When the Tenors Of Rock heard a friend of a friend had suffered a fatal heart attack – aged just 29 – they felt compelled to do something in his name.
Now their single Brothers In Arms has been re-released to celebrate rugby league player Danny Jones’ life.
A former Welsh international, Danny died last month playing for Yorkshire side Keighley Cougars, leaving behind his wife and five-month-old twins.
The Tenors, who include Blackpool’s Jaymz Denning, are appealing to their fans to support the single to help the family.
Jaymz, 37, said: “We are all rugby lads and this single, which we had out in Europe a couple of years ago, seemed fitting. It’s actually about brothers returning from the Falklands War.
“And it kind of epitomises what rugby is all about too.
“We heard about Danny after flying back from shows in Las Vegas.
“It was a couple of our birthdays, we’d had a couple of glasses of wine and it really hit us.”
Danny’s club and the rugby league community have already raised more than £110,000, and the Tenors hope to add to the appeal.
After studying performing arts at Blackpool And The Fylde College, Jaymz moved to London and got his break into musical theatre with a role in Buddy, followed by stints in Sister Act, Billy Elliot and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
But it was chatting with friends in the pub that Tenors Of Rock was born – the five West End stars were all rock fans and fancied trying to create a cross over act.
A couple of chance gigs, supporting David Hasselhoff at the O2 in London and McFly at Hyde Park during the Olympics, and they now travel the world performing in huge venues.
While Blackpool is still very much the place Jaymz calls ‘home’, he admits he’s not been back since performing at Lytham Proms’ Last Night Of The Proms event last summer.
But he’s ready for a return trip to the ‘Proms’, now rebranded Lytham Festival, to play Lowther Pavilion on Monday, August 3.
“I’ve been away for about 15 years now,” the former Thames Primary and Hodgson High schools pupil told The Gazette.
“I was amazed at the size of Lytham Proms last year with Michael Ball, so I’m looking forward to our own show.
“We are very lucky to spend so much time in Europe and in Las Vegas, but sometimes you just want a Notarianni’s ice cream.”
* The Tenors Of Rock, Lytham Festival at Lowther Pavillion, Monday, August 3.