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Gwen Dickey

Gwen Dickey

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IT is nearly 25 years since Zodiac Mindwarp released the thunderously sleazy EP that marked him out as one of rock’s new breed and a legend in the making.

The High Priest Of Love mini album followed and the charts yielded to the shudder of rock disco anthem Prime Mover. He also wrote Feed My Frankenstein for Alice Cooper, but last year restored his reformed Love Reaction outfit to the full throttle of the Tattooed Beat Messiah era with new album We Are Volsprung.

New single White Trash drives the tour that has Mr Mindwarp, Cobalt Stargazer and chums, above, finding Sheffield’s O2 Academy this Sunday.

Disco queen set to Campo it up

Zodiac Mindwarp

Zodiac Mindwarp

ROSE Royce legend Gwen Dickey, pictured, is heading for central Sheffield bar Sylvester’s a week tomorrow.

In something of a coup, the Campo Lane venue has booked the Grammy Award-winning singer behind the disco anthem Car Wash, Love Don’t Live Here Anymore and I’m Wishing On A Star – which was a top 10 hit again when it was re-recorded by Jay-Z.

“A little known fact is that Gwen is the ‘Rose’ in Rose Royce,” says DJ/promoter Algie. “Group founder Norman Whitfield renamed his musical vehicle after his new vocalist, Gwen ‘Rose’ Dickey.”

She’ll be performing a selection of Rose Royce hits from the ’70s at Sylvester’s which has also featured British soul singer Omar since re-locating from Leopold Square last year.

Tir na nOg back in the day

Tir na nOg back in the day

Emerald trial for lost folk friends

THERE are rare appearances and then there is the visit Irish folk legends Tir na nOg make to Sheffield venue The Greystones next Friday.

The band, pictured, have only played in England and Wales once in the last 16 years – and that was last year for just three gigs, of which Coventry was the furthest north.

Tir na nOg were formed by Leo O’Kelly and Sonny Condell in 1970. They released the first of their three albums on Chrysalis Records a year later and the late John Peel was one of their early champions, featuring Tir na nOg on many ‘Peel Sessions’.

The duo toured the world in the 1970s with Jethro Tull, Procol Harum and Roxy Music among others.

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