This story has been sent to me by
Gary Deering, long time the Damned fan. Tanks once again Gary!
On a train to Kent
12.30, talking to a London wide boy about playing guitar, my mind drifted back to
the late 80's when I first heard of Algy Ward ex-Damned bass player. It was The
light at the end of the tunnel booklet, I think was where I heard the name Algy
first. So what the hell am I doing traveling down to met this man now, ok sit back
& read this silly little tale.
About 3 years ago I read about Algy again leaving the Damned & forming a
heavy metal band called Tank, ok so I wanted to hear what it was all about,
thank you & we have the third Lp in my mits, here in the emerald isle, I play
I like, I wonder.
One year later I got a brainwave lets get the Damned message board to ask
the questions, I will do the footwork, they ask the questions
mmm good idea, it worked! I have 2 secret goals Bryn Merrick &
Algy Ward. The two members that have never talked about there Damned days what a
scoop! If they where interested
na wont happen but it did ! Thanks to Oleg
& a bit of foot work I got Algy's phone number. I remember the night I rang
him, I was shiting it. What would it be like to ring this bloke, mate of Lemmy's,
Heavy Metal hard man.......oh God......the phone rang then I got a very
friendly hello ! mmm Algy
....reply yes & it kicked off from there, Algy agreed to do the interview, I
rang him back a few times to keep him up on progress & we got on(thank you
Ok back to the train, I got off in Algy's home town waited at the station, within
a few minutes I was greeted by the site of the man himself walking down the
road, we exchanged hand shakes god, I was hungry & tired after 4 hours on
trains, food was got, & pints where ordered. We spoke first off about Algy's
days with The Saints, there's a new box set coming out this month which includes a
live CD which Algy plays on, he was waiting for the courier to deliver his promo
copy that day. Algy gave me a sampler of the CD set & I have to says its kick
ass stuff. We moved on to his days with The Damned which he really enjoyed &
how disappointed he was the way it ended. I asked him about playing Damned intros
at the sound check at the last London Tank gig, he explained that Kipper always
asks him to do that so he can get the bass sound right when setting up. Algy then
told me about the new Tank CD which is fully written, he is just waiting to have
his operation & then its back into the studio to record it.
then moved on to another pub, we Algy got me my B & B for the night. We spoke
more about the music business at which stage a few of the locals started to talk
to us, they seemed to know Algy quite well & where joking with him about the
football team he supports. He then got word that his brother Kipper(Iain) was
around the corner in the first pub we where in, so it was time to move back
around there. At this point I produced a few record covers to get Algy to sign,
his mates I think where a bit shocked at how famous he was !
We moved back to the first pub that we where in & I got to meet Kipper, who
I have to say is one of life's gentlemen. More beer was drank & we took the
pictures that are on this page. Algy then had to head off to his girlfriend's
place so I stayed with Kipper for a pint & then made a sad attempt to find
my way back to the pub where I was staying. Somewhere along the line I bumped
back into Kipper & he showed me the way!
All in all it was a great day, I really enjoyed meeting Algy & Kipper, I did
not in enjoy the hangover & train trip back to the midlands to where I was
staying the next day. Thanks to Algy & Kipper.
Yours looking forward to the new Tank CD. Gary Deering.
August 20, 2004(left to right: Kipper, Gary