Here's the latest news on Joe this evening and this weekend’s shows at Felixstowe and Wolverhampton.
He’s now getting over the virus which affected him last week and is resting in order to aid his recovery. The concert at The Spa Pavilion Felixstowe on Sat 25 November has been moved to Sunday 17 December 2017, all tickets are valid for the new date. Please contact the theatre direct if you have any queries. Sunday 26th November’s concert at Wulfrun Hall Wolverhampton is to be moved to a new date to be announced asap, again please contact the theatre direct with any queries.
Joe’s really looking forward to getting back to business next weekend starting with a ‘ Meet and Greet Event’ at The Imperial Hotel Blackpool on Sat 2nd December and with the band at Viva Blackpool on Sunday 3rd December.
Please find below a full list of all Joe’s engagements till 31st December 2017, he really hopes to see you all somewhere along the road at this special time of the year.
Sat 2 Dec Meet and Greet Imperial Hotel Blackpool
Sun 3 Dec. Viva Blackpool
Wed 6 Dec. Grand Opera House York
Thur 7 Dec. The Bruce Hotel East Kilbride
Sun 10 Dec Leicester Square Theatre London
Sat 16 Dec Circus Tavern Purfleet Essex
Sun 17 Dec The Spa Pavilion Felixstowe
Thur 21 Dec Town Hall Falkirk
Sat 23 Dec. The Platform Morecambe
Sun 31 Dec White Tower Blackpool
Booking details for all events can be found on here with the exception of the Meet and Greet and New Years Eve which are booked direct with Geraldine Vine M: 07929 746032 email email@example.com
LEICESTER SQUARE THEATRE RESCHEDULED TO 10 DEC 2017
We are very sorry to say that Joe is not feeling well enough to travel for tomorrow’s show at Leicester Square Theatre. Joe has tried his best to feel ok for this weeks shows and is very disappointed that he cannot be there, however he is now comfortably resting up and relaxing.
We are very pleased to let everyone know that the Leicester Square date is now Sunday 10 December 2017 and Harlow is to be rescheduled ASAP. Sincere thanks to everyone at Leicester Square Theatre , Harlow Playhouse and Grand Pavilion Porthcawl for their assistance.Apologies to all ticket holders on these 3 concerts , Joe looks forward to seeing everyone on the new dates.
JOE AT VIVA BLACKPOOL
A great evening was enjoyed by everyone at Viva Blackpool last Sunday 12 November for Joe’s final show of the 2017 season, there is a Christmas evening to come on Sunday 3rd December.
In the audience was ‘The Worshipful The Mayor of Blackpool’ Cllr Ian Coleman. Joe, recently honoured by a civic reception from Blackpool Council for his ’30 Years In Blackpool’, was deeply honoured to have The Mayor in attendance.
Here’s Joe pictured with The Mayor after the show. Joe is joined by Martin Heywood and Leye D.Johns, the owners of Viva Blackpool. Last week Viva won the prestigious title of ‘Best Large Visitor Attraction’ in the Lancashire Tourism Awards and Joe is pictured here holding the award. Completing the line up is Jamie Moran and Johnnie Casson.
NB. Tickets for all Joe’s 2018 shows are now on sale at Viva. There is a choice of Sunday concerts or ‘Joe’s Music Hall Matinees’, with dates right through 2018. More details and booking links on www.vivablackpool.com or call the Box Office T: 01253 297297
JOE AT PORTHCAWL HARLOW & LEICESTER SQUARE LONDON
Joe is busy preparing for next weekend's three concerts at Grand Pavilion Porthcawl this Friday 17th November, then Saturday 18th November at The Harlow Playhouse.
On Sunday 19th November Joe returns to London's Theatreland with a concert at The Leicester Square Theatre, booking details can be found on our 'Events' tab.
JOE AT VIVA BLACKPOOL 2018
Joe returns to Viva Blackpool with his Summer Season show in 2018 presenting a night of timeless music performed with a full live band and support show.
The 'Joe Longthorne Show' runs Sundays from 5th August to 4th November 2018.
We're also pleased to announce news of Joe's ' Music Hall Matinees' at Viva Blackpool headlined by Joe with some very special guests across a series of monthly afternoon shows throughout the year.
Both shows go on sale tomorrow night Sun 12th November 2017 at 6pm.
NOVEMBER TOUR UPDATE
Following on from a great concert at Viva Blackpool on Sunday last, Joe is now relaxing and quietly preparing for the November tour dates starting this Friday 3rd November at Liverpool's Epstein Theatre and on Saturday 4th November at The Plaza Stockport, before returning to Viva Blackpool next Sunday 5th November.
He's feeling well rested after taking a break from touring in October and really looking forward to getting back on the road and seeing everyone at The Epstein Theatre and at The Plaza. Joe will be accompanied as always by MD Andy Mudd and the band.
Tickets are limited now for The Epstein and The Plaza so we recommend early booking to avoid any disappointment.
Booking details for the 2 shows are as follows :-
The Epstein Theatre Box Office T:0844 888 4411 www.epsteinliverpool.co.uk
The Plaza Stockport
Box Office T:0161 477 7779 www.stockportplaza.co.uk
BLACKPOOL GAZETTE : JOE LONGTHORNE HONOURED FOR 30 YEARS AS BLACKPOOL LEGEND
Stars of Blackpool’s showbiz community turned out to congratulate singer Joe Longthorne on 30 years of entertainment in Blackpool.
Joe, who has been fighting to regain his full health since a cancer diagnosis, was treated to a Mayoral reception at the Town Hall with more than 100 guests.
Blackpool Mayor, Cllr Ian Coleman, gave a presentation in the council chamber before a party in the Mayor’s parlour.
Cllr Coleman said: “Joe Longthorne is special and different every time you see him preform. He is an entertainer par excellence, a showman of incredible calibre.
“He is well respected throughout the industry and has been a wonderful performer for Blackpool over those 30 years.”
Joe said he was surprised and delighted by the turn out at the Town Hall. He said: “It was a great honour. Blackpool means so much to me and to see all those people and so many friends there was wonderful and I thank them all. “Blackpool has changed over the 30 years I have been performing here but it is still up there at the top. It has so many characters and there’s always something going on here. I have put the award right next to my MBE, it means that much to me.”
Joe said he was looking forward to performing at Viva where he has four more Sunday night shows before the season ends. He has also got a tour lined up for November including a date at Leicester Square.
Among the many performer guests were friends Tony Jo and Johnny Casson, plus agents, impresarios, councillors and fans. Joe Longthorne’s career took off in 1987 when he starred in Live from the London Palladium and Des O’Connor tonight on TV. That year he released three albums, all of which went platinum.
He was invited to headline a season at the Drury Lane Theatre in Chicago and sang in Las Vegas. He has enjoyed sell-out performances at the Royal Albert Hall, the Sydney Opera House and the London Palladium. In 2007 he was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Variety Club, and he got the MBE in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to charity. Joe was born in Hull but has lived in Blackpool for 18 years but was a regular star visitor before that.
Joe, 62, was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2005, and he underwent a bone marrow transplant a year later. At the time he told the Gazette that he thought his 2004 Opera House performance was going to be his last. Then in 2014, he had throat cancer, but battled back to perform once more and was hoping to be able to play a full season at Viva Blackpool this year until further health problems at the start of the season caused him to limit his performances.
Read the full article in The Gazette here
BLACKPOOL COUNCIL HONOURS JOE FOR ’30 YEARS BY THE SEASIDE’
Joe has been honoured by Blackpool Council this morning for ’30 Years By The Seaside’.
A civic reception was held in honour last Saturday in the historic Mayor’s parlour at Blackpool Town Hall. His Worshipful The Mayor Cllr Ian Coleman had personally invited Joe who was thrilled and delighted to accept a few weeks ago.
A number of Joe’s friends from the UK and Blackpool entertainment industry were in attendance, including actors Christopher Ellison from ‘The Bill’, Blue’s Antony Costa, Johnnie Casson, Leye D.Johns, Johnnie Duffy, Joe Wildy, Tony Jo, Robin Duke and many members of Blackpool Council and local authorities.
The Mayor gave a short speech before presenting Joe with a crystal glass commemorative award for his extensive contribution to Blackpool’s tourism and leisure industry over the years.The town has been Joe’s home since 2002 although he has been a frequent visitor since the 70s performing in the resort since his early days as an entertainer.
2017 sees Joe celebrate 30 years of starring in his own Summer Season in Blackpool, breaking many box office records along the way.
THE LATE GREAT LIZ DAWN MBE
A new addition to Joe's You Tube Channel today where we look back to 1994 when Joe and his dear friend the late Liz Dawn went into the recording studio for this classic duet 'Passing Strangers". Click HERE to view....
This film from our archives shows the making of the record plus the full version which made the Top 40 in December 1994.
RIP Liz, our thoughts and prayers are with your family and loved ones.
JOE AT VIVA BLACKPOOL
Sharing news of Joe at Viva Blackpool last Sunday.....
Great setlist from Joe including Don't Cry Out Loud, As If We Never Said Goodbye, I Believe I'm Gonna Love You, Bowie Life On Mars, Dame Shirley & Sir Tom I Who Have Nothing plus Joe with Tracey You Don't Bring Me Flowers and much more. Plus the fantastic Viva cast for the first half. It all happens again this Sunday 8 Oct, book now Box Office T: 01253 297297 online at www.vivablackpool.com
Joe has made the decision to focus on the Viva Sunday concerts at home in Blackpool during October 2017.
He is extremely disappointed that the October concerts around the UK will now be postponed to a later date however this will give him more time to rest and relax , as advised by his medical team.
Joe will be attending at Wednesbury Town Hall for their Community Evening on Friday 6th October 2017.
The tour resumes with the opening concert at The Epstein Theatre Liverpool on Friday 3rd November 2017 and then onwards with dates as scheduled.
We would like to apologise for any inconvenience October ticket holders may feel or experience, Joe hopes to see you all at Viva Blackpool or on tour in November and December
ROTHERHAM AND SCARBOROUGH
We are sorry to announce that Joe will not be at The Civic Theatre Rotherham tomorrow Thursday 28 September or at Scarborough Spa on Saturday 30th September.
Joe has been advised not to travel this week by his doctor and to rest at home. He is bitterly disappointed but has to follow his doctors’ orders.
Finally we would like to say that Joe will be performing at VivaBlackpool this Sunday 1st October with Andy and the band , this is very close to home, and he really looks forward to seeing everyone there.
New dates for Rotherham and Scarborough are to be announced as soon as possible. A note of thanks is expressed to the theatres involved for their assistance.
NEWS UPDATE ON JOE
We are delighted to give everyone a general update on how Joe is doing following his latest check ups at hospital this week.
Firstly, the long term treatment plan for his Lymphoma is right on target and his medical team at Blackpool Victoria are very pleased with his progress. Secondly, doctors at Royal Preston Hospital told Joe they were very pleased with him after a routine check up for his mouth cancer.
Overall, Joe is feeling stronger and fitter as the time passes by but picked up a virus at the weekend. Unfortunately ,down to this, he was unable to perform at Viva Blackpool last Sunday. On his doctor's advice to rest he will not now be travelling down to Basildon for Friday's concert at The Towngate Theatre, this will be postponed to a later date.
Joe is spending this week resting and relaxing at his Blackpool home and is really looking forward now to this Sunday's performance at Viva Blackpool. He hopes to see as many of you as possible there.
JOE'S BACK !
A very special evening at Viva Blackpool last Sunday for Joe's concert with Andy Mudd and the band, sharing photos here of Joe's return to his beloved stage after a short break for medical treatment, more photos and videos on our Social media sites.
Joe performed to a sold out audience who had travelled from all around the UK for the show. We can report that he was greeted on stage by a 5 minute continuing standing ovation and opened with a magnificent performance of "As If We Never Said Goodbye'.
Extensive standing ovations followed every song with Joe eventually leaving the stage at the end of the show with both arms clasping huge bouquets of flowers and cards.