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Riverside Studios Dates – Book Now

Posted by on June 25th, 2008

Next week, Bill is returning to Riverside Studios in London for two nights only. With the impending tour of Australia and New Zealand getting ever closer, this is one of the last chances to see Tinselworm in the UK, and it is likely to sell out quickly.

The shows are on Tuesday 1st and Thursday 3rd of July at 8pm, and tickets can be booked at, or by phone on 020 8237 1111. All tickets priced at £20


Posted by Bill on June 14th, 2008

It was quite a thrill to be asked on to Desert Island Discs, a bit like getting a knighthood without the militaristic connotations. An endorsement if you will, a validation.. I’ve been a fan of ‘Discs for quite some time, and the castaways are usually venerable politicians and esteemed writers, Nobel Prize Winners, former Secretary Generals of the UN, and captains of industry, basically some right top bananas. I’m guessing probably not many picked The Undertones. You can get my choices from the BBC website, but those 8 are the short list, I had to leave off quite a bit as you can imagine. Had to choose between Ever Fallen In Love and Teenage Kicks, the latter got the nod, only because I saw The Undertones at the Colston Hall and ‘Desert is quite a personal journey through your life, and this was a vivid memory (if anyone was there, or can remember the year then let me know – would love to hear your thoughts on it). I seriously did want to be the Talking Heads keyboard player, and I will maybe try and shout that out at The Tom Tom Club gig at Meltdown next week..Would have loved to put in some of David Byrne’s solo stuff also.. The King Curtis track, Memphis Soul Stew is a corker, and is about 7 minutes long, so they only had time to play the last 2 (instrumental minutes) but check out the whole track, because the best bit is at the beginning when King is introducing the band members one by one, as they start playing as ‘ingredients’ in the ‘stew’…’ a little pinch of Mississipi congeros’ .. ‘gimme ’bout a half a teacup..of bass!’ – brilliant. We played a couple of Bowie covers in my first band, but Rebel made it in over Suffragette City, or Moonage Daydream. I was such a Pretenders fan, so that was a hard choice, Kid, Up the Neck, I Go to Sleep, Private Life, Message of Love, Back on the Chain Gang the list was going on..eventually went with Talk of the Town, great song and is typical of the sound, Chrissie Hynde’s classic vocal and James Honeyman-Scott’s jangling rich guitar sound –
don’t get me started – I’ll be here all day and the chameleons won’t feed themselves..
hope to see you all at a large temporary marquee-type structure somewhere soon,
‘Maybe tomorrow, maybe someday..’

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2008

Posted by Helper Worm on June 8th, 2008

We’re pleased to announce that Bill will be appearing in Edinburgh as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2008.

He will appear at the Edinburgh Playhouse on 14th August 2008 where he will be performing content from his recent Tinselworm tour. Tickets are priced at either £20 or £25.

For more information and to book tickets, please visit

There is likely to be an extremely high demand for tickets, so we recommend you book your tickets early.

Third Sydney Date

Posted by Helper Worm on June 8th, 2008

Due to the high demand for tickets, Bill has now added a third date at Sydney’s State Theatre on Wednesday 17th September 2008. Tickets are on sale now.

For more information and to find the link to the relevant ticket agency website, please visit the Tour page.

Desert Island Discs

Posted by on June 7th, 2008

In this modern age of mp3 and iTunes, the life of a castaway must be pretty cushy. With several thousand tracks available at the stroke of a tiny plastic wheel, the lonely island hours must positively fly by.

It hasn’t always been so easy however, and this Sunday Bill will be imagining what desert island life would be like if you were able to take only 8 records (and without any playlist functionality). To hear his choices, tune in to Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs at 11.15am, when he will be talking to Kirsty Young about some of his all-time favourite records, and the way they have affected his life.

The episode is repeated on Friday at 9am, and make sure you catch one of the broadcasts, because it won’t be available on Listen Again.

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

Posted by on June 7th, 2008

This Sunday, Bill appears in a new radio adaptation of Robert Tressell’s classic socialist novel “The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists”. This 3 part series, which also features Andrew Lincoln, Johnny Vegas and Kevin Eldon, tells the story of a group of painter-decorators in the early 1900s who break their backs to make money for their rich bosses whilst fellow workman Frank Owen desperately attempts to convince them that their could be a better way.

The first part is broadcast this Sunday on Radio 4 at 3pm, and is repeated the following Saturday at 9pm. It is also available on Listen Again throughout the week. To access this, and for more information on the programme, visit the Radio 4 website.