NEWS

April 2012

Well it’s been a busy month and although I’m having a ball it has been hard trying to collate the business end of things especially with an eleven-hour difference here in Australia. The new album “Matt Uncovered: The Rarer Monro” is nearly in the bag, Richard and I are still waiting for two tracks to arrive from Capitol Records, which is very frustrating considering they were ordered in January. The knock-on effect means that Richard hasn’t finished mastering and I haven’t been able to finish the album notes. The double CD is supposed to go to bed at the end of March so we have to keep everything crossed that we can still tag the 4th June as the release date. The trouble is that it is totally out of our hands and we are beholden to America. It might get to the point that we run without the two tracks but we don’t have to make that decision for a few more days. I had hoped to be able to bring you the complete track list this month, but it's still going through it's final legal checks, but here are a few tracks that will definitely be included are:-

No One Will Ever Know (Piano Version)

There Are No Words For Love (Piano Version)

A Few Tender Words

If You Go  

Lovin’ You Again 

If You Go Away

Time To Go

Oh my Child

How Can I Live WIthout Your Love

Next month all will finally be revealed!

With regard to my travels, the presentations went very well on Arcadia. I only got to do four talks and two of them were repeats so that was a shame as I would have liked to have given them all a trial run and see if anything needed tweaking. The cruise director seemed happy enough and for my first talk I had a full house of 800 people. I was totally bowled over by that response and it proves once again just how high a regard people still have for dad. I have had an email from head office asking that I get in touch once I’m back so fingers crossed that I get a few more dates.

I had so many people come up to me on the ship and I really enjoyed their memories and stories on when or how they got into the music of Matt Monro. Once we got to Singapore, a lot of people disembarked and the new passengers were mainly Australians so that slightly unnerved me but it didn’t matter, everyone still remembers the music. One thing I did take on board is that a lot of those that got off were disappointed not to have heard the follow-up talks but there was no space to slot me in. The ship had already booked their speakers because I was officially on as a passenger so grabbing any space in the theatre was a challenge because on a world cruise the ship’s company have 13 new routines to learn so they need the stage constantly as do each performer that gets on and needs rehearsals and lighting and sound tests. Then there are the passenger talent shows and special performances like when we were in Japan and an operetta cast came on to do Madame Butterfly so you can see the problem. Once I go on the next ship I won’t have that problem and will probably moan I am working too hard.

I did an interview on 3AW Nightline last Friday. Phillip Brady kindly invited me on to do 15 minutes and before we knew it, it was half an hour later. Oh how I love to talk. He knew dad very well and has invited me out to lunch this week, which is great because I can then pick his brain of any stories. I have two more radio interviews pending at the moment, one on 5th April with Bob & Judy Phillips on 3RPP FM (98.7FM) on their show ‘Sugar and Spice’. The programme is show business and covers the Mornington and Geelong area with me going on air at 9.30am. Phillip used to be the producer on the 9 network so he is going to do some searching for me. The other radio is with Dennis Water who is also with 3AW. His show goes out between 12.00pm – 4.00pm but I don’t have a date yet.

Thankfully these came through because of speaking to Douggie Reece, who lives in Melbourne. He used to be in the group The Echoes and later became Dusty Springfield’s musical director. He has given me a lot of information regarding working with dad and he was happy to help me with any PR he could. I’m grateful because the contact from Titan, Andrew Easton has only got me the one radio and the book singing in Alice Springs has been cancelled because he didn’t realize the date was Easter Monday. I am so disappointed as he has had two months to organize a few things and he obviously left everything until I got here.

Douggie has also spoken to Barry Bell who used to be the photographer for Channel 9 television so I’m hoping he might turn something up. Before leaving for this trip I put a lot of feelers out to the television stations to see if I could gather any new footage and the one thing I did nab from Channel 7 was Winifred Atwell’s This is Your Life, which dad appeared on as a guest. This week I found a reference to a Summer Festival television programme that dad did in Melbourne in January 1975 with a 23-piece orchestra on the same network so Richard has written on my behalf to see whether they still have that show in their archives – you just never know.

Richard’s note: - They don’t!

In an effort to stay abreast with technology I now have my very own Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/michelemonro and now EMI have followed suit with a dedicated Matt Monro Facebook page. It would be wonderful if you could pop in and become a fan, the more the merrier - http://www.facebook.com/mattmonro. It will hopefully mean that we can reach even more people, some who might not know about the website.

Please don’t forget to let me know if you have anything related to dad, whether a story, a photo or an old radio show. Or maybe you have some old VHS formats laying in the attic that might have a television show on it. We can always have it transferred for you at our costs. As Richard and I unearth these rarities we are constantly told “but we thought you must have it”. Please don’t be shy; you might have something we are looking for. I repeat this message every month just in case it jogs someone’s memory.

As you all know by now I am nearing the half-way mark of my trip and although I came out to Australia on P&O’s Arcadia my route back is slightly different and the 15 April will see me board the Sea Princess in Sydney and go across to San Francisco and Las Vegas where I’m meeting up with Marion Spence (Johnnie Spence’s wife). She wants to be there when I scatter my mum and dad’s ashes at the Little Chapel of the West, where they remarried so it will be a very special moment, before heading to her home in Los Angeles. There are dozens of port stops along route so again I am hoping for the chance to meet up with lots of you from that side of the world, as I won’t fly back to London until June.

I am delighted to have had an invitation for a drink with Henry Puccinelli who lives in San Francisco so that should be a lot of fun. With Max firmly ensconced in University, this trip will take my mind off what will be a very hard parting of the ways. I have had either my mum or Max at my side for the last 25 years so it will be a difficult transition, so I thought an adventure was called for and boy am I having one.

Business is carrying on as usual because in this day and age everything can be done by either telephone or email although the ship’s reception is usually slow and unreliable. But all being equal my blogs will start properly again one I am on the Sea Princess.

My itinerary for 2012 is as follows:

Sunday 11th March - Wednesday 11th April – Australia

Thursday 12th April

Fly Melbourne to Sydney

Friday 13th April:

Sydney

Saturday 14th April:

Sydney

Sunday 15th April:

Sydney – Embark

Monday 16th April:

At Sea

Tuesday 17th April:

At Sea

Wednesday 18th April:

Fiordland National Park New Zealand

Thursday 19th April:

Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand

Friday 20th April:

Christchurch, New Zealand

Saturday 21st April:

At Sea

Sunday 22nd April:

Auckland, New Zealand

Monday 23rd April:

At Sea

Tuesday 24th April:

At Sea

Wednesday 25th April:

At Sea

Wednesday 25th April:

Suva, Fiji

Wednesday 25th April:

Cross International Dateline

Thursday 26th April:

Pago Pago, American Samoa

Friday 27th April:

At Sea

Saturday 28th April:

At Sea

Sunday 29th April:

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Monday 30th April:

Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia

Tuesday 1st May:

Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia

Wednesday 2nd May:

At Sea

Thursday 3rd May:

At Sea

Friday 4th May:

At Sea

Saturday 5th May:

At Sea

Sunday 6th May:

At Sea

Monday 7th May:

Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Tuesday 8th May:

Maui (Lahaina), USA

Wednesday 9th May:

At Sea

Thursday 10th May:

At Sea

Friday 11th May:

At Sea

Saturday 12th May:

At Sea

Sunday 13th May:

Disembark San Francisco

 

 

Monday 14th May:

San Francisco

Tuesday 15th May:

San Francisco

Wednesday 16th May:

Flight to Las Vegas

Thursday 17th May:

Las Vegas

Friday 18th May:

Las Vegas

Saturday 19th May

Las Vegas (Marion Flies Out)

Sunday 20th May:

Las Vegas

Monday 21st May:

Flight to Los Angeles

Monday 21st May – Tuesday 19th June – Los Angeles

Wednesday 20th June:                      Air New Zealand to London
Thursday 21st June:                           Land London Heathrow

Check out the ‘Rough Guide to mattmonro.com’, which is available towards the bottom of the Homepage. A few of you have mentioned that you don’t know how to access certain areas of the site or in fact are unaware of new areas, this guide will explain how easy this website is to get around, once you know how.

There is also another information box “How to Use the Forum’. I know a lot of people have been tempted to join in on some of our conversations but are slightly nervous of doing so. For that reason I have printed step-by-step instructions of how to access it. It really does only take a few minutes.

Until May here’s wishing you a wonderful 2012 and may your year be filled with music.

Warmest
Michele Monro

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