VINCE RENO & THE SABRES
"Still hacking it: 50 years on.."
"The band formed in and around the St.Helens area back in 1961. Back then we were known just as The Sabres. However, in 1962 after a couple of personnel changes we added Vince Reno to The Sabres so as not to clash with Liverpool band Denny Seyton & The Sabres. Our line up consisted then of Maurice Tickle aka; Vince Reno - vocals, Pete Bond on lead guitar.. Ken Hobin, rythmn guitar, Ian Moncur, bass guitar and myself Allan Wilson on drums.
The idea for the reunion came from Ken Hobin. Ken had emigrated to Ontario, Canada in the mid seventies and he and his wife were coming back to the UK for a short holiday to see family and friends. Through the internet Ken contacted Maurice, Ian and myself so we could get together for a meal and share some long lost memories. Pete wasn’t on the internet so thanks to the Lanky Beat website we were able to contact him. Firstly, four of us met up as Ken was still in Canada and I think it was Maurice suggested that maybe we do a proper reunion and do a couple of gigs.
Thanks to Bill Hart offering us a gig at a Lankykats rock night, it spurred us on to do something and get serious. We managed to fit in a few rehearsals inbetween holidays etc, and it began to grow on us. This was just the four of us without Ken. We made a date to play at Lankykats on Thursday 18 October.
Ken came over on the 9 October and we had our first rehearsal with him on the 12th thanks to Mark at Leigh Miners Club for the use of the room. We then played a warm up gig at the Musketeer pub in Leigh on Sunday night 14 October, which went very well and then onto a final rehearsal at the Liverpool Arms pub in St. Helens on the 16th - again thanks to landlord Andy for the use of the room.
We played the gig at Lankykats to ram-packed Standish Unity Club and it turned out to be a night which none of us will ever forget.
We have since been approached to do other gigs and on Thursday 10 January 2013 we are returning to Lankykats – but sadly without Canadian Ken. However we’ll just have to wait and see; you just never know what might happen in this unpredictable rock ‘n roll business!"
Allan Wilson November 2012