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  1. I remember my first audition. I set up and before I played a note I explained I was not hugely experienced and certainly not a flamboyant slap bass style of player but would always be on time, willing and ready to rehearse and would ensure I have learnt my parts since the last rehearsal. Apparently the drummer and sax player who were in the next room told me a month later at my first gig that on hearing this they had decided that they wanted me in the band before they had heard me play a note. Sometimes it pays to be humble and reliable. Was a great band and I had some fabulous times with them.
  2. So so sad to hear about this. We all know the music but like others have mentioned to know the man you need to read the books. Start with Ghost Rider and then everything else falls in to place much more easily.
  3. Great band. I highly recommend you read Ian Hunters "Diary of a Rock and Roll Star" written in the early seventies. Great insight and you get to hear the true story about his Maltese Cross guitar purchase.
  4. I've tried, I really have as my daughters and wife love her but I just don't get it.
  5. I played in a band a few years ago with two sax players. They added great value as there are several sax types ( as you probably know ) so can complement each other.
  6. Hi Mark Just had a quick look and looks very interesting Going to bookmark this for when Xmas has quietened down a little to have a thorough read Tony
  7. Takes all sorts I know but I actually like all his books. Some are a bit heavy but Ghost Rider is an amazing insight in to the mind of someone who experienced what happened to him.
  8. Brilliant, must take a heck of a lot of rehearsal time to get a band to that level with those songs. Took us three rehearsals to get Sin City playable lol
  9. Really don't understand any of the negative comments about this song. The bass intro is a fundamental part of the song and it's rare that we ever get to play anything like that. The song is an absolute guaranteed floor filler The guitar solo is an air guitarists dream I guarantee that every time you play it the whole pub/club etc will sing along to every word Surely that can't be all bad
  10. Francis Dunnery had an accoustic guitar and that was it. Volume was plenty loud enough and no complaints from the neighbours.
  11. We had Francis Dunnery for my wife's 50th a few months ago. Awesome night. Never forget it.
  12. If anyone responds on this and wants the old style fitting and you would sell the Lightning wire separately please pm me. Lost mine.
  13. [quote name='KevB' timestamp='1442404575' post='2866668'] I didn't play anything in my younger days but was briefly a singer in a school rock band and I recall our guitarist taking me to some mythical music shop in Bingley that people used to rate, can't remember the name. Would have been around 1980. [/quote] Wow that was a blast from the past. I had just started playing and was taken there on the first of many visits to JSG in Bingley. You walked down like an indoor alleyway ( PA's etc at the top ?? ) in to a large room full of guitars, basses, amps cabs etc. It was like walking through the gates of heaven for a teenager after two long bus rides. Bought my first amp ( Fal 50) and went back many times for many subsequent purchases.
  14. Had a very very similar situation years ago. Chose the best singer ( the larger lady ) who turned out to be an amazing front person and had the guys ( and plenty of girls ) in the palm of her hands and the band soared. About two years ago she lost 7 ( yes that's 7 stone ) and now she looks....................awesome :-)
  15. You guys are making me a very happy man. Huge Slade fan since my early teens and so nice to hear that they all sound to be decent down to earth guys exactly as they have always appeared to be from the stage and screen. If you never saw Slade live in their heyday then it's a shame as these guys were truly awesome and very f*****g loud in a nice way.
  16. I'm a bit of a fat git and 56 year old BUT I used to run Ultra Marsthons and when anyone comments about it I use my standard reply. "It's better to be a has been than a never was" At 22 just go do what the hell you want'
  17. [quote name='bassman7755' timestamp='1436159085' post='2815383'] Apparently this concert was sold out within 30 minutes of official release. I guess the core problem is that tickets are sold on release for much less than their true value given the supply/demand ratio with the various resellers pocketing the difference. If they were sold initially using some sort of auction system then at least the original organisers and artists would get the additional profit. [/quote] But I really wonder just how many are "sold" to retail customers as every time recently that I have been trying to get something from Ticketmaster etc I get the "sold out" message but you could try "Get Me In" on the same f*****g webpage and guess who owns Get Me In ?? Yes, right first time !!!
  18. Having had the virtually free 3 months Spotify trial and now paying £9.99 a month I am just contemplating cancelling and giving the Apple Music one a go with their free 3 months trial and then $9.99 dollars a month ( not seen it in real money yet ) Anyone tried it yet ??.
  19. [quote name='grumpyguts' timestamp='1436124123' post='2815209'] I didn't want to buy from an agency - but when I was in a position to spend time looking for tickets (at lunch on the release day) all I could find were from agencies. How does this work - where do the agents get tickets from? [/quote] [quote name='skychaserhigh' timestamp='1436126104' post='2815228'] It works mainly by Ticketmaster employees buying tickets in bulk on company provided credit cards. They are then sold on for an inflated price , providing Ticketmaster with over twice the revenue from a single ticket. The fans are the ones who suffer , but will continue to unless people stop using these sites. [/quote] Sadly that is the answer in that it is effectively legalised touting. Disgraceful situation.
  20. Don't get me started on f*****g rip off ticket agencies. Scourge of the industry and its really about time that some high profile very rich musicians and promoters took the matter in hand and sorted it. There really is no excuse anymore to rip off the fans that pay the wages.
  21. Great shots, it's not easy getting good live shots in poor and rapidly changing light. My first attempt was rubbish
  22. Is that Neil Pearts garage ?? [quote name='Dom in Somerset' timestamp='1432577109' post='2782914'] Not our drummer, carpet or stage but you get the idea. [/quote]
  23. Yes he was a really nice guy and worked tirelessly on the site. The occasional fall outs did get quite amusing at times too.
  24. Amazing night full of great music, fabulous stories and very inspirational philosophical thoughts. Certainly prompted a huge debate amongst our friends afterwards and we are all still buzzing from it. Very nice to sit down before and after and just generally chat to him too along with his friend and assistant Paul and his sister Faye who was spending a few days with him. Managed to down a couple of very nice pies too !!
  25. Pre Facebook pretty much taking over everything the Rock of the North website in Yorkshire was THE place for everything live music related and did huge amounts for many charities some of which I am very proud to have been a part of ( even got to play the famous old Batley Variety Club ). Sadly Steve Lally who ran it passed away through cancer a couple of years ago and although his son Joe still keeps it running Facebook is now so instant that the website is not as prominent as previous. Glad to help you get sorted.
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