Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Elton & Rod Stewart Invited to Perform at Mother's Club

ROCK royalty Elton John, Robert Plant and Rod Stewart have been asked to take the stage for a mouthwatering tribute gig to one of the world’s greatest music venues.

The amazing line-up could be set to play Mothers – the famed Erdington club that set the trio on the road to superstardom in the late 1960s.

Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath, The Who, Free, Traffic and Pink Floyd were also on the long list of big names that played at the venue.

Launched in 1968, Mothers lasted only three years, but during that time it earned a reputation as THE place for bands to perform. It launched Rod Stewart, with the gravely-voiced singer stepping in as a short-notice replacement one night for Long John Baldry.

Radio guru John Peel was resident DJ and Mothers was twice voted the world’s best venue by America’s Billboard magazine.

Those glory days look set to return for just one night when a concert is staged to mark a Blue Plaque being erected on the building that housed the club

Members of Erdington’s town centre partnership have been meeting to discuss plans to mark the honour by again opening its doors.

Partnership director Dave Darkes, who used to hang out at the club as a teenager and is spearheading the comeback, said: “It deserves to be recognised in the same way the Cavern Club in Liverpool is.

"The Cavern is seen as the birthplace of the Beatles – Mothers was the birthplace of many, many bands. A concert on No-vember 4 will coincide with the unveiling of the plaque. Stars approached to perform include Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, Elton John and Rod Stewart.”

Dave hit upon a commemorative concert after inviting local rocker Steve Gibbons to officially re-open the new-look Walmsley store – once the setting for Mothers – last February.

- birmingham mail

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