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16 June 2016

It is with much excitement that we present the latest collaboration between legendary Back Street Crawler vocalist Terry Wilson-Slesser and Freeway's very own John Buckton. Kossoff...The Band Plays On is a series of UK tour dates celebrating the music of Paul Kossoff featuring songs from Free and Back Street Crawler.

Why not check out the BPO LIVE gigs page to see where you can catch this epic show?

The Band Plays On tour is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get together with like-minded folk to remember and re-live the immense talent of Paul Kossoff in the fortieth year after his untimely and tragic demise. Please support us in celebrating his legacy with those who know and presenting these awesome songs to a whole new generation of music lovers.

The Band Plays On.
For Koss.
With Love.

18 October 2015

Calling all fans of Free and Paul Kossoff..!

This year’s annual Free Convention will take place on 14 November 2015 at the Park Hotel, Tynemouth. As ever, organiser Bill Flynn has been eager for the UK’s leading tribute to the music of Free and Paul Kossoff to take centre stage.

Freeway endeavour to make every live show as authentic and true to the spirit and music of Free as possible and they have something extraordinary planned for the fans at this year’s Convention.

Freeway’s John Buckton and Rob Dunn will be playing a full set with two very special guests as a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Back Street Crawler’s "The Band Plays On" which was originally released in November 1975.

Vocalist and founder member of Back Street Crawler – Terry Slesser – will be fronting this unique Kossoff-inspired collaboration, singing a mix of classic Free songs and Back Street Crawler material that has not been performed live since Kossoff’s final gig in 1976 at the Starwood, Los Angeles.
Jaz Lochrie (Bad Company, Paul Rodgers Band) has agreed to complete the line-up on bass following a special invitation from Terry Slesser. Jaz will be flying in from the States to be part of this exclusive event.

As a special tribute to Andy Fraser, members of Sharks will also be performing an exclusive acoustic set on the night and other special guests are to be confirmed.

Tickets for this unmissable night of British blues rock are already on sale. Buy now to avoid disappointment by emailing freeconvention@aolcom
For further info email info.freeway@yahoo.co.uk

21 May 2015

Tickets are still available for our concert tomorrow evening at Darlington Forum!! See our gigs page for details. Hope to see lots of you Free-folk there!

17 March 2015

People say it's a bad idea to meet your heroes. However, all we can say in the light of today's sad news about the death of the legendary Andy Fraser is that it was a great honour, an immense privilege and an absolute pleasure to work alongside Andy at the Free Convention two years ago. Andy was generous, open, positive and funny. He made us laugh so much during the afternoon soundcheck. Hundreds of Free fans turned out to see him that night and Andy was stunned by the outpouring of affection and the passion that still exists for the music of Free.

The loss of Andy seems all the more tragic by the fact that we'd all been so excited about the prospect of seeing him playing live and touring with Simon Kirke again later this year.

All of us here at freewayband.info extend our deepest condolences to Andy's family and friends.

We will continue to reproduce the music of Free as faithfully as ever, with integrity and passion and in memory of Andy. Our show at the Darlington Forum on 22 May will be a special tribute to Andy Fraser and the massive legacy he leaves behind.

The word 'legend' is bandied about too often these days, particularly in the music-sphere...however it is the right word to use about Andy Fraser. Like all stars, he will continue to cast a light upon the world despite the fact that he is gone.

Sail On, Andy. Rest in peace.

1 December 2014

Thanks to all who supported this year's Free Convention. Read Bill Bradshaw's entertaining and comprehensive review of the event on our 'Reviews' page.

The event (which featured Simon Kirke, Freeway and the Deborah Bonham Band) raised approximately £2400 (money still coming in!) for the excellent Willows Animal Sanctuary.

11 August 2014

Freeway will be playing a double-headlining gig with The Hookahs at The Riverside Lodge in Morpeth on 12 September. Tickets for the show featuring both of these amazing bands are only £5 (!!!) and will be available on the door on the night. What a bargain! Good luck to Bob who will be doing what he does best - singing all night.

The very next evening, on Saturday 13 September, Freeway will be playing another fantastic double-headliner with Black Rose (Thin Lizzy tribute) at Hartlepool United Supporters Club. Tickets for this show to see two of the region's best tribute bands are available at a BARGAIN £6!! See you there!

Freeway are honoured to have been asked (yet again!) to headline 2014's Annual Free Convention at the Park Hotel, Tynemouth on Saturday 8 November.

We are thrilled to announce that the fantastic Deborah Bonham Band will also be making an appearance at the Convention; those of you who are Paul Rodgers fans (I'm assuming most of you, yeah? - Ed.) will know that Deborah frequently supports Paul on tour and often joins him on stage for some absolutely belting duets. She does awesome versions of some of our favourite Free songs which we just can't wait to hear! Deborah is, quite simply, one of the best female blues vocalists in the world...and she's coming to Tynemouth! A big 'wey-aye' to that!

Funds raised at this year's convention will go to Willows Animal Sanctuary...Paul and Cynthia Rodgers are patrons of this excellent and very deserving animal welfare charity in Aberdeenshire. Paul will kindly be donating prizes which will be auctioned on the night to raise extra funds.

A huge thank-you from all of us goes to Bill Flynn who puts in so much hard work in organising the Convention. He's always looking to raise the bar and his ambition and vision in booking acts such as Deborah Bonham for the Convention ensures variety and quality for the punters.

Tickets for this incredible show are priced at ONLY £15!! Email freeconvention@aol.com for further information and ticket bookings/reservations...and do it QUICKLY!!

3 March 2014

Freeway's gig at The 3 Tuns, Gateshead this Friday (7 March) has been cancelled by the venue. Sorry to all who are disappointed by this news. We are too.

12 October 2013

Freeway's gig at Peterlee Catholic Club on Sat 19 Oct has been sadly cancelled by the venue because of a private booking. This date will be now rescheduled in 2014.

We have a new booking on Fri 29 Nov at the marvellous 3 Tuns in Gateshead for those of you who can't wait that long!

We also have a new page for our 2014 gig list (this is quite scary) so you can all start planning ahead. (Please note, I do not wish to be reminded of how many shopping day there are before Christmas - a 2014 gig list is quite reminder enough of how quickly my life is slipping away - Ed.)

29 September 2013

Freeway will be playing at Bubbles, Ashington on Thursday 3 October. This is a last-minute arrangment so any help with spreading the word would be much appreciated!! If this is too short-notice for you, maybe we'll see you at Peterlee Catholic Club on the 19th.

9 August 2013

You can now read Bill Bradshaw's (journalist, TV presenter and Free-fanatic) review of the Free Convention on our 'Reviews' page. If you didn't make it to the convention, find out what you missed...and if you were there, re-live the Freeway-Fraser magic one more time!

4 August 2013

Freeway/Fraser Extravaganza!!

Greetings to all and welcome back to the Freeway website!

For details of forthcoming live Freeway shows, please check out our 2013 Gig List page.

Thanks so much to all of you who turned out for the annual Free Convention on 2 August. Those of you who were there will have witnessed the legendary Andy Fraser joining Freeway on stage...those of you who weren't there, WHERE WERE YOU?! It was a truly amazing and fantastic show that exceeded all expectations.

We'd love to hear what you thought of the show - please send your comments and reviews to info.freeway@yahoo.co.uk and we'll publish them on our reviews page!

All proceeds from the evening, as always, will go to the fabulously worthy Northern Brainwaves Charity Appeal. As soon as we find out from event organiser Bill Flynn how much was raised, we'll let you know.

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