af­ter sud­den death of ‘true rock star’

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By Stephen Briggs Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

Trib­utes have been paid to the front­man of a pop­u­lar Peter­boro­r­ough band de­scribed as ‘the ul­ti­mate en­ter­tainer.’

Mark Perks, the lead singer with The Rocket Dogs, died aged 45 ear­lier this month.

Mark only mar­ried his ‘soul­mate’ Karen six weeks ago.

Gra­ham Ni­cholls, for­mer gui­tarist with the Rocket Dogs said: “He loved life and he en­joyed it to the fullest. He was a top guy who would help any­one. He would al­ways find time to speak to peo­ple af­ter the shows.

In a state­ment on Face­book, the band said: “The Leg­end, The Ul­ti­mate En­ter­tainer, The True Rock Star and the man that would al­ways make you smile. We will miss you for­ever and never for­got­ten in our hearts Love The Boys xxxxxxxxx”

Gra­ham, who formed the band with Mark in 2012, said peo­ple from across the mu­sic scene in the city had been pay­ing trib­ute to the singer.

He said: “The mes­sages we have seen have been over­whelm­ing.

“There have been so many mes­sages from other bands and even peo­ple who had just seen him play. I know (fel­low Peter­bor­ough band) Chil­dren of the Revo­lu­tion ded­i­cated a song to him at the week­end.

“I first met him 20 years ago, and he played bass and sang in an­other band - but he al­ways wanted to be the front­man.

“He did ev­ery­thing with so much pas­sion, whether it was the band or his gar­den. He just wanted to en­ter­tain peo­ple when he got on stage.

“We are all dev­as­tated. I spoke to Karen on Sun­day. They were soul­mates. They only mar­ried six weeks ago. He was truly in love with her. She is try­ing to stay strong, and wants to cel­e­brate his life.

“It is too early to say what will hap­pen to the band. I had left a cou­ple of months ago, but they were due to be play­ing at the Beer Fes­ti­val this year. I am sure there will be a memo­rial con­cert at some point in the fu­ture.”

A post mortem was be­ing car­ried out on Tues­day to find the cause of death.

Mark Perks with his band The Rocket Dogs

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