The Keith Emerson Tribute show is approaching fast 28th July Birmingham Symphony Hall x
A fantastic three days with the carp after Combat team…no fish and a sire throat but great fun. Well done Dave and Andy and the team.
Tickets are selling well for the Keith Emerson tribute concert. I hope you can come. Please go to the Care after Combat website or twitter page and get some tickets, you wont regret it 28 July in Brum
I ve been reading about “millenials” . People of a young age that have a blame culture. I’m glad someone else has noticed this cousin of political correctness. The type of person this disease affects is normally the one who moans ..about me, you everybody really. Nothing is their fault. They go out of their way to lie and bullshit their way to safety. It is quite scary. “It’s not me”" You made me do it” It’s not my job” ”he spoke to me funny, he was rude, he was humiliating me, he looked at me funny”. heard any of these?
When they fuck up it’s ALLWAYS someone else fault..and if you don’t like this version of the truth there’s another version ready to go.
They also have the knowledge that the HR PC wold of morons are on there side.
There is an epidemic
How dare I say this!!!!! “well, There you go… what do you expect from the sexist racist?”
Life has a way of evening things out.
Internationally acclaimed keyboard virtuoso Keith Emerson passed a year ago. I loved him. He was my hero. When I was young and working for radio rentals delivering TV’s in my little van I used to drive to Fulham and go through the bins of Emerson Lake and Palmer’s recording studio looking for souvenirs. Later when I became famous I met Keith. I was speechless. They say never meet your heroes, however mine was great. He taught me how to be a friend as well as a fan. I travelled the world to see him play. We became palls. He was even best man at a couple of my weddings.
In 1977 I was about to go to Montreal to see them with a 60 piece orchestra in the Olympic stadium. I couldn’t go. I had been offered a TV series. I should have gone. I would never see Keith’s music with an orchestra again for Keith took his life.
No one will really know the reason he did this, although I think Keith believed he had lost his relevance. He had a problem with his right hand. It was getting worse, and suddenly and terrifyingly the world’s greatest rock keyboard player could not play the way he believed he had to. Keith had raised the bar of rock keyboard playing so high it even became out of his reach. He believed that he was unable to deliver what was expected of him, and depression set in.
I work with Veterans, some of them have the same problem, that of losing one’s relevance.
It is a huge smack in the face to realise that you must cease to be who you once were or who you chose to be, and realise that life moves on, and its time to turn the page.
When Simon Weston was injured, his life changed in an instant. He adapted, and now is an inspiration to us all. We must all accept our fate and rejoice in what we once had.
Let’s look at my favourite subject…me!
I have been right to the top of my profession, against all odds, some would say. But I’ve always believed that everyone has a shelf life. People say to me “why aint you on the Telly no more?” I tell them that I have done my shift. Some of my colleagues really struggle with not being the star they were. They feel hollow…like Ronin. (did you see the film?) They are without purpose and they watch what they see to be lesser mortals succeeding. It’s rotten, but that’s life, but believe me there is always something round the corner.
In 1976 I failed an audition for Opportunity Knocks, two months later I won New Faces.
After years at Thames television I was sacked. Two months later I was signed by BBC to do Big break and the biggest show of all the Generation Game.
I was arrested by operation yewtree on the way to the Big brother house.
1 year later I won Big brother.
When I was 19 I was going through Keith’s rubbish bins
Then on March the 11th last year I got a phone call from his Girlfriend Mari to tell me Keith was dead. She called me…the kid who was going through the bins.
I never got to Montreal. I never saw the great man’s works orchestrated. But as I said, life has a way of evening things up.
On the 28th of July I am producing a celebration of Keith’s life at the Birmingham symphony Hall. And yes… It will have a Sixty Piece Orchestra.
Keith Emerson a celebaration of life
Birmingham Symphony Hall
Rick Wakeman, Thiery Elise, Racheal Flowers, Marc Bonilla, Noddy’s Puncture
And the Keith Emerson Orchestra conducted by Terje Melkelson
Tickets 01217 803 333 http://bit.ly/2hjjvVz
Now , I have the odd bet now and then,so here’s one. I bet Donald Trump resigns. I bet he gets fed up of being slagged off. Now, we all get slagged off…I should know, but when you believe you are constantly slagged off for the wrong reasons it gets to yer, because people haven’t listen to what you have said or written, it’s frustrating. It’s like constantly being blamed for something you haven’t done. You get slagged off because of other peoples interpretation of what you said. Nigel F must be sick of being called a racist because he wants to protect our borders. He has resigned more times than we all can remember. I resign twice a week…Some times life seems unfair..no matter what you say, some bugger puts his wrong interpretation on it and Boom! So why bother? because we all feel passionate about the things we do…we go for gold, flat out then along comes some tit and pisses on your chips…..”Just when I thought I was leaving..they drag me back in”
I’m having real problems making Pie and Mash… me bottoms are a bit soggy and my tops are too hard.
Care after combat has produced its findings after 18 months of Project Phoenix.
The study was a look at 2000 veterans in the Criminal Justice system.
It made recommendations to HMG.
It also pointed out the most asked questions from the Veteran.
“with so many veteran charity why can’t we get help?”
It also reported that The Government is working to reduce re offending, with CaC leading the way with the veteran.
It also points out the the biggest problem for the veteran is Alcohol issues.
It recommends that prisoners be kept in separate wings in prison… anyway enough of me goofing off have a look at what the boffins found on the CaC web site.
On Wednesday, Care after Combat releases an 18 month study of veterans in the criminal justice system.
It will report our findings and our recommendations. The report will be published on our website on the 17th of February.
We have started to see a pattern. Firstly, not one of the 200 guys we look after blamed the Ministry of Defence for their fall from Grace.
A lot of these guys have had a hard life before they joined the military. When they left, they found it extremely difficult to rejoin the life they had before. For some,the people they left behind became alien and strange and they miss the camaraderie, the order, and discipline that service life provided.
These are the guys that Care after Combat look after.
It is in everybody’s interest to prevent reoffending.
At Care of the Combat we believe that if you do the crime you do the time, and service personnel should be offered no preferential treatment. However we have found that service personnel in prison are willing to turn their lives round and start again. They realise their failings and ask for help. We answer that call.
If you Wanna help us, check out the Care after Combat website.
We look after veterans, the good and the bad the ugly
It’s what we do
I don’t believe for one minute that David Beckham questions why Katherine Jenkins was made an OBE. But just in case anyone else asks the question here are some of the reasons
Katherine became a trustee of the charity that I formed called the British forces foundation, not only that she has been all over the world entertaining the troops. On two occasions she accompanied me to Iraq and Afghanistan where we worked and travelled sometimes 24 hours a day,she has time for everybody and I don’t think I’ve seen anyone else better at making young soldiers feel relaxed and at home with her.
She is without a doubt the best person I have seen entertaining our Armed Forces. And she does it without fuss and without payment.
She is now a trustee of care after combat and has agreed to sing at our fundraising ball in London on 15 June.
She is star… Don’t you worry about that!
The July the 28th gig to celebrate Keith’s life is selling well. Go to Symphony Hall Birmingham web site and get a seat or two.