AND NEWS OF HIS RETURN...
Pier Inn on 30th May
Yes, you read it correctly. Pete is making a slow steady recovery, and feels well enough to take to the stage once again. Still very weak (poor Steve and Kev will be carrying all the gear - feel free to lend a hand) and quite possibly sitting in a chair, but we are happy to announce that we are back on the road after a break of six weeks.
The operation was successful, all the affected tissue was removed and, God willing, he should make a full recovery. He would like to thank everyone for their good wishes, and looks forward to seeing you all again!
“Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated”
Pete had his operation on 16th April, and everything went well, although he was quite poorly for a week or so. Today (30th) he is still in hospital, but hoping to come out before the weekend, and is improving all the time.
We can now reveal that a month or so ago doctors found some polyps in his intestine that proved to be malignant - cancer of the bowel - but it hasn’t spread anywhere else, so he should make a full recovery, it has just been difficult cancelling so many shows. Luckily all the venues have been very understanding, and hopefully we will be back to full strength by the end of May. Hopefully, we will not need to cancel any further shows.
We have been moved by all the good wishes sent to Pete from our friends and fans, they have been passed on to him, and he sends his thanks, and says he will let everyone buy him a drink when he returns, so no change there, then...
We’ll keep you posted on further developments.
Cancelled Flashback shows
.. For the first time any of us can remember, we are cancelling some shows this spring. Pete has been waiting for an urgent operation, and received 6 days notice from the NHS that he will be in hospital for 8 to 10 days, and will need recovery time after that. Don’t worry, all you Pete fans, he should make a full recovery!
“Contrary to what some people have said, the operation is NOT to remove an in-growing wallet,” the indignant guitarist quoted in a recent interview “Nor is it to install an intravenous whiskey feeder - I resent both allegations!”
One of the worst parts of the situation is letting down both the venues who have booked us, and the people who have arranged to come and see us - one person has arranged a coach of 50 people to come to one of our shows - but drafting in a replacement guitarist is unthinkable, as Pete is, well, irreplaceable (!)
The operation is on Wednesday 16th April, and we hope everyone will understand the situation, and wish Pete well. We’ll be back to our old selves as soon as possible.
AND NOW, THE END IS NEAR...
Flashback to wind down
Yes, well, to confirm some rumours (and dispel others), following on from his health problems last year, Pete has announced that he wants to retire from full-time performing. He feels that the constant touring is interfering with his drinking sessions with friends and local colourful characters, and his aimless wanderings around York, so after eleven years as a Beat Group, Flashback are calling it a day.
The band intend to play out this year’s dates, and we are not ruling out the odd special get - together, so come along and see us while you can, the mayhem will not end for some time.
More news will be posted as it breaks.
Due to popular demand etc
It’s been a while since our bombshell news that Pete had decided to retire in order to concentrate more on his drinking, and we have been overwhelmed by your response. Every time we play, someone says how sad they are that we won’t be performing anymore, and what a shame it is that there will soon be no Flashback.
Well, your lobbying has paid off. Pete has continued to recover from his op, and feels much stronger than he did earlier in the year, and has now decided to carry on, just greatly reducing the amount of work we do. We already have some gigs booked for next year, although we will probably limit them to about once a fortnight.
Good news? Well, when one door closes, another slams in your face. Steve is still looking to be involved in other projects, and, while we are trying to persuade him to continue with the band, nothing is yet certain. Whatever happens, Flashback will be continuing to perform in some form or another for the foreseeable future.
To venues wishing to book us, we would like to ask you to bear with us, we might not be able to fulfil all wishes, but will try our best to keep everyone happy.
So, thank you to everyone for your good wishes and compliments, you are the reason the band will still exist.
REPORTS OF OUR DEMISE ARE GREATLY