King's Lynn 80's band to have a Wild anniversary
It promises to be quite a night ... you could even say a Wild one when the Wild Boys celebrate 10 years of making party music.
The Wild Boys are (now) Richard Knight, singer, Rob Fidler, bass, Steven Slater, guitar, Ben Gunkel, keyboards, and drummer Rob Gee, on Saturday, March 14, the 80’s cover band stage a concert at the Corn Exchange to celebrate a decade of making whoopee (and changing line-ups).
“Actually the 10th anniversary was last September,” admits Rob, “but we were due to play the Corn Exchange with KLFM and wanted to give it a bit of space before we came again.”
Even so, Rob admits to being quite impressed by the longevity and success of the past decade playing Duran Duran (hence the name), Frankie and all the other much-loved 80s pop icons.
“I thought it was going to be a one-off gig. But we just seem to get busier and busier.
“When we started I thought it would be quite good fun and it was well received and believe it or not, at that time, not many people were doing it. I thought there might be something in this.”
Their first gig was actually at a birthday party for singer Richard. Their first public appearance was at Bar Red in Lynn.
Since them they have played all over England and Wales, performed on cruiseliners in the Caribbean, the Med and Florida and played in Europe. They have recently been on a concert tour of Holland and Belgium.
“It is made really,” says Rob, “it really has been a great life experience and I love doing it.”
Rob was a friend of the original guitarist who left after about six months which is when his friend Steve joined.
He said that on March 14 there will be some old friends returning who have featured in the band’s line-up over the years, such as Richard’s brother Rob, who is one to have assumed the drummer’s seat over the years.
“We’re a bit like Spinal Tap,” said Rob, “we seem to have gone through quite a few drummers!”
He said that in the early days the band was more flamboyant in its own attire, something he was thankful they have toned down a bit, even if their audience still love to pay homage to the era of big hair and bigger shoulder pads.
“That was part of our success really. People came dressed up and then were reluctant to move on, which meant they stayed in the bar where we played, which obviously went down well with the bars!”
Well over 500 tickets have already been sold for the night so it is likely to be a sell-out on the night.
For tickets (£13) contact the box office on 01553 764864.
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