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Alice? Where The *@&* Is Alice?

If you live next door to someone called Alice you could be going to a free concert in Coventry later this week.

Coventry and Warwickshire residents will be checking out their neighbours in an attempt to qualify for the free tickets.

Seventies legends Smokie visit the Skydome Arena on Saturday, and managers of the 4,000-seat venue have come up with a unique way to celebrate the live performance of one of the decade's most famous songs.

The first person who has a next door neighbour called Alice and brings correspondence which shows the names and addresses to the Skydome box office will be handed four VIP tickets for the event.

Arena promoter Rod Gunner admits that the idea came about by accident but is hoping there are some neighbours in the area who fit the bill.

He said:

"We were discussing the track and someone wondered out loud whether there was anyone in the city who was literally 'Living Next Door to Alice'.

"It is a great song and we thought it would be good fun to make the appeal - anyone called Alice will certainly be a popular neighbour now.

"The first person who comes to the box office with a letter showing their name and address, and one that shows a next door address with the addressee named Alice will get two pairs of tickets.

"As well as Smokie, local band Swains are appearing at the opening Sound of Skydome event so it should provide great entertainment."

Living Next Door to Alice was a smash hit for Smokie in the 1970s and then hit the headlines again nearly 20 years later when it was re-recorded with Roy 'Chubby' Brown adding his own distinctive style to the lyrics.


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CWN / Tourism & Leisure / SkyDome Coventry / 26 Mar 01
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