Glam-rockers T.Rex coming to Calderdale

Paul Fenton playing with T.Rex. Photo by Milton Haworth
Paul Fenton playing with T.Rex. Photo by Milton Haworth

It ‘s been a few decades, but T.Rex drummer Paul Fenton is finally gigging again in Halifax.

He and the rest of the re-formed 70s band are set to play 20th Century Boy, Children of the Revolution and all the other glam rock group’s classics at Halifax Boxing Club at Old Lane in Ovenden on Saturday, August 11.

Paul, who wasborn in Dewsbury and lives in Batley, says he has been keen to play here for a while but two previous gigs were cancelled.

“It’s a case of third time lucky,” he said.

The area holds a special place in his heart as he used to play in Halifax as part of three-piece rock outfit All Fired Up and it is where he worked with Calderdale musician Steve Mason.

Steve was a successful teacher and popular guitarist from Brighouse who beat cancer in the 1980s and went on to support cancer charities. He died in September 2007, aged 53.

Paul says he wants to dedicate the boxing club gig to his dear friend.

“I’ve been to Japan, Russia and all over Europe but I’ve always wanted to come back to Halifax because there are people I’ve met here who are great friends,” he added.

Paul toured with Marc Bolan during the 70s and said he was a lovely man.

“Marc was very sweet with all his bandmates, especially with me because I used to stay at his home.

“He was a lovely, lovely guy.

“He had quite a personality and everyone loved him.”

He said he remembered playign a gig in Glasgow as part of the Truck Off tour where Marc was sent flying head-first into his bass drum by a huge star that was part of the set.

“He had the charm to make fun of it,” he said. “The crowd were going insane.”

Paul recorded and toured with T.Rex, playing both live and for TV performances in the UK and the USA, from 1973.

The band’s line up was bassist Steve Currie, Bolan’s long-term musical partner Mickey Finn and Gloria Jones.

Paul featured on each of Marc Bolan’s and T.Rex’s albums and singles starting from Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow in 1974 until Bolan’s tragic death in 1977.

Paul and bongo player Mickey helped to reform T-Rex in 1997 after a commemorative gig to mark the 20th anniversary of Bolan’s death in a car crash.

Mickey Finn died in January 2003, but after overwhelming public support and Mickey’s wishes, the band decided to carry on.

Pauls said Marc is still a massive cult figure and tha band draw huge crowds.

They often appear alongside other bands from the 70s such as Sweet and Slade.

“We’re all mates,” he said. “We know each other from playing on Top of the Pops in the 70s.”

Paul said many of the fans who come to the concert have loved their music for decades but plenty are younger and discovering T-Rex for the first time.

He said he is looking foward to the Halifax gig.

“We play from the heart, not from the mind,” he said.

“We’re going to be bringing some rock and roll to Halifax.”

Supporting T.Rex will be Out On Bail as well as Jade Helliwell and David Tattersall.

The gig starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £10 and available by calling Dave Ames on 07767 416029 or Mick Rowe on 07870 266002.

Tickets are also available from Halifax Boxing Club or at 111.facebook.com/LiveMusicPromotions.