ROGER Daltrey’s stuttered howl from 1965 of hoping to die before he got old has, fortunately for him and fellow Who legend Pete Townsend, still not transpired.

Sadly, things didn’t work out so well for bandmates Keith Moon who exploded into eternity in 1978 and John Entwistle, thundering off to that great bass rig in the sky in 2002.

At their zenith, from say 1968 to 1975, The Who were arguably the greatest band on the planet with few coming close to touching the power, drama and raw excitement of their live shows.

Yes, you can watch YouTube clips and archive footage of the band in their pomp, but it takes a quality tribute band to recreate their power and majesty, which is just what Johnny Warman’s Magic Bus outfit do, in spades and are a more than impressive Substitute (Jeez, this stuff writes itself...).

Frontman and impresario Johnny has a pool of top musos for his stable of shows which include The British Invasion, which celebrates the era when the original Britpop ruled the world from 1964 to 1966, The Mods & Rockers Show, which extends the remit into the 1970s and his Motown tribute Four Bills and a Ben, hailed by Sir Elton John as ‘the best soul band on the planet’.

The pool of top musos, you say? Well, how about George Michael’s sax player Andy Hamilton, former XTC guitarist Dave Gregory and top session drummer Greg Pringle, for starters… BOOM.

But it’s the oncoming storm of The Total Who Show which is heading to the Weymouth Pavilion tomorrow night, Saturday, November 11, and with a set list that includes all the biggies, My Generation, Baba O’Reilly, Behind Blue Eyes, Won’t Get Fooled Again, 5.15 and many, many more, you know you’re in for a terrific evening of windmill-guitar thrashing and all-action entertainment.

Tickets for tomorrow’s show are £15 from the box office on 01305 783225.

Moving on, and how do you like to spend your Sunday afternoons?

Walking off that roast dinner with the family?

Down the pub to watch the footie? A lazy sofa day reading the Sunday papers and watching a film?

Me? I like to spend the afternoon in the company of five scantily-clad lovelies, hustled down to my undercrackers after an all-night poker session with the aforementioned maidens and listening to alt-country while emerging, shaking, from a bourbon-induced hangover from hell.

If that tickles your fancy, and there’s every reason why it should, you need to make a note in your diary for next Sunday, November 19, at 2pm when Dana Immanuel and the Stolen Band hitch up their wagon outside Café Jagos in Dorchester.

(Well, not right outside as that would case a traffic issue by the lights in High West Street, obviously…)

As you can see from the picture on this page, Dana and the girls are partial to a light sherry and a game of whist with the vicar on a Sunday, and they also enjoy entertaining you with their choice selection of bluegrass and country tunes.

I’d say it was a must-see gig. After church, of course.

And finally, if you’d like your live music event listed here, send details to Till next time…



Hustle, Leggomen, Milk and Two, Under the Carousel and many more (Weymouth Pavilion) Rocking for Ralphie fundraiser.

Jolly Boys Outing (Finns, Weymouth)

Skint Imperials (Duke of Albany, Weymouth)

John Ramon (Weymouth Working Mens Club, Weymouth)

Billy Solo (Wellington, Weymouth)

Hanni, Roye and Kipper (Tom Browns, Dorchester)

Drive By Jammin’ (Gloucester, Weymouth)

Barry Paul as Elvis (Wyke Regis Working Mens Club, Weymouth)

Charlie Hodds (Park, Weymouth)

Darren H (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Jim Gammon (Royal Portland Arms, Portland)

Steve Payne Trio (Star, Weymouth)

Mad Hatters (Royal Exchange, Portland)

Vaughan (Duke of Cornwall, Weymouth)

Quin’s Quinney (Ropemakers, Bridport)

Compass (Golden Lion, Weymouth)

Sprex Mafia (Britannia, Portland)

Toxic Fish (Belvedere, Weymouth)

Average Wyke Band (Black Dog, Weymouth)

Bad Intention (Wyke Smugglers, Weymouth)


Unravelling WIlburys (Corn Exchange, Dorchester)

Amy Mayes (Old Town Hall, Weymouth)

Total Who Show (Weymouth Pavilion)

Fluke (Finns, Weymouth)

The Remedy (Sailors Return, Weymouth)

Mama Feelgood (Boot, Weymouth)

Cabaret Night (Weymouth Working Mens Club, Weymouth)

Regulation 9 (Market House, Weymouth)

The Surfing Birds (Tom Browns, Dorchester)

Blame it on Bill (Gloucester, Weymouth)

V8 Hearts (Golden Lion, Weymouth)

Live Wired (Wyke Regis Working Mens Club, Weymouth)

Tim Andrews (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

The Katz (Centenary Club, Weymouth)

The Skones (Bull’s Head, Fordington, Dorchester)

Mad Hatters (Admiral Hardy, Weymouth)

Karen Kay (Duke of Cornwall, Weymouth)

Davy Malone and the Longtails (Ropemakers, Bridport)

Sprex Mafia (Royal Exchange, Portland)

Mike Dennis, Edd Bleach (Belvedere, Weymouth)

BJ McCabe (Bridge Inn, Weymouth)

JoJo (Duke of Albany, Weymouth)

Stacey Lou (Black Dog, Weymouth)

The Mighty Fine (Wyke Smugglers, Weymouth)

Bad Intention (Crown, Bridport)

Restless (Wyke Regis Social Club, Weymouth)


Georgie Broad (Boot, Weymouth) 5pm.

Market House Jazz Band (Market House, Bridport) 5pm.

The Rat Pack (Kings Arms, Weymouth) 3pm.

Strings and Reeds Remembrance Special (Park, Weymouth)

Tim Andrews (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth) 3pm, followed by..

Darren H (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth) 8pm.

Ricky Solo (Sailor’s Return, Weymouth) From 3pm.

Aaron Carter (Royal Portland Arms, Portland)

Martin Freed (Duke of Cornwall, Weymouth)

Big Al Whittle (Ropemakers, Bridport) 4pm.

Gut and Steel (Wyke Smugglers, Weymouth) 5pm.

Acoustic Jam Session (Belvedere, Weymouth)

Scots Dan’s Open Mic (Duke of Albany, Weymouth) 4pm.

Leanne Jackson (Black Dog, Weymouth) 4pm.


Acoustic session (Belvedere, Weymouth)


Jack Daniels (Boot, Weymouth)

Dougie Cooper’s Jazz Night (Star, Weymouth)

Ricky Solo (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Acoustic Session (Rock, Weymouth)


Tim Andrews (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Wessex Folk Night (Sailors Return, Weymouth)

Open Mic Night (Royal Exchange, Portland)


Leggomen (George, Weymouth)

Ricky Solo (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Traditional Tune Session (Cove House Inn, Portland)

Ukulele Sessions (Sailors Return, Weymouth) Strum on down from 8pm.


Silly Band (Finns, Weymouth)

Nick Sellars (Weymouth Working Mens Club, Weymouth)

Mark Davis (Tom Browns, Dorchester)

Finnian McGurk (Kings Arms, Weymouth)

Dave Griff (Gloucester, Weymouth)

Average Wyke Band (Park, Weymouth)

Darren H (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Billy Solo (Wellington, Weymouth)

Lewis Craven Band (Royal Portland Arms, Portland)