A rock and roll night is the destination this evening. I think my first live gig must have been over fifty years ago in a small church hall in Liverpool next to Goodison Park, the home of Everton Football Club. The band was called The Dictators and comprised a number of my schoolmates. I remember being very envious of them, since they all had some form of musical accomplishment and were there performing on a stage in front of an appreciative crowd, and I wished I’d learned to play the guitar.
Tonight’s gig is by Whole Lotta Led, a Led Zeppelin tribute band who I’ve seen before, and they are excellent. Again, seeing these guys perform I think to myself ‘If only…’ During one of their previous gigs they asked the audience if anyone had ever seen the original Led Zeppelin in concert. I think mine was one of only two hands that went up and I felt pretty chuffed about that. And here I am 43 years later listening to the same fabulous music. Nothing like a live gig. Rock on.
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last.
When all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll. [Jimmy Page & Robert Plant]