Fond memories and a sad farewell
Obviously a big favourite was the very first Backbeat on January 11, 2005. Back then my columns were Nostalgia columns, and featured generally the history of one band or artist. The first one featured Rugby band The Mighty Avengers.
When it went out, lots of letters came in and the column was on its way.
My good mate Vince Holliday the king of local Rock N Roll, put on a series of annual shows known as “Backbeat Calls Up The Groups”, that reunited many of the original 60s bands often for the first time.
Being part of the Specials return was, well, pretty special, but at the same time a nightmare to keep quiet. people were asking why I was smiling so much. There’s only so many times you can blame wind!
Of course a great Backbeat came out of their eventual reunion announcement.
Meeting icon Yoko Ono, was another highlight, that came from a Backbeat column I had written suggesting that the time was right for her to revisit the city. A few months later she did.
Ultimately my high spot of last year (or any year) was receiving my BEM for services to music.
It’s been wonderful promoting and helping so many local bands. For many artists, Backbeat was their first press in any newspaper.