A local band enjoyed a dream week on the road playing the country’s arenas opening for rock legends The Who.
Four-piece Slydigs, whose bassist Ben Breslin and drummer Peter Fleming both come from Newton-le-Willows, played three nights in Liverpool, Manchester and Cardiff in front of thousands of music fans.
The band, whose line-up is completed by singer and rhythm guitarist Dean Fairhurst and lead guitarist and backing vocalist Louis Menguy, were picked out for the high-profile support slot playing before Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and company.
The band will also be meeting up with the band made famous for hits including Pinball Wizard and My Generation in March as the two dates at London’s O2 Arena had to be postponed due to problems with Roger Daltrey’s voice.
Guitarist Louis said: “It was unbelievable. Meeting them was surreal, Roger Daltrey was just standing in the hallway back stage.
“Our bass player has got a new instrument and he said he had seen a few of them get smashed up on stage in his time.
“At Cardiff we came off stage after our set and the whole band was walking past and Roger stopped us and said we were a great band.
“Hearing that off one of our idols just made our year.
“I think rescheduling the London dates for March has actually worked in our favour, there was a real buzz around the gigs and now we’ve got time to build up again.”
The band said soundchecking on the huge stage at Liverpool’s Echo Arena was a nerve-racking moment, but concentrating on their set paid off, with Slydigs receiving an excellent response from The Who’s dedicated fanbase.
The group’s touring exploits have already gained them increased coverage and levels of interest, with appearances on television and radio play of their songs and hundreds of music fans contacting them through social media after watching their sets.
The Who, were formed in the early 1960s, enjoyed a string of hits throughout the decade. They are perhaps best known for their hit My Generation and the rock opera Tommy, featuring the song Pinball Wizard.
The band’s original drummer Keith Moon, who became a posterboy for rock ‘n roll excess, died in 1978 of an overdose.
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