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FLASHBACK GROW A NEW DRUMMER
The band finds it’s newest victim ... er ... member!
The good news about Pete carrying on in Flashback has been tempered by the fact that at the end of January Steve is moving on to pastures new. When quizzed about what band he will be involved in his reply was “Anything, just anything, as long as it’s not Flashback!” which we thought a little harsh.
Anyway, whatever he does in the future we wish him well, and have some happy memories of the (almost) seven years he has been part of York’s favourite Beat Group.
That left Pete and Kev with the task of finding a suitable replacement, which is not easy. A decent sixties-style drummer who can sing backing vocals, has a vintage kit, and can put up with the other two’s idiocy is a lot to ask.
The Flashback luck held out, and the person at the top of our wish list immediately agreed to become part of the chaotic circus that is Flashback; what is more he fulfilled all the requirements (well, except one. If you’re reading this John, a vintage Premier kit can be found quite cheap. Only saying. No pressure.)
Cue (trumpet fanfare) Mister John Halder! Ridiculously good-looking, younger than the other two (two reasons Kev tried to Veto the appointment), John shared the rhythm section of a band many moons ago with Kev - it seems he has a short memory, because, despite that he agreed to work with him again! I know!
Rehearsals (yes - REHEARSALS!) have been taking place, and John is expected to take over the hot seat in March. So to the friends and family who come to see us regularly, please give him a warm welcome.
Welcome aboard, John I think we are going to have a blast.
Kev and John in “The Rockin’ Goose Horns” back in the Stone Age. Stop laughing!
Flashback goes from strength to strength May 2016
So we are three months into the tenure of new drummer John, and your favourite beat group is getting better and better. We have been lucky with drummers over the last 13 years - Phil and Steve have both enhanced the band - and John is proving no exception, providing that sixties groove needed as a counterpoint to Kev and Pete’s messing about!
So we thought we would share a few photos of a recent gig at The Roman Bath, taken by the lovely Meredith. Click here for the full selection. More to follow.
HOT OFF THE PRESS PICTURES
The band in action at The Roman Bath - click on picture for larger version.
New bass for Kev
Well, when we say new, we mean ... er ... made in 1959. After more than a decade of Beat, Kev’s 500/5, serial number 272, is now having a well-earned rest. In March he travelled all the way to Stoke-On-Trent to collect serial number 138 (the earliest Selmer 500/5 on file), complete with HOFNER inlay on the headstock, which makes it identical to Stuart Sutcliffe’s (Serial 199 - seen here in Hamburg, 1960). The previous owner was none other than John Askey, Sandie Shaw’s bassist!
You may have noticed we have started to date the news entries; this is in response to a recent fan who rang to ask how Pete was - they had seen the article of two years ago reporting Pete’s op, and thought it was a current story!
Our fault for not updating the website often enough I suppose...
272 on the left, 138 on the right, and, no they are NOT identical!