After many years being together Neil and his beloved Sachi tied the knot on september 3. What a wonderful day! Both me and Eva were privileged to be there as one of the guests on their special day. A very nice ceremony at the guildhall in Bath with lots of family and friends. Sachi was given away by her son Jack, and Neil and Sachi’s son Johnny Ray gave them the rings. They all looked very sharp dressed with a nice purple flower corsage and Sachi was just stunning in her beautiful white dress with silver beadings.
The reception and party was all very well organised by their friend Valerie who done a brilliant job! Maybe we can ask her to organise the next fan meeting…hehe.
Reception and party was held at a very nice setting in the beautiful garden of their friend Tanya Lock who also was the official photographer of the day. See photo’s below! Their best man Dean and maid of honour Valerie both held a lovely speech and also Neil had a great speech with a lot of humor in it. You can read their speeches here
Neil even surprised the wedding guests at the party evening by playing some of his songs with Chuck Sabo on drums and Chris Gouldstone on bass. Family and friends from nearby and far away celebrated this with them.
There was a lot of music, dancing, drink, fun and laughter, even the rain couldn’t make this a bad day.
The book with wedding messages made by lots of fans was one of the many presents given, to be unpacked and read on a later day i’m sure. On behalf of Neil and Sachi everyone who contributed to the book a massive Thank You! Neil let me know that he thought the book was great!
Sorry it’s been a while, but i here’s an update with some exciting news for you!
On may the 20th Neil will release a new single with the title ‘Your Very Own Rock Star’. The song will be released with a video. So put the date in you calendar and subscribe to his official youtube channel for updates.
Another new song that will be on his new album is ‘Thank You For This Song’. Neil put a brilliant acoustic version of this song with video on his youtube channel. Watch it HERE
Neil also posted a new video in the series of RIFF talks about his song ‘No Self Control’ watch it here
Neil started his band tour a few days ago in Austria and will be touring for the upcoming 2 weeks through Austria most of the dates. Don’t miss out on these dates! For all the dates and ticket links check the official website.
Secret mission……ssshhhhh 😉
On our Facebook group there was a secret mission going on that has now been revealed. Some fans worked together to make a brilliant video for Neil to show our love and appreciation to him. Watch it here. Many thanks to everyone who helped making this happen en especially to Eva for organising it and Finchy for making the video.
We actually already have another secret mission planned for this summer, for Neil’s upcoming wedding in september. If you want to take part in it (it will be very different then the last mission) then please let us know by filling in the form below or send a direct email to email@example.com
You will be informed then on a later date by email about the mission. Also you can send us your own ideas for this mission or new ones.
On thursday 17th of december 2015 we heard that Steve Torch (Torchey) singer, songwriter and best friend of Neil passed away peacefully after being ill for a while. Steve worked with Neil on all his solo albums. He also wrote many songs for artists like Cher and Kyley Minoque and was part of the duo Torch and White back in the 1980’s. He will be missed very much, and we want to pay our respect to his family and friends in this time of sorrow.
I personally knew Steve as a very sweet and talented guy, with a great sens of humour, a man of many faces and emotions but most of all a man with passion about what he did best; making music.
He will live forever in our hearts and by his wonderful music. R.I.P. Steve.
This is what Neil posted on his facebook page on thursday.
Words can’t express how I feel at this moment. I’m very sad to announce my best friend Steve Torch passed away peacefully this morning at 6:30. I will miss him so much. An amazing talent that has gone too early. Mine & Sachi Copley’s thoughts go out to his son Callum, his family & friends. I’m going to miss our time together. You have been such an inspiration to me & helped me realise my dream. For Torchey XXc
In june 2014 we did an interview with Steve about his songwriting and work with Neil. You can read it again here.
Here are some great video’s starring Steve at his best:
Almost the end of the year and we have a nice contest for you to finish the year. It has been another busy year for Neil touring with Chris de Burgh and doing his own shows and working on a new album in between.
Not to forget the very first official fan meeting this year after 8 years of the existence of the Fan Club.
So what’s new?
Neil opened a new youtube page and posted several ‘riff talks’ video’s; about his riffs and solo’s he did over his 30 years of being a session and live musician for lot’s of artists. He already post 3 riff talk video’s:
-Everybody Wants To Rule the World – Tears for Fears
-Steamy Windows – Tina Turner
-The Last of the Famous International Playboys – Morrissey
And there are more to follow….
So for the contest we thought of a puzzle for you to do during some relax time during the holiday season…. by the fire with your loved ones…with hot coco or gluhwein/warm cider….or not….
What’s the prize? Also a puzzle..but one you can actually make on a table. Its a puzzle made of the photo of Neil at the Royal Albert Hall.
Wherever you are or whatever you will be doing during Christmas and whether you want to send it in or not, we hope you will enjoy this puzzle anyway.
When you filled in all the answers you can make a word with the following letters:
1st letter of word 3
2nd letter of word 14
2nd letter of word 6
3rd letter of word 9
5th letter of word 4
5th letter of word 12
7th letter of word 15
2nd letter of word 16
1st letter of word 8
7th letter of word 13
2nd letter of word 11
5th letter of word 5
9th letter of word 1
10th letter of word 7
1st letter of word 2
You can send in the word until december 26, with your name and address to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The winner will be notified on the 27th.
Merry christmas and let’s rock again in the new year!
(Note: This post was listed as a page instead of a blog before and was therefore difficult to find. That is corrected now…so you can more easily find it again)
Finally a blog again. Coming towards the end of the year and having a very succesful first ever official Fan Meeting is a good reason to blog.
Many photo’s have been made and i will add here the upcoming month. If you also made some nice photo’s at the fan meeting or at one of the Chris de Burgh shows and want them featured on this site please send them to: email@example.com adding the date, location and your name if you want it mentioned.
Then i want to have a huge shout out and massive thank you to Eva Toroczkay who organised this fan meeting with me, the Music Academy Köln for letting us use their location, Jens Kuss from the music academy for helping with the music installation and sound on the evening, David Levy and Tony Kiley for joining Neil on stage as special guests and of course the wonderful volunteers who helped getting it all done and together on the evening: Kiki Knauf, Kiki Dietz, Miriam Itot, Sylvia Doernchen, Angela Ficker, Kathrin Ficker, Monika Bunk and Glenna Fowle.
And of course thanks to Neil for his wonderful music, taking the time out of his busy schedule to perform for us and letting us be the first to hear some of his new songs. Some compilation video footage of the evening will be posted soon!
I’m sure i don’t just speak for myself if i say i can’t wait for the new album to be released next year!
Here are some impressions of that evening and the show with Chris de Burgh at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne (credits go to Maris Rietrums, Eva Toroczkay, Nicole Steffens)
Now without further ado …Here’s a message from Neil.
Rock on! Winny x
First of all i’d like to say thank you to everyone that came to the fan meeting. It was a huge success & i hope we can arrange something similar next year. I hope you all enjoyed hearing the new songs as much as i enjoyed playing them. ‘Your Very Own Rock Star’ seemed to be the one that moved people the most. This song will be fantastic live with my band. A big thank you to David Levy [Bass] & Tony Kiley [Drums] for helping me out in Cologne, we go back many years to when i was with Chris de Burgh back in the late 90’s. I have known David since 1986 when we toured together with Alison Moyet! Both Tony & Dave really enjoyed this evening.
I am off to Austria next week to finish my new album which i hope will be the best to date. The songs are great..I’m not blowing my own trumpet here but to be honest it’s mainly down to writing the all my albums with Steve Torch who is fantastic at melodies & lyrics.
There is a band tour planned for next May in Austria & obviously an album release which i hope will bring many more band shows in various territories. Everything hinges on this next album but i am quietly confident that it will have more success than the previous albums once i have a good label on board. I hope to have much more news early next year.
So nearly at the end of the year..It’s had it’s ups & downs. So sorry to those of you that attended the Monchengladbach show. I never been so angry but this was beyond my control..I would like to go into it more but all i will say is i hope Karma comes into it.
Mine & Sachi’s thoughts & prayers are with Steve Torch, his son Callum & Steve’s family at this time. As some of you know Steve has been ill for a while..He still managed to finish writing my album with me. I went into hospital with my acoustic guitar & we came up with some of our best material..There’s no stopping this guy. Bless you. X
GREAT NEWS! There will be a special evening for fans organised on October 23 in Cologne.
This is the day before Neil will be playing the last show on the Chris de Burgh tour in Cologne. (Tickets are still available for this last CdB show by the way: CdB show ticket link)
We can’t tell you the details about the special evening with Neil Taylor yet, but we’re working very hard to make it a wonderful evening with a few surprises! If you want to be part of it and of course you want that! All you have to do is fill in the form though the link below to secure your place. We hope to see many of you there!
First of all the recent Austrian tour was a great succes! Some great photo’s and video’s were made again by several fans. Some shows were covered in several local newspapers and given some great reviews.
Neil wrote a message for his fans again:
Just came back from a very successful mini tour of Austria. This time it felt different, i think all the touring is finally starting to pay off.
There won’t be many shows the rest of this year as i’m writing & recording a new band album with Gwen, Chuck & Christian. I hope to release it sometime early next year & hope to have more good news for you all soon. I want to do more band shows from now on, i like the solo shows but with the band it kicks ass & i will always do a solo section with in the band shows.
Thanx for your support.
Photo’s and video’s:
photo by Eva Toroczkay
photo by Eva Toroczkay
photo by Nicole Steffens
photo by Nicole Steffens
The first photo’s and video’s of the tour can be found HERE. I will add more of them in the next couple of days if i have sorted them out. Do you also made a good video or photo or would like to share your personal experience of attending one of the shows in a blog, it’s all possible here! Just sent it to: firstname.lastname@example.org If you sent photo’s or video’s please make sure you made them yourself or have permission to share them at least. And add the date and location where it was taken.
Then some other huge news:
We are just beginning to form a Neil Taylor Street Team!
A Street Team you say? What’s that?
Well…We are looking for some devoted fans who are willing to dedicate some of their time to be a part of promotion and getting Neil’s music more attention. For example, by sharing posts on Facebook, Twitter, Google, Instagram and others. Contacting local radio stations and newspapers. But also by handling out flyers at the tour premieres, album releases and video releases to help spread the news about Neil’s wonderful music.
As a reward for your effort you will get some special gifts and/or free tickets to a show.
Would you like to be a part of this? Of course you would! If this sounds fun and interesting do not hesitate to sign up here below in the contact form. We only use your contact details when we contact you regarding Neil Taylor Street Team’s missions! after you signed up we will send you a list with several activities you can choose to do. Thanks for your interest!
If you have problems using the contact form just sent the required questions directly by email to: email@example.com You can email us on this adres as well if you have any questions about the Street Team.
Are you ready for summer…??? Well if you live on the northern side of the globe you probably are…..
Neil almost finished the first part of the tour with Chris de Burgh, touring through Europe…..they’re going to do a few more shows the end of June in Germany and one in Poland before they will pick up this tour in Canada en the U.S. in the fall. For dates, check HERE
Some of you made some great photo’s during the tour so I made a special gallery here for it to share the best ones with you! Thanks to everyone who send in photo’s so far.
If you also made some nice photo’s which you think should be shown here please let me know or sent them directly to: firstname.lastname@example.org if you add your name in the email i’ll make sure it’s mentioned!
Many video’s have been made during the tour, i suggest you check them yourself on youtube. I just want to share these two awsome guitarsolo’s i filmed myself during the show in Amsterdam with some promo for Neil’s own music attached. Please check them out and share them amongst your friends and social media as much as you can…more views means more exposure for his music!
And what else…..?? Well I thought i’d just ask the man himself and this is what he had to say about it:
I’m looking forward to the Austrian shows in July with my band. I’m also concentrating on writing a new band album with Steve Torch over the coming months. I hope to have some more exciting news later in the year. Thanx for everyones support so far. Neil x
So more exciting news later in the year…can’t wait! I will get back to you when that happens of course!
The photo contest ended last week and we now have a winner. Frank Reimann won with 12 votes in total (60% of all votes) of with this photo of Neil.
Congratulations to Frank he has been notified and he will get his enlarged and signed photo send to him soon.
In 9 days Neil will start touring with Chris de Burgh and his band. Are you planning on going to one of these shows, try and make some nice photo’s if possible (and allowed) perhaps we will have another contest like this later in the year.
Here we go...since the last tour wasn't that long we didn't had so many entries for this contest, but still we got a few nice entries for the photo competition. Keep on making photo's because we might do another contest like this later in the year.
For now: watch the photo's below and vote the one you like the most. Voting closes on april 6 at noon.
Note: You can only vote once ;) Tip: Click on the photo to see it enlarged