Tour, Nurses, Tribute to US, World Records 2002
In a Dotmusic article about the Disney Awards yesterday it mentioned that Steps said that their gold tour was a “hello tour not (Typing Error, sorry it should be NOT) a farewell tour” – well thats good to hear! This is the Dotmusic report on the Steps/Nurses reaction to the video: Pop group Steps have upset members of the nursing profession with their video for the latest single ‘Chain Reaction’. The risqu� nurses uniforms and the white stiletto heels worn by the female band members apparently make the profession seem “kinky and stupid”. A spokesperson for the International Council of Nurses argued that the video was an unfair representation of the profession. According to a tabloid newspaper, the video has even attracted public complaints to the Royal College of Nursing. One person said, “It portrays nurses in a terrible light. The short skirts and provocative dance moves are all too much.” However, Steps claim that the video, which sees H wheeled around on a hospital bed, is an innocent spoof. “It’s all very tongue-in-cheek and should not be taken too seriously. We wanted it to look like ‘Carry on Doctor'”, said Steps singer Claire Richards. ‘Chain Reaction’ is released today. Steps to appear in tribute to US Attack victims, from Worldpop: After the success of this weekend’s Telethon in America, Steps and a1 have exclusively revealed to worldpop that they hope to participate in UK tributes to those who died in the terrorist attacks of 11 September. ‘There are actually a lot of things in the pipeline at the moment to raise a lot of money,’ Steps’ Faye Tozer said, backstage at Saturday’s Disney Channel Kids’ Awards. ‘It’s a very big thing for us and we want to get involved because obviously we’re in the right position to help. Something’s going to happen soon.’ ‘We’re actually bringing out a charity record for Christmas,’ revealed a1’s Ben Adams. ‘It’s with people like Anastacia and Atomic Kitten. It’s a cover of John Lennon’s Happy Christmas (War Is Over) and it’s fantastic.’ It is as yet unclear whether money raised from the charity record will go towards the American relief effort but a1’s Paul Marazzi told worldpop he would be keen to take part in a UK tribute to the victims. ‘If anyone wants to ask us we’re up for it,’ he said. Mis-Teeq also expressed an interest in raising money for the relief effort. ‘We’d do it without a doubt,’ said Sabrina, while Alesha added, ‘Some things in life are more important.’ 60% of worldpop users felt that British stars should participate in some kind of charity effort to help the US victims of terrorism in our recent poll. And now the stars seem to have responded! Atomic Kitten were among winners at the Disney Channel Kids’ Awards but the girls, who were in New York at the time of the terrorist attacks, remained tight-lipped about their feelings on the tragedy. ‘It was hard but we’re not going to complain because other people have gone through much worse than we did,’ said Natasha Hamilton. Meanwhile, Kevin Richardson from the Backstreet Boys has toned down remarks he made in the immediate aftermath of the disaster. Find out why here. Friday night’s Telethon in New York and Los Angeles is thought to have raised around $100 million so far. Acts at the event included U2, Mariah Carey and Limp Bizkit. Thanks to Jon for this news piece: To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the UK singles chart in 2002, Guinness World Records BRITISH HIT SINGLES is compiling its very own chart of the Top 100 Singles of All Time. To vote Steps you need to go to: http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/music/ You can vote for your Top 10 favourite CHART songs of all time. It would be sensible to limit the number of Steps songs you use to 3 or 4 and vote once otherwise it will look fixed to the compilers. Heartbeat/Tragedy is currently at #45 but you can vote for any Steps single. So get voting NOW!!