Friday, 13th May 2011 in US Tour 2011.
In the morning two guys come to do a filmed interview about Ian Wallace – the legendary drummer from Neil’s first band after the Bonzos called The World. We were all very young and Ian used to have a full drum kit set up in our living room for rehearsals. It says something about the 70s that we were in the middle flat and no-one complained about the noise. Anyway Neil wanted a very simple drum sound and Ian was a very busy drummer so when Robert Fripp of King Crimson head- hunted Ian, Neil was pleased to let him go. Ian went from strength to strength even playing for Bob Dylan, where he played exactly the sort of drum sound that Neil had wanted all those years ago. Ian had a fabulous laugh which Neil recorded on one of the early demos and used on the Bonzos album “LETS MAKE UP AND BE FRIENDLY after a musical track called SLUSH. He was a fabulous guy but sadly he died of cancer a few years ago. Now his wife and a film crew are interviewing as many people as possible who knew Ian. He worked for Johnny Haliday for a while – wonder if they are going to France to interview him. Anyway, remembering Ian made both of us happy and we checked out and drove to our hotel in Swansea in high spirits, and actually this is a good one. The receptionist welcomed us when we walked in and the room was large and untainted by hotel smells. Bob Boyer a Vinyl record shop owner “Sunrise” records in Somerset asked Neil to do an interview for his programme ‘Talk ‘n’ Roll’ so Neil spent an hour there and then we sailed gently into the evening.