Golden greats in 50th anniversary tour

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Kicking off the week’s entertainment at The Flowerpot in Derby, on Thursday, March 28, will be a visit from The Muffin Men.

Formed in 1990 to celebrate the music of Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart, they’ve performed all over Europe playing their own arrangements of Zappa/Beefheart music.

In 22 years, they have incorporated no less than seven original members of the Mothers of Invention, not including Jimmy Carl Black, who was a regular member of the band up to his death in 2008.

This is a rare live show and their first Derby appearance for over five years.

Meanwhile, The Pretty Things will be bringing their 50th anniversary tour to The Flowerpot in Derby on Friday, March 29.

In the early 1960s, three bands led the British Beat Boom: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Pretty Things. The wildest, most dangerous of them all were the Pretty Things.

Their hard-edged blues-rock, influenced by Bo Diddley and Jimmy Reed, transformed into psychedelic rock.

SF Sorrow was the first rock opera, preceding The Who’s Tommy by six months.

In the intervening years, The Pretty Things have lost none of their power or edge and are still fronted by lead singer Phil May and original Rolling Stones guitarist Dick Taylor.

2013 sees their 50th anniversary tour. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see one of the greatest rock bands of the last half a century, live in concert.

Support on the night comes from Double Cross.

Then, on Saturday, March 30, the King Street-based venue welcomes AC/DC UK with their tribute to AC/DC.

After five years of extensive touring, AC/DC UK, previously known as Touch 2 Much, are now widely considered to be one of Europe’s premier tribute to rock legends AC/DC. Their highly energetic live show covers every era of AC/DC’s lengthy career from 1976’s High Voltage through to 2008’s Black Ice.

At an AC/DC UK show, you can expect to hear all the classic hits such as Thunderstruck, Back in Black, Highway to Hell, Rock & Roll Damnation etc... But the band also caters for the hardcore AC/DC fans by playing many lesser known numbers too.

Each band member’s passion for the sound of AC/DC has brought them together to form the closest show you are ever likely to see in honour of the rock legends.

Get yourself down to the Flowerpot for a two-hour set of high voltage rock n roll.

Doors open for all three gigs at 8pm and admission is £10 for The Muffin Men, £15 for The Pretty Things and £9 for AC/DC UK.

Advance tickets are available from The Flowerpot and RAW Promotions. Call 01332 834438 or see www.rawpromo.co.uk