Je Suis un Rock Star

20120612-183800.jpgSo out of the blue the other day, I got an email with this photograph in it, and an explanation for its appearance. It seems that some old friends from my school days (who I’ve not heard from in a long, long time) were discussing it on Facebook, and one of the people reading the comments who lives near my mum in Preston, the town where I went to school, realized that I was one of the people in the picture…!! Since I am not on Facebook* (despite some misleading pages that sometimes send people astray – sigh) (**Update 27th Dec. 2014 – actually, now I’m back on FB as of 10th November 2014.) he contacted me the old fashioned way via finding my email address on my website. Nice and quaint, the way I like it.

I remember this 1983 event, but had no idea a picture was taken! Since it is all over Facebook, I see no harm in putting it up here (also, I asked permission). So there you have it…a glimpse into my teenage “rock star” past. Look, we even had groupies!!

(Hey, Michelle P., recognize that guitar?)

Thanks Peter for getting in touch, and to Andy, Mick, and Warren for the musical memories.


*You may recall I gave up on it after a little over a year… For reasons numerous.

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35 Responses to Je Suis un Rock Star

  1. Carol Johnson says:

    The good old days – says the sister of the rock star! cmj+

  2. Philip says:


  3. robert says:

    Do I see evidence of van Halen style ‘tapping’ here? I always loved that flash stuff (or s**t, as the expurgated young might have it)and Erupted for hours. And, on the few occasions I did so in public, I too felt like a rock star. Bill Wyman, habitant dans le south of France, however, could never be other than a dirty old man.

  4. Clifford says:

    Thanks all!

    Robert… maybe you do, for whatever solo/song we were playing that the time (although, as you know, he did not originate that technique)… it was a fun sound to make, but I never really pursued it since it was not very attractive a sound to me musically. I was more of a Brian May man than an Eddie vH man. More music, less flash. (Hope I don’t start a flame war… 🙂 )


  5. Michelle says:

    Fantastic picture. Lots of guitars!

  6. Sharron Day says:

    This is cool!

  7. Andy (second from left discounting small child) says:

    Hi Clifford, it HAS been a long time! I too didn’t know this picture existed so it was a very pleasant surprise when it appeared. Mick is threatening an audio clip too – fingers crossed the tape didn’t survive the 30+ years. Anyway, hope you are well and if you’re ever in the UK get in touch.

  8. Clifford says:

    No no!!!! No audio please!!! 😀

    Great to hear from you Andy!

    Sharron, Michelle – thanks too!