1981

How I joined: I got a call from Tommy Eyre, who said Greg and Gary were having difficulty finding a drummer – would I like to come down? When I arrived I remember going into the drum booth at Greg’s studio and seeing Gary in the control room. I knew who he was, but I didn’t remember having heard him play. He looked quite cocky. I thought, “Okay, let’s see what you can do, fella.” We jammed through a couple of the songs and right away it felt good. I think Greg said, “Great – that’s the band then!” I really enjoyed working with Gary and Tommy. Gary and I remained friends afterwards and he always wanted to have me play with him, especially with Glenn Hughes. We tried on four occasions but for one reason or another it never happened.

What we achieved: I think the album Greg Lake live in concert,  recorded at Hammersmith Odeon on November 5th, 1981 was the best thing we did. I had a copy for years on cassette which sounded great and it was finally released in 1995.

What I remember: We did a gig in the Auburn Star Theatre, Auburn, New York, deatiled as “Concert ends abruptly due to illness.” I’ll explain! We had been gigging for a while and the band was really beginning to rock. I think we were all really looking forward to the show that night. It promised to be a great one. The audience were going crazy whooping and yelling before we went on. It reminded me of the scene from Spinal Tap when the band can’t find their way on to the stage. Anyway, we got on and had only done about 2 numbers when Greg turned round to me and said, “My voice has gone!” We were whisked off stage and into the limos and were back in the hotel in about five minutes flat. What a fucking let down. It’s only ever happened to me once since: Edinburgh, 2008, when the venue caught fire and SAHB were chucked on the street, five minutes before we were due on stage. I still think the Auburn gig would have been the best one we’d played if it had gone ahead.

What you should hear: The Lie and Retribution Drive from the album Greg Lake; and 21st Century schizoid Man from Greg Lake In Concert