I JOIN THE BAND
They must have been suitably impressed by my performance that evening and we agreed that I would have an audition with them at their rehearsal rooms in Leadgate, near Consett, County Durham. (photo)
They gave me an audio-cassette of their songs, which the band had previously recorded whilst rehearsing with their original drummer and the idea was that I would learn the songs prior to my audition.
This audio cassette was a 90-minute tape and was full of original songs, written by them. Admittedly one or two of the songs was about 15 minutes long but the fact remains that I had some serious learning to do if I was to win them over at my audition.
As it happens, I must have been a quick learner because the audition went well and I was accepted into the band. I was now the drummer in Bullfrog! (photo)
Now we began some serious rehearsals, which is something we did many, many times over the years we played together.
THE FIRST GIG
For many years I have always been under the impression that my first gig with Bullfrog took place in Consett, County Durham.
However, in August 2001 I discovered my scrapbook and it clearly shows that I am mistaken in that belief. According to my little book, the first Bullfrog gig I played in took place at Ponteland Teacher Training College on Friday 11th February 1972.
We were paid the princely sum of £15 between us.