JOE LONGTHORNE-THE ROAD TO THE PALLADIUM DVD
Joe Longthorne MBE celebrated his 60th Birthday in customary style with one of the biggest concerts in his career at The London Palladium on Sunday 31st May 2015. Backed by a 26 piece orchestra, Joe performed in front of his industry friends and colleagues and his huge army of devoted fans from around the UK and abroad, all of them wanting to share in this magical and glittering evening. The magnitude of his performance ever more highlighted due to Joe having to face up to further cancer treatment in the days after this event. Joe approved the film prior to his passing on 3rd August 2019 and Jamie has made the decision to release it now as a fitting tribute to Joe and his 52 year career. All proceeds will go to his Memorial Fund, in lasting memory of one of the UK’s greatest ever performers. This is available to order at www.tmpromotions.co.uk, just click on the 'STORE' tab. Price is £13.95 inc UK postage, international orders available.
'A NIGHT TO REMEMBER' - THE JOE LONGTHORNE SONGBOOK TOUR 2020
Full show details and ticket links now available on the Events section. Dates are going on sale day by day with more venues to be announced soon.
UPDATE ON THE COMMEMORATIVE BRONZE OF JOE LONGTHORNE MBE 1955-2019
It’s now almost three months since Joe sadly passed away on 3rd August 2019. Jamie, Joe’s husband, stated at that time a commemorative bronze would be commissioned for completion next May 2020 . The bronze will tour the country and go around the theatres Joe loved.
We post this update today on production and progress of the project ,which has been placed in the very capable hands of sculptor Jane Robbins. Jane is well ‘on schedule’ with the initial design work and pre casting.
Some of you may know Jane’s work but, if not, here’s a few words about this hugely talented artist. Jane is a traditionally trained, figurative sculptor with an expertise in human anatomy sculpture.
Jane has over 20 years experience in the Portrait Sculpture market creating everything from life size bronze memorials to fibreglass props and sculptures for film and TV. Working from sittings at the studio or from photos, any size figurative sculptures can be created and cast into bronze, resin, concrete or plastic or plaster depending on budget.
Jane Robbins has a wide network of clients including Sir Paul McCartney for who Jane produced a stunning tribute to his late wife Linda and, most recently, Lady Ann Dodd for whom she sculptured a stunning lifelike study of the late Sir Ken Dodd. Other commissions include a life size statue of the late Poet Laureate Ted Hughes.
Here’s a selection of Jane’s award winning work, like everyone we look forward to the finished bust being unveiled on Joe’s 65th birthday next year.
We would like to bring you all up to date on how next year’s tribute tour is coming together. ‘ A Night to Remember - The Joe Longthorne Songbook’ celebration concert featuring audio visual displays and unseen footage of Joe onstage, starring Darren Day, Tracey Jordan Andy Mudd with the Joe Longthorne Band and Chris Berry has been warmly welcomed around the country at theatres with many venues already on sale and more on sale very soon.
It’s an appropriate time to mention that all the existing members of Joe’s stage and admin team are to carry on in their roles and honour his memory and legacy. MD Andy Mudd together with band members Tom Read,Andy Morley and Alan Wormald and sound engineer John Turner will be back together on next year’s tour Geraldine Vine continues with The Friendship Club and Christine Whitnall in Website/Social Media/ Admin.
We wish to state that this official Facebook page, originally established in 2009, works in association with three excellent Facebook Group pages as follows :-
‘Sensational Joe Longthorne MBE’ managed by Donna Toms
‘People Who Love Joe Longthorne’ managed by Chrissie Moran
‘Joe Longthorne’ managed by Dave Taylor
These three group pages were all set up a number of years ago and have always been totally supportive of Joe.
It needs to be said here and now that there are a number of Facebook pages which have sprung up since Joe passed away. These , frankly , have not been set up in the best interests of celebrating Joe’s incredible life and career . Indeed, it is sad to say that these pages have been found to be a breeding ground for trolling, hatred and bullying of bona fide fans of Joe and even trashing Joe himself.. The level of the inappropriate behaviour of these pages has reached the point now where we find it necessary to make these comments. Therefore ,we wish to assure and confirm that only posts on this page and the three pages mentioned are authorised and official.
We can announce that Jamie has already commissioned the bronze bust of Joe, in time for unveiling on his birthday next year, 31st May 2020. The sculptor ,who’s name we will be revealing at the weekend , is highly acclaimed and has worked on many famous figures and artwork. The bronze bust will be touring around the country and there will be no requests or appeals in respect of this memorial to Joe.
Finally, we wish to make this statement about a DVD of Joe’s funeral which has been recently released by Heavenly Services Funeral Directors of Hull. It is important to lay out the background to the making of the DVD here and now so it is crystal clear how it came to be.
Mr Jamie Moran, Joe’s husband, gave his permission for the BBC, ITV and SKY to film for public news broadcast only. Heavenly Services asked to video some of the procession which Jamie felt he was unable to stop, bearing in mind the public interest with film and press crews there in great numbers, together with public mourners along the processions and outside the church. At no time has he ever sanction this film from Heavenly Services being made into a DVD and put on general sale to the public.
After much delay and confusion it was originally stated by Simon, MD at Heavenly Services that the making and release of this DVD was requested and authorised by Mrs Ann White nee Longthorne, Joe’s sister, and that the proceeds so far of £2700 had been collected by Mrs White but Simon has now said that the £2700 is in fact still at Heavenly Services.