Here are a few of the promotional shots that Lionel took for us, all those years ago -
featuring a couple of extremely rare pictures of me without a beard!
(as always, click on the image to enlarge it - then click your browser's 'Back' button to return here)
After the split of Roads
Ron and I still played together occasionally.
One gig which I will never forget was in the mid 80's
when we played as a support band for
a friend of Ron's, who wrote all his own material. The venue was the new
in Peterborough, a wonderful modern theatre (well it was then!) with an unusually cosy atmosphere,
and a capacity of around 400, built on the grassy bank overlooking the River Nene.
Adrian performed solo to a packed house for the first half - mostly acoustic,
while Ron and I provided backing for his second half.
See the pictures
I still have some recordings (on open-reel tape - that's how long ago it was)
taken from this, and a couple of other concerts, all gathering dust in a cupboard somewhere
(maybe one day I'll cut them onto CD).
This was the second time we had played at
Our first time there was as Roads
a couple of years earlier,
shortly after Brian Gummer had left. In fact Brian was in the front row of the audience
when we played a charity concert there, organised by Ron and a few others,
to raise funds for a number of worthy causes.
came on last and we blew everyone away.
We had often played in the Theatre Bar
on Sunday lunchtimes, as did almost every other local band at the time.
It was a very popular meeting place and any self-respecting amateur musician
would be glad of the chance to play there for free, just to get an airing
and to try out their new material on the punters.
Sunday lunchtime in the Theatre Bar was always packed (what with cheap beer and a live band to watch for free, it was hardly surprising!).
But these gigs were in the main Auditorium !!!
Here's one of the best pictures I have of
caught unawares while rehearsing for his concert.
Adrian went on to work with a number of household names, and is still gigging today.
Visit his web site
for details, and information about where you can see him performing today.
I saw him at
recently, and I was so impressed.
The next few shots were taken while we were rehearsing for this concert.
I only recently re-discovered who the drummer was -
shame on me for forgetting! His name is Harry Ovenall, another
close friend of Adrian's, who was the original drummer with the
band Family, of 70's fame. Sadly, I only met him the once.
We nicknamed him Superman
- can you guess why?
(As always, click on the thumbnail to enlarge the image).
In my early years I worked in electronic engineering - Telephone Exchanges and the like.
But these days I do IT Support to earn the odd crust (well nubbady's perfick!).
I've worked on computers (in one form or another) for around twenty five years now.
Recently I was privileged to spend some time with Leicester City Football Club, doing PC support there for a while.
I consider myself fortunate to have known and worked with some of the nicest,
friendliest people anyone could ever wish to meet, everywhere I have been.
But my time with LCFC had to be just about the best year-and-a-bit I can remember spending anywhere!
A great crowd of people.
I shall miss them all.
I've lost track of almost everone now, but with the help of
I recently managed to contact Ron again.
Ron is now working as an artist in Penzance, Cornwall, after a period exploring
his formidable artistic talents in Scotland. Ron makes (among other things)
from cut glass mirrors. You can see some examples of his work
at Gallery 18
If he's half as good at that as he was at hairdressing,
then he won't do too badly. I know he still plays, as I went to see him there last year (2004).
Maybe we'll get together and play again? (who can tell!).
I still have my old
Bass, and a few other instruments,
which I drag out and blow the dust off now and then.
But these days I only play when I have the house to myself.
Then I pour myself a large brandy, drag out the Bass
(or my battered old
Gibson SG Copy
) & amp,
and try to blast the windows out,
playing along to a CD or a tape of something from the seventies.
A little while ago, I treated myself to a REALLY COOL
new guitar !!!
An Ibanez SA2120XAV
and be Soooo jealous.
This thing plays like a dream (I've hardly touched the SG since)......
Then early last year (2005), I splashed out on a
Headless 5-String Bass
A Hohner B2AV in Sunburst
This instrument is so neat and easy to hold,
and it takes up very little space compared with most guitars.
But these aren't available in the UK, so I had to import it.
I found a company called
ABE Music online
So I got in touch and imported one.
to see what it looks like.
But if you want to hear what it sounds like, you may have to wait until
the family are all out, then listen at the windows ;-)......
This too plays like a dream! (maybe sounds like a nightmare?)
A couple of years ago now, I went to see Adrian Burns at
A popular Live Music Pub, tucked away in a corner of Leicester.
A very impressive performance.
I'd almost forgotten just how good a musician he really is. Check out his
for his itinerary and take yourself to see him. You won't be disappointed.
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