BLOG 67 May/June 2011
I’ll start this Blog by saying a big thanks to all of you that have sent emails in to me either commenting, suggesting, sometimes correcting or just simply getting in touch to say how much you appreciate and enjoy my website. I read every one and your feedback is important to me. I’m very happy too that as I write this today the Visitor Number has gone over 134,000. I’m so glad I started this site as it gives me an excuse to carry on looking through my many boxes of photos and memorabilia and scanning them for others to hopefully enjoy. While the site has much to do with Status Quo who I’ve been happily associated with for over forty years since 1968, it’s also much like a diary and a look back into my life and the many family and countless friends I’m lucky to have. I guess in a way it’s the basis of the autobiography that I’ll eventually get around to doing. I have the title ‘360 Degree Roadie’ now all I’ve got to do is put the book together
I had an email from Quo fan Edu Soronellas Vidal this week to say that the Status Quo Spanish biography he’d been working on for three or four years was finally finished and now published and available at www.lenoir.es It’s 476 pages but only in Spanish but a nice fan collectors piece. Well done Edu.
Last Saturday I went up to Liverpool to catch up with all my Scouser mates who I hadn’t seen for two years since Kirstie and Barneys brilliant wedding up there. About twelve of us in the evening went to the Liverpool Empire to see Ringo Starr and his All Starrs Band www.ringostarr.com and we had a great night out. His band was excellent and really pleased for him that he got such a great reception from his home town audience. After the show it was down to the legendary Cavern Club in Matthew Street which is owned by my old mate Bill Heckle who was out with us all that night. Sunday morning I got an early train back to London. It was Fathers day. Daughter Kirstie had booked a surprise for her husband Barney, a helicopter ride over London which he loved.
My Irish artist Ciaran (pka Joe Echo) became a Dad for the first time a couple of weeks back. His lovely wife Donna gave birth to a 6lb14oz boy they have named James Thomas Gribbin. As you can imagine they’re over the moon and everyone is in fine shape. I’m hoping to get over to Ireland in the next couple of weeks to meet the new addition.
Good to see the new Quo album doing so well in the UK and all over Europe. Spoke to Frannis a couple of days back in Germany and the shows are going really well. This week they’ll be going along to the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy charity lunch to collect the prestigious and well deserved Lifetime Achievement Award.
This week I’m going to an evening function at the Houses Of Parliament that I’m very much looking forward to. It’s my first time there so should be an interesting evening.
Two weeks ago Kirstie and I with grandson Leo went to visit my dear Uncle Bill who is just coming up to his 104th birthday. What a lovely man he is. I’ve included a photo in this months People & Places section.
Next week on July 5th it’s time again for the Old Boys Lunch. As always it’ll be an interesting gathering which I’ll tell you all about in my next Blog. I’m hoping Noddy Holder will be along as I we haven’t met up for almost a year now. He’s always good fun and unbelievably we’ve know each other for forty years ever since Status Quo and Slade first toured together in 1970.
There was another sad death of a lovely man in the music business. Des Fallon was much loved by many and went far too young http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/jun/17/des-fallon-obituary
I had a really good night at the INXS gig at Clapham Common two weeks ago, Ciaran (Joe Echo) and his dad came over for the night and it was good to see one of my favourite bands. Weather was a bit shite but hey that’s festivals for you.
I have a meeting coming up this week with Rob Fletcher and the new team working with us on the new range of Rockard merchandising. I’ll tell you more about that in a couple of weeks. All very exciting…
Son Jamie and his wife Jo are working incredibly hard right now. They have three bands out on the road Groove Armada, Labrynth and Hard-Fi.
Jamie will be going to Miami again in August to hopefully conclude all the business and court case surrounding the major accident he had when on tour with Groove Armada. I wrote about this in a Blog a bout three years ago when it happened so anyone interested can look back on what it’s all about.
It’s been a while since I’ve been in touch with Tina the lovely lady I met in India (see recent Blog). Tina..if you’re reading this I’ll be in touch again soon and hope Philipp is doing well.
Yesterday Sue and I babysat our grandson Leo all day while Kirstie and Barney went to Wimbledon tennis and we had a great time with him.
Okay must finish now and send this off to Jurgen to get up online.
Catch you all soon