Movie star Seagal at centre of political storm ahead of Southampton gig

Steven Seagal on stage in Budapest last month.

Steven Seagal on stage in Budapest last month.

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

ACTION hero Steven Seagal will be taking to the stage in Southampton tonight – days after being at the centre of an international storm over his friendship with Russian president Vladimir Putin.

The Hollywood star will be revealing a more soulful and sensitive side at the city’s The Brook venue when he performs with his blues band.

But his visit follows an outcry in Estonia over his relationship with Putin amid allegations over the Russian leader’s role in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in neighbouring Ukraine.

It led to a blues festival in the Baltic state dropping the actor from the bill.

Mr Seagal has been quoted as an outspoken supporter of Putin and has been repeatedly seen in his company since he was drafted in to help launch a national fitness programme in Russia.

He has also been reported defending Putin’s annexation of Crimea.

Mr Seagal last night offered no comment on the cancelled tour date, Putin, or the events in Ukraine.

When interviewed by the Daily Echo ahead of his gig in Southampton, the actor preferred to talk about his dual life as a blues musician.

Mr Seagal – famed for action-packed performances in the blockbuster Under Siege films – admits liking nothing better than sensitively strumming the blues.

The 62-year-old said: “I just like sitting with my guitar. I now play whenever I can. I am more of a blues player than anything because it’s all I know.”

Mr Seagal recalls learning the guitar while growing up in a Detroit neighbourhood in the 1950s, soaking up the sounds of legendary bluesmen such as Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf.

He said: “I grew up around blues legends. I knew most of them. I would sit down with them and pay attention to the way they were playing and try to learn from them.

“There are big differences between the movie stars and blues legends. Movie stars think they are very precious. It’s very hard to meet them and you have to go through 5,000 people.

“But blues people are very simple people and very humble and they tell you stuff. I feel much more at home with musicians.”

When asked whether he would swap a career in movies for one in music, Mr Seagal said he liked both.

He said: “They are two different arts and I enjoy them both. I have no regrets and love making movies.”

Mr Seagal has been at The Brook once before. Back in 2007 he played before a sell-out audience, with the Daily Echo reporting grown men screaming and shouting, frantically taking photographs of him on their mobile phones.

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10:49am Thu 24 Jul 14

southy says...

Who the man picks as friends as nothing to do with any one else its his choice.
Who the man picks as friends as nothing to do with any one else its his choice. southy
  • Score: 8

11:13am Thu 24 Jul 14

elvisimo says...

Made me chuckle...

Seagal took on a second career as a black bluesman from the deep south, surrounding himself with actual black people for authenticity and releasing two hilarious albums with his band Thunderbox, including such hits as “Talk to my as s”. But according to Seagal, he’s just as valid a bluesman, who in his own words said:


“I came up in Detroit and there was a lot of blues. I didn’t learn blues from a f**king record; I learned it from the front porch. There were all these people from Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas and I learned from them.”

Now, Seagal and his family moved from Lansing, Michigan to Fullerton in California when he was 5 years old. So according to the fatman, all these old black blues players taught a 5 year old boy everything they knew, as if he was some spooky infant prodigy with the soul of a struggling black man (note: Seagal is half Irish and half Jew). Quote the Seagull:


“Little Milton hadn’t heard me play before. I was doing this Lightnin’ Hopkins thing. Milton looked at me and nodded, like he was trying to say, “This mutha ain’t white.”

No Steven, what he was trying to say was “this honky needs to lose some weight and stop acting like he’s got a year long tan”. Fraudulence or insanity? I’d say a healthy dose of both.
Made me chuckle... Seagal took on a second career as a black bluesman from the deep south, surrounding himself with actual black people for authenticity and releasing two hilarious albums with his band Thunderbox, including such hits as “Talk to my as s”. But according to Seagal, he’s just as valid a bluesman, who in his own words said: “I came up in Detroit and there was a lot of blues. I didn’t learn blues from a f**king record; I learned it from the front porch. There were all these people from Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas and I learned from them.” Now, Seagal and his family moved from Lansing, Michigan to Fullerton in California when he was 5 years old. So according to the fatman, all these old black blues players taught a 5 year old boy everything they knew, as if he was some spooky infant prodigy with the soul of a struggling black man (note: Seagal is half Irish and half Jew). Quote the Seagull: “Little Milton hadn’t heard me play before. I was doing this Lightnin’ Hopkins thing. Milton looked at me and nodded, like he was trying to say, “This mutha ain’t white.” No Steven, what he was trying to say was “this honky needs to lose some weight and stop acting like he’s got a year long tan”. Fraudulence or insanity? I’d say a healthy dose of both. elvisimo
  • Score: 4

11:19am Thu 24 Jul 14

localnews says...

elvisimo wrote:
Made me chuckle...

Seagal took on a second career as a black bluesman from the deep south, surrounding himself with actual black people for authenticity and releasing two hilarious albums with his band Thunderbox, including such hits as “Talk to my as s”. But according to Seagal, he’s just as valid a bluesman, who in his own words said:


“I came up in Detroit and there was a lot of blues. I didn’t learn blues from a f**king record; I learned it from the front porch. There were all these people from Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas and I learned from them.”

Now, Seagal and his family moved from Lansing, Michigan to Fullerton in California when he was 5 years old. So according to the fatman, all these old black blues players taught a 5 year old boy everything they knew, as if he was some spooky infant prodigy with the soul of a struggling black man (note: Seagal is half Irish and half Jew). Quote the Seagull:


“Little Milton hadn’t heard me play before. I was doing this Lightnin’ Hopkins thing. Milton looked at me and nodded, like he was trying to say, “This mutha ain’t white.”

No Steven, what he was trying to say was “this honky needs to lose some weight and stop acting like he’s got a year long tan”. Fraudulence or insanity? I’d say a healthy dose of both.
Just another delusional Yank,and his Films suck too
[quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: Made me chuckle... Seagal took on a second career as a black bluesman from the deep south, surrounding himself with actual black people for authenticity and releasing two hilarious albums with his band Thunderbox, including such hits as “Talk to my as s”. But according to Seagal, he’s just as valid a bluesman, who in his own words said: “I came up in Detroit and there was a lot of blues. I didn’t learn blues from a f**king record; I learned it from the front porch. There were all these people from Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas and I learned from them.” Now, Seagal and his family moved from Lansing, Michigan to Fullerton in California when he was 5 years old. So according to the fatman, all these old black blues players taught a 5 year old boy everything they knew, as if he was some spooky infant prodigy with the soul of a struggling black man (note: Seagal is half Irish and half Jew). Quote the Seagull: “Little Milton hadn’t heard me play before. I was doing this Lightnin’ Hopkins thing. Milton looked at me and nodded, like he was trying to say, “This mutha ain’t white.” No Steven, what he was trying to say was “this honky needs to lose some weight and stop acting like he’s got a year long tan”. Fraudulence or insanity? I’d say a healthy dose of both.[/p][/quote]Just another delusional Yank,and his Films suck too localnews
  • Score: 3

11:32am Thu 24 Jul 14

Lone Ranger. says...

I just dont understand the fuss with Seagal ..... when you have a political party in this country accepting financial donations from the Oligarch community ....
I just dont understand the fuss with Seagal ..... when you have a political party in this country accepting financial donations from the Oligarch community .... Lone Ranger.
  • Score: 7

12:18pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Linesman says...

southy wrote:
Who the man picks as friends as nothing to do with any one else its his choice.
Quite right, but a person is known by the company they keep, so that is why he is getting some flack.

A assume that you are not claiming that Putin had absolutely no knowledge of the aircraft that was brought down, or who provided the missiles that were fired?
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Who the man picks as friends as nothing to do with any one else its his choice.[/p][/quote]Quite right, but a person is known by the company they keep, so that is why he is getting some flack. A assume that you are not claiming that Putin had absolutely no knowledge of the aircraft that was brought down, or who provided the missiles that were fired? Linesman
  • Score: 1

12:39pm Thu 24 Jul 14

southy says...

Linesman wrote:
southy wrote:
Who the man picks as friends as nothing to do with any one else its his choice.
Quite right, but a person is known by the company they keep, so that is why he is getting some flack.

A assume that you are not claiming that Putin had absolutely no knowledge of the aircraft that was brought down, or who provided the missiles that were fired?
The only one that really knows would be him self, But I have notice this the UK and USA government are not denining the fact that the government contractors G4 and Blackwater have over 400 merc's in the Ukraine supporting the Ilegal fascist goverment in Kiev.
Mind you they very well could not denined it as pictures and film of them in the Ukraine, Its like the picture in a Murdoch new paper in the USA was photoshop they tried to pass it off as Russian Troops when in fact it was USA troops in Afhganistan. All News coming out of the Ukraine to us is coming though Murdoch news agency's
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Who the man picks as friends as nothing to do with any one else its his choice.[/p][/quote]Quite right, but a person is known by the company they keep, so that is why he is getting some flack. A assume that you are not claiming that Putin had absolutely no knowledge of the aircraft that was brought down, or who provided the missiles that were fired?[/p][/quote]The only one that really knows would be him self, But I have notice this the UK and USA government are not denining the fact that the government contractors G4 and Blackwater have over 400 merc's in the Ukraine supporting the Ilegal fascist goverment in Kiev. Mind you they very well could not denined it as pictures and film of them in the Ukraine, Its like the picture in a Murdoch new paper in the USA was photoshop they tried to pass it off as Russian Troops when in fact it was USA troops in Afhganistan. All News coming out of the Ukraine to us is coming though Murdoch news agency's southy
  • Score: 3

12:45pm Thu 24 Jul 14

ToastyTea says...

You are NOT welcome in Southampton you scumbag. Anyone who goes to see him play and support him is also scum.
You are NOT welcome in Southampton you scumbag. Anyone who goes to see him play and support him is also scum. ToastyTea
  • Score: -19

2:00pm Thu 24 Jul 14

RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE says...

Who would argue with Segal ?
Who would argue with Segal ? RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE
  • Score: 1

2:10pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Greener72 says...

ToastyTea wrote:
You are NOT welcome in Southampton you scumbag. Anyone who goes to see him play and support him is also scum.
Deep breaths … anger management springs to mind
[quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: You are NOT welcome in Southampton you scumbag. Anyone who goes to see him play and support him is also scum.[/p][/quote]Deep breaths … anger management springs to mind Greener72
  • Score: 5

2:54pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Paramjit Bahia says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
I just dont understand the fuss with Seagal ..... when you have a political party in this country accepting financial donations from the Oligarch community ....
And while shouting for tougher sanctions their leader led government is allowing massive arms trade with Russia.

Also just like their unprincipled partner party they are not giving the dirty dosh back to the donor, the Russian oligarch.

Thanks to some hawk eyed hawks at least we the people have come to know about a small part of the hypocrisy, but what else could be going on?

298 innocent people have lost their lives their families friends and relatives deserve full sympathy of all who believe in humanity and the real truth, exactly what happened, which should be found by independent international investigators and whoever is responsible should be put in front of ICC.

Unfortunately so called leaders of both East and West have started to exploit this massive tragedy for throwing mud at each other and most of the media minting money by sensational reporting often biased in favour of one side or the other.

By linking an artist's name with President Putin while publishing news about a music event in Southampton the Daily Echo is also trying to ape the rest.
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: I just dont understand the fuss with Seagal ..... when you have a political party in this country accepting financial donations from the Oligarch community ....[/p][/quote]And while shouting for tougher sanctions their leader led government is allowing massive arms trade with Russia. Also just like their unprincipled partner party they are not giving the dirty dosh back to the donor, the Russian oligarch. Thanks to some hawk eyed hawks at least we the people have come to know about a small part of the hypocrisy, but what else could be going on? 298 innocent people have lost their lives their families friends and relatives deserve full sympathy of all who believe in humanity and the real truth, exactly what happened, which should be found by independent international investigators and whoever is responsible should be put in front of ICC. Unfortunately so called leaders of both East and West have started to exploit this massive tragedy for throwing mud at each other and most of the media minting money by sensational reporting often biased in favour of one side or the other. By linking an artist's name with President Putin while publishing news about a music event in Southampton the Daily Echo is also trying to ape the rest. Paramjit Bahia
  • Score: 2

7:50pm Thu 24 Jul 14

queenb says...

ToastyTea wrote:
You are NOT welcome in Southampton you scumbag. Anyone who goes to see him play and support him is also scum.
Who are you too call people like that. He must be welcome by many people or the brook wouldn't sell so many tickets. I am sure there is a person you are happy to go and see that I dont like but I would never call them or their fans names
[quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: You are NOT welcome in Southampton you scumbag. Anyone who goes to see him play and support him is also scum.[/p][/quote]Who are you too call people like that. He must be welcome by many people or the brook wouldn't sell so many tickets. I am sure there is a person you are happy to go and see that I dont like but I would never call them or their fans names queenb
  • Score: 7

10:38am Fri 25 Jul 14

southy says...

queenb wrote:
ToastyTea wrote:
You are NOT welcome in Southampton you scumbag. Anyone who goes to see him play and support him is also scum.
Who are you too call people like that. He must be welcome by many people or the brook wouldn't sell so many tickets. I am sure there is a person you are happy to go and see that I dont like but I would never call them or their fans names
I heard it was pack out for the show
[quote][p][bold]queenb[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: You are NOT welcome in Southampton you scumbag. Anyone who goes to see him play and support him is also scum.[/p][/quote]Who are you too call people like that. He must be welcome by many people or the brook wouldn't sell so many tickets. I am sure there is a person you are happy to go and see that I dont like but I would never call them or their fans names[/p][/quote]I heard it was pack out for the show southy
  • Score: 3

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