Hi Soren, Had a read through the Johnny Kidd book and spotted a few things. My memory of seeing Johnny Spence in 62'playing through a Wallace amp was correct. Article in the book say's "Johnny Spence had a Wallace custom built bass combo(a real pro job). Part of an article written by Colin Richards (from Terry Franks and The Avalons)from 1963. "We arrived in good time for the gig and they(Johnny Kidd and The Pirates) were rehearsing again. Mick was smartly dressed in a black suit . The roadie told us " Oh he's been to a wedding" We noticed something else was different. One of us ask's "Hello wheres the old Gibson then" he replied "I like the Tele better" "This is a good one , just got it from Marshalls" Mick's new Telecaster sounded great. It had a lot more treble than his old Gibson. Much more punchy or should I say choppy. I can't describe his sound, you have to hear it for yourself" After their set we (The Avalons) returned to the stage to finish off the night. DISASTER STRIKES. Out bass player can't find his bass, its dissapeared from the back of the stage. It had got stolen. This is probably where the story about Micks Gibson getting stolen came from, although it wasn't, it was the Avalons bass. So much infomation in this book "Shakin' All Over. The Birth of British R&B. The Life And Times Of Johhny Kidd by Keith Hunt.Well worth a read.
Hi Soren, I have the book and will have a look over the weekend time permitting.Dont think it could have got stolen after "Shot Of Rhythm and Blues" as "I'll Never Get Over You", "Allways and Ever"... more
It was a good book but I remember reading that Johnny Spence was disappointed that he wasn't consulted by the author (Keith Hunt).That is really surprising seeing that Johnny was a great pal of... more
Not sure Mick would have been bothered - bearing in mind his famous 'pieces of wood' quote. I remember how happy he was to get a freebie off Peavey when they gave him the blue cropper a few years ago ... more
wotcha, Rog. Mick said more than once that he wasn't interested in collecting guitars, having them hanging up in rooms etc. "they're just f#ckin' pieces of wood to me". But being Mick, he was pretty... more