Official Showaddywaddy Web Site News 2012 to 2018

Sat 28th January 2012

Showaddywaddy played their first gig with the new line up tonight at Dorchester Abbey, in aid of The Nasio Trust, and it was a very successful night all round. Rod Deas and Romeo Challenger said it went really well, better then they could have imagined. The band are up and running for 2012, with many more shows to come throughout the year!

Friday 22nd June 2012

Details of the band's 40th Anniversary tour for 2013 exclusively revealed on today.

Thursday 29th November 2012


Original Showaddywaddy guitarist Russ Field has decided to auction off an original full set of 8 Showaddywaddy suits, with a donation from proceeds to Diabetes UK.
"We are having a bit of a clear out here and realised I still have a complete set of eight SWW suits from the 1970’s! This was from the period when band members had eight sets and we would then rotate the colours so that each member had a different colour per gig as well as for TOTP and other television appearances."
Russ is pictured above with the exact set of suits that are available. This will be a silent auction by email, and the suggested start price is £100 per suit, or £500 for the full set of eight. The closing date of the auction will be 8.00pm on Sunday 16th December!
This is a fantastic opportunity to own a piece of history from the original band, whose 40th Anniversary is next year. Incidentally, Russ has been to see Showaddywaddy in Alnwick recently and said it was a great show!

May 2013

As fans will know, 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the formation of Showaddywaddy. The band have been playing sold out shows throughout the year all over the UK, performing most of the 23 top-40 singles recorded during the band’s career. In June, a deluxe Showaddywaddy box set is being released - The Complete Studio Recordings 1973 - 1988. Later this year, we should be seeing an exclusive live CD being released also.

16th June 2013

The deluxe box-set, The Complete Studio Recordings 1973 - 1988, is released tomorrow!
Dave’s debut book, The Boys of Summer, is released in paperback format on 9th September 2013.
And Dave’s 2nd book (covering the band’s whole career), is on course for release in March 2014.

17th June 2013

The band’s new Showaddywaddy Live CD is will be available for the first time on Friday 21st June 2013.

19th October 2013

Dates have been announced for the Once In A Lifetime Tour (June 2014), with The Osmonds, David Essex & Les McKeown’s Legendary Bay City Rollers! Check out the Gig Dates page for details. In other news, the band are already rehearsing new material for the 2014 shows, including two singles that they have not played for many years, and an album track from their 1977 LP ‘Red Star’.

1st November 2013

Dave Bartram made his first public appearance since stepping down from Showaddywaddy tonight at Upstairs At The Western in Leicester. The night was a great success. Dave performed acoustic numbers amongst an evening of storytelling. Songs performed were “Hey Rock And Roll”, “Three Steps To Heaven”, and the evening had opened with “Smiling Eyes”, the first time the song has ever been performed live since it was released in 1975. Following the show, Dave mingled and chatted with fans in the pub below and a great night was had by all.
Dave also announced on the night that his second book, which is primarily about the band’s 1970s/1980s heyday, is to be released in March 2014.

16th January 2014

Dave Bartram attended Southwark Crown Court today to give evidence in the Dave Lee Travis trial. It was alleged that a SWW fan was a victim of DLT at one of the band’s gigs in Gloucestershire in June 1978. It was reported that Dave Bartram stated in court that, “I remember the gig because Dave (DLT) got up onto the stage, got on a drum kit and proceeded to make a bit of a racket”.
On Thursday 13th February 2014, Dave Lee Travis was found by the jury to be not guilty of ten of the twelve charges he faced.

13th February 2014

Dave Bartram’s 2nd book is now due for release in September 2014.

23rd August 2014

Dave Bartram made a winning return to our screens on Sat 23rd August with an appearance on a celebrity edition of the BBC game show ’Pointless’. Dave teamed up with Dave Hill from Slade, and the two Daves were triumphant, beating Toyah Wilcox and Mark King (Level 42) on the way. The show was recorded on Monday 17th March 2014.

9th November 2014

Dave Bartram’s 2nd book is now due for release in February 2014 via Fantom Films Publishers
In live news, the band have returned their 1975 hit Heavenly to the set after a long absence.

8th June 2015

A few words from ex Showaddywaddy lead guitarist Russ Field:
“I have been made aware from several sources that someone in the Bolton area has attempted to adopt my persona, is calling himself ‘ex-Showaddywaddy guitarist Russ Fields’ (sic), that we have sold up and moved down to Lancashire and that furthermore he has been appearing as a guest performer with local bands. Can I state categorically that this individual has nothing whatsoever to do with myself or Showaddywaddy in its original or indeed current incarnation. I personally share deep concerns for any fans / musicians / promoters who may have been duped by this fraudster, thus compromising the integrity of the Showaddywaddy name.”
Russ Field, Beadnell, Northumberland.

29th August 2015 - Meet & Greet Requests

Due to issues regarding our company’s public liability insurance cover this office will as of now no longer be in a position to grant ‘Meet and Greet’ requests from show goers wishing to visit the band members backstage.
All such future requests must be addressed in writing to the theatre administration teams at each individual venue, whereon inquiries considered appropriate will receive written confirmation for presentation to a member of the in-house theatre staff at the stipulated time on the evening of the event, at which point a designated member of the management team will accompany patrons with the necessary permission backstage.
Under no circumstances will verbal or other requests made on the evening of an event be deemed acceptable.

January 2016

Showaddywaddy - Hardest working band of 2015!
According to ticket experts Ent24, Showaddywaddy were the hardest working band of 2015!
“It may come as a shock that 70s popsters Showaddywaddy took the top spot - but it's a testament to the winning formula that enduring pop hits, solid work ethic equals more shows around the UK than anyone else in music this year. And it's not just the team behind Under the Moon of Love - the music top 20 is full of pop icons of decades past playing scores of shows annually.”

September 2016

Dave Bartram did a live personal appearance at The Cafe in the Hall (St George’s Hall Bewdley, Worcestershire) for Bewdley Book Week, Weds 7th September.

December 2016

Showaddywaddy - Hardest Working Band of the Year…… Again!
2015 saw Showaddywaddy earn the title of being the year’s hardest working band, an honour that they have achieved again for 2016! Ents24 said “This year's victors come in the form of 70s popsters Showaddywaddy, who hold the top spot for a second year with more listed shows in different venues than any other music artist in 2016.”

February 2018

Experienced bass player Billy Norman joins the line-up and played his first gig with the band at Billingham Forum on Friday 2nd February 2018. Don’t worry, Showaddywady’s current and original bass player Rod Deas is not leaving the band!

16th November 2018

Geoff Betts, better known to Showaddywaddy fans as Al James, passed away on 16th November. He was one of Showaddywaddy’s founding members, and retired from the band in 2008. A full tribute to Geoff can be found here.

18th December 2018

Geoff’s funeral took place in Billesdon, Leicestershire, on Tuesday 18th December. Family, friends, and band members past and present were in attendance, along with fans of the band. Dave Bartram, Romeo Challenger and Trevor Oakes were pall bearers, and Dave said some heartfelt words during the service. A gathering in the village pub afterwards saw stories regaled and tears shed. RIP Geoff, you brought happiness and inspiration to us all.