Wild man Ady’s got the Power

Ady will front the Minstrels of Power at the Later...with Jools Netherland show this Friday.
Ady will front the Minstrels of Power at the Later...with Jools Netherland show this Friday.
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The 1980s are little more than a blur for Morecambe’s resident wild man of rock.

So this Friday night, the living legend known only as ‘Ady’ will recreate his lost decade.

Ady will re-form heavy metal band Minstrels of Power, who were a big noise 25 years ago.

The original lineup will get back together for a one-off gig on the ‘Later...with Jools Netherland’ show at The Platform.

And Ady, known for his outrageous behaviour on stage and his hard living off it, says their comeback will be loud and lewd!

“It’s our first gig since 1990,” he said.

“People are coming from all parts of the country to see us. Dave Harrison, a sand grown ‘un, is the best metal guitarist the area has ever seen.”

During their three years together, Minstrels of Power supported Hawkwind at Manchester Apollo. They would have got a record deal, says front man Ady, had he not been a liability.

“I was permanently drinking and can’t remember the ‘80s,” he said. “Whenever showcases for big record companies came up, I would be off my face. In the end I got kicked out of the band.”

But are those crazy days finally over? Believe it or not, Ady has actually been pounding the treadmill in the gym to get in shape for Friday.

“I need to do it, just to keep up with the youngsters.

“Otherwise we’ll be lucky to get through the gig!”

Later...with Jools Netherland is Morecambe’s answer to Jools Holland’s BBC2 music show.

Bands perform short sets across three stages, the show seamlessly joined together by host ‘Jools’, aka Steven Wren.

The show will include a true mix of musical styles.

The Madericks, formed out of the remnants of the Devious Soul Machine in 2000, includes many members of The Reggie Mental Band and plays covers by The Mavericks.

Manchester indie band Soul Saboteur will provide a contemporary brand of soul blues and rock.

Also on the bill is Morecambe acoustic guitarist and songwriter Joe McCorriston, Molly Warburton and the Shady Days, and the return of the town’s favourite rockers The Bottlenecks.

Tickets cost £10. The show starts at 8pm. Over 18s only, ages 16-17 with an accompanying adult. Call 01524 582803 to book or visit Morecambe Visitor Information Centre at the Platform.

An after show party will be held at the Ranch House in Morecambe, including a late-night appearance from Tin Pan Alley at 11pm. Admission is free.