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Calling all Metal Gurus – T.Rextasy are bringing back the days of glam rock.

The leading tribute to Marc Bolan and rock band T.Rex will appear at The Customs House in South Shields on Thursday, September 20, at 7.45pm.

Bolan was one of the most flamboyant and charismatic stars of the original glam rock era and the band had a string of huge hits throughout the 1970s including Love to Boogie, Telegram Sam, Jeepster and 20th Century Boy.

Accepted as the world’s only official live tribute act dedicated to Marc Bolan & T.Rex, and the only band endorsed and approved by Bolan’s family, estate, original members of T.Rex, and Bolan’s catalogue management, T.Rextasy have been described by many as ‘beyond the boundaries of tribute’.

They have been performing all over the world for more than 25 years, featuring the skilled musicianship of Danielz (vocals and lead guitar), Neil Cross (rhythm guitars, backing vocals), Rob Butterfield (bass guitar, backing vocals) and John Skelton (drums).

Danielz, who formed the band in 1992, said “I absolutely love playing the songs of T.Rex. It’s the actual buzz one gets of going on stage and giving the audience a live experience. Fans are coming to have a good time, and when I see people smiling and doing just that it makes it really worthwhile.”

This full-on concert showcases all of the hits and more, with both electric and acoustic performances, faithfully recreating the energy and performance of a live performance form Marc Bolan and T.Rex.

Ray Spencer, Executive Director of The Customs House, said: “T.Rextasy return to The Customs House next week with another powerhouse evening of rock ‘n’ roll. This concert show boasts two hours of amazing completely live glam rock, with a generous mix of the popular hits, B-sides and album tracks.”




Rhythm and blues band Shake Ya Tailfeather are staging their final gig at The Customs House after announcing they are to split after 14 years together.

Frontman Dale Meeks, bassist Iain Cunningham, guitarist Ian Brown and drummer Christopher Rickman are staging a special one-off show at The Customs House on Friday, September 21, at 7.30pm.

The foursome are well-known for their rip-roaring renditions of blues, soul, rhythm and blues and rock ‘n’ roll classics, including Baby Get It On, Son of a Preacher Man and Gimme Some Lovin’, in a style inspired by The Blues Brothers.

Iain said: “This is going to be our last gig. The band is splitting up after 14 years and The Customs House is a great place to end it, as it’s where we started and where Dale and I have been involved in so many shows.

“We’ve played all over the place and we’ve done some really big gigs, including The Queen’s Hotel in Leeds, but we’ve always come back to The Customs House and we always have a really good night there.

“We are all very excited, because for the first time we are bringing in a full brass section and having them with us is going to give the show an authentic Blues Brothers sound. We have been rehearsing a lot for it, so it is going to be fun.

“I think it’s going to be a great way to end what has been a fantastic 14 years together and we are hoping to see some old faces.”

Those who have performed with the band in the past include Dale’s former Emmerdale co-star Mark Charnock (Marlon Dingle), actress, singer and presenter Rosie Ramsey, singer Angela Newbrook and actress Lauren Waine.

Actors Iain and Dale will be concentrating their future efforts on Boyle Yer Stotts Productions, including writing material for their upcoming show, Everywhere We Go, which comes to The Customs House in May next year.

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