The event is
called ‘Rock of Ages’ and has been organised
by DrumWright Managing Director Chris Wright, who
is one of the driving forces behind the new charity
Music For All. Chris explains:
For All is a charity which has the simple aim of getting
more people - from every age group - to play music.
Rock of Ages aims to bring together some of the most
successful drummers in the UK for a one-off fund raising
event to raise funds to help today’s aspiring
musicians to take up an instrument."
of some of these drummers span more than six decades.
- legendary drummer with The Shadows for nearly 50
years - and one of Britain’s top conductors,
arrangers and composers, playing with fellow Shadow
Mark Griffith (bass).
- drummer with ‘Johnny Kidd and the Pirates’
and ‘The Tornados’, the first British
band to top the charts in the UK and USA simultaneously
in 1962. He was the drummer on no less than 47 chart
topping singles (including Love Affair’s ‘Everlasting
Love’, Tom Jones ‘The Green Green Grass
Of Home’, Jeff Becks ‘Hi Ho Silver Lining’
and many of the Kinks hits). He is widely regarded
as one of Britain’s finest session drummers.
He will be accompanied by ‘The Rock Masters’,
featuring one-time member of ‘The Springfields’
Mike Hurst, who went on to play in ‘The Methods’
with Jimmy Paige, Albert Lee and Tony Ashton before
becoming one of the UK’s top record producers
(over 50 chart singles and 25 Platinum albums, including
Manfred Mann, Cat Stevens, PP Arnold, The Move and
Showaddywaddy); Colin Farley (bass), best known as
a member of Cutting Crew and co-writer of their 70’s
hit ‘I Died In Your Arms Tonight’; and
one of Britain’s top guitarists, Ray Fenwick
(Spencer Davis, Ian Gillan).
BOB HENRIT -
One of the UK’s most respected rock drummers
(Adam Faith & The Roulettes, Argent, The Kinks)
- and - he will be bringing ex- Argent guitarist John
Verity and ex-Matthew Southern Comfort and Shadows
bass player Mark Griffith with him. Their performance
will include Argent’s classic 70’s hit
‘Hold Your Head Up’.
RIC LEE - drummer
with Woodstock veterans Ten Years After who will be
appearing at the concert with them, and will include
in their set ‘Going Back Home’, widely
held to be one of the high-spots of Woodstock a mere
39 years ago!
BOBBY ORR -
In his 80th year, Bobby’s playing credits include
Shirley Bassey, Pat Boone, Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis,
Billy Eckstein, Benny Goodman, Ted heath & Tommy
Steele. One of the finest jazz and session drummers
the UK has ever produced, and Bobby will be performing
with a big band of 15 - 19 year olds from the Berkshire
- one of the UK’s top percussion players - a
man with a CV that reads like a Who’s Who of
the UK music scene.
will be top Deep Purple tribute band ‘The Purple
Project’, featuring drummer Johnny Marter, who
has played with or supported many big names in rock,
including Meatloaf, Status Quo, Barclay James Harvest,
Queen, Tom Petty, Journey, Marillion, Black Sabbath,
Kiki Dee, Paul Young, Annie Lennox , Peter Gabriel,
Ronan Keating and Keith Richards. It was hoped that
Deep Purple’s drummer, Ian would sit in with
the band, but he will be on tour in South America.
However, Ian has kindly donated a masterclass with
himself, which will be auctioned at or shortly after