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Another Parr-ty in the Isle is on the way

John Parr entertaining a sell out crowd at the Women Of Steel Concert at Sheffield City Hall. Photo by Graham Walker.

John Parr entertaining a sell out crowd at the Women Of Steel Concert at Sheffield City Hall. Photo by Graham Walker.

Westwoodside is set to rock again - as St Elmo’s Fire star John Parr prepares for his second gig in a village venue.

Following a sell-out show in July at the village hall, John has bowed to pressure to stage a repeat performance, mainly as a favour to his photographer pal Phil Callaghan.

The 59-year-old rocker has shared stages all over the world in the past with names such as Bryan Adams, Celine Dion, Tina Turner and Meatloaf, but enjoys the intimacy of Westwoodside.

He has sold over 10 million albums and is a Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter. His January 18 show will feature his hit tracks alongside some lesser known stuff, to am appreciative seated audience of all ages.

Phil Callaghan, who is a lifelong friend of John Parr, said: “The last event went down enormously well. We sold tickets quickly but also got an influx of last minute calls. There were young teens sitting next to pensioners. A good number of those there didn’t really know what to expect from the two-hour plus show.

“John surprised a lot of people and gained new fans. We had audience members from miles away ... places like Peterborough and Widnes in Cheshire, but the majority were quite local I would say.”

He added: “Anyone who wants to enjoy a good night out and see a great gig should come along.

“Who knows ... this may even become a regular thing.”

A limited number of tickets are on sale priced £10 from Phil on 01427 752766. The best seats will go to the first-comers.

Again, the evening will chart the rise of John’s career from his humble beginnings in Doncaster to appearances at vast venues such as the Sydney Opera House.

He has worked on major box-office hits in Hollywood and his score for the Schwarzenegger movie Running Man became another of his known classics,

St Elmo’s Fire was released in 1985.

Parr formed a band, The Silence, at 12 years old, that went on to become professional.

 

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