Following on from the 21 March update on where else in the world you’ll be able to see the ‘Live from Abbey Road’ music series, we can finally add a little more.
I already told you to look out for it on Fox channels in Italy, Sony in Latin America, Lumiere in Cyprus, Ceska in the Czech Republic, YLE in Finland, Kanal 5 in Sweden, 365 Media in Iceland, Geo TV in Pakistan and the Sundance Channel in the United States.
Please also keep your eyes peeled if you’re in Belgium (VRT), Hong Kong (ATV), Malaysia (Media Prima), New Zealand (Rialto Channel), Norway (TV2, Zebra), Singapore (MediaCorp TV 12), Spain (Multicanal) and Thailand (UBC).
It will also be shown on Culture Networks in Italy, as well as Fox.
I don’t have full details, but am told that the series will be shown on Star TV across Asia (35 countries) and on Melody Entertainment and Arab Venture across the Middle East (28 countries).
Good news for Australia and Japan…
In Australia, the series launched this month on XYZ’s music channel MAX (available on Foxtel Digital and Austar Digital). The show featuring David’s performance is due to be broadcast on Sunday 20 May, with the entire series repeated in late June (I’ll remind you, don’t worry). XYZ have the series for three months exclusively.
However, I hear that ABC will also be showing the series in July. This is as yet unconfirmed, so I’ll tell you more when I know more.
In Japan, the series started on Friday 20 April, so sadly you’ve missed the first show (but not the all-important one). ‘Live from Abbey Road’ is broadcast at 8PM on Channel NHK NV.
Remember that David features in the eighth show in a series of 12.
If you see it in your local TV listings, please let me know when your fellow fan will be able to see it, so that I can add it to our calendar.
As always, I’d also love to hear your thoughts on the show.
I’ll be opening the chatroom to all and sundry between the hours of 2PM and 4PM (UK time) today. Everybody is welcome to call in.
Until then, here’s more from Stevie DiStanislao, who was kind enough to take part in a fan Q&A for us recently.
Speaking of which, thank you for all the questions sent in for Phil Manzanera last week. With so many good ones to choose from, please note that I am not considering any additional questions.
Which drummer inspired you to take up the drums in the first place? (Julie G Davies)
The drummer that first inspired me to play the drums is a fellow called John Ferraro. John was, and will always be, a mentor to me and I owe him a lot. He and my oldest brother were mates (I’m the youngest of four kids). I used to go over to his house where he would play and I would watch him for hours. When he went to the toilet, I would climb on the kit and start wailing away only to get kicked off when he returned. John turned me on to all kinds of bands and drummers. I remember the Beatles’ ‘Revolver’ and Black Sabbath’s ‘Paranoid’ as some of the first rock music I ever heard. I was six.
I’d like to know who your favourite drummers are and why. (Sue N)
Jeff Porcaro, because he always played the perfect thing for every song. His feel is unparalleled. Steve Gadd, for his unique groove and his ability to play every style under the sun. John Bonham, for his sheer brilliance and huge groove. John Ferraro, for his natural flowing feel. Nick Mason, for his unique style, sound and feel. Matt Cameron from Soundgarden/Pearl Jam cuz he just flat out rocks! The list goes on and on and on…