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CMW335CMW335 Frets: 934
Thought this might throw up some interesting stories considering the abundance of talent on the forum. Couple of years ago we had the pleasure of being on the line up for a local music venue which was headlined by Tom Hingley. Had a great night and he was a good guy, approachable and open but also well behaved so no crazy stories other than a top night.

So who have you supported or played with and as a side note any stories more interesting than mine? Punch ups, gang bangs, girlfriend stealing, riots...
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  • monquixotemonquixote Frets: 11440
    I supported Showaddywaddy once and also Roots Manuva

    That's about as big of a gap as I can imagine :)
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  • CMW335CMW335 Frets: 934
    I supported Showaddywaddy once and also Roots Manuva

    That's about as big of a gap as I can imagine :)
    Bonus points for musical diversity  :)
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 10289
    Completely bottom of the bill to Motörhead and The Climax Blues Band ( no idea why they were even on the same bill as each other)at a biker festival.  

    We played a custom car festival once on the same bill as Steve Gibbons but he turned up early and played support to us. So early we hadn’t turned up and I missed his set. Top of the bill were King Pleasure who did actually turn up at the right time.  

    It’s no Showaddywaddy but I think that’s it. Oh, also were meant to play support to the Wurzels at a private event but that was cancelled. I have seen them live and very good they are. 

    There will be more impressive answers than mine ( I hope). 
    When the rich wage war it’s the poor who die. 
    Jean-Paul Sartre 
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  • HattigolHattigol Frets: 3441
    My mate sings in a fairly top-end covers band. They were booked for a 70th birthday party of this uber-rich guy in North Yorkshire as support for his main act.................Robbie Williams.

    Cost about a million quid to hire him for a 45 minute set apparently (Robbie, not my mate).

    Mate had to sign up to a non-disclosure agreement about Robbie as he had a clause in his contract that if any press turned up, he wouldn't have to play but would still be paid in full.
    "Anybody can play. The note is only 20%. The attitude of the motherf*cker who plays it is  80%" - Miles Davis
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  • Left the stage late afternoon at a Wiltshire festival once and found Bucks Fizz and Go West waiting in the wings.....
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  • ESBlondeESBlonde Frets: 3238
    Back when they were still the originals about 40 years ago we played on a cross chanel ferry with The Ivy league,
    about 20 years later while playing a function a young Neil Conti from Prefab Sprout jumped up and started playing percussion.
    Most of the other famous people I've worked with have been while providing production servoces so I wasn't on the same bill.

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  • CMW335CMW335 Frets: 934
    Hattigol said:
    My mate sings in a fairly top-end covers band. They were booked for a 70th birthday party of this uber-rich guy in North Yorkshire as support for his main act.................Robbie Williams.

    Cost about a million quid to hire him for a 45 minute set apparently (Robbie, not my mate).

    Mate had to sign up to a non-disclosure agreement about Robbie as he had a clause in his contract that if any press turned up, he wouldn't have to play but would still be paid in full.
    Wow whatever your thoughts on him are, a million quid for a 45 min set!!! You got to hand it to him there
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 10289
    Left the stage late afternoon at a Wiltshire festival once and found Bucks Fizz and Go West waiting in the wings.....
    I saw Go West at a festival a few years ago, they took a couple of numbers to warm up but he's still in good voice.  
    When the rich wage war it’s the poor who die. 
    Jean-Paul Sartre 
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  • HattigolHattigol Frets: 3441
    CMW335 said:
    Hattigol said:
    My mate sings in a fairly top-end covers band. They were booked for a 70th birthday party of this uber-rich guy in North Yorkshire as support for his main act.................Robbie Williams.

    Cost about a million quid to hire him for a 45 minute set apparently (Robbie, not my mate).

    Mate had to sign up to a non-disclosure agreement about Robbie as he had a clause in his contract that if any press turned up, he wouldn't have to play but would still be paid in full.
    Wow whatever your thoughts on him are, a million quid for a 45 min set!!! You got to hand it to him there
    Nice work if you can get it.

    Brilliantly organised too apparently. Not one of the guests knew he was going to be there - my mate, who is the singer in the band. wasn't even allowed to tell the other bandmates who it was until 2 hours before.
    "Anybody can play. The note is only 20%. The attitude of the motherf*cker who plays it is  80%" - Miles Davis
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  • ColsCols Frets: 1802
    CMW335 said:
    Hattigol said:
    My mate sings in a fairly top-end covers band. They were booked for a 70th birthday party of this uber-rich guy in North Yorkshire as support for his main act.................Robbie Williams.

    Cost about a million quid to hire him for a 45 minute set apparently (Robbie, not my mate).

    Mate had to sign up to a non-disclosure agreement about Robbie as he had a clause in his contract that if any press turned up, he wouldn't have to play but would still be paid in full.
    Wow whatever your thoughts on him are, a million quid for a 45 min set!!! You got to hand it to him there
    I suppose with a one-off gig you don’t have the economy of scale that goes with a big tour, so the overheads are proportionally greater.  Even so, £1 million...

    Hope the birthday boy got his money’s worth.
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  • Left the stage late afternoon at a Wiltshire festival once and found Bucks Fizz and Go West waiting in the wings.....
    I saw Go West at a festival a few years ago, they took a couple of numbers to warm up but he's still in good voice.  

    I knew him slightly for a period because, in my early 20's, I was in a band and good mates with the guy that later went on to produce Go West's first album. As I've mentioned before, it got me a visit to the studio during the recording of the first album and the opportunity to see Alan Murphy and Pino Palladino in action.

    Many years before Go West, he was looking to put a rock band together and, because my mate wasn't available, I went along to a rehearsal with him in a freezing cold Nissen hut. I didn't eventually come to anything. An incredibly humble and nice guy. Years later, after Go West had taken off, I remember bumping in to him (at a Jeff Beck gig IIRC) and he apologised to me about that rehearsal, whereas I felt it was an honour to have had the opportunity to play with him. I think the last time I saw him was at my mate's dad's funeral a few years back, and chatting to him about guitarists.

    An amazing talent.

    It's not a competition.
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  • HattigolHattigol Frets: 3441
    Left the stage late afternoon at a Wiltshire festival once and found Bucks Fizz and Go West waiting in the wings.....
    I saw Go West at a festival a few years ago, they took a couple of numbers to warm up but he's still in good voice.  

    I knew him slightly for a period because, in my early 20's, I was in a band and good mates with the guy that later went on to produce Go West's first album. As I've mentioned before, it got me a visit to the studio during the recording of the first album and the opportunity to see Alan Murphy and Pino Palladino in action.

    Many years before Go West, he was looking to put a rock band together and, because my mate wasn't available, I went along to a rehearsal with him in a freezing cold Nissen hut. I didn't eventually come to anything. An incredibly humble and nice guy. Years later, after Go West had taken off, I remember bumping in to him (at a Jeff Beck gig IIRC) and he apologised to me about that rehearsal, whereas I felt it was an honour to have had the opportunity to play with him. I think the last time I saw him was at my mate's dad's funeral a few years back, and chatting to him about guitarists.

    An amazing talent.

    Their big hit song was ruined for me when a mate pointed out to me that he actually sings 'We Close Our W-eyes'.

    Sorry. That's probably now done it for you lot too....


    "Anybody can play. The note is only 20%. The attitude of the motherf*cker who plays it is  80%" - Miles Davis
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  • not_the_djnot_the_dj Frets: 6892
    Doctor and the Medics.

    Birthday bash gig for Rob at Robannas studios in Birmingham. I was playing bass in an AC/DC tribute (I was standing in as their bass player had just had a baby, or was ill, or something like that). 

    We were hurriedly getting our kit off stage so I don’t remember them playing “Spirit in the Sky”,  but I’m sure they did (possibly more than once). 

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  • CMW335CMW335 Frets: 934
    Doctor and the Medics.

    Birthday bash gig for Rob at Robannas studios in Birmingham. I was playing bass in an AC/DC tribute (I was standing in as their bass player had just had a baby, or was ill, or something like that). 

    We were hurriedly getting our kit off stage so I don’t remember them playing “Spirit in the Sky”,  but I’m sure they did (possibly more than once). 

    Reminds me of a holiday in Magaluf when Chesney Hawkes was playing in a club. We left and returned during his set 3 times and each time on return he was playing I Am The One & Only. He finished with a cover of American Pie but must have played Am The One & Only 3 times at least
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  • KebabkidKebabkid Frets: 2172
    edited September 10
    Supported Wishbone Ash (Andy Powell version), twice and they were very nice to us

    I was in The Vapor Corporation (TVC), which was Dave Fenton from The Vapors next band project and once played Ace's 'How Long' at a work music industry do with Rob Davis of Mud/Kylie's 'Can't get you outta my head'  fame
     www.cairoeast.co.uk - Madness Tribute band (Bass Player) and guitarist elsewhere
    Feedback - http://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/57885/
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  • GassageGassage Frets: 24290
    Played with Glenn Tilbrook and also been part of a jam that including (rather frighteningly) Jonathan 'Sugarfoot Moffet' and Reeves Gabrels.

    Donald Trump has spoken movingly about 7-Eleven. It reminded him, he said, of the way Americans came together in 1941 after Pearl Necklace.

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  • FarleyUKFarleyUK Frets: 1414
    edited September 9
    I've had Edison Lighthouse open for me and my old band. They played Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) as the first AND last songs. We weren't too taken by them TBH!

    Also had a jam with Jon from JettBlack, Paul Gilbert and also Nita Strauss.

    And here's one coming up - in July I'll be sharing a stage and playing with Paul Gilbert (again), George Lynch, Bumblefoot and Eric Gales in New York :)
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  • relic245relic245 Frets: 301
    Years ago, I played in an INXS tribute. It got quite popular around the time that Michael Hutchins died so we played some good venues. 

    there was a period where we were on the same circuit as Uria Heep. 

    Never actually crossed paths with them but several times they played either the day before, or the day after us.. 
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  • digitalscreamdigitalscream Frets: 18079
    Both my bands have supported Blaze Bayley a few times (five in total, I think). He's a nice chap, just don't mention Iron Maiden, because his face takes on the look of a haunted, broken man to the extent that even I felt guilty, and I wasn't the one who mentioned them...
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  • sw67sw67 Frets: 157
    edited September 9
    I have supported a few over the years - we were mostly pissed in the early days so cant remember a thing.

    Sigue Sigue Sputnik
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    Martin Metcalfe( goodbye mr mackenzie )
    Next up is the Meteors if we ever get gigs again.
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  • yorkioyorkio Frets: 84
    ESBlonde said:
    Back when they were still the originals about 40 years ago we played on a cross chanel ferry with The Ivy league,
    about 20 years later while playing a function a young Neil Conti from Prefab Sprout jumped up and started playing percussion. 
    I used to play five-a-side with Neil Conti on Sunday nights. We knew he was a drummer but were mostly a bit foggy about the details. Until one weekend he couldn't make the match – because he was playing with David Bowie at Live Aid.
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  • RolandRoland Frets: 4382
    edited September 9
    Doctor and the Medics.

    We were hurriedly getting our kit off stage so I don’t remember them playing “Spirit in the Sky”,  but I’m sure they did (possibly more than once). 

    Nowadays they play it at a much faster pace. I played it with their bassist last year.

    In my younger days I shared a stage with John Otway. Outside of that there are people who I don’t think merit the “famous” label, and a few who do but can’t be mentioned.
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  • Paul_CPaul_C Frets: 5310

    I played a festival in MK, followed fairly soon after (I think there was one band between us) by Eddie and the Hotrods and then The Blockheads.

    We also played a couple of gigs in Tring supporting Nevile Staple (The Specials) and Ranking Roger (The Beat).

    Another band did a festival immediately followed by Miles Hunt (The Wonder Stuff).

    That band was aslo followed at The Cavern by a 60s hippie band who took about an hour to set up (mostly because they all seemed to be seriously stoned) but I can't remember who they were, so I guess that doesn't count, but it does allow me to mention playing The Cavern ;)

    No thrilling stories, I'm afraid, but they were all very nice folk.
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  • DrCorneliusDrCornelius Frets: 2308
    edited September 9
    Left the stage late afternoon at a Wiltshire festival once and found Bucks Fizz and Go West waiting in the wings.....
    I got propositioned once by Cheryl from Bucks Fizz. She phoned me out of the blue when I was on the way to football in the car so my mates also heard it. It dawned on me halfway through the call that a mate of mine (bit part actor) had recently mentioned her in passing so I put 2 and 2 together and realised he’d put her up to it.  She played along and sounded like a right laugh tbf :-)
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  • PhilW1PhilW1 Frets: 476
    I used to go regularly to a jam night at the Maverick in Amblecote (in the Black Country) , one of the tracks I always played (badly) was “Rock n’ Roll’.
    Used to go every week.. regular..always..never missed..
    ..except the week Robert Plant turned up to have a go...
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  • PhilW1PhilW1 Frets: 476
    Have also ‘jammed‘(Wouldn’t get off stage) with Steve Gibbons and Trevor Burton on separate occasions ...Must 
    say they were both crap..kept playing different chords to me and out of time and giving ME looks as if to say ‘who are you and What the fuck you doing’..which to be fair Steve actually said..
    Still I enjoyed it..you gotta love lager
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 10289
    PhilW1 said:
    I used to go regularly to a jam night at the Maverick in Amblecote (in the Black Country) , one of the tracks I always played (badly) was “Rock n’ Roll’.
    Used to go every week.. regular..always..never missed..
    ..except the week Robert Plant turned up to have a go...
    The Maverick ( many, many years ago) 

    https://i.imgur.com/al4vuyM.jpg

    https://i.imgur.com/cQfR6H4.jpg

    A friend of mine played guitar in a covers band and one of the songs they did was Rock’n’roll but the singer insisted on some weird key so they didn’t really play it properly at all. They did a wedding and one of the guests was Robert Plant who got up for a sing. So my friend ( who is a very decent guitarist) had the honour of playing Rock’n’roll completely wrong behind Robert Plant.


    I have played with ( singer, pianist) Mike Sanchez at a wedding. I know he’s not a household name but his credits include Bill Wyman and Jeff Beck. Actually the wedding of the guy in the fleece in the colour photo, his wife was Mike’s hairdresser. 
    When the rich wage war it’s the poor who die. 
    Jean-Paul Sartre 
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  • vizviz Frets: 6684
    edited September 9
    I remember doing some festival or other with Jaxx - Camp Bestival or Hyde Park maybe; we were lounging around back of stage in the evening sunshine drinking G&Ts, when we suddenly noticed it was Sinead O’Connor out on stage before us, so we went out to the front and watched - she was bloody awesome - and when they came off we had a lovely chat and drink before our set. They were so nice, she and her band mates, the Papenfus brothers and Brooke Taylor. That was a lovely day. Shame I look like such a dork. 

    "Misogyny ... enforces sexism by punishing those who reject an inferior status for women and rewards those who accept it." - a great quote from Guitartango
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  • I was a tech/stage manager for a few years and ended up playing festivals filling in at short notice etc. Been on stage with tony Hadley, billy ocean, nick kershaw, buzzcocks, Dr and medics and the blow monkeys. Had some amazing fun times travelling far and wide and could’ve gone up to next level but I love being at home so gave up about 5 years ago. 
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  • Left the stage late afternoon at a Wiltshire festival once and found Bucks Fizz and Go West waiting in the wings.....
    I meant to hit ‘quotes not lol   I wouldn’t have minded bumping into Cheryl baker in the day , oh yeah .  Go West are quite good, I’m currently learning a bit in ‘don’t look down’ would like to do a cover of it . 
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