In 2000, Barrie Gledden set about collecting together all the video & film scraps from the entire lifespan of the band Old Man Stone (OMS).
For weeks if not months, Barrie trawled through endless footage of band recordings, rehearsals, gigs & tours and finally came up with the 1hour 17min film we have here*.
Rick Dowson – Vocals & Guitar
Barrie Gledden – Guitar
John Horrocks – Bass
Darren Wilcock – Drums
Richard Kimmings – Drums
There are no words to describe what is presented here… but let the world be truly thankful that it’s finally made the light of day.
Old Man Stone – Clarence Park Festival – 1997
In the mid 1990s I joined the (already established) band Old Man Stone (OMS)… With the band saying ‘yes’ to me coming on board, I was left with only 2 weeks to integrate into the band & prepare myself for the recording of an album entitled ‘Spork’ for record label Revolver/Sony.
OMS comprised – Barrie Gledden (guitar, programming/keyboards & BVs), Johnny Rock (Bass, Quake & BVs), Rick Dowson (Vocals & Guitar) & myself on Drums, Percussion & BVs.
‘Spork’ was released on 27th July 1997 with various tour dates in that and the following year.
Charting in Japan
The album charted in overseas territories (No. 18 in Japan) and we even had a Japanese tribute band (whom I would have dearly loved to have seen – anyone seen any footage?).
A further album & more recordings followed until the bands ‘unspoken’ hiatus from 2000.
Some years laster, Barrie painstakingly trawled though analogue video tapes of the bands live performances, recording sessions & general mucking about, to put together ‘Old Man Stone – The Movie’.
Never intended for public viewing, everyone who saw the film commented on making it available to the public.
I recently decided to test the waters by uploading some of the music video sections from the film onto YouTube.
Here’s the opening track from ‘Spork’ – ‘Flesh & Blood‘….
If you’d like to hear & buy the album, it is available on iTunes (very much to our surprise!) – ‘Old Man Stone – Spork‘
I shall post up more videos in the coming month for those interested & maybe put the whole movie up there in time – who knows…..?
John – Burp Blowing