It’s been a few months since my last book update on my website and now is a very good time to give another. In a couple of weeks I will be moving permanently to the United States and as a result I will be visiting a number of venues where Derek and the Dominos played on tour in 1970, including the great Fillmore East. Obviously the auditorium is no longer there but I cannot wait to see where it was and soak up the atmosphere. I’ll also be visiting a number of others in the North East including the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester and the Onondaga War Memorial in Syracuse, now the Oncenter War Memorial Arena.
On top of that I am very excited to announce that I have been invited to appear on a radio station in America to talk about my biography on Derek and the Dominos. The station is dedicating a whole show to Derek and the Dominos and I am honoured to have been invited on to talk about them. I will share more with everyone when I know exact broadcast dates and where you’ll be able to download it, as it will be in podcast form too.
As every day passes I know this book will be a game changer when it comes to Derek and the Dominos, as I can promise you no other book on the band has ever been this detailed, in-depth and focused. I cherish every day I spend writing and cannot begin to express my gratitude to all of the people I have interviewed so far.
And to all of the countless messages and comments I receive on a daily basis from people around the world, thank you. I know a lot of you are waiting patiently for this book, and let me tell you with great certainly, it will be well worth it.
Thank you, Tom
As 2016 comes to an end I want to again thank everyone for their constant love and support as I write my biography on Derek and the Dominos. I’m stunned by the amount of people who have been in touch with me this year and as a result the amount of unseen live photos of the band has doubled compared to this time last year. I hope to include as many of them in my book as possible.
The book is closer than ever to being published but more work needs to be done. I’m a person that thrives on things needing to be perfect and I wouldn’t want to release the book early by cutting corners and not making it as good as it deserves to be. I’m pouring everything I have into the book and I’m so excited for everyone to read it. There’s never been a book on Derek and the Dominos as detailed and in-depth as the book I am writing.
Thank you to EVERYONE who follows my Facebook and Twitter pages, thank you for your constant interactions on posts and debates. You’re all amazing and this book is for YOU.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
As you all know I am writing what will be the most in-depth biography on Derek and the Dominos ever written. It’s going well and every day that passes is a day closer to completion. As well as a biography the book will feature a wealth of information concerning the shows they played as a band, every single one of them, and I’m looking to talk to people who saw them at their shows. Even though I’ve spoken to hundreds and hundreds of people already I’m always looking to talk to more. So:
I’m looking to talk to people who attended the following Derek and the Dominos shows. For many of them I’ve already spoken to people but as with anything, the more the merrier! So if you did, or know anyone who did, please get in touch. Thank you very much and thank you for your ongoing support.
- The Place, Stoke-On-Trent, England // 2nd August
- Mayfair Ballroom, Newcastle, England // 7th August
- Speakeasy, London, England // 12th August
- Tofts Club, Folkestone, England // 15th August
- Pavilion, Bournemouth, England // 18th August
- Fairfield Halls, Croydon, England // 20th September
- Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England // 28th September
- Coatham Bowl, Redcar, England // 4th October
- Winter Gardens, Bournemouth, England // 7th October
- Electric Factory, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania // 17th October
- Civic Auditorium, Jacksonville, Florida // 1st November
- University Of Reno, Nevada // 13th November
- Fairgrounds Coliseum, Salt Lake City, Utah // 14th November
- Community Theatre, Berkeley, California // 18th & 19th November
- Allen Theater, Cleveland, Ohio // 29th November
As 2015 comes to a close I want to say a big thank you to everyone I have spoken to this year. Since the start of the year I have spoken to hundreds and hundreds of people who saw Derek and the Dominos live and it’s been a thrill hearing all the stories from shows in the UK and the USA.
The book is coming together very nicely indeed, I am very excited for everyone to read it. But there is still work to be done which will continue into 2016 as I make this book the most in-depth biography on Derek and the Dominos ever written with the most detailed and extensive live history ever put together.
A big thanks goes to Bobby Whitlock for his continuing support and enthusiasm as I write the book, but also to everyone I have spoken to so far. It’s going to be great, bring on 2016!
Happy New Year!
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For whatever reason, Derek and the Dominos are one band where very little video footage exists from their time together and considering the Layla song and album are seen as some of the best music of all time, it’s mind blowing that very little is out there. To put it into perspective for you, there’s more footage of Duane Allman than there is of Derek and the Dominos…and there isn’t much of Duane. The only officially released video footage that exists is from their performance on The Johnny Cash Show on the 5th November 1970 and even then there are only two videos.
But that was an official TV performance. When it comes to actual live shows from their UK or US tours, there’s absolutely nothing which is a real shame. The only fan footage that does exist is from the 23rd October 1970 when they played two shows at the Fillmore East in New York City. You can check it out below.
Yes, I know that clip is 8 seconds in length but that’s all that exists of Derek and the Dominos outside of the Cash performances. That clip isn’t the full thing though, there’s supposedly around 40 seconds of footage out there which I’ve been told will be used in an upcoming documentary on Eric Clapton and his career. When that will be released I do not know but I can assure you that I am always looking for more previously unseen video footage while I’m writing my book on the band.
It’s been a number of months since my last book update and since then I have been working hard on my book on Derek and the Dominos. I started just over a year ago and in that time I have spoken to hundreds of people who saw the band play in both the UK and USA. I’m hugely thankful to everyone I have spoken to, a day doesn’t go by where I don’t speak to someone I haven’t spoken to already who saw the band live in 1970.
Having spoken to hundreds of people since last year I have been sent a vast number of previously unseen live photos of the band taken in the UK and USA. These photos have never been seen before by anyone apart from the people who took them and I’m excited to say that they will debut in my book when it is released. Projects like the one I am doing take a lot of time and effort, and I am very confident in saying that when my book is released it will be the most in-depth book ever written on Derek and the Dominos.
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