The Beatles in Urmston 50 Year Anniversary Show
was a great success and included a number of
MANCHESTER groups past and present.
In response I have added my MEN review from 17/8/13
with pics and wish to convey a BIG THANK YOU
and CONGRATULATIONS on behalf of everyone who
was there to Peter Killick who deserves all the
credit for having the vision and seeing it through...
well done mate and thanks for the ticket! ED
FAB BEATLE ANNIVERSARY IN URMSTON 2013
Another weekend arrives but I hope not as hectic as the last when I attended
The Beatles in Urmston 50thAnniversary show.
Two days on my feet but boy was it fun as it included several Manchester
groups past and present which I wish to look at this week.
First of all though a big thank you to those who came over to see me on
stand to say how much they enjoy my weekly column.
It makes the research and late nights worthwhile plus
love the idea you are cutting them out to save.
If you've missed any the MEN do have back copies but hopefully
we can publish them together with additional info at some point.
So back to the main event last weekend where I salute the organisers for pulling
it out of the bag and securingThe Bootleg Beatles for this one.
As the original and premier Beatle tribute band it was a real coup
and the best anniversary salute you could get.
Their performance complete with costume changes, Beatle mimic
actions and scouse dialogue meant they were as near to the real thing as you could get.
Their two sets covered the seven years of Beatle recorded music and
didn't disappoint as everyone was up on their feet in the arena
the original site at Abbotsfield Park off Chassen Road, Urmston.
I spied residents having garden parties and folk watching the
from the bridge such was the attraction.
But the weekend wasn't all Beatles as there was a strong Manchester
connection both old and new across the two days.
Groups who lived up to their own billing with The Vincents
kicking the entire show off on the Saturday.
Formed in 1962 from Urmston and Stretford this five
group had originally disbanded in 1967.
However, a chance meet in 2012 brought the five back together
again and just in time for the show making them an ideal opener.
Performing a solid rock'n'roll set that warmed up the crowd for what was to follow.
I was fortunate to speak to lead singer and guitarist Graham Leggett
along with drummer Arthur White later that day.
They informed me it was a great thrill to play such a part in the
show and revealed they are back for good so look out for
them on the local music circuit.
The next up on stage was another local group formed in 1962 called
The Chancellors. The group had chart success in Holland when
re-invented as The Scorpions having the number 1 hit 'Hello Josephine' in 1965.
Lead guitar and vocalist Graham Lee is a former Hermans Hermits
and the band consisted of original members Diccon Hubbard (Bass),
Roy Smithson (Keyboard) and Tommy Unthank (Drums).
The group maintaining a high standard of rock'n'roll with Lee
demonstrating a mean slide guitar and much underrated as a musician.
The Hermans Hermits arrived on stage to what would be a homecoming
gig although the only original member now is Barry Whitwam on drums.
However, despite the absence of Davyhulme's Peter Noone their
catalogue of sing-along pop songs had everyone singing and
waving their arms with plenty of smiles on faces.
It was pleasing the weather broke to provide sunshine during the performances.
The Tremeloes followed next as the group who were there
on the same bill as The Beatles back on 5 August 1963.
Next to follow was another local group The Rainband.
They being the latest in a line of new groups from South
Manchester out to secure their own pop fame.
It was a contrast to the sixties beat of the afternoon but a
welcome change with their indie sound and recent appearance
at Glastonbury indicating success is just round the corner.
The first day ended with The Bootlegs leaving everyone in a happy haze
- some of the fans set to return the next day for another amazing line-up.
And despite weather warnings of rain it didn't prevent a
smaller crowd enjoying themselves once again.
They were treated to local groups Midnight Delta with their strong
set of blues and r'n'b along with a powerhouse performance
by Small Weller who are the ultimate Jam and Paul Weller tribute act.
Their lead singer and Weller fan Scott Jones told me
he was chuffed to be on such a historic billing.
THE QUANGOS Josh Goddard Vocals Guitra and Drew Palmer on Bass
What was special for everyone and the future of Manchester
pop is the emergence of a band that stole the show that afternoon.
The Quangos are a four piece who hail from Urmston and have
residency at the Cavern in Liverpool for a couple of years.
Their style is unique and been augmented by the addition of
trumpet player which has given them a unique sound.
Their lead singer and guitarist Josh Goddard has a unique
vocal style all his own and their set of original songs plus
interpretations of standard r'n'b and motown astounds
you for such a young group.
The compere for the weekend Mike Sweeney said they are
the best young band he has seen in years and I agree. Check
them out on You Tube and look out for the name The Quangos.
The rest of the day saw great performances by sixties groups
with a rack of pop hits between them -The Rockin' Berries
from the Midlands and Liverpool legends The Merseybeats
and Mike Pender's Searchers.
A big thanks to Peter Killick and Something Good Productions
for organising the event and let's hope they stage more to include
Manchester groups past and present.
I was pleased to receive a credit for providing the historical advice
and a Beatle illustration - until next time fellow popsters!
CONGRATS PETER AND ALL WHO HELPED ON THE EVENT!
PETER IS FLYING THE FLAG FOR MANCHESTER MUSIC
also big thanks to Neil Swift!