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Focus Sage Gateshead 28 October Thijs van Leer always reminds me of Sladeís Noddy Holder. I think itís the sideburns. If former Slade front-man Holder is something of a national treasure, Focus founder van Leer is the Dutch equivalent. Heís been at the forefront of music in his country for approaching half a century and as founder of ĎProg-rockí band Focus he is responsible for some of rockís finest tunes. Focus have always been strongly ...

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AC/DC superstar Brian Johnson is a rock n' roll doctor

AC/DC superstar Brian Johnson is a rock n' roll doctor

Tyneside singing legend Brian Johnson has received an honorary degree in music from Northumbria University. The AC/DC frontman - born and raised in Dunston - said: "Its a wonderful thing to be recognised this way. I'm so proud and honoured." Brian, who lives in Florida these days, is about to take AC/DC back on the road after the band completed their 15th studio album. He added: "I know you are not supposed to shout about this kind of thing but when I get bac...

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Teesside actor Mark Benton stars in his first stage musiclal at Sunderland Empire

Teesside actor Mark Benton stars in his first stage musiclal at Sunderland Empire

Teessider Mark Benton,47, has been on our TV screens for 20 years and forged a career as a top character actor. Now he's back in Sunderland in his first stage musical in Hairspray. He talks to Michael Hamilton   MH: Tell me how your new role came about. Mark: They approached my when I was doing the TV show Waterloo Road. I thought it would be a great adventure. Itís a bit of a departure for me because itís my first musical and my first drag role Ė I donít believe in ...

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Philippa Hanna joins Leona Lewis on tour

Philippa Hanna joins Leona Lewis on tour...

This year looks set to be a memorable one for UK artist Philippa Hanna as the Sheffield-based singer/songwriter opens for Leona Lewis ...