Into the shadows
Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues has named The Shadows as one band with whom he would like to have played.
He is highly-rated by his peers in the music business as lead guitarist with the Moodies, as well as being a top-notch singer and songwriter.
“There is a few bands I would like to have been in – The Shadows, The Crickets, or playing acoustic guitar with Steely Dan,” said Justin, who wasonce a member of Marty Wilde’s Wildcats.
The Moody Blues start a UK tour on Wednesday, June 5, in Oxford’s New Theatre, at 8pm.
He up again
Malcolm Cook – the man of many 60s tours – had a stroke on October 15 which put him in hospital.
He’s doing fine now and can walk and talk again. OK, he has lost about three and a half stone and was expecting to come out of hospital just before Christmas. Malcolm says he wants to do the London marathon this year, but he’s not bothered about winning – as long as he finishes in the first 10.
Tremeloes find a new voice
Dave Munden of The Tremeloes wrote to say: “Happy New Year to you and all the staff at The Beat magazine. We have found a replacement for Rick. His name is Eddie Jones; he is 62 and lives in St. Leonard’s, Sussex.
“We are presently rehearsing with him and it is going really well. Our first gig this year is at Warner’s Hayling Island. Hopefully it will all go well.”
We also hope it goes well and that the hits will ring out again.
Heart attack shock
Sadly, we learned that our esteemed Deputy Editor Ralph Gowling had a heart attack on arrival in Capetown.
Ralph had flown to South Africa for Christmas and was to visit various friends and families across the country. But he spent Christmas in hospital in Capetown where he was making a good recovery in intensive care after emergency surgery.
As well as being deputy editor of The Beat, Ralph is known for his help with organising real 60s shows at Amersham Rock and Roll Club. He has staged many great 60s acts there for the past few years.
In his ‘spare’ time, Ralph is a night editor at Thomson Reuters at the Thameside offices, to which he commutes several times a week. I was a train commuter to London in my Fleet street days: OK if you are young and foolish as I was.
Ralph wanted to retire but they would not let him. I am sure readers will want to join me in the hope he recovers quickly and can make his to the towns where his friends live as he was originally from South Africa, before returning to the UK.
Bat out of hospital
Meat Loaf underwent knee surgery a few weeks ago but is reported to be recovering well.
“He’s determined to get these important first stages under way in the right way and keep his recovery on target to get back out there and see you all!” said his spokesperson, known in the artist’s team as “Meat’s LittleHelper.” They say they are hoping the American singer, famous for his “Bat Out Of Hell” album trilogy, will be able to tour the UK soon. He began his new “Mad, Mad World’ tour last year in North America on the back of his latest album ‘Hell In A Handbasket’.