A powerful BP Fallon ‘I Believe In Elvis Presley’ to a wildly responsive audience introduces Imelda May at Marlay Park in Dublin

“I believe in being in Dublin
The referendum was great, I have to say
I believe in rock’n’roll
I believe in Imelda May!”

Says BP Fallon: “I had the pleasure of introducing Imelda May on stage at Marlay Park in Dublin to 32,000 fans, doing a spoken-word ‘I Believe In Elvis Presley’ with a new last verse. She’s incredible and her band are fantastic, the audience were full-on rocking and the whole boogaloo was a gas”.

Video by Shimmy Marcus.

Also appearing on the show were Alabama Shakes and Paolo Nutini.

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BP Fallon ‘I Believe In Elvis Presley’. Photography by Michelle Geraghty/Golden Plec

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Sitting on the double bass – Imelda sings Blondie’s ‘Dreaming’ with Al Gare playing ukelele. Photography by BP Fallon

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Hand on shoulder… Photography by BP Fallon

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BP Fallon Photographer photographed by Shimmy Marcus

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Drummer Steve Rushton goes wild, wonderfully. Photography by BP Fallon

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BP Fallon sitting at the side of the stage. Photography by Shimmy Marcus

And later in artists’ catering:

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Under The Table – Three Generations – Imelda May & her dad Tony & her daughter Violet. Photography by BP Fallon

And simply because this is completely brilliant:


Jeff Beck & Imelda May & her band perform The Shangri-Las classic ‘Remember (Walking In the Sand)’

Jeff’s guitar-playing is truly amazing – and dig how he reacts to Imelda when she starts singing. Yes!

:)

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Happy Happy 70th Birthday Debbie Harry x
BP Fallon & Debbie Harry at Electric Picnic, Ireland 2014. Photography by Radek

Happy Happy 70th Birthday Debbie Harry !!!

We’re always touched by your presents, dear…

BP Fallon & Debbie Harry first met in London in 1977, introduced by Blondie’s English bass-player Nigel Harrison with whom BP had worked in 1972/1973 with the magnificent ripped-velvet roses-in-the-gutter punk group Silverhead. Blondie were doing their first-ever UK tour, supporting Television.

Here we present a unique collection of photographs of these two rock’n’roll legends Debbie & BP… and friends including former New York Doll David Johansen, BP Fallon & The Bandits whose lineup includes Nigel Harrison & Clem Burke from Blondie plus Aaron Lee Tasjan, Scott Asheton from The Stooges God bless him, Barry Cadogan from Primal Scream… and also here, The Strypes.. and even Ben E King, God bless him too.

Picture this!

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Debbie in Dublin 2011. Photography by BP Fallon

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Debbie in her dressing-room at the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash NYC 2001. Photography by BP Fallon

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Two Dolls – David Johansen & Debbie perform at the at The 34th Annual John Lennon Tribute, New York City 2014. Photography by BP Fallon

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Stand By Me – Ben E King & Debbie at The 34th Annual John Lennon Tribute, New York City 2014. Photography by BP Fallon

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BP & Debbie chinwagging outside the Blondie exhibition at The Chelsea Hotel Gallery NYC 2014. Photography by Bob Gruen

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Blondie ‘Parallel Lines’ photo-session out-take 1977 – Nigel Harrison (bass guitar) & Frank Infante (guitar) & Chris Stein (guitar) & Debbie Harry (vocals) & Clem Burke (drums) & Jimmy Destri (keyboards). Photography by Edo Bertoglio

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No Debbie – BP Fallon & The Bandits’ very first gig, Austin 2010 – Aaron Lee Tasjan (guitar) & Clem Burke (drums) & BP Fallon (vocals) & Nigel Harrison (bass guitar). Photography by Bob Gruen

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Blondie – Union City Blue 45 written by Debbie Harry/Nigel Harrison – Nigel Harrison & Chris Stein & Clem Burke & Jimmy Destri & Frank Infante & Debbie Harry, New York 1979

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BP Fallon & The Bandits 2013 – Nigel Harrison & Aaron Lee Tasjan & BP Fallon & Barry Cadogan & Scott Asheton RIP & Clem Burke. Photography by Christopher Durst

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Debbie & Clem. Photographer unknown

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BP & Debbie, Austin 2014. Photography by Linda Carbone

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Charlotte Kemp Muhl & BP Fallon at Blondie, Austin 2014. Photography by Glen Brown

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Clem & Debbie & The Strypes

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BP Fallon & The Strypes with Clem – Ross Farrelly (guitar/backing vocals) & BP Fallon (vocals) & Josh McClorey (guitar/backing vocals) & hidden Evan Walsh (drums) & Pete O’Hanlon (bass guitar) & Clem Burke (cowbell) – Lou Reed Tribute Concert, Austin 2014. Photography by Christopher Durst

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One Dodgy Geezer – Electric Picnic in Ireland. Photography by Radek

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Debbie Harry In The Flesh. Photography by Chris Stein

xxx

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‘Upward and Onward’- Ian ‘Mac’ McLagan Remembered

Ian McLagan died suddenly last December in his adopted home town of Austin. Today would have been Mac’s 70th birthday.

A bunch of his friends gathered at SXSW this year to pay tribute to their pal, this very loved man who’d been the keyboard player in the Small Faces, The Faces, with the Stones and in Dylan’s band and so much more, so much more.

On the panel – singers BP Fallon and Patty Griffin both of whom Mac recorded with, bass-player Jon Notarthomas of Ian McLagan & The Bump Band who played with Mac solo too, KUTX radio personality Jody Denberg, Jo Rae Di Menno who did Mac’s press and David Fricke Senior Editor of Rolling Stone.

Says BP Fallon here – “What is stardom? Stardom is generosity of spirit and the joy of life made contagious and in that context Ian McLagan was as big a star as anyone”.

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BP talks about Mac watched by Patty Griffin and David Fricke. Photography by Radek

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David Fricke & BP Fallon & Jody Denberg & Jo Rae Di Menno & Patty Griffin & Jon Notarthomas. Photography by Radek


Ian McLagan with Patty Griffin ~ ‘Never Say Never’ ~ The David Letterman Show

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Ian McLagan & BP Fallon during the recording of the BP Fallon & The Bandits album ‘Still Legal’. Photography by Radek

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Even in the dark Mac was a beacon of light. Recording at Red Horse Ranch Studio ~ BP Fallon, Hector Munoz, Clem Burke, Ian McLagan & Aaron Lee Tasjan. Photography by Radek

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Ian McLagan’s home in Austin. Photography by BP Fallon

Ian ‘Mac’ McLagan
May 12th 1945 – 3 Dec 2014
Rest In Peace, Mac. And thank you. We love you x

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BP Fallon presents Ian McLagan with his copies of the BP Fallon & The Bandits LP & CD on which Mac plays. Photography by Crystal Bauer

BP Fallon writes:
I can’t get my head around it, that this most vibey and energetic of men is… gone.

We became friends yonks ago ~ Mac said it was in 1967 ~ when I interviewed the Small Faces in London as we whizzed around Hyde Park in a mini-moke and had a smoke or two. “I know BP Fallon since before he had a hat” Mac used to say. Listen, you’d never meet a more tremendous guy, a warmer person. Miles of smiles. Totally a diamond geezer. And when he played his magical Hammond organ on our Bandits album it was such an honour, such a thrill. I mean, Small Faces & Faces & Stones & Dylan’s band and onwards to our little combo! C’mon!

Mac, thank you for your music and your friendship and the laughter. Please give my love to your beloved Kim. Bobby’s just ahead of you ~ he’s probably blowing with Steve and Ronnie already. It’s not goodbye ~ it’s till we meet again. And love to you, always x

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Ian McLagan & Bandit Nigel Harrison in Red Horse Ranch Studio, Austin, Texas during the recording of the BP Fallon & The Bandits album ‘Still Legal’. Photography by Radek

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Ian McLagan playing Hammond organ for BP Fallon & The Bandits. Photography by Radek


Ian McLagan playing his Hammond on ‘The War To Fight For Love’ ~ dig when he blasts in at 2.37 !!!

Aaron Lee Tasjan of BP Fallon & The Bandits writes on Facebook:
Mac. I still remember calling my manager on the phone to say, “Man, Ian McLagan is coming into our BP Fallon & The Bandits session and I have to produce him and I’m so nervous.” But when Mac came in, he was so kind to me and made me feel completely at ease and made me realize you don’t say or do anything when you work with a guy like Mac. You just sit back and learn how it’s done… which is exactly what I did. The man was pure as pure could be musically and as a person. Any rock’n’roll fan has benefited from his work and contributions to music. Here’s to Ian McLagan: A man who found a way to go straight from his heart to his instrument to your soul. You really couldn’t do any better.

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Two Dodgy Geezers having a laugh. Photography by Radek

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Two Dodgy Geezers still laughing. Photography by Radek

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More Dodginess ~ Mac tries to sell us some dodgy LP that he plays on. Photography by BP Fallon

Ian McLagan May 12th 1945 – Dec 3rd 2014
One of the greatest piano & organ players in rock’n’roll ever.
And one of the nicest guys too.
Mac, we miss you already…

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BP Fallon headlines at ABGB in Austin this Friday Oct 10th.

And we are delighted to confirm that joining him for their performance together will be BP Fallon & The Bandits guitar ace Aaron Lee Tasjan.

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The show is presented by Saustex Records and is part of the two-weekender Austin Corn Lovers Fiesta.

The evening is a benefit for Team Blixa and The National Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Also playing at ABGB on Friday are Pocket Fishrmen, Gay Sportscasters, Churchwood and Painted Redstarts.


BP Fallon & Aaron Lee Tasjan ~ the writers of ‘I Believe In Elvis Presley’ ~ have a strum and a warble through their underground classic

FRIDAY OCT 10TH at ABGB in Austin
1305 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704 tel +1 512 298 2242
BP & Aaron stage time 9pm

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Aaron Lee Tasjan & BP Fallon get a vibe going. Photography by Radek

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Two Dodgy Geezers. Photography by Steven Stone/MILK

:)

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