Not too old to rock

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A new rock ‘n’ roll band with some familiar faces makes its public debut tomorrow in Poulton.

The six-piece Reverend Rock (named after its lead singer’s uncanny resemblance to a stereotypical vicar), are performing at The Old Town Hall in Poulton’s Market Place.

The band is the brainchild of Chris Heaney and Pete Fielding who first met in the 1950’s as classmates at Tyldesley Boys School.

Both now retired from gainful daytime employment, it took them several stressful months to choose the right people for their new “swan song” project.

But persistence paid off and the band are now ready to rock.

Their music is authentic sounding rock ‘n’ roll of the 50’s and 60’s and includes material from the Sun record days of Elvis and Jerry Lee plus the Chess sounds of Chuck Berry and much more.

“We are different because we’re so old!” said Chris who together with Pete hits the very non rock and roll age of 70 next year.

“The average age of the band is 66 but we have long musical pedigrees dating back to the exciting early 60’s era,” he added.

The line-up comprises Pete Fielding and keyboard player Robin Dalton who were members of the 1960’s Blackpool recording group The Executives; drummer, Rob Pusey, who has played with Chicory Tip and The Nashville Teens; bass player Gerry Clayton, well-known in the Fylde and in the 60s notably played with Liverpool Cavern band, Karl Terry and The Cruisers; tenor sax virtuoso, Bill Barrow, who has appeared with name bands here and in the US; and frontman and lead singer Chris Heaney, who has been a popular singer in Lancashire for decades. They promise an exciting, high-energy performance - but, says Chris: “We may need a bit of a lie-down afterwards.”

n The Old Town Hall, Friday.