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Wednesday, 25 April 2018




Guitar legend Paul Kossoff will be honoured by a former bandmate at the weekend.
Singer Terry Slesser takes to the stage in Kossoff: The Band Plays On at The Customs House on Saturday, April 28, at 7.45pm.

The frontman sang alongside Kossoff in Back Street Crawler and they were close friends.
He will be joined on stage by drummer Clive Edwards (UFO, Pat Travers, Wild Horses), highly-respected keyboard player Dave Chapman and bassist Rick Hunt.

John Buckton takes on the daunting task of replicating Kossoff’s unique guitar sound on tracks from Back Street Crawler’s back catalogue, as well as some hits from his previous band, Free, including the classic rock anthem All Right Now.

Slesser, from South Shields, is keen to keep the memory of Kossoff and his music alive.
He said: “I’m constantly being asked about Paul. The interest in him even after all this time is phenomenal. His totally distinctive style of playing influenced a generation of rock guitarists and every year there are articles and features about him in music magazines.
“Free’s All Right Now is one of the all-time great singles and still notches up literally millions of radio plays worldwide every year.”

Free formed in London in 1968 and scored a worldwide hit with All Right Now in 1970, reaching the No.1 spot in over 20 countries.

They disbanded five years later and Kossoff went on to form Back Steet Crawler in 1975, but their progress was overshadowed by his well-publicised drug abuse.
Kossoff died in 1976, aged 25, after suffering a pulmonary embolism on a flight from Los Angeles to New York.

The band continued for a few years under the name Crawler, with Slesser and Buckton reuniting for a short series of UK dates two years ago.
The response was so positive, with so much affection for "Koss" from both fans and fellow musicians alike, that they decided to continue with the project.

Kossoff is regarded as one of Britain’s finest blues guitarists and was ranked 51st in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
His impact on fellow guitarists was immense, with Eric Clapton, Queen’s Brian May and Joe Bonamassa among his admirers.

Tickets for Kossoff: The Band Plays On are priced £17.50 and available from the box office on (0191) 454 1234 or online at    

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