DRUMMER Pete Boot of Willenhall, one-time member of highly-regarded seventies rockers Budgie, has surprised everyone, including himself, by bringing back his successful charity concert after several years' absence.
Pete, who has been living with Parkinson's Disease for nearly twenty years, put on his first Fill Your Head With Rock show fifteen years ago, with the aim of raising a few hundred pounds for research into the condition.
The event surpassed all expectations, with performers from all over the country descending on the capacious Gilbert's club in Field Street, Willenhall, and it became an annual event, with bands coming from as far away as the USA to perform, and artists such as Metallica sending items for auction.
Four years ago Pete concluded that his gradually worsening symptoms meant that the organisation of the weekend-long event was more than he could handle, and Fill Your Head With Rock appeared to be over. But after a recent operation, he feels ready for at least one more crack at it.
"I had what they call Deep Brain Stimulation," said Pete, "and I'm up for doing it again now. We've got a lot of local bands already lined up, with more to follow, a mixture of originals and some of the best cover bands. This time we're focusing a bit more on young talent. The drummer from one of the bands, God-Dam, did his first ever gig at our first show fifteen years ago. He won a cymbal!"
The event will take place over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, Sunday 25 and Monday 26 May, throughout the afternoon and into the evening. Acts so far confirmed include The Vectors, Blue Nation, Born Jovi, Rock of Ages, She Will Rock You, Lost in Grace, God-Dam, Killa Kangorillas and the specially assembled Booty's Bounce Back Band.
All proceeds will go to research into Parkinson's and other degenerative conditions.