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The Real Thing

One of the highlights of our upcoming November issue is an exclusive interview with Eddie Amoo of the Real Thing, one of Liverpool’s favourite bands. Eddie started out in the Merseybeat era group the Chants, before achieving international stardom with his brother Chris in the Real Thing, whose massive hits included You To Me Are Everything and Can You Feel The Force.

As a taster for the November magazine, here are some extracts from Eddie’s interview:

(On the Real Thing’s upcoming concert at the Liverpool Philharmonic, on October 12th):

‘We play Liverpool every 2 years, but for us this is going to be the definitive concert. It’s being filmed for a DVD that’s very important to us, because we want to have something out there that’s us as we are now. We tour with an amazing five-piece backing band and it should be a great show.’

(On seeing Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers at the Liverpool Empire in the 1950s):

‘That was a real ‘epiphany’ moment for me. They were such an exciting act and I’d never seen anything like it before in my young life. I remember saying to my mother as we came out, “I’m going to play here one day, mum.” She started laughing, but when the Real Thing played the Empire for the first time in 1976 I thought back to that moment.’

(On why he still lives in Liverpool):

‘It’s never occurred to me to move away, partly for practical reasons. Property prices here are good value, and from a band’s point of view it’s a very central location – nowhere’s that far away. But there’s also an attachment to the community. Toxteth in particular is everything that I know. It’s where I grew up and I’m still only five minutes away. It’ll always hold memories for me, and they’re a very precious thing. Even now when I’m out walking the dog people will come up to me and it’ll be someone I knew years ago, maybe someone I went to school with, and I always find that fantastic. I live in Aigburth now and I love it here. We’re surrounded by parks and for me it’s one of the most attractive places in Liverpool.’

(On the Real Thing today):

‘What makes me proud is that we’ve survived. We didn’t allow ourselves to be written off as some kind of one-off pop band, and that’s what gives me the most satisfaction.’

Don’t forget – you can read the full interview with Eddie Amoo in the November issue of The Merseysider.

Issue 3 of The Merseysider magazine (the current August-October issue) is another bumper issue, packed with features on people, places and events in the Merseyside region, including:

Interviews

Tony Barrow  Tony was the Beatles’ PR man during the Sixties. He coined the phrase ‘the Fab Four’ and has fascinating memories of working with the group and with Brian Epstein.

Shirley Hughes  One of Britain’s most successful and respected children’s authors and illustrators, Shirley is known for books such as Dogger and the Alfie and Annie Rose series. The Merseysider speaks to her about her childhood years in West Kirby, her time at Liverpool School of Art and her long and interesting literary career.

Tom Slemen  Tom is the region’s most celebrated writer on the paranormal, known for his bestselling Haunted Liverpool series, his Liverpool Echo column and his regular appearances on BBC Radio Merseyside. He looks back over his career to date and recalls one or two of his own ghostly encounters.

Other features

Liverpool Then & Now  The well known local history writer Daniel K Longman looks at the changing face of the city.

Port Sunlight  A four page feature on William Lever’s ‘model village’.

Southport Flower Show  A preview of one of Britain’s leading gardening events.

Chester  An awayday in the historic city.

The Dandy  It’s the 75th anniversary of Britain’s longest running comic and in a lavishly illustrated article we look back at its remarkable history.