Sunday, 25 January 2015

TWIN SUNDAY SADNESS

The inside sleeve of "ELO II" [1973] featured Wilf Gibson [first left] ...
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! I was very saddened to read just this morning [via my good friend Martin Kinch over at Cherry Blossom Clinic] that early ELO violinist Wilf Gibson had passed away during October 2014. Wilf played during the very first ELO gig at The Greyhound in Croydon on Sunday 16th April 1972 and contributed to both "ELO II" and "On The Third Day", although he was not credited on the latter following his departure from the band. Martin conducted an interesting interview with Wilf back in October 2003 and you can read it here.

My sadness was further compounded when I also discovered this morning that The BeatBack Brothers are to be no more. Craig Whale announced on Facebook this morning "... that time [had] come to the end on the road ..." for Craig and his musical partner Adam Willetts after over eight [8] years of gigging together in and round the Midlands. A final farewell performance is scheduled to take place at The Great Western in Bilston on Saturday 14th February 2015. ELOBF has been proud to feature and support Craig and Adam in their various endeavours, be it in The BeatBack Brothers or their other projects Band On The Runn and Off The Ground. We go back a long way!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 25-Jan-2015

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