Crystal and Running Wild, stepped in at the eleventh hour at the Starfighter Club's pre-Christmas bash. Despite suffering from a cold and sore throat, Crystal replicated her show from the Rhythm Riot a couple of weeks earlier with a kickin' performance.
The three lads that make up Runnin' Wild do a fine job both musically and vocally. If you haven't heard their CD/LP Good Taste in Bad Friends, get a feel for the content by scrolling down the CD reviews section of our website, and check out my review of said album.
From there it was New Year's Eve and the Jump Back Boogie presentation of Jack and the Real Deals at Witham Public Hall in Essex.
Another good turn out for the Essex club, with a band and two DJs, Adrian Waters and John Macleod, on fine form.
At this point readers, as I say in my regular Bettajive Review, remember, a Rock n Roll Club is not just for Christmas...... Oh, and clubs, publicise, cos if people don't know you're on, they can't come.
The Starfighter Club in Norfolk, has one alteration, as Runnin' Wild played the club in December last year, they now have the Big Time Bossmen playing in February.
Chesterfield Rock n Roll Club have a full year of gigs, which can be found by clicking on the Chez Vegas flyer. Good club and venue from Andy Barker and his crew, we've always had good nights (and days) there.
The Rockabilly Rave, well say no more, what a great event it has been, and looks like continuing to be with his line up. Not to want the time to go away too quickly, but it's under three hundred days until the next Rhythm Riot. Just a heads up on the date.
Having had multiple myeloma for nine years, he continued to defy the odds by being one of the 24% that survive past five years (in his age group), going into remission on a number of occasions. This past year however, he developed a type of dementia that accelerated much quicker than the 'classic' type.
On January 8th, he passed away sat in a reclining chair in the care home he'd resided in for the past three an a half months, aged 86. I'll leave you with his favourite saying, which has become my mantra over the years.
'Get on with it!'