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GONZO #232

As many readers of this magazine may have gathered, about twenty five years ago my first wife and I worked for Steve Harley and his band Cockney Rebel, running their fanclub. As a result, between 1989 and 1994 we went on tour with the band selling their T Shirts and tour programmes as well as our own wares.

The 1990 tour was a particularly ni8ce oine, and I ended up writing abook aboput it , stylistically based upon Robert Greenfield’s seminal account of the Rolling Stones’  1971 tour of North America. Telling it  as I saw it, I was rather impressed with the resulting book, but it magaged to offend so many of the prople involved with  the touring party that we were soon asked to leave, our contract was terminated. And we never worked for them again. Ho Hum!

One of the members of the touring party whom I truly missed however, was a lanky tecchie called Roy who did arcane things with the mixing desk and the lighting. He was truly one of the nicest people that I have ever met in the music business, and for years I was sad that we had lost touch.

Fast forward a couple of decades, and—together with my nephew David—I was in Brighton to film what turned out to be one of Mick Farren’s last shows and interviews before his untimely death.

Even four years ago my mobility was getting severely limited, and I needed some considerable help to get up the winding stairs in the pub where the gig was being held.

When we finally reached our destination, I was  very aware (and somewhat embarrassed) to be panting noidily like an out of breath spaniel. I felt like everybody in the room was looking at me, which of course they weren’t.

Then, however, everyone in the room was looking at me, as I saw a lanky fellow with long blonde hair leaning over the mixing desk.

“FUCKING HELL, IT’S ROY!” I shouted, withoput meaning to, and - leaning on my stick - hobbled over to re-introduce myself after a break of twenty years.

And, believe it or not, we took up pretty well where we had left off twenty years before.

We worked together on the publication of his autobiography for Gonzo Multimedia, and he agreed to write a regular column for this very magazine. And that brings things just about up to date.

Except it doesn’t. Roy has recently released a smashing new solo album, and I was so impressed that I rang him up to talk to him about it.

Check this out yer funk soul wassname...

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