Rock of ages: reunited bandmates will play 35th anniversary show

Halifax band Tax Loss at national music competition Live and Unsigned. From left: Trevor Dollive, Ian Wood, Michael Bottomley and Chris Murgatroyd. Below, as they were in 1977

Halifax band Tax Loss at national music competition Live and Unsigned. From left: Trevor Dollive, Ian Wood, Michael Bottomley and Chris Murgatroyd. Below, as they were in 1977

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BANDMATES who began making music together in the 1970s will take to the stage for a 35th anniversary gig.

Halifax-based rockers Tax Loss reformed for the third time three years ago for singer and guitarist Michael Bottomley and keys player Chris Murgatroyd’s 50th birthdays

Halifax band Tax Loss in 1977. They have now reformed and will play a gig to celebrate their 35th anniversary

Halifax band Tax Loss in 1977. They have now reformed and will play a gig to celebrate their 35th anniversary

Together with bassist Ian Wood, 55, and drummer Trevor Dollive, 56, they will play at the Murgatroyd Arms in Skircoat Green on May 12 to mark the anniversary of their first big gig together.

It was at Westminster’s Central Hall in 1977, when they played in front of 3,000 people.

Chris, of Skircoat Green, said: “It’s worth celebrating, so we’re gaving a bit of a party.

“We’re playing a lot of stuff we wrote in the 80s when we were in our second incarnation.

“We still play a lot of that but we don’t play very much of what we did in 70s often - but we are doing that on the night.

“We are relearning it all and we’ve got some new stuff we have written this time around.”

The bash will reunite them with ex-singer Jane Griffiths for the first time since the year they got together, plus former bassist Chris Dale.

It will also be Ian’s girlfriend’s 23-year-old daughter Kerry’s first gig singing with the band.

The bandmates were aged between 18 and 21 when they first got together and split up about a year later as members drifted off to university.

They reformed for their 10th anniversary in 1987 and stayed together a few years, making their mark on the local pub circuit.

In 1988 they brought out a comedy record, Klingon Dance, and toured Butlins resorts around the country.

After going separate ways, they reunited again in 1999 for Chris and Ian’s 40th birthdays, then again a decade later and have been together since.

They recently played at a big charity concert for Children in Need at the Sheffield Crucible. They also made it through to the regional heat of national band competition Live and Unsigned this month, but did not make it to the national stage.

Chris said: “We just entered for a bit of fun, but we were a bit old school, the judges said. But it was fantastic playing that kind of gig with a big sound system and big screens.”

The band plays a mix of original material and covers of tracks by artists ranging from the Stranglers to Cockney Rebel.

“We treat it as a hobby. People in their 50s are as capable of making good music as people in their 20s and we always go down well,” said Chris.

“We get together once or twice a week to rehearse, it’s like lads meeting up for five-a-side. It’s just good fun.”