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FACES TICKETS

Wigan

 

'Mitch'

John Gostelow: Drums ex Tremors. Kenny Heyes: Lead Vocal.

Dave Green: Bass Guitar ex Senators. Michael 'Mitch' Michinson: Lead Guitar.

 

"Faces Tickets were a short lived rhythm and blues group from my formative years. Songs were mainly general beat group stuff of the day, Bo Diddley, The Rolling Stones etc. What we lacked in musical expertise we gained in exuberance,.

 

  I remember Dave green had made his own bass which looked the part even if it didn't sound it. With frets placed at even intervals - well you wouldn't know would you? - tuning was this side of intolerable. But hey! - we were more concerned with making a noise and enjoying ourselves than having perfect pitch. 

 

   And talking of making a noise. We were practicing in a terraced house in Rylands Street, Wigan one Saturday afternoon when I had a brainwave. We had got a message that Dave green couldn't make it so we made a brew and were trying a few songs without him. I had seen The Kinks at a show at Wigan ABC Ritz Cinema when I noticed that Dave Davies was plugged into a little green Elpico amp', and then he ran a lead out of that into his Vox AC 30. So while Dave wasn't there I had the opportunity to try it out for myself. I took a lead from the speaker of Daves amp' and  then into my Watkins amp'. I cranked my amp' full-up, turned Daves up full and hit an open E chord. The resulting sound was ear shattering!. The cat shot up the curtains, ornaments were spinning around on the mantelpiece, Tea shot out of cups, I looked around and John was already heading for the back door.

 

  I never told Dave, he would have killed me, he was a handy lad. It blew my speaker to bits , but looking back it was worth it for the memory, We didn't do many gigs, but Faces Tickets was a good fun-time for me.

Mitch Mitchinson: August 2010

 

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