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REV' BLACK

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THE ROCKING VICARS

Blackpool

 

Cyril 'Ciggy' Shaw: RIP: Lead Vocal. Stuart McGarry: Lead Guitar.

John Kent: Drums. Steve 'Mogsy' Morris. Bass Guitar.

 

Pic courtesy of Ken 'Bassman' Shalliker.

 

 

The Shyms from Wigan played at places like Croston Village Hall near Chorley in 64-65. We were just starting up as a second phase band being about 4 years younger than 1st phase. We were on with Rev Black & The Rocking Vicars. My ears haven't been the same since.

  I went Austalia in the late 80s... to Fishermans Wharf, Gold Coast. It was mid-day and I'd just settled into a nice cold 'Vicky B' tinny and sitting lazily on the promanade overlooking a small stage in the distance. The panoramic view beyond and over the ocean was just stunning. I was wearing pair of heavy sunglasses... you know, the type that marks you out instantly to any Aussie - so that he automatically thinks - 'another bloody pommy tourist'.

  My eyes settled on that tiny stage watching the two guys set up their gear for what was obviously going to be a performace of some sort. Then they were into it. Just two guys doing a '60s set. But there was more. One of the guys had a north of England accent. Are you all running ahead of me now....? Yes, yes, I had recognised the lead guitarist... and yes he said, "I played that night with the R' Vic's in Croston Village Hall," so he later told me.

Bill Hart: February 2010

 

Lemmy at The Wigan Casino with Motorhead..

Pics by kind permission of www.wiganworld.co.uk

 

 Alex Hamilton: Rythym Guitar. Ciggy Shaw: Drums. Harry Feeney: Lead Vocal. Pete Moorhouse: Bass Guitar. Ken Hardacre. Lead Guitar.

 

Pic: Barry Busby

 

From Burnley - five lads that came to Blackpool and took the town by storm.

REVEREND BLACK AND THE ROCKING VICARS

 

"The original line-up of five played at the Victoria pub on Blackpool Promenade when Bill Robinson was landlord. It was so packed you couldnt get in through the swing doors. What a fantastic sound they had.

 

 

The new line up includes Lemmy re: Motorhead - Hawkwind - The Pink Fairies. Nick Gribbon - Love Trade, Pete Hellewell of The Spiders took over on drums and Ciggy went onto lead vocal. Mogsy Morris on bass guitar. And Nick is still a gigging legend - got to be 70 nearly. Ha ha! Great guys.."

 

 

 

 

Jack Threlfall: November 2013

 

 

 

 

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