Thursday, 25 June 2015

The Raven

Cant believe I allow myself to get so busy. As soon as one thing finishes another two start, and the latest of these is The Raven. This is an adaptation of the Edgar Allan Poe classic that will be performed at the Buxton Festival Fringe on four dates in July. For more details visit

There is then a book of horror and scifi short stories. To be honest I've not got very far with this one yet.

Next up its Stags 2 - working title 'Infidelity'. I have loads of material for this - now its all about weaving it into a story.

Then there is Mmm...No2...Cookbook. Got half of the recipes, need to finalise the other half and then get on with it!.

Finally, there's 'The History Of Zombies'. I am almost a third of the way through creating this, and in terms of writing this is my focus at the moment. Ideally I will have it finished before the kids break up for summer - but its unlikely at this stage.

Sadly another Mike Sanchez gig is at the bottom of my priority list, but that may all change very quickly.

More later....

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Radio time!

Well, it is the run up to Christmas and a popular time for book sales. I'm doing my bit by getting out there to local radio stations for interviews - and even a competition to win tickets to Mike Sanchez and his Band live at Level Two in Buxton on 21st December. Ticket sales are going very well!

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Latest Update: May 2014. The book is now available! Amazon still havent sorted an image out and officially its not launched until 1st June, but it is definitely out there - got my copies yesterday. Mike has been opening for Jeff Beck on the UK leg of his world tour, and last week I found myself in the surreal position of signing flyers in the foyer of the Bridgewater Hall. Its all rock & roll this week too as we head to the 100 Club in London for the official launch, followed by a local launch at Level Two in Buxton on 1st June.

Theres also been a couple of pieces of publicity

Mike Sanchez Planet Jive

Mike Sanchez Derbyshire Times

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Mike Sanchez Big Town Playboy - a new gig by Michael Madden

The text is now with the publisher and the discography is being refined. Mike is sifting through photos - hoping to get a call with him today.

Been speaking to Rich Media, a PR company based in Sale with very good connections. Planning promotions rom April onwards.

We have also decided to go into the business of gig promotion - we are staging our very own Mike Sanchez show at Level Two in Buxton. Its a bit scary - costing around £2,500 to put on the gig, and at £12 a ticket - you do the maths. Local band The Barracudas will be the support act, and Mike will be bringing his full six piece including Martin Winning and Nick Lunt on horns. We'll probably get the lovely Sarah singing a few numbers too.

So if you are around the Peak District on Sunday 1st June - come along. Or better still email for tickets.

Mike Sanchez Big Town Playboy Facebook Page

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Mike Sanchez - Big Town Playboy - sneak preview

The book is now in the final stages of editing and we are a little behind schedule but we should be able to catch this up for an extensive series of dates to promote it in May.

Look out for gigs in Prestwich, Northampton, Leamington Spa, London, etc. For more information visit 

Its around 90,000 words in length, or 300-350 pages, and begins with a brief but powerful foreword by Robert Plant. There are quotes from Jeff Beck, Andy Fairweather Low, Rick Vito (Fleetwood Mac), Steve Walwyn (Dr Feelgood), Peter Richardson, Clive Deamer (Portishead) and many more. The cover has been lovingly created by ex Big Town Playboy Antonio Coni, and there is a preview below. Hope you like it.

Monday, 23 December 2013

Mike Sanchez - Big Town Playboy: The Heat Is On

The deadline to get the text to the publisher is fast approaching. He is actually quite relaxed about it, but the book is due to be released in May 2014 and a promotional tour  has already been planned. So not a good deadline to miss. My original estimate of 50,000 words is way out - we are up to 72,000 and heading for 80.

Should have lots of good photos to include. Robert Plant has completed the foreword and I did indeed catch up with Dr Feelgood's Steve Walwyn. Also had good chats with several people including Andy Fairweather-Low.

Ive only got 1 or 2 more interviews to undertake and some spit and polish to apply, but got some nice words from the publisher telling me that my work is of a significantly higher quality than he is used to working with. That means the chance of rework is low making it more likely to get the book out by May. Expect more frequent updates as we thrash out the last stages of the copy editing.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Mike Sanchez - Big Town Playboy

Its been a busy summer working on Mike Sanchez - Big Town Playboy, the authorised bio of a larger than life rock and roll piano player / vocalist, but its not all rock and roll!

Met Robert Plant and Peter Richardson at Mike's wedding in June, and spent a couple of hours talking to Jeff Beck. Also met Mike's original band, The Rockets, and spent some time with them in Kidderminster. Got some great stories, and have lots of other material from people like Martin Lunt (Jools Holland's sax player), Antonio Coni, Ricky Cool, etc. Waiting for more info from Rick Vito, Bill Wyman and many more, and off to see Mike in Leamington Spa in a couple of weeks when I am hoping to catch up with ex Dr Feelgood and Big Town Playboys guitarist Steve Walwyn.

Also waiting on news on the foreword from Robert Plant!

Spent a couple of days with Mike at his home in Madrid at the beinning of September, and we made a video of some of his pics.

Mike Sanchez photo gallery

Still a ton of work to do - and in terms of progress Ive completed about 28000 words, of which 22000 are in the right place! And Im only up to 1986.

Unfortunately the sequel to Stags! is very much on the back burner but its still getting 5 star reviews. Here's the latest...

I enjoyed reading this book and the humour regarding football, sex, pubs, sex, and more thoughts of sex. The story evolved around Pete getting a fake passport for one of his mates for a trip to Amsterdam.
But the author should get his facts right. Passports are not sent in a brown paper envelope through the post they are sent by a courier and they must be signed for with proof of identity such as a driving licence.

Not sure about the bit about the passport, but hey, never let the truth get in the way of a good story.

Might have news of a sporting biography coming this space.