September 21, 2008

Star Backs Film Venture

DAVE STEWART has given his backing to a movie about a North East music promoter.

The Sunderland-born Eurythmics star has agreed to be musical consultant on The Promoter's Tale, a story based on the life of Wear side promoter Geoff Docherty.

During the 1960s and 1970s Geoff brought some of the world's top bands to the now-defunct Bay Hotel and Locarno Hotel in Sunderland, and to Newcastle's City Hall and Mayfair.

The story of how he persuaded bands such as Pink Floyd, The Who and Led Zeppelin to come to the region were told in his autobiography, for which Dave Stewart wrote the foreword.

Sharp End Productions - the production company bringing the tale to the big screen - say Dave's backing is a major coup.

Co-producer Alan Sill said: "Geoff's story is an unbelievable one and will really bring to life an important time in North East history.

"There is a lot of interest in the film already and having someone of Dave Stewart's calibre involved is absolutely amazing."

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