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Midlands' band touring with Bon Jovi

Of Kings and Captains tweeted after their performance with the band last night.


Midlands' band to support Bon Jovi on tour

Of King and Captains to support Bon Jovi on tour Credit: Of King and Captains

An unsigned band from the Black Country are getting ready to perform with Bon Jovi on their UK tour after winning a competition on a national radio station.

'Of Kings and Captains' will be performing on Saturday night at Manchester's Etihad Stadium before returning to the Midlands on Sunday to support the band at Villa Park.

They're expecting to play to 250,000 fans across five gigs.


Midlands record label seeing success is America

by Callum Watkinson

David Cameron has been in India this week promoting British trade abroad. For Barry Tomes from Birmingham, selling British brands on foreign markets is both possible and necessary.

Barry Tomes, CEO of Tomes PR, in his recording studio
Barry Tomes, CEO of Tomes PR, in his recording studio Credit: ITV News Central

He's been discovering, managing and promoting Midlands bands for forty years. Having recently opened an office in Los Angeles he believes he has cracked the US market and that he's done so by selling Britishness.

"When it comes to the music industry being English in America is hugely marketable. When I reminded executives there of the talent that has come out of Birmingham over the years - that was an important part of getting them interested."

Geoff Hornsby of Birmingham band Super 6
Geoff Hornsby of Birmingham band Super 6 Credit: ITV News Central

He has high hopes for latest signing Super 6, whose first single 'Sleepwalking' has just been released. They will launch their album at a party at LA's legendary Viper Rooms in August and follow up with a US tour.

Jimmy Osmond on the Midlands: 'It's great to be back'

Jimmy Osmond has been telling ITV News Central how his two brothers came to guest-star alongside him in Boogie Nights which is currently touring the Midlands.

Jay and Merrill Osmond are set to guest-star in the musical with Jimmy and other stars such as Gareth Gates and X-Factor's Chico.

Boogie Nights is an award winning 70s musical which has been running since 1997 with Jimmy first appearing in 2004. The Osmonds are set to perform their own hits including Crazy Horses and Love Me For A Reason.

The musical comes just months after the Osmonds 2012 tour:

“I’m thrilled to once again be a part of the amazing energy of this great show. My brothers, Merrill and Jay and I had so much fun on our 2012 record-breaking tour, I’m excited they have agreed to join in on the fun and continue the party!" - Jimmy Osmond

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