Fond mem­o­ries and a sad farewell

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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.

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