demon Music’s Edsel label. Both albums reveal the first ‘Superstar’ of the 70s breaking out from the hit formula and embracing new sounds, notably the influence of contemporary US funk and soul. There are bonus discs of rarities for each title, a hardback book filled with lyrics, photos, ephemera and liner notes from Tony Visconti, plus a 7,000 word essay by rock critic and Bolan biographer Mark Paytress( whose notes also grace the Beard of Stars and T.Rex titles), and a DVD featuring promotional films and TV performances.
The years 1971 and ’72 belonged to ‘Supermarc’. Bolan became the era’s first Superstar, inspiring Elton John and David Bowie, Rod Stewart, Slade and later Queen to dress up and join in the fun. Pop was back and brasher than ever. Enter the era of Glam Rock.
1971’s Electric Warrior encapsulated the style; The Slider from 1972 perfected the classic T.Rex sound. With mega stardom assured, Marc Bolan, together with producer Tony Visconti began to tinker with T.Rex’s distinctive, hit-making sound.
The result was Tanx. Released in January 1973, it mixed classic ‘Rex-sounding songs such as Born To Boogie and Shock Rock with songs that broke bravely from the mould. Glimpses into the darker corners of fame are delicately documented on Life Is Strange and Broken-Hearted Blues. Snappier material like Rapids and Country Honey reveal a more carefree approach. And, like Elemental Child before it, the epic Left Hand Luke And The Beggar Boys signposted another career change.
By March 1974’s Zinc Alloy, the gospel-influenced Left Hand Luke had given way to a new sound, which Bolan called ‘Interstellar Soul’. It was brave, it was inspired, and it was ahead of its time. But in 1974, it mystified both fans and critics, and contributed greatly to a dip in Bolan’s commercial fortunes. Now, in 2014, the album’s impassioned blend of funk, soul and characteristic ‘Bolanic’ elements will blow open everyone’s preconceptions of Bolan and his music.
Unlocked from his past, and in the early throes of his relationship with Motown songwriter (and original Tainted Love singer) Gloria Jones, Bolan threw everything he had at Zinc Alloy. Venus Loon and Liquid Gang were brash and wildly upbeat, more Soul Train than Top Of The Pops. Change and Painless Persuasion v. The Meathawk Immaculate were headily introspective. Sound Pit and Interstellar Soul were simply buoyant and joy-filled. And then there was Teenage Dream, perhaps the defining song of the era, on which Bolan bade farewell to his past and closed the book on glam rock. This, truly, is Bolan’s buried treasure.
Tanx and Zinc Alloy are both available from the new T.Rex store
Coming on the back of critically acclaimed deluxe editions of Electric Warrior and The Slider, and 2013’s career-spanning and hugely popular Marc Bolan At The BBC, the four albums – all chart successes first time round – provide illuminating new perspectives on Bolan and the T.Rex phenomenon. Each, too, has its share of hits – from 1970’s Ride A White Swan, which transformed Bolan’s career;  classics such as Children Of The Revolution and 20th Century Boy, to the epic Teenage Dream, a 1974 swansong of sorts.
This latest quartet of releases confirms Marc Bolan as a writer of unforgettable pop hits, a genuinely larger-than-life rock hero, and a star in the classic sense of the word. They also prove, in case anyone needs reminding, that he was an artist of great depth, passion and sensitivity, and capable of making great changes.
Marc Bolan’s death, in a car accident in September 1977, came as he was being feted by the new wave of punk bands. Once the classic crossover artist, who swapped the cult hippie scene for superstardom, Bolan has in recent times become a genuine A-grade rock icon whose work sounds as fresh as the day it was recorded.


As promised, here are some details about the new boxed set! Read on for some special news!
Demon Music will issue a special limited edition five-disc T Rex deluxe package in March 2014. This new collection features the albums Tanx (1973) and Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow (1974), both newly remastered by original producer Tony Visconti.

Track listings are not yet available, but judging by previous deluxe editions, and with two CDs allocated per album, we can expect a plethora of non-album singles, b-sides and more. The DVD will include promo videos and TV appearances and the whole thing comes delivered in a 12? x 12? hardback book with new notes by Mark Paytress and Tony Visconti.

Demon are creating 1500 of these sets and selling direct to fans. The first 150 people to place orders get the “Ultimate Fan Bundle” which includes a Tote Bag, digital redemption of the audio content and a special coloured vinyl seven-inch single of Solid Gold Easy Action b/w The Groover in special replica Japanese sleeve.

The “Deluxe Fan Bundle“ is the same as above but without the seven-inch single and this is limited to the first 300 pre-orders. After that, all orders revert to ‘just’ the physical Tanx and Zinc Alloy five-disc deluxe edition book. All configurations are priced the same – £59.99.

The other incentive Demon are offering is the chance to get your name printed in the book. It seems if you get your pre-order in before 13th January, this will apply. You can pre-order using this link - At the time of writing, the three options (Ultimate Fan / Deluxe Fan / Deluxe) outlined above all show individually. Obviously, select the best one available, but once the ‘fan’ versions sell out they will be removed.
Tanx and Zinc Alloy Deluxe Sets/Bundles will ship on 3 March 2014.

Full details at

Pre-order before January 13th 2014 for a chance to have your name printed in the book and be a part of the ‘Tanx and Zinc Alloy Deluxe Edition’.

4CD & DVD edition featuring a new 2014 Tony Visconti Re-master, limited to 1500 copies worldwide – full tracklist details to be announced soon.

• 4CD + DVD Deluxe Edition
• Presented in a Glorious 12” x 12” book
• Brand new Tony Visconti re-master of both studio albums
• Includes all the classic singles from the era
• DVD of promos and TV appearances
• New notes written by Mark Paytress and Tony Visconti  

Preorder now to recieve a free digital redemption of the audio content on release date.

Pre-order before January 13th 2014 for a chance to have your name printed in the book and be a part of the ‘Tanx and Zinc Alloy Deluxe Edition’.

4CD & DVD edition featuring a new 2014 Tony Visconti Re-master, limited to 1500 copies worldwide – full tracklist details to be announced soon.

• 4CD + DVD Deluxe Edition
• Presented in a Glorious 12” x 12” book
• Brand new Tony Visconti re-master of both studio albums
• Includes all the classic singles from the era
• DVD of promos and TV appearances
• New notes written by Mark Paytress and Tony Visconti  

This exclusive fan bundle is limited to the first 300 pre-orders and includes an exclusive T.Rex Tote Bag & digital redemption of the audio content.

Pre-order before January 13th 2014 for a chance to have your name printed in the book and be a part of the ‘Tanx and Zinc Alloy Deluxe Edition’.

4CD & DVD edition featuring a new 2014 Tony Visconti Re-master, limited to 1500 copies worldwide – full tracklist details to be announced soon.

• 4CD + DVD Deluxe Edition
• Presented in a Glorious 12” x 12” book
• Brand new Tony Visconti re-master of both studio albums
• Includes all the classic singles from the era
• DVD of promos and TV appearances
• New notes written by Mark Paytress and Tony Visconti  

This exclusive Ultimate fan bundle is limited to the first 150 pre-orders and includes an exclusive T.Rex Tote Bag, digital redemption of the audio content, plus the limited edition and incredibly rare duel coloured 7" featuring Japanese sleeve conversions of ‘Solid Gold Easy Action’ & ‘The Groover’.
This limited 7" is a unique pressing to celebrate the ‘Tanx and Zinc Alloy Deluxe Edition’ with only 250 in circulation worldwide.


I hope everyone had a Cosmic T.Rexmas!
Wishing you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Prosit Neujahr, Bonne Annee, Onnellista Uuta Vuotta, Godt Nyttar, Feliz Ano~Nuevo, Blwyddyn Newydd Dda, Bliain Nua Fe Mhaise Dhuit, Gott Nytt Ar, Gelukkig Nieuw Jaar, Akimashite Omedetto Gozaimasu, Godt Nytar, Felice Anno Nuovo, Vespera De Ano Novo, Glückliches neues Jahr!!!!


Wishing all OMBFC members a wonderful Cosmic T.Rexmas & a Happy, Healthy & Golden New Year!
Special wishes to those who are going through any sadness at the moment or who are spending Christmas alone.
Thank you to everyone who has sent me Christmas cards, texts & presents. You are very kind. :)


News from Born To Boogie Productions-

STOP PRESS: 20th Century Boy - The Musical
The news about the 15 week National Tour of the UK is already spreading like wildfire over Facebook but full details of venues and dates are only being revealed as Theatres get ready to offer tickets for sale. Though we do now already have a handful confirmed and taking bookings.
Special Offer / Bolan Boa tickets for early birds
For those people who have not already bought tickets – you would be advised to book early to get those premium seats which include a free Bolan boa!
View confirmed tour dates and buy tickets now at
To get a feel of what the show is like watch the Video on by clicking the link below.

Re-Launch of Born to Boogie – the DVD
Behind the scenes we are pushing BMG Chrysalis - the new owners of this package for the Re-Launch of Born to Boogie – the DVD so that you could be enjoying it in Blu - Ray format!
Hoping we can achieve release of this Marc Bolan / Ringo Starr collaboration in a Box Set including the T. Rex “Live at Wembley” album which was digitally remastered for Sanctuary by Tony Visconti. This could happen in Spring 2014 – but watch this space.

"Tanx + Zinc Alloy" Box Set Release
Following the success of “The Slider” Box Set in 2012 Demon Records are in the process of putting together a deluxe high quality package by combining the “Tanx + Zinc Alloy” albums in one package.
Both re-mastered by the Legendary Original Producer Tony Visconti. Plus a few added extras!
This will be a Limited Edition release of just 1500 copies and is likely to be scheduled for Release on 3rd March 2014.
For news updates – follow the Official T.Rex Facebook page:

Back to Vinyl
Demon Records are also planning to reissue all 6 of their T. Rex albums on vinyl in 2014. We will let you know more as soon as we do.


Here is a message I have received about the show:

The news you have been waiting for! We are delighted for fans to be the first to know that 20th Century Boy The Musical will be touring the UK from Spring 2014. Venues and dates can be found here at Most venues are now on sale so fans can book ahead of the crowd to get the best seats.

The smash hit musical is endorsed by Marc Bolans son Rolan who says:

Musical tastes change throughout a lifetime but there is always a band that stays close to our hearts. The music of  T.Rex and my father, Marc Bolan, is still treasured by fans and continues to find many more admirers. Through song, laughter and tears, we come together to remember and keep a little of Marc in our hearts.

2014 Tour Dates.
More to follow at a later date.


Thinking of Gary Irwin, & his family & friends today, 5 years on. R.I.P.
In memory of Gary, Dave Appleyard is releasing a new four track CD entitled The Promise - The Music And Words Of Gary Irwin, today:
1. Its There Youll Find Me
2. Candyman
3. Falling
4. Let It All Out

As some members know, Gary sang with Dave in the band X-ERT, but he sadly passed away 5 years ago today. During the final months of his life they talked about music & lyrics. More recently, Dave worked on arrangements for the songs with the help of Dan Foster who used to work at Abbey Road Studios, & they have come up with some final mixes, two of which I have heard & they are beautiful. Gary & his family should be very proud.

The price for UK orders is £4.00, or £5.00 for international orders, both of which include postage & packing.
Please email Dave at & he will send you a PayPal invoice which can be paid using a credit/debit card. All profit will be donated to an appropriate charity (Gary died of cancer) although it will be his family who will decide which one in due course.
I hope as many members as possible can support this very worthwhile cause.


In Remembrance of all the heroes.


20th Century Boy - The Musical.
Between 22nd April 2014 and 28th June 2014 this tour will visit venues in Manchester, Birmingham, Southampton, Bristol, York, Woking and Outer London. Dates for 20th Century Boy (Musical) tour-

Tue, 22nd April 2014 to Sat, 26th April 2014:
Opera House, Manchester.

Mon, 28th April 2014 to Sat, 3rd May 2014:
New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham.

Tue 6th May to Sat 10th May 2014:
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton.

Mon, 12th May 2014 to Sat, 17th May 2014:
Hippodrome, Bristol.

Mon, 26th May 2014 to Sat, 31st May 2014:
Grand Opera House, York.

Mon, 9th June 2014 to Sat, 14th June 2014:
New Victoria Theatre, Woking.

Mon, 23rd June 2014 to Sat, 28th June 2014:
New Wimbledon Theatre, Outer London.