July 1975

After completing a degree in history at the Polytechnic of North London, Neil takes a job at Marvel Comics, anglicizing spellings and indicating where over-risque woman needed to be redrawn decently. While there he interviews comic fan Marc Bolan, who politely points out that his tape recorder wasn't working. In 1977 he works at Macdonald Educational Publishing, later moving to ITV Books. In June 1982, he joins Smash Hits.

On This Day

1999

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2007

They perform at the 'Singfest' in Singapore—although technically it's the next day (August 9) since the start of their set is delayed by preceding acts and doesn't begin until shortly after midnight.

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