I was incredibly lucky through the 1970's and '80's to be asked to help some great bands to travel around the world and entertain their fans.
I hope Road Stories will capture your interest in those bands for who I was privileged enough to be the tour manager. I wanted to tell my story in a less conventional way, and so each page has a playlist to listen to in the background, while you can search through photo albums and original itineraries, check out the concerts via links to YouTube and listen to me telling some stories, as well as chatting and reminiscing with some of the artists, musicians and others who had their own parts to play on the tours. If you don't have the music yourself, then please consider buying it, there are links created to downloads wherever possible.
I sat with my friend Paul Goverd and basically just told him stories which we recorded for the site.
My aim is for Road Stories to stay 'alive' with new stories, told by others involved, as well as me adding material as we go along thus creating a 'living book'.
During this period in time, touring was still in it's infancy both in terms of production capability and the places and venues the bands could go to entertain. It was also still a generation with no cell phones, no computers, no fax or email, so setting up and organising these shows was done a little differently than it is today. Communicating was via office phones, payphones, telegrams, the postal service, couriers and telex.......
It was fantastic to be able to work within the environment of live music, surrounded by people (the audience, the fans) who were out for an evening wanting to have fun.
So this site is a an ever expanding story that will grow over time I hope, with stories, interviews and photos being added. You'll be introduced to some of the crew and to some of the artists who were integral to the events herein, and that I had the great fortune to work alongside.
About me in 1970
Still at school doing A levels. In June, I bought two tickets to the Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet at the second original “Glastonbury”......
.....Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Jefferson Airplane, Moody Blues, Byrds, Flock, Santana, Canned Heat, John Mayall, Steppenwolf, Johnny Winter, It's a Beautiful Day, Fairport Convention, Colliseum, Keef Hartley, Maynard Ferguson big band, Doctor John-the night tripper, Country Joe, Hot Tuna. What an amazing line up.
On holiday in Torquay in August, I got to see Derek and the Dominoes and Taste in the same week.
And the bands I saw after school at the Oxford Town Hall, the Catacombes Club and Stonehenge Club...........
Jethro Tull, Yes, Savoy Brown, Terry Reid, Free, the Groundhogs, Wishbone Ash, Renaissance, Stackridge, Colisseum, Juicy Lucy, Mick Abrahams, Wild Turkey, Black Sabbath, Kevin Ayres, May Blitz, Third Ear Band, Audience, Mott the Hoople, Daddylonglegs, Spirit of John Morgan, If, The Wild Angels, Osibisa, Skin Allley.....and loads I can't remember.
I guess you can say I LOVE Live Music.