Attended JV's gig at The Backstage Kinross (Perthshire) - Sat 18th Feb.
One word covers it - BRILLIANT (superb vocals & guitar work!!!!).
For those in the UK, I'd advise you to go onto his website (www.johnverity.com) and if he is playing somewhere close, it's a fantastic evenings entertainment.
Spent a good 40 minutes or so, talking to him (and his wife Carole) before the gig.
Although he wasn't part of 'Charlie' for a long period of time, he was more than happy to talk about his time in the band and the creation of Good Morning America etc.
WHAT DID HE SAY ABOUT THE LP HE DID WITH CHARLIE....WHY DID HE LEAVE THEM?...ANY CHANCE OF DOING ANYTHING AGAIN WITH CHARLIE OR TERRY THOMAS.
The story as I remember it.
John was originally brought in to produce Good Morning America, but early conversations with Terry, it was felt that John V was better placed (vocally) to be lead vocal on a couple of the tracks.
John was asked to join the band.
Similarly, Bob Henrit joined the band to support Gadsy (as John called him throughout our conversation) on the drumming side of things. Shep Lonsdale had already left, as had Julian & Eugene.
John kept calling Terry a perfectionist (nothing wrong with that), always wanting to tweak things here and there - but all this led to lots of extra time spent in the studio (additional costs involved here I guess).
I'm guessing was the start of things to come, as John kept saying he was more a 'wing it' type person (GMA just took way too long to get out to the masses).
It sounded to me that disagreements/words of sarcasm/fallouts set in.
GMA was finally released.
All the while, John had plans that he felt didn't suit 'Charlie' (he didn't go into the details), so he decided to leave - but once again I'm guessing 'things weren't all that well in the nest'.
During our conversation, John never said a bad word about Terry, Steve & John A - but another assumption on my part, is that Terry & John haven't spoken since (so make of that, as you wish).
When I asked if he had any photos (during his time in Charlie) that he was prepared to share, he kept talking about a real nice one that he has hanging on the wall.
It was one of the band, that he'd hoped would have actually been on the sleeve (didn't go into why that didn't happen)
That's about it !!!!!
Terry gave a glowing tribute to John Verity in the sleeve notes of Elysium.
thanks for clearing this up for me peter...thanks for staying in touch that was very well said...he would have made a huge impact with charlie but any how great lp from the boy's
hi peter...for got to ask you? do you know of any live charlie shows....i see that the boy's have 2..one at the sundown 1973...the other at hara arena in dayton ohio 7/1977 are they out somewhere on dics..