Move on about 9 or 10 years, I am working with a guy called Bob Pond and he plays in a band called Colours with another guy called Paul Lomas on guitar, they blew me away, that was it I wanted to play in a band, so off to the local second hand shop and £15 later I have a semi acoustic guitar, a Columbus , crap guitar but hey it was a piece of wood with a stick and and some strings.
I managed to get Paul Lomas to give me some guitar lessons a few months later he said that I had progressed enough to go it alone, so I did, playing along to Hendrix, Humble Pie, Moody Blues to name a few, Paul and Bob gave me the oppertunity to play with them on stage in London, I played 3 numbers, the crowd went crazy, well they clapped, I suppose that counts, next step, form a band.
I had a good pal at work called Dave, I asked if he would be interested in starting a band, yeah he said what am I playing, your choice I said, so he got a Bass guitar and we were 50% of a group, next to follow was Tony my younger brother, he was a good player for his age so he was in, next we needed a drummer, Tony girlfriends sisters boyfriend said he said always wanted to play drums, we were now a group, we went through several names but finally agreed on Pearl Dice?
We practiced a couple of evenings a week and weekends in Dave's bedroom, his mum made tea and biscuits, they were good times, it was not too long before we had our first gig, a working mans club, we went down a storm and the bookings came in were were playing every week, we played at the olympic runner Alan Pasco's Birthday party, we won battle of the bands, we were up and running really fast, I was pretty good even if I say so myself, I had a unique style, as a band we were tight and were really very good, then the shit hit the fan, Bell Records came to see us play, everything that could go wrong did, so I split the band and played with another band called Raven for a while but soon got fed up with the singer, so I gave up playing for over 20 years before I got the urge to play again, I purchased a Fender Stratocaster, learnt to play again and was just enjoying bashing out the odd song here and there. Then in 2009 I had medical problems that have left me with hand issues so no guitar playing for me.
So, who are my Players and Singers, guitarists have to be Joe Bonamassa, BB King, Gary Moore, Eric Clapton, Peter Frampton, Hendrix, Dave Gilmore, Nita Strauss, to name a few, singers are, Beth Hart, Timi Yuro, Gary Moore, Andy Williams, Nat King Cole, Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand, there are too many to mention here.
You can see my choices are stretched over a long period of time, it's cos I is old. Your thoughts and comments are always welcome.
Old Git out.