Back to the Future
had arrived and inevitably the music scene still continued
to change. We were still keeping up with the times and
changes, updating and improving our equipment, and recording
ourselves at home. Personal changes came about in my
life now, so it all got a bit harder for me.
see the changes in the social club scene, they were
gradually doing away with groups for Friday and Sunday
entertainments as the numbers of people coming to the
clubs were diminishing. Clubs went for the cheaper options
of discos and duos, but Saturday nights were still steady
and it didn’t affect us too much until the end
modifying his amplifier and speaker combinations through
this time whilst I kept to my Marshall amp and speakers.
I have had my Fender Strat now since 1973 and could
not do without it now. By the end of the 90 s we decided
to advertise in yellow pages as clubs and agents became
less reliable sources of work. So in 1999 we put an
advert in the entertainers section. This gave us a new
lease of life bookings wise. In the years to follow
and generally from 2000 onwards we now do a lot of private
functions and still some regular social clubs and our
diary is about as full as we want it to be!!
we had a write up in the Portsmouth evening news about
us, as I think we must be the longest running group
(except for the Rolling Stones of course) to be still
continuously playing for all those years, with one member
change in the group, and one name change. And there
are no signs of us wanting to stop yet!
that the next step was to have a website on the internet,
so here it is!!
So, I will
keep you updated. I'm sure Steve has something more
to say about his background and his time with the group
after 20 years, and I will try and get Rob to put together
a piece too, as without him we would not have started,
and we certainly would not have come up with the idea
of having all the lighting and backdrops.
also would like to thank all the neighbours in Shirley
Avenue, Milton, Portsmouth, who used to put up with
our practise nights in my Mum and Dads front room on
a Wednesday and all the neighbours in Oliver Road, Southsea,
Portsmouth, who are still putting up with (a little
less) noise from us!!!!!
to thank Uncle Ron, and my Mum and Dad for encouraging
us to go for it as a group. My Dad used to say “It
keeps them off the streets” – well it certainly
has done that!!