Sunday 14 October | Cafe Drummonds | 7pm | £15
Having a good quote or two (if you’ve got any) on which to hang your press release is important in the music game, and the ones that clog up my inbox run the gamut from shiny national press jobs through rambling missives from dodgy blogs and even dodgier local newspapers to, memorably, one that just said “Ace” and was attributed to ‘a regular gig-goer.’ I’ve even had ones that quote this very site, which is all very flattering (file under the aforementioned ‘dodgy blog’ category), but, let’s be honest here, I’m no Lester Bangs or Nick Kent (look ‘em up, kids). You use what you can I suppose.
Anyway, here’s what Aretha Franklin had to say about legendary vocalist Terry Reid in 1968:
“There are only three things happening in England: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Terry Reid.”
Aretha flipping Franklin. In 1968. That, my friends, is a quote.
Reid, or ‘Superlungs’ as he’s known, was also famously earmarked by Jimmy Page to front Led Zeppelin before Reid himself pointed Page towards Robert Plant. In fact, there are rock royalty connections running right through Reid’s gloriously understated career, and not all of them in the dim and distant past. Just last month DJ Shadow included a previously unreleased collaboration with Reid on his ‘Reconstructed’ album. Check it out after another quote:
“Terry Reid is the rare living legend whose enthusiasm for music remains unscathed and pure, nearly 50 years on.” DJ Shadow
Reid is joined by Rumer, an award-winning singer-songwriter in her own right, and locals Steve Winton and Brett MacIntosh. Tickets are available in One Up, whose troubles have been well-documented elsewhere, needless to say, pick up a CD while you’re in there and do your bit, or on the door on the night. This could be pretty special..