Pop Star Plays in Southport!
WHAT a night!
The Ship and Anchor Pub might be small, but they can really put on a
party… Guests had come from all over the UK not only for the
fantastic music, but also to raise cash for the Rainbow House
Ok, Southport has had some interesting acts on in the resort
theatres, clubs and pubs, but for the size of this venue this was
not what you would expect! This had to be a first and I always
thought the Spice Girls putting on an act at the St Helens Lido was
unusual! Flying in for a one night only performance, for charity, at
the Ship and Anchor pub on Cable St. in Southport was Adam Ippolito.
Adam, is not the type of musician you would think of finding in such
a small venue and he ain’t local. In fact he had just flown in from
New York, yes New York in the USA!
If you still do not know who he is, well
his very own band at one stage had no other than John Lennon as a
member! That band made 9 albums when John was a member of it. Adem
has also had 3 albums with Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band. A
Platinum Disc for “Celebration”, with Kool & The Gang
that sold over 1 million copies! He also made 2 albums with Chuck
Berry. Not one, but 3 hit number one’s with Elephant’s Memory, plus
a collaboration with Cissy Houston and The Joffrey Ballet and that
is just the starters! I had to ask why he picked Southport to play
in and why this venue? His response to my question was short and
friendly:- “I have known the Adams family for years and as it
is for charity, why not? It sounded like fun and I decided to play.”
This led me on to ask what he thought of Southport:- “I have
never been to Southport before and it is a very nice place. The
audience in this venue was amazing and so friendly. It was like
being back home!”
Adam, I found to be a very unusual chap considering his past and his
status now. He came across very quiet and friendly, unlike most of
today’s pop stars that I have had the pleasure, sorry misfortune to
come across. He is very old school in his approach to people, very
softly spoken and easy going. He also is very quick to encourage
others to join in, again unlike some of today’s pop figures. He
takes a huge interest in people and seems to respect everyone,
taking them for who they are and not what or who he thinks they are.
What struck me the most was the way he reacted to a drunken chap
who, in the middle of the set, went over to shake his hand. Instead
of what I expected him to do, which was to blank him, he shook his
hand and made a funny, but well timed comment.
The other way he gained my utmost respect as a true performer, was
how he reacted when the power failed, thanks to a small technical
problem, which was quickly fixed. He carried on with the band from
exactly where he had left off, as soon as the power came on and no
one in the audience was any the wiser. So I had to ask will he be
returning:- “Heck yes! Next year without a doubt.”
Also on stage that night, putting on a fantastic backing acts and
supporting acts were Peter Mugford, Barry Womersley, Dave Malpas,
Roland Adams and special guests Mike Taylor, aka ‘The Godfather’,
Gina Fashioni, aka ‘The Gypsy’, Big Al Menzies and Joey the
Kid…. But we cannot forget the bar’s one and only Tony Adams,
‘The Harp’ on his harmonica.
On the night TV personality, Jonathan Thompson, also dropped in with
his American Car, complete with US number plates!
here to hear a small sound bite of the night’s music
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