We are DELIGHTED to announce the first round of guest artists being featured in Pete’s ‘Life In Song’ special are as follows:
Denise Van Outen
Only Men Aloud
In an evening hosted by Michael Grade, the guest artists will be singing both their original tracks and new interpretations of the Hit Factory classics such as ‘One For Sorrow’, ‘Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi’, ‘Who’s Leaving Who’, ‘Never Gonna GIVE YOU UP’, ‘ You’ll Never Stop Me’, ‘Love In The First Degree’, ‘I Should Be So Lucky’, ‘When I Fall In Love’ & ‘Better The Devil You Know’. More artists and track details are to be added to this promising line up soon.
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The Pete Waterman Train Auction will see £1m worth of the finest scratch-built model trains from the pop mogul’s collection go to auction at Mallett of Mayfair in London on April 16. Specialist auctioneers Dreweatt’s will conduct the sale of what is said to be the ‘Fabergé Eggs’ of the model locomotives world, including, “the finest model ever built,” the Beyer Goods, valued between £100,000-120,000. The Pop extraordinaire reflected on his beloved hobby of train collection, “When you live in a council house and these things go past your door, it’s your first encounter with beauty. There were people sitting with white tablecloths and table lamps having dinner. It was magical. Think of the contrast: we didn’t even have glass in the windows at home.”
In addition to creating some of the biggest careers in the music world, Pete has also carved out a distinguished role for himself in the world of train modelling and railway preservation over the past 50 years. As the world’s leading collector, he has committed limitless sums to his interest, championing the best modelling talents in the same way that Renaissance patrons funded the most talented artists of their time. The Pete Waterman Train auction will see these outstanding pieces sold in order to raise enough money to secure the future of his cherished Waterman Railway Heritage Trust, which holds his collection of full-size steam engines, housed at sites around the country. “These full-size engines won’t be back in steam for ten years. I’m 68 now and this is probably the last chance I will have to restore the engines held by the trust, so I’m making sure there is enough money in ten years’ time to continue the job,” he explains.
Pete has revealed some of the other famous names who share his passion for collecting including Jools Holland, Chris Evans, Roger Daltrey, Rod Stewart. “It’s great when you meet up though. Model trains are an interesting calling card and give you a break from the music to have something else to talk about.”The remaining 90% of Waterman’s collection is of almost incalculable value. It will never be sold, making this a unique opportunity to acquire objects of this calibre. Waterman sees them primarily as works of art. Dreweatts will conduct the sale on the premises at Mallett of Dover Street, Mayfair, bringing the ultimate prizes in the world of modelling to the magnificent setting of the former London palace of the Bishop of Ely.
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FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY
JULY 29, 2015
THE ORIGINAL HITMAN – MUSIC MOGUL PETE WATERMAN – WILL BE CELEBRATED AT LONDON’S ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL AS VERY SPECIAL GUEST ARTISTS TAKE TO THE STAGE TO PAY TRIBUTE TO ONE OF MUSIC’S MOST ICONIC FIGURES
As one of the most prolific music moguls of a generation, the original hit man behind more than 100 Top 40 UK Hits and 40 Million records, Pete Waterman, will now take center stage as his career is celebrated through the Life In Song Series at London’s Royal Festival Hall on 29th July 2015.
Very special guest artists will take to the stage to pay tribute to the music and the man himself; expect new interpretations and a few surprises along the way! The artists will be announced in due course.
Following such luminaries as Sir Tim Rice and Don Black, the latest in the series will also see veteran TV figure, Michael Grade, host and interview Pete live on stage throughout the show to provide a never before seen insight into his legendary and fascinating career.
Grade will look into his career and the huge influence on the music industry he has had and whose Hit Factory defined the sound of a generation. You’ll hear anecdotes about his career, careers he has been involved in such as Kylie Minogue, Donna Summer, Jason Donovan, Bananarama, Steps and many more.
“Little did I think when I visited London as a child from Coventry that one day I would appear at the Festival Hall – not bad for a boy who left school unable to read or write!” – Pete Waterman
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Tickets priced at £35-£50
Dan Deacon – Deacon Communications Limited