It’s unusual to have two members of the same band with their birthdays in one month, but March has two birthdays from one of the most iconic and influential bands of the 1960s – The Velvet Underground, but we start in date order with…
ROGER DALTREY – 1ST MARCH 1944
To someone of My Generation, The Who were the band we grew up with. Crombie coats, mohair suits, Lambretta scooters and weekends on the beach in Brighton, for us The Who were the Mod band par excellence – the Faces before The Small Faces – and they went on to influence artistes from Led Zeppelin to The Clash. Bono of U2 said, “More than any other band, The Who are our role models.”
With a 40-year career that has seen soaring highs and some horrible lows, Meat Loaf has become as unpredictable as a French rugby team. One could sense an air of nervous anticipation among the crowd as they amused themselves with a bout of pre-match Mexican waves.
Would there be a repeat of the infamous AFL Final’s gig or the health problems that postponed the Tauranga concert? Would there be a reprise on the cataclysmic meltdown in Celebrity Apprentice?
If such questions were haunting the man himself they can only have served as motivation as the embattled singer delivered a stunning display of passionate intensity and consummate showmanship.
The musical cognoscente can quibble about the timbre of his voice but no one could question the way Meat Loaf pours his heart and soul into his songs or his remarkable ability to forge a connection with his fans.
Two thirds of one of the great Prog Rock bands were born in November and two fifths of one of the world’s greatest Folk Rock bands, but we start with the man without whom there might not have been the great 1960s UK R&B revival – the legendary John Mayall.
Some people say that Mayall, Green, McVie, Fleetwood was the best Bluesbreakers lineup, but the never bettered, Mike Vernon produced, Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton is the one for me every time.