Saturday 1st July 2007
On Saturday July 1st 2007 the Brian Jones Fan Club organised a gig at the Wheatsheaf as part of the regular get-together in July to commemorate Brian’s death. The guests on the day included Pat Townshend, one time business partner of Mick Jagger and member of the Rolling Stones inner circle, and legendary 60’s trouser-splitting singer P J Proby.
First to take the stage were progressive rock band Circus, five 16 – 18 year olds from Norwich who recently have so impressed Pat Townshend with their precocious talent and Blues/rock pedigree, that he has sponsored their backline with an ice-white Staccato drum kit saying: “These boys have an amazing talent, and I think Brian (Jones) would definitely approve their playing the Club 66 stage".
Janis Joplin influenced Maria Daines took over from the youngsters and, with her own band, went on to support Pat Townshend performing ‘Long Live Brian Jones’ and ‘What Fame Can Do’, both songs written and recorded by Pat. Incredible harp player John O’Leary sat in on many of the evenings performances and showed his support for the fan club and visitors with some fine solo pieces.
Part way through the evening somebody put a call in and out of the blue the Ramrods turned up, guitars in hand and their impromptu performance just finished off a great night!
So taken with The Venue, Pat Andrews commented, “What a great place this would be for the fans from all over the world who visit Cheltenham to see the places where Brian lived and hung out; to have a permanent living museum for Brian would be absolutely wonderful”. Agreeing with Pat, Brian’s good friend from the mid 60's, PJ Proby, gave his seal of approval and said what a fine tribute to Brian the night had been.