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Visit to The London Palladium ~ 27 May 2007

On Sunday I was very fortunate to be invited along to Marty Wilde's 50th Anniversary Tour show at the London Palladium.  My friends John Wolff and Mike Quinn were also there.  I knew Marty had some special guests appearing on the show, but I didn't expect to meet up with so many people.  Jet Harris was the first on and he was just great!  Marty's excellent group The Wildcats backed Jet and everybody else.  There were so many guest stars, I couldn't keep track of them all.  Marty's two daughters, Roxanne and Kim both sang with their dad, and so did Maggie Stredder from the Vernon Girls.  Justin Hayward also made an appearance to sing Nights In White Satin with Marty.  It was really something to see Bruce Welch, Hank Marvin, Brian Bennett and Jet all playing together, and Big Jim Sullivan too.  I was a little sad to see that Big Jim is not looking as well as he might.  He told me that Nite Flights was one of the best albums he ever played on!  All the stars went on stage for the finale, which was Roll Over Beethoven, and everybody backstage just thought that was brilliant.

         

Ed Bicknell and I hung around for a while in the catering area talking about when he was Scott's manager.  Ed said he always got on great with Scott, which he thought was maybe partly because they knew a lot of the same people.  Ed used to be a drummer so we got talking about that too while we sat there playing around with drumsticks.  Then Brian Bennett came over and joined us, and he didn't know it was me!!  Brian did a lot of work on Lines, so we talked about that, and about all the film music that Brian's been writing.  Mostly we talked about drumming with it being us three drummers together.  I also had a great chat with Maggie, which was nearly all about the black rimmed glasses she used to wear.  Maggie said that the glasses are more famous than she is!

              

The real highlight of the evening was meeting Derek Nicol (from Flying Music), and his wife Pamela, who I've never met over all these years.  I wish I'd got a photo of us together, but at least I got one of Mike and myself on the stage, and Wolffy acting the fool with Marty.  Marty puts on a really great show and I recommend that you get along to see him if you can.

              

30 May 2007


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