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Swing still Swings

Swing still Swings

Who: The Royal Crown Review
Where: Fanny's
When: Friday May 5, 2000

SWING revival originators ROYAL CROWN REVUE will bring their razor-sharp, double-breasted suits, fedoras, loud 1940s ties and two-tone spectator shoes to Newcastle next month.

Playing on Friday, May 5, at Fanny's the Royal Crown Revue began playing around Los Angeles in 1989 at the height of 'hair bands' and before the worldwide explosion of grunge.

Singer EDDIE NICHOLS, guitarist JAMES ACHOR and tenor man MANDO DORAME decided it was time for something completely different.

Drawing from roots of Southern Californian punk, rockabilly and New York City street-corner doowop, the trio began experimenting with a hybrid sound.

With the addition of a two-piece horn section, a rhythm section featuring bass and two drummers, the group sparked a massive revival of swing music in the United States and Europe.

In 1993 the group became the house band at the CECIL B DE MILLE-built Derby, a 1920s joint that was renovated to its Art Deco glory days, where it became the LA scene-stealing darling.

In 1994 the group was asked to perform the soundtrack to JIM CARREY'S THE MASK and HEY PACHUCO which was a huge hit.

To date the band has released five albums and, in the words of the NEW YORK TIMES, the band is 'in it for the long haul'. TE

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