mercoledì 27 aprile 2011

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venerdì 22 aprile 2011

American Tour Diary: Blog 5 - St Louis to Meramec Caves

Fri 11th March 2011
Location: St Louis, Missouri

Arrive in St Louis around 4pm and head to our hotel to freshen up. My Tour Manager Keef decides not to have a shave. After his speeding warning this morning I have noticed a slight change in him. This inconsequential brush with the law, combined with a throwaway comment made by a shop assistant that he looks a little like Ryan Reynolds seems to have gone to his head a little and he has been walking around all day with a swagger and confidence not too dissimilar to that of James Bond. I have a feeling we will hear more from him later in the tour.

Tonight we play Cicero’s. Sound check is uneventful. For the first time in the tour though one thing is becoming apparent - night after night of relentless gigs and shenanigans are finally catching up with us. We are due onstage at 10pm, and by 9pm, unbeknownst to the fans inside the venue we have crawled off to the car park and all fallen asleep inside the tour van. Fifty - five minutes later and we are rudely awoken by the intrusively banal alarm tone of my iPhone. I have a handprint on my face where I fell asleep and I am due onstage in five minutes. As you can probably tell, I am extremely particular about my pre-show preparations.

The gig itself goes surprisingly well. I Debut new song “I Don’t Believe You, Alison” and chat with fans afterwards, saying hello to everyone who has made the journey to Missouri. 11.38pm and we resume our horizontal positions back inside the tour van in the parking lot.

Sat 12th March 2011
Location: St Louis, Missouri

Spend the day walking around St. Louis and take a trip to the famous St. Louis arch. It’s absolutely huge and well worth a visit. Have the evening off so decide to embrace American culture to it’s fullest and go ten-pin bowling. Can’t remember who won..

Sun 13th March 2011
Location: St Louis, Missouri to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Long, long, long drive to Oklahoma City from St Louis. Along the way we keep seeing a billboard for Meramec Caves. This doesn’t appear too interesting at first as none of us have ever heard of it before, but by the fourteenth signpost we are becoming more than a little intrigued. “Come visit the amazing Meramec Caves! You will not be disappointed!”, “Meramec Caves – Jessie James world famous hideout!”, “Meramec Caves – You have to see it to believe it!”. After seeing these advertisements for the best part of two hours, by the time we reach the exit we feel like no trip to the USA would actually be complete without visiting these caves and it is a done deal. We are now extremely excited that we were fortunate enough to pass by one of the wonders of the world completely by accident and pull into the parking lot with camera’s at the ready.

We each part with 20 bucks and approach the caves wide eyed under the close supervision of our group’s tour guide Amanda. Amanda is wearing a tight khaki safari outfit with a little scarf reminiscent of something I used to wear in the boy scouts. She also has a whistle around her neck. I wonder what use the whistle could possibly be down here. Surely a torch would be more effective?

It is an eerie feeling descending into caves as old as the Earth, and anticipation is high as we wonder out loud what secrets they may hold. The first thing we are shown is a large 20ft pendulum that was installed by a bunch of school kids in the 1960s. Notable because there are only two like it in the world. And also because it doesn’t work. Not a great start but I am still excited because Jessie James allegedly used this place as his hideout, and I like cowboys. I am sure that this little exhibit must just be an appetite wetter and tension builder for the history steeped goodies to come. Next stop in our 6 billion year old cavern is a tiny little hole next to a concrete walkway, which was allegedly used as part of a TV program 10 years ago. A married couple apparently spent a week here in a tent and were filmed doing so, or something. It’s awesome stuff, and Amanda sounds particularly proud as she regales her script with monotone robotic expressiveness.

Next we enter the Jessie James cave. This will justify the $20 entry fee, I am sure of it. We enter the room and Amanda flicks a light switch. In front of us and cordoned off by a security rope is a cardboard cutout of Jessie James and his equally famous brother Frank holding a shovel. Jessie’s leg is falling off slightly and they both have shocked expressions on their faces. Perhaps they too cannot believe we have just paid $20 for this.  Amanda begins, “Jessie James and his brother were once chased into this cave by a band of lawmen in the 1870s. They promptly escaped by diving into one of its many underground streams and swimming to their safety. I can tell some of you are very excited so I will pause for ten minutes so you can all pose for photographs and savor this part of the tour...”

I look around. It’s a cave. A very dark cave. With a shabby cardboard cutout about 3ft tall illuminated by a light bulb hanging directly above it. We are standing on a manmade concrete walkway. I wonder just how authentic this tour actually is. Did Jessie James actually stand 3 feet tall with a partially severed left leg? Why did he need to carry a big shovel into a cave when he was on the run trying to escape from the police? I feel slightly duped. Even more depressing is the fact that people are actually posing for pictures. I turn to Keef to make a joke out of the situation but he is no longer next to me. Instead he is now standing in line behind a bunch of school children patiently waiting his turn to take a picture. I guess like the school children, he too wants to remember this day forever.

After another hour or so of misery, we are lead into the largest cave of them all for our finale. Amanda tells us that this final cavern is called “The Theatre”. This raises my hopes slightly. Could it be that by sheer fluke of nature this cave actually resembles some kind of Shakespearian stage, surrounded and curtained by a glittering array of stalactites? Close, but no, it is actually named thus on account of it’s square concreted area, plastic seating and littering of metallic handrails. It even has wheelchair access. So nice to see such history remaining unchanged for so many millions of years and preserved in it’s natural state.

We take our seats. In front of us hang a multitude of stalactites about 50ft high and 30ft wide. They are impressive. Apparently they grow about a cm every 100 years. A bit like Orlando Bloom’s facial hair. Amanda takes her place on a podium with a switchboard in front of her. “So this is now the moment y’all been waiting for. Our world famous audio visual light display…” I consider pyrotechnics for a brief second, and then curse myself for being an idiot. Pyrotechnics would actually be quite cool, and somehow I doubt Disney feel very threatened by what we are about to witness. She presses play on her iPod Nano and “God Bless America” begins to fill the “auditorium”, then with a large clink she flicks a light switch and a gigantic red beam illuminates the stalactites.

What happens next we are utterly dumbfounded by. The ensuing display of human talent and dedication I am confident will live with each one of us till the end of our days. It had crossed my mind that we would be watching a computerized light display timed to coincide with the aforementioned song, but we are thrown completely off guard when Amanda lurches forward into action and begins to flick light switches at will to coincide with the changing music. Slowly at first she caresses each switch with her fingers throwing a different shade of light onto the spikes in front of us, each switch making an extremely audible clunk like the triggering of a sample on a drum machine. Gradually though she begins to pick up the pace, flicking the switches right then left, moving up to two hands, faster and faster with pure effortlessness. It is beautiful, like watching Fred Astaire skip from toe to toe at the height of his career, or witnessing Van Gogh gently dabbing the finishing touches to his Sunflowers.

“CLUNK! CLICK! CLICK! CLUNK!” The sounds of the switchboard are now so loud that they are drowning out the music. Amanda’s hands are now a complete blur and her face a sweaty mass of concentration, tongue aggressively poking out of her mouth to one side. The stalactites shimmer as they are swathed in heavenly gleams of jumping light. It seems possible that smoke will emanate from Amanda’s fingers at any second, as we each continue to stare in disbelief at the rainbow strobe lighted Fantasia-esque display flashing in front of us. Timed to complete perfection, it is truly magical.

An old man in front of us begins to shake vigorously. At first I fear some kind of epilepsy attack, but as he stands to his feet it becomes apparent that he is actually clapping and cheering as loud as he can. The people around him jump to their feet whooping and hollering, and before we know it we are on our feet too, mouths slightly open in amazement. It was awesome. It was our Meramec moment, and once again America does not disappoint us. We wait our turn to congratulate Amanda on our way out of the theatre and ask her if she will sign our programs. She obliges us, though our time with her is brief as she tends to other fans and then quickly disappears back into her dressing room, probably to compose herself for her next performance/tour. My US tour has reached a new peak. Meramec Caves. Next week we head to SxSW Festival in Austin. It has a tough act to follow. LMD.

Thanks Lee for giving us the details of your US Tour!

mercoledì 20 aprile 2011


Dal 10 al 12 giugno gli attori del cast della saga-cult incontrano i fan italiani.
ROMA - Dopo il successo dell’edizione romana del 2010, torna la Twilight Ita Con 2, la prima convention italiana dedicata alla saga vampiresca di “Twilight”. In attesa dell’uscita al cinema dell’ultimo capitolo, gli attori del cast sbarcano a Napoli per incontrare i fan dal 10 al 12 giugno 2011 all’Hotel Futura.Il “weekend al sangue”, organizzato dall’associazione culturale Fantasy Events (, coinvolgerà il pubblico del bestseller letterario di Stephenie Meyer in una serie di eventi imperdibili con gli attori e altri ospiti legati all’universo fantasy. I primi cinque ospiti internazionali che hanno confermato la presenza all’evento sono: - Peter Facinelli (interpreta il capofamiglia Carlisle Cullen nella saga vampiresca, che Forbes ha decretato come il personaggio di fiction più ricco dopo Paperon De’ Paperoni), protagonista della serie tv “Nurse Jackie” e marito di Jennie Garth, alias Kelly di “Beverly Hills, 90210; - Charlie Bewley (alias Demetri, uno dei vampiri a guardia dei Volturi), giovane talento inglese già amato dal pubblico italiano fin dalle riprese di “New Moon” a Montepulciano);- Bill Tangradi (dà il volto a Randall, un vampiro nomade alleato dei Cullen), già visto nell’horror “Murder Party”;- Guri Weinberg (Stefan, un vampiro del clan rumeno) ha lavorato in “Munich”, pellicola plurinominata agli Oscar; - Casey LeBow (la vampira Kate del clan dei Denali), prossimamente in “Skateland” con la collega di “Twilight” Ashley Greene (Alice Cullen). Gli attori incontreranno i fan durante il welcome cocktail, il ballo a tema vampiresco (il Twilighters Ball) e i numerosi appuntamenti della convention che comprendono: panel, sessioni di autografi e foto e “meet & greet”. Nel fitto programma sono inclusi anche: karaoke night, gara di cosplay, incontri tra i fanclub e concerti. Gli ospiti musicali internazionali sono Lee MacDougall (in uscita a breve con il primo cd, in collaborazione con il produttore Jim Lowe, dopo aver aperto concerti di artisti del calibro di Bob Dylan e Paolo Nutini) e Tom Bertram (artista emergente inglese). A chiudere l’evento ci penseranno le Yavanna, il trio che ha incantato il pubblico italiano di “X-Factor”. Un’altra saga fantasy sta conquistando il mercato mondiale, uscita in Italia per Mondadori con il titolo di “Shadowhunters” (per 28 settimane nella classifica dei bestseller del New York Times) e ha attualmente un film in produzione. L’autrice americana, Cassandra Clare, incontrerà il pubblico italiano proprio durante la Twi Ita Con 2.Fantasy Events attualmente supporta anche la Croce Rossa giapponese aderendo a Fandom4Tsunami ( e Twihards for Japan ( L’associazione ha donato all’asta delle due iniziative le foto autografate degli attori presenti alla Twi Ita Con del 2010: Gil Birmingham, Daniel Cudmore, Alex Meraz e Justin Chon.Per partecipare alla convention i fan possono collegarsi al sito anche attraverso i telefonini touch e devono munirsi di una delle cinque tipologie di pass (i posti sono 500), che permettono l’accesso ad appuntamenti esclusivi dell’evento. Attualmente hanno dato la propria adesione fan provenienti dai seguenti Paesi: Francia, Germania, Inghilterra, Danimarca, Svizzera, Grecia e Russia.
Per ulteriori informazioni, accediti, foto e video della prima edizione dell’evento o richieste di interviste, i giornalisti interessati possono contattare il nostro ufficio stampa all’indirizzo email:
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La saga ha venduto oltre 120 milioni di copie, con diritti di traduzione in quasi 50 Paesi. Il primo libro, Twilight, è stato scritto da Stephenie Meyer nel 2006. In Italia Fazi Editore ha venduto 4 milioni di copie della saga che comprende 4 romanzi: Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse e Breaking Dawn. Il 21 aprile esce anche in Italia “La guida ufficiale illustrata alla saga di Twilight”, che racconta curiosità e dettagli inediti sul fenomeno letterario vampiresco del momento. Nel 2008 il bestseller è diventato un film, distribuito nella Penisola da Eagle Pictures assieme ai due sequel, New Moon (girato in parte a Montepulciano) ed Eclipse. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” sarà infine raccontato in due pellicole, in uscita il 18 novembre 2011 e il 16 novembre 2012. Le riprese, tra il Canada e il Brasile, sono terminate da pochi giorni. I film sono particolarmente attesi perché racconteranno il matrimonio tra il vampiro Edward e l’umana Bella, la loro prima notte di nozze, la gravidanza travagliata della prima figlia e la grande battaglia finale con i Volturi, la dinastia regale vampiresca che ha sede a Volterra, in Italia.Il film “Twilight” ha incassato oltre 392 milioni di dollari nel mondo (a fronte di un budget di 37 milioni), “New Moon” ha superato i 700 milioni, mentre “Eclipse” ha quasi sfiorato i 700 milioni e ha vinto il premio del pubblico come “Miglior DVD” agli “Italian DVD & Blu-Ray Awards 2010”, assegnati il 18 aprile 2011 a Roma. La saga ha consacrato nello star system i due protagonisti Robert Pattinson (il vampiro Edward) e Kristen Stewart (la sua amata umana, Bella) che la classifica 2010 di Forbes ha inserito tra le 100 celebrità più influenti di Hollywood:  l’attore inglese si posiziona al 50° posto mentre la collega conquista il 66°.

lunedì 18 aprile 2011

Hai una domanda per Lee MacDougall? Dillo a Noi!!!

Lee MacDougall sarà uno degli ospiti musicali della Twilight ItaCon2 di Napoli che si terrà dal 10 al 12 Giugno 2011.

In occasione del concerto di Lee, che avrà luogo sabato 11 Giugno, e grazie alla collaborazione con RadioEffeDue (la Radio ufficiale dell'evento) vi diamo la possibilità di diventare parte interattiva dell'intervista che realizzeremo con il talentuoso menestrello Britannico.

Fateci pervenire le domande che vorreste porre a Lee mandando un' e-mail a:

Le più interessanti saranno parte integrante dell'intervista!!!

TOCCA A VOI!!!!!!!!!!!

Per acquistare i biglietti del concerto di Lee, click here!


Lee MacDougall will be one of the guests at the next Twilight Ita Con settled in Naples from the 10th to the 12th of June, 2011.

Thanks to the co operation with Radio Effe Due (the official radio of the event) there will be the chance to be part of the interview that will be arranged in the day of his concert, June the 11th, 2011, that will take place in the convention.

Send you questions for Lee:

sabato 16 aprile 2011

Podcast from Fearless Radio with Lee MacDougall

Per ascoltare il podcast di Lee MacDougall a Fearless Radio, click here!

*VIDEO* Lots videos from the 'Double Door' in Chicago

Vari *video* dello scorso concerto di Lee al Double Door a Chicago.

venerdì 15 aprile 2011

*VIDEO* Lee MacDougall on WGN-TV

mercoledì 13 aprile 2011

*VOTIAMO* "She" come canzone preferita su Fearless Radio

Lee's song "She" has made it to #2 on the Fearless Five on Fearless Radio!!! Let's get it to #1!!! Just go to their site and click on the blue "Request Music" button. Search Lee's name and then click on the blue request button next to "She".

martedì 12 aprile 2011

*VIDEO* Lots videos from the 'Backstage Bar' in Vancouver

Un quantitativo abnorme di *video* dello scorso concerto di Lee al Backstage Bar di  Vancouver .


To see more videos click here!

Thanks to RobbedMyHeart

sabato 9 aprile 2011

*EXCLUSIVE* Here NEW Pics from 'Elbo Room' in San Francisco

In order Kathy, Lee, Sheri & Erma Jo Kirk Hewett.

Here are some pics from Kathy you may use if you wish.
 Again, thanks girls so much for sharing with us these great photos!

American Tour Diary: Blog 4 - Memphis to St Louis

Tues 8th March 2011
Location: Memphis, Tennessee – Nashville, Tennessee

Up at 7am for a morning television slot on Memphis’s “Live at 9” show. Try to cover our obvious lack of sleep by muscling in on some of the make-up being applied via shovel to our hosts, but to our vanity’s dismay they are reluctant to share. Bleary eyed we are sandwiched between a political debate and a garden plant study and we give a short interview before performing “Joanna” and “FallingInLoveForTheLastTime”. It feels funny doing a gig at 9 in the morning and we are all a bit delirious after only a few hours’ kip, but it seems to go pretty well. My phone vibrates for the next few hours from friends and family back in Old Blighty who have been watching the online streams.

We only have a few hours in Memphis before we have to leave for Nashville, so we only have time to make one touristy visit. It’s an easy decision to make, Graceland – the home of Elvis Aaron Presley. Elvis has always been a massive influence on me, and I pretty much believe he possessed the greatest voice I’ve ever heard. We are somewhat expectant of an anti-climax but fortunately Elvis doesn’t disappoint. Any dude that carpets his walls with green shag pile and has a mirrored ceiling is awesome in my book. And although he pretty much had the worst taste in home décor I’ve ever seen – it is exactly what we all wanted to see. We sample the fried peanut butter and banana sandwich, suffer mild heart attacks, and after sending my Mum and Dad a postcard, we leave satisfied.

Drive three hours through Tennessee to Nashville, and hit the town as soon as we arrive. None of us have ever been to Nashville before and we are literally blown away by how cool it is. Broadway is just bar after bar of classic music spilling out onto the streets and walking along the sidewalk is like skipping through tracks on your iPod every five and a half seconds. After several drinks in several bars all hosting some of the most amazing musicians we have ever seen, we settle on the famous “Tootsie’s”. It’s possibly the smallest, sweatiest and most cramped bar in all of Nashville, but the atmosphere is electric. My only real memory is that of losing my passport, and after drunkenly accusing every long-haired Nashvillian I could find, I produced it from my trouser pocket ten minutes later. Not sure when or how we got home, but I do know we had a bloody good time.

Wed 9th March 2011
Location: Nashville, Tennessee

Sleep in. Late. Walk back into Broadway for a photo session. It’s funny seeing the scene of last night’s crimes in broad daylight. It’s 3pm and I expect all to be quiet, but still the music continues. Nashville really lives up to its reputation.

Tonight we play at Third and Lindsley. It’s a brilliant crowd and once again we are overawed by everyone’s enthusiasm and receive many more amazing gifts and words of support. It’s a great gig, possibly inspired by the free shots of bourbon that keep being delivered to the stage. It would seem America has found our weakness! Again it is great putting faces to so many names of friends and followers from Twitter and Facebook and after an hour and a half of signing CDs and posters and posing for photographs, another awesome Nashville band take to the stage. We’re all having a great night and so we stay in the venue and hang out with some of the lovely ladies who have come to see us and enjoy another brilliant night of drinks and music.

Thurs 10th March 2011
Location: Nashville, Tennessee – Louisville, Kentucky

Getting surprisingly good at handling the hangovers that this tour is throwing at us. We make the four-hour morning drive to rain-soaked Louisville in good time. Or so we think. Later we learn that we crossed a time zone en-route and we spend our first couple of hours in Louisville living an hour into the future. The weather is Baltic and Robbie breaks out his Russian head attire once more. Looks like we’re gonna have to wait until Texas before we can continue the suntans we started yesterday.
After a stroll around town we head to the impressive WFPK radio station offices for an interview with DJ Laura. As well as playing “She” and “Joanna”, we film performances of “Stay” and “This Is My Story” in the gigantic live room. We later learn it is quite a popular show that seemingly everyone in Louisville has listened to whilst at work during the day. Louisville is a really cool looking place, with lots of quirky little shops reminiscent to us of Atlanta. We spend a good hour in the Guitar Emporium where I let it be known which instruments I want for my birthday, though somehow I have a feeling the boys will instead present me a Kazoo they have fashioned out of some toilet paper and a comb.

The gig itself takes place at Zanzabar, a 50s retro Americana looking venue that makes us feel very welcome. I slip into our green room which is actually a house that we have been given the keys to, and I do an interview with Noelle from the Sandbar website. She is extremely alluring and I actually find myself hoping that it is true what they say about the effects of the English accent. Three minutes in and I am already impersonating Prince Charles. The support act is Justin Lewis, a dude with a voice that belies his age and well worth checking out. The night ends well with another appreciative crowd and more drinks and music into the early hours. I didn’t know too much about Kentucky, but I’m already looking forward to coming back. George Clooney was born here too, and luckily for us the guys not all of the guys look like him.

Fri 11th March 2011
Location: Louisville, Kentucky – St Louis, Missouri

Hit the road to St Louis. To say we are looking a little rough is like saying Charlie Sheen is only mildly fond of the occasional beer. Ten minutes onto the freeway and Keef eyes the Five O in his rear view mirror, lights blazing. Surely the cops aren’t flashing us? Keef speeds up to overtake the car alongside us in the next lane, thinking the cops are maybe just wanting to get past. However this only seems to piss them off even more. We pull over and await our fait. As the officer approaches our van I look around me. Empty beer and whiskey bottles litter the floor, there is underwear strewn across the backseat and we are clearly wearing yesterday’s clothes. This doesn’t bode well.

Mr. Policeman taps on the glass and gestures Keef to wind down the window. I whisper to him just to be cool and agree with whatever he says. Keef winds down the window, and then to my and Rob’s dismay, he actually grins the words “What seems to be the problem officer?” I fear we are now doomed. Mr. Policeman looks inside the van and raises a hairy eyebrow. “License please.” Keef fumbles around inside his jacket and hands over his photo ID complete with dodgy early 90s crew cut and Burberry football hooligan expression. “Where you boys headed in such a hurry?” the lawman inquires slowly and suspiciously. I spy the gun attached to his waist. It is big. I assume it fires real bullets and stuff. Keef lets out a nervous laugh and says “Oh it’s cool we’re musicians on our way to a show.” I put my head in my hands. Musicians = drugs = some form of search. Hopefully not the erotic variety.

I reach for the glove box thinking perhaps I can salvage the situation by offering him a complimentary CD, but quickly retract my arm as Mr. Policeman’s hand twitches over his gun. “Keep your hands where I can see them Sir.” He bellows now looking irritated. He removes his shades and takes another long hard look inside the van.  “Any idea how fast you were going young man?” he says to my perspiring compatriot. “Errr…” in desperation Keef actually looks towards Richard our GPS device, in the hope that he might actually come to life and help us smooth talk our way out of the situation. But Richard remains silent. Probably doing his Pilates or something. “Well I thought I was inside the limit, maybe I was going a couple over, but not much,” Keef says back in his bestest, poshest accent of the Queen. “Well you were doing 76 miles an hour, and this is a 65 zone…” I stare out of the window ahead. To rub salt into the wound, there is actually a 75 zone sign about 30 feet in front of us. There is a pause and a silence. “Hold on a moment please.” Mr. Policeman walks back to his car and we see him pick up the radio. Robbie wants to take his photograph so that we can document the occasion in the tour photo album. Although I think this is a really cool idea I tell him that it is probably not a very cool idea.

Unfamiliar with the US legal system we start to panic a little. Keef thinks he may still actually be drunk from the night before. Its 11.08am and he says he remembers still having a Southern Comfort in his hand at 5. Awesome time to break that one to us Keef. No driver = end of tour. However I am now more concerned about the amount of drugs we have on us, and when I say drugs, I mean Paracetemol and Advil. My dear mother was so concerned that we may suffer from headaches and stomach upsets whilst on this trip, that she packed me with enough pills to open my own CVS. To me, it is overbearing parent. To the outside world, it is extremely suspicious. In my sleep deprived, paranoid state I actually consider emptying the pills out of my window. Oh yeah, cos that wouldn’t look suspicious now would it?

Once more Mr. Policeman grows larger in the rear view mirror. “Ok. I’m gonna cut you guys a break. Watch your speed.” Amazingly, he hands over a written warning and turns to head back to his car. I sense Keef about to open his mouth to say something witty and quickly jab him in the ribs. I start to feel like some kind of higher power is now actually guiding us through this epic journey, protecting us from the many perils and obstacles thrown in front of us, so that we may remain unscathed and can successfully complete our task. I think I need more sleep. The tour is back on. St Louis, clean clothes and a shower, here we come… LMD

Thanks Lee for giving us the details of your US Tour!

giovedì 7 aprile 2011



sabato 2 aprile 2011

Photogallery Aggiornata con nuove foto dall' US Tour

Check our *New* update photogallery, click here!

mercoledì 30 marzo 2011

*VIDEO* Lee on KFMB-TV San Diego

*VIDEO* Lee appears on San Diego 6

The singer/songwriter appears in San Diego at Dizzy's in the Gaslamp Quarter.

*VIDEO* Lee's interview with CNN!

From the new British singer Lee MacDougall on U.S. tour.

mercoledì 23 marzo 2011

*AGGIORNATO* Rassegna stampa US Tour

All the articles on web about the
US TOUR: "If Walls Could Talk"

*NEW ARTICLE* Lee MacDougall plays an intimate show at Double northbynorthwesternDoor
- Lee MacDougall, The Backstage Lounge, Vancouver, BC. April 10, 2011 surroundedbymusic 
- Review: Lee MacDougall, Justin Lewis and Voxhall-3/10 backseatsandbar 
- Lee MacDougall Gives it to Denver Short & Sweet gratefulweb 
- Interview: Lee MacDougall 3/10 backseatsandbar 
- Lee MacDougall In-Tune with Music City By: Kiva Johns-Adkins butterfliesradio
- Lee MacDougall comes to Dallas and puts life into your spring break Examiner 
- Music Review: Lee MacDougall - If Walls Could Talk blogcritics
- Brit Singer Lee MacDougall at Club Passim ... And He's a Friend of Rob Pattinson's! jimsullivanink
- Brit guitarist Lee MacDougall set for first U.S. Tour  goldminemag
- Meet Lee MacDougall  pollstar
- Lee MacDougall "If Walls Could Talk" Tour Starts February 25th The Grateful
- Get ready for Britain's Lee MacDougall as he launches U.S. and Canada tour examiner
- British Singer Songwriter Lee MacDougall blogtalkradio      
- Lee MacDougall Coming To America  antimusic

lunedì 21 marzo 2011

American Tour Diary: Blog 3 - North Carolina to Memphis

Thanks Lee for giving us the details of your US Tour!

domenica 20 marzo 2011

Don't miss the re-launch of the interview with Lee on 'Brooklands Radio'

Don't miss the re-launch of Surrey Unsigned TODAY from 7pm (UK) on the playlist Jimmy Etheridge Bambus City Strut Skinny Machines and the legendary Lee MacDougall plus many more of the very best unsigned artists in the music scene today!

Thanks to David Durant to post it!

venerdì 18 marzo 2011

Lee's show at SXSW last night starts at 1 hr 3 min into this video. Enjoy!

giovedì 17 marzo 2011

Lee MacDougall bring Britain to SXSW this week

The Brits have landed in Houston, bringing their distinctive styles of Englishness and British indie/folk music where they will be performing and hobnobbing alongside numerous other global musicians, singer/songwriters, actors and more at SXSW®. And more than likely, stealing the show everywhere they perform. What Brits am I talking about specifically? None other than my favorites: Bobby Long, Lee MacDougall, and Flipron, who are all managed by Phil Taylor of Up At All Night Music.

The South by Southwest (SXSW®) Music and Media Conference is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year in Austin, Texas, and the lineup is more amazing than ever before. With 2,000 music acts, it is by far the biggest and most anticipated convergence of all things music. Everything is featured at SXSW®–  musicians, movies, actors/actresses, posters for upcoming films, workshops, special events – everything.  

British singer-songwriter Lee MacDougall, who was born and raised in Grimsby, a small historical town on the east coast of England, famous for its fishing industry, honed his skills in open-mike nights in London and has steadily grown his fan base by opening for the likes of Starsailor, Bob Dylan, and Van Morrison. Lee says that his newest song called "Stay" is “probably the most haunting ballad that I've written so far and I think that it would be perfect for a movie.”Lee released an EP on iTunes during July 2010 and sold 2,000 copies in the first 2 weeks with no press or promo - purely through an online fan base. His new EP, “If Walls Could Talk,” features 11 of his best songs and is available on his U.S. Tour, along with a commemorative poster, which Lee is more than happy to sign. The CD includes the standout tracks "TheStar Hotel" and "Joanna," among others.  Lee has been touring the U.S. beginning in New York. While on tour, he has tweeted that he is “totally confused by the American use of the word biscuit…Biscuits are hob nobs or digestives.” (In the U.K., scones resemble America’s biscuits).
Lee will play at the Hideaway on Dunvale tonight, Wednesday, March 16, 11th.  Lee MacDougall plays an official showcase at SXSW® at 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 17th, at Creekside at the Hilton Garden Inn. Since this will also be St. Patrick’s Day, expect plenty of green beer and free Irish kisses bandying about.  Everyone has already fallen in love with Lee’s voice and music. Girls line up after his shows to take photos and chat a bit with the darling. So, just be ready for an amazing show, an amazing experience, and meeting one of the sweetest and most talented guys ever to cross the pond.

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mercoledì 16 marzo 2011

*VIDEO* Songs from Live WFPK radio session

Stay (Live WFPK radio session)

This Is My Story (Live WFPK radio session)

martedì 15 marzo 2011

SxSW preview from

British singer-songwriter Lee MacDougall honed his skills in open-mike nights in London and has steadily grown his fan base by opening for the likes of Starsailor, Bob Dylan, and Van Morrison. The musician brings his music to the U.S. this month, performing at South By Southwest and also in Houston at the Hideaway on Dunvale on Wednesday, 3.16.11.

I recently asked MacDougall some questions about his music, his influences, and coming to America for SXSW.

Houston Calling: What are you looking forward to most at this year’s South By Southwest?
Lee MacDougal: I can’t wait to sample some of the famous BBQs, and I’m hoping we can sneak into a few hedonistic parties. I’m also looking forward to doing a few guerrilla gigs out on the streets and doing some off the cuff stuff in between shows. After playing venues earlier in my tour in places such as New York and Boston, I am looking forward to throwing away my thermal underwear and soaking up a bit of Texan sunshine…and, of course, looking forward to some great music too.

HC: Any bands in particular that you’re looking forward to seeing during SXSW?
LM: I’m actually looking forward to discovering some new acts that I’m not familiar with. I like getting excited about new music and have heard that SXSW is the place to be. Katy Perry in a rubber outfit would also be nice. Is she playing?

HC: What do you consider to be your primary musical influences and how do they play into the music you make?
LM: The melodies of Lennon and McCartney, the lyrics of Ray Davies, Elvis’s hips and Jagger’s lips.

HC: I am a big fan of a lot of British music. What are some of your favorite British bands/musicians from the 60s to today?
LM: Like most musicians, I’ve always been in awe of The Beatles and the fact that two young guys could create so much incredible music together, and it’s always great to throw on some Rolling Stones when I’m getting roostered up for a night out. But I also really love the kitchen dramas of Squeeze and the Kinks, and then artists such as Rod Stewart and Duran Duran. These days I’m inspired by musical poets such as Pete Doherty and Carl Barat.

HC: What’s your favorite part of touring? Least favorite part?
LM: The best part of touring for me is just constantly meeting so many new amazing people and seeing so many new and interesting places. The worst part of touring is also the best part, I’m meeting all these great people and seeing so many great places – and then I have to leave the next day!

HC: How has digital technology helped you create your music?
LM: …I do, however, really appreciate the fact that it is possible to record and produce music entirely by yourself these days without the need for a producer and a big studio. I recorded my whole album, If Walls Could Talk, entirely in my bedroom in a tiny flat in London, and it’s pretty mind-blowing to think that it is now being heard all over the world. I love how the Internet helps to bring so many music fans together. I’m pretty active on Twitter and Facebook and enjoy hearing from fans and answering their messages whenever I can. Anyone who has been sucked into the murky underworld of the Internet can find me at and

HC: A lot of people have heard your music because of the Twilight connection. How did that come about? Are you happy with the exposure it has allowed you?
LM: I was hanging out with Robert Pattinson quite a bit a couple of years ago in London, and I wrote a funny little tune for him called “How To Be.” Some of his fans caught on to what I was doing and really liked it and began spreading the word about my music. Word of mouth works really quickly these days on the Internet with social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook, and within a few weeks, I had fansites all over the world in places such as Italy, Germany, Scandinavia, Brazil, Canada, and the USA . Of course, I am happy with the initial exposure it helped generate for me, as it helped to introduce my music to a large number of people overnight akin to getting great airplay or a TV appearance. That was quite a while ago now though, and I think for people to be coming back to my shows again and again that by now they are coming for the music. If people didn’t like what I was doing I think that connection would wear thin pretty quickly.

HC: What are you hoping to get out of this visit to the States?
LM: I wouldn’t mind a similar level of fame to the Beatles first visit to the states, but I will settle for a few more friends on Facebook. And a pickup truck.

HC: Any music you’ve been listening to lately that you’d recommend?
LM: I think Paolo Nutini is great, and I like some of the stuff that Johnny Flynn has been doing. I also really like the new Beady Eye record.
Thanks to Lee MacDougall for taking time out to answer these questions for Houston Calling. You can catch MacDougall live in Houston at the Hideaway on Dunvale this coming Wednesday, 3.16.11.
Lee MacDougall plays an official showcase at SXSW at 10pm on Thursday, 3.17.11, at Creekside at Hilton Garden Inn.

sabato 12 marzo 2011

*VIDEO* Hindsight - 'Hotel Room Session'

Lee è una persona di parola ed un cantante degno di nota ;) Raggiunti i 50 supporters in poche ore (articolo precedente) ecco il regalo promesso da Lee:

Hindsight - 'Hotel Room Session'

England's Lee MacDougall makes beautiful music in Nashville at 3rd & Lindsley

And so it was on a rainy, windswept Wednesday evening, March 9, 2011, when Lee MacDougall and his accompanist/guitarist Rob Hargreaves stepped onstage at 3rd & Lindsley, and performed to a crowd of new and supporting fans – some who had driven quite far from surrounding cities. It was the first time Nashville was able to see Lee perform live, and he didn’t disappoint. He stole our hearts.
Lee said he feels like he’s a million miles from home. And of course, he is since he was born and raised in Grimsby, England. “It’s quite grim,” he smiled as he chatted in that delicious accent. (Grimsby is a small historical town on the east coast of England mostly famous for its fishing industry – not its musicians, although I bet that’s about to change). Lee explained that his fellow guitarist and backup vocalist was Rob Hargreaves, who was from the Brown Hills (Walsall, England) and was “a really brown place.”  Lee also gave a shout-out to his tour manager, Keith, who is “an unsung hero.”
Lee released an EP on iTunes during July 2010 and sold 2000 copies in the first 2 weeks with no press or promo - purely through an online fan base. His new EP, “If Walls Could Talk,” features 11 of his best songs and is available on his U.S. Tour, along with a commemorative poster, which Lee is more than happy to sign. TheCD includes the standout tracks "TheStar Hotel" and "Joanna," among others. 
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venerdì 11 marzo 2011

*NEW* Pics from Nashville

Check our photogallery to see all pics from Lee US Tour!

Nashville TN - 9 March 2011.

Listen Lee's interview on WFPK Radio Louisville

In case you missed Lee's interview live on WFPK, here's the link so you can listen to it:

mercoledì 9 marzo 2011


In case you missed it live this morning, here is Lee on WREG-TV! Lee & Rob performed "Falling in Love for the Last Time" and "Joanna" and had a brief interview with the hosts.

martedì 8 marzo 2011

We WANT “Water For Elephants” Premiere in ITALY

Questa petizione è nata per farci sentire. Noi ITALIANE, che veniamo giudicate come NON FANS solo per la nostra piccola ribellione, vogliamo far arrivare a chi di competenza il nostro pensiero, la nostra rabbia, la nostra delusione per l’ennesima esclusione dalle premiere Europee riguardanti Robert Pattinson ed i suoi film.
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This petition was created for us.  ITALIANS! We want to get to whom it may concern, our thoughts, our anger, and our disappointment at yet another exclusion from the European premiere of Robert Pattinson and his films (aka WFE).
If you feel disappointed and want to leave your thoughts on the exclusion of Italy for this event, please signing the petition.

American Tour Diary: Blog 2 - Boston to North Carolina

Thanks Lee for giving us the details of your US Tour!

venerdì 4 marzo 2011

Cerchiamo 50 nuovi fan di Lee MacDougall

Lee direttamente dalla sua pagina Facebook saluta tutti i suoi nuovi fan! Ringrazia e chiede di spargere il verbo della sua musica nel mondo! Così chiede il nostro aiuto, di TUTTI i suoi supporters nel trovare altri 50 nuovi fans entro domani mattina. In cambio Lee ci promette un'esclusiva 'Hotel Room Session'. Non resta che cliccare MI PIACE sulla sua pagina Facebook, cerca Lee MacDougall. -click here!

*NEW* Pics from Lee US Tour 'If walls could talk'

New amazing pics from Lee US Tour & Thanks to Phil (Lee's Manager) that sent them directly to us 'Lee MacDougall Italia'.

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giovedì 3 marzo 2011

An evening with Lee MacDougall

This lucky blogger was at the first North American show of Lee MacDougall!

Izzie, the name of the blogger, said: 'The show was great, yes, he sang 'Falling In Love' as well as all his songs. There was a small meet and greet after the show where this pic was taken. I took a few pics of the show as well.'

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mercoledì 2 marzo 2011

*VIDEO* Lee & Rob singing "She" on 97.7 WEXT in Albany, NY - 1st March 2011

American Tour Diary: Blog 1 - The Road to Albany

Thanks Lee for giving us the details of your US Tour!


It was taken today in Woodstock NY near to where the woodstock festival was help.

Esclusiva Lee MacDougall Italia