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Alistair Barr
Al was born in the late 1950s which means in terms of classic rock music he had a winning lottery ticket. He grew up near London and used any excuse to go to gigs there. As well as seeing The Stones,The Who ,Bob Dylan Van Morrison and Bowie in big shows, he enjoys catching bands before they make it big . Some of his favourite moments have been Genesis with ten people in the audience (!);late 70s pub-rock stalwarts, Doctor Feelgood, above a pub; and Jonathan Richman in a small Kilburn Irish club.
Al has been going to Glastonbury for twenty years now and was shown on Sky news ‘dad-dancing’ to Barry Gibb at the pyramid stage this year. His other favourite festival is Number 6 at Portmeirion in Wales. In the sixties Brian Epstein took the Beatles to this holiday village and in 1993 George Harrison had his 50th birthday there.
Al currently plays drums in two bands. George Norway is a psychedelic folk band and The Scratch Band does classic cover songs from the 1960 s to the present day. He lives in Camden between the Roundhouse and Robert Plant’s house (who, alas, he doesn’t know…).
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Bruce Cherry
Bruce’s love of rock and pop goes back to his youth in South Wales where, in the late 1960s, he was of an age to see some of the great bands in early action. “The best concert I saw as a teenager had Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Nice and my favourite at the time, Amen Corner, on the same bill!” All time best gig? “Really hard to say as there have been so many memorable occasions. However, George Harrison at the Albert Hall stands out, as does Frank Zappa at the Oval. I guess sitting on the stage with the Stones at Bristol’s Colston Hall in 1970 takes some beating!” Bruce’s rock memories also include tour management and he also writes and makes rock history DVDs (see the Pink Floyd DVD).Bruce has lived around the world and now, spending a lot of time in Brazil, also adds ‘Bossa Nova’ and ‘MPB’ to his favourites.
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Colin Laverick
Having the orange Lotus Elan of Andy Fairweather-Low (Amen Corner, solo act and member of Clapton and Roger Water’s bands) parked just down the road was an early indication of what success in the rock ‘n roll looked like for an impressionable teenager. Throw in the epiphany of first hearing The Byrds ‘Mr Tambourine Man’ and escape was impossible – ‘hooked’ is the term. Mid-teens revolved around editing ‘PillAge’, a counterculture magazine, and countless concert/album reviews. Pink Floyd, The Who, Led Zeppelin – you get the picture. And festivals, too – Bath, Reading, Glastonbury became fixtures on the calendar – bringing opportunities to see such mythic West Coast bands as the Byrds and Jefferson Airplane. Colin has the perfect combination of passion, enthusiasm and ‘saw them’ required for a rock tour guide!
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Dan Torres
Dan is a professional musician and singer-songwriter, recently returned to the UK following 15-years in Brazil were he has had great success releasing several albums, having ‘top ten’ hits, and providing the theme songs for several very popular TV ‘soap operas’. And all this success started almost by accident! Following his graduation in England, he went to see his Brazilian grandmother on an intended ‘gap year’ but, after winning a local reality ‘Pop Idol’ TV-show, found himself literally thrust into the spotlight. In addition to his solo work, he also performs in the band, Dan & the Underdogs, with their last album being recorded in Nashville. You can find him on ‘Spotify’. Dan’s rich musical heritage and guiding has been enriched by stories from his uncles who ran one of London’s first Brazilian restaurants, popular with the poor young musicians of the time – including Freddie Mercury and members of Traffic – who’d gladly wash the dishes in exchange for a meal!
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Guy Fairbank
Born in Kent in the week The Seekers were No. 1 with ‘The Carnival is Over’ (just missed the Beatles’ ‘Day Tripper’), Guy was grateful for his sister initially, who introduced him to a lifelong love of Kate Bush. Boarding school widened his rock horizons with Genesis, Fleetwood Mac, Rush and Pink Floyd, with a side serving of Eighties popsters XTC. He studied Archaeology at Birmingham, which once had a wonderful venue called the Odeon, where he saw the likes of OMD, Suzanne Vega, Judie Tzuke, Talk Talk and Richard Thompson, but his first ever gig was Meat Loaf at the cavernous NEC. Guy then worked for many years for a well-known retailer, whose founder went to the same school as Shane McGowan, but Guy gave it all up in 2016 to become a full-time tour guide and has never looked back. Favourite gigs include Pink Floyd, David Gilmour, Peter Gabriel, Muse, Prince, The Who, British Sea Power, Edwyn Collins and Kate’s ‘Before the Dawn’ shows.
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Lee Sargent
Lee’s career in music started when he bought his first bass guitar, aged 13, and learned how to play “Hey Joe”. Here’s just a small selection of bands he was in: The Badgers, Equinox, The Wage Packets, Plex [with Queen’s manager’s son – Darren – on drums], Gone Fission, Sanity Clause and Tantra. He realised he wasn’t going to ‘make it’, though, around the time 100 ‘The Damned’ fans turned up at a Sanity Clause gig at The George Robey in Finsbury Park, and smashed up his 100 Watt Hiwatt [2 x 18′ speaker] stack, just because they were expecting to see The Damned under a pseudonym; “Smash It Up”, indeed. He had his own record shop [Wood Music] for 10 years in Islington, North London, but Amazon & downloading put an end to all that. He’s a massive Bob Dylan fan & was lucky enough to get a drop of Dylan’s sweat fall on him when was up front at a gig in Modena, Italy in 2000.
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Steve North
You might feel that you vaguely recognise Steve when climbing aboard the ‘magic bus’ – being an accomplished actor, he’s a familiar face on television, film and London theatre stages. Amongst his many TV credits is ‘Dr Who’ and he appeared in ‘Warhorse’ on the London stage at the National Theatre. Steve also won a prestigious award at the Edinburgh Fringe for his performance as Joe Strummer – somewhat apt as he was also in TV’s ‘London Burning’! Needless to say, he’s a huge ‘Clash’ fan. Being a teenager during the late 1970s punk and New Wave were his first loves he’s also a devotee of classic rock.
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Clive remembers in 1963 playing air guitar (left-handed like Paul), shaking his young head and wailing “oooooh” as he sang along to “She Loves You”. Growing up in rural Hampshire, his music came via a small transistor radio from Radio Luxemburg and Radio Caroline, and later Radio 1. His first memorable concert was in 1971 – the Beach Boys supported by a new band called Supertramp. Then in 1972 he arrived in London to go to university, but went to more concerts than lectures – Humble Pie, Deep Purple, Status Quo, Chuck Berry, Focus. Great times. His favourite concert would have to be ELO in the late seventies which featured the band arriving in a huge spaceship, an amazing set for its time. When Clive isn’t doing rock tours, he enjoys being an extra on tv shows and films.