Posted by Sandra on May 7 2013

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Posted by Sandra on May 6 2013

Another review from the The Best Of McFly: Memory Lane Tour, this time of the Manchester gig.
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Posted by Sandra on May 6 2013

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Posted by Sandra on April 26 2013

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Posted by Sandra on April 24 2013

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Posted by Sandra on January 22 2013

The one compilation album that fans and non-fans alike should take a listen to

Who needs lyrical videos, when you can be lyrical in your video? Just check out English pop rock band McFLY’s latest single ‘Love is Easy’ on their aptly-titled compilation album Memory Lane: The Best of McFLY. Unlike most of the band’s material, ‘Love is Easy’ primarily makes use of the ukulele, thus incorporating a more folk rock feel. The sweet tune will have you bopping along in no time and humming to it repeatedly for the rest of the day.

Aside from ‘Love is Easy’, the compilation album also consists of four other tracks that are unreleased previously.

Do Watcha’ falls in line with the band’s usual sound; the fast thumping of the drums will cause you to start tapping your feet along to the rhythm and you wouldn’t even realise three minutes had gone by at the end of the track.

The opening of a can of fizzy drink at the start of ‘Cherry Cola’ sets the tone of the song. The clapping in the music background hints a fun and uplifting tune, which keeps its energy throughout the track. Short as it might be, ‘That Girl’ grabs your attention right from the beginning with a strong brush of the electric guitar; a pity McFLY’s songs somewhat start to sound similar overtime, making this song easily forgettable.

Memory Lane: The Best of McFLY is that one compilation that fans and non-fans should take a listen to as it consists of some of the best tracks the English band has ever put out, including ‘The Heart Never Lies’ and ‘Transylvania’.

Recommended tracks: ‘Love is Easy’, ‘Falling in Love’, ‘Obviously’, ‘All About You’

Rating: 4

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Posted by Sandra on September 26 2012

I suppose there’s some sense in McFly having a crack at becoming as big in the US as they are in the UK right now, as… well, it’s not like their UK popularity of 2012 is setting the target especially high, is it?

Gordon is being very supportive:
After a decade topping the UK charts, the four-piece are finally making a bid to crack the States.

The early signs are very good. Two nights at The Roxy, then two more at the famous Gramercy Theatre in New York this month all sold out in under a minute.
Finally making a bid to break the US, eh?

Have we forgotten 2006, when – buoyed by an appearance on the soundtrack to a Lindsay Lohan movie (oh, boys, you are so of your time) – the band, erm, made a huge push to break the states. Look, their website was very excited:

McFly are as we speak on a jet plane home after an 8 day promotional trip to the U.S. The boys have giving back to back interviews and performances from the East Coast in New York to the West Coast and Los Angeles ahead of the release of their U.S. album on May 9th and their movie debut in Just My Luck on May 12th. The boys will be back in the studio writing and recording in the UK before returning to the USA at the end of the month.

That album was the only one that got an American release.

And, despite Gordon’s reportage, the band are pretty clear that this isn’t really an attempt to build a massive new Romeny-voting fanbase, but merely a thank-you to their existing, small fanbase there – they don’t even have a US label right now. They told Billboard about the dates, stressing what it was all about:
“We just want to go over and do some small shows for the fans that we know we have there,” says McFly’s co-lead singer and guitarist Tom Fletcher. “We’ve been wanting to do that for years and years and years and years. But we’ve just never had the opportunity, or something else has come up.”

“We have some fans in America that have been fans for like eight or nine years — right from the beginning — so much so that they fly over to see us in the U.K. It’s amazing that they are so dedicated. So I think we owe it to them to come over.”

Doesn’t really sound like a band seeing this as their big US break, does it?

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Posted by Sandra on September 17 2012

Last night I got to be a VIP at McFly’s first-ever NYC show, the first of two nights at The Gramercy.

The crowd could not have been more ecstatic for their long-overdue appearance—the band apologized for waiting nine years (has it been that long???)—and even sang an entire McFly song while waiting for the boys to do their encore.

They played a solid 90 minutes of old and brand-new material, impressing me with their musicianship and energy. They’re not entirely my thing—so rockabilly and even country in spots, but very Linkin Park to my ear overall—but they definitely have chops. They can’t be mistaken for a “boy band.”

One odd thing for me was the banter with the audience because I was wholly unfamiliar with Danny and Dougie’s speaking voices. Both were kind of putting on characters and it threw me. Danny sounds like Bobcast Goldthwait when doing this. But I loved their mocking American accents and stereotypes, such as, “Ah, New York, home of Carrie Bradshaw!” When they got everyone to count to four, they demanded we do a Brooklynesque “fo-wuh.” Cards, all.

More video of the hard-working guys to come!

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Posted by Sandra on September 13 2012

Nadine is the author of some famous beauty books and also works for Vanity Fair and she was lucky enough to be at the second McFly show at The Roxy in L.A. below you can read how it was for her seeing McFly live for the first time in USA and also a pic with her with Dougie and Tom.

[x1]Miscellaneous > Miscellaneous

Rocking the Roxy with my favorite English band McFly

Do you remember that scene in Friends when Rachel and Monica go head-to-head with Joey and Chandler in trivia, with the winners getting Monica’s apartment? (It’s the classic “The One with the Embryos” episode, widely considered the best Friends episode of all time–Entertainment Weekly called it “quite possibly Friends‘ finest moment”–ranked #21 on TV Guide’s list of “Top 100 TV Episodes.”)

Anyhow, in the episode, this exchange takes place:

Ross: Rachel claims this is her favorite movie.
ChandlerDangerous Liaisons.
Ross: Correct. Her actual favorite movie is?
JoeyWeekend at Bernie’s.

I am guilty of this when it comes to the English band McFly. Nobody will ever top Pearl Jam for me (and I mean it! I swear! I’m totally serious, you guys!) but I love ranking things, and I can tell you thatFoo Fighters are my 2nd favorite band, Pink Floyd my 3rd favorite, Counting Crows 4th, etc, on down the list.

But, really, I’m lying. Once you take Pearl Jam out of the equation, there’s nobody I love more thanMcFly.

I guess the embarrassment stems from the fact that they feel like a boy band. Their songs aren’t angsty and complex; it’s simply not the kind of show any self-respecting rock-’n-roll lover would be caught dead at. And yet: they’re not a boy band.

McFly is in the Guinness Book of World Records, having broken the record previously established byThe Beatles for being the youngest band ever to have a debut album go straight to number one. Their co-lead singer Tom Fletcher has penned ten number 1 singles in the UK and twenty-one top ten singles, not just for McFly themselves but also for bands (yes, boy bands) like One Direction. Their songs are catchy as hell, the guys play their own instruments, there’s no dancing (unless you count the bonkers fans) and the band members are absolutely adorable.

With English boy bands coming back into vogue, it’s not surprising that McFly’s management likely decided the time was right to try (again) to crack America. They’re here in the States now, doing two shows each in LA at The Roxy and in a few days in New York City at the Gramercy Theater–both tiny venues–and in a stroke of luck, I got to see them last night. Considering then that McFly sells out Wembley, has sold over 8 million records, and has paparazzi following them everywhere in the UK, the fact that I was able to see them perform with about 99 other die-hard fans…in the raised VIP section next to the stage, no less…well, I about lost my mind.

I know, I know. I’m a 13-year-old. But whatever.

I always feel silly dancing at concerts; I don’t know if other people experience this, but I feel self-conscious, looking around as if waiting for permission to shake my booty, eventually shimmying a little while clutching a drink.

Last night? Seeing one of my favorite bands, in the VIP section, on their first-ever, sold-out, tiny US tour? You’d better believe I threw off those inhibitions, sang along, didn’t care how embarrassing it was that I loved this band so much, danced my little heart out, and had the absolute time of my life.

Here’s some footage from the show last night – as you can see, it’s pure pre-teen estrogen!

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Posted by Sandra on September 10 2012

[x10]On Tour > US Tour > The Roxy Theatre L.A. – September 7

The UK invasion continues!!

One of our longtime favorite UK bands, McFly, just played their first real concert in the US on Friday night and boy was it one for the books. Danny, Dougie, Tom and Harry have played sold out arena shows all over Europe, but on Friday they played to an intimate sold out crowd at the Roxy in Los Angeles, but if you didn’t know any better, you’d swear it was an arena show.

The foursome packed on the energy right out of the game opening with “Nowhere to Run” and then playing songs from all five of their albums including “5 Colours in Her Hair,” “Walk In the Sun,” “Shine A Light,” and more. They even threw in covers of One Direction, Rihanna and Gotye.

The crowd was dancing and singing all night and loved every minute of it! McFly also played a trio of new songs from their upcoming sixth album including “Red,” “Touch the Rain,” and a brand-spankin’ new one called “Love Is Easy.”

The guys will do it all over again with a show at the Roxy on Monday night before heading out to NYC later this week for two shows. We have a feeling this is just the start of the band’s US domination. We wish it hadn’t taken 9 years, but it is well worth the wait!

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