Robert Plant is pictured here wearing a pair of tan Nubuck leather jeans I made for him. It all started in 1972 when I used to fix his blue jeans. He was a customer during the Zep years and during the Plant/Page 'No Quater' times, I made him several pairs of black leather jeans.
Robert visiting my shop August 2017
In March 2006 I was asked by David Gilmour to make a guitar strap for his friend Phil Manzenera. I delivered the strap to David at The Mermaid Theatre where he was performing for Radio 2 featuring music from "On An Island". It was Davids birthday and that day he had been presented with the famous original Jimi Hendrix guitar strap ! The strap required some restoration work which I later carried out for him. David subsequently commissioned me to make several other leather guitar straps like the one you can see in the picture.
In the mid to late 80's I made a considerable amount of leather stage gear for Gary Numan. I first met Gary when he flew himself and the band up to a small airfeild near to my home. I picked them up and took them back to my workshop where they were measured up for the "Warriers" tour. That was the start of many a panic to get things made in time for new concert tours. The picture features Gary in the white leather, jacket and trousers made for the "Berserker" tour.
In February 2010 I was asked to make some guitar straps for Jeff Beck. Their first outing was for the O2 shows in London where Jeff was performing with Eric Clapton. This is one of the straps that you can see in the picture.
Angus Young AC/DC
In the mid to late 90's I was asked to make some leather guitar straps for AC/DC. Here you can see Angus Young wearing one of them. The strap was made of two layers of leather with padding in between, a transmiter pocket down the bottom back and velcro leather tabs running back up for the aerial wire. More than twentyfive of the same straps went out to AC/DC.
In the early seventies I became a neighbour and freind of Black Sabbath's bass player Geezer Butler. During that time my partner and I made him a considerable amount of stage gear, and not always from leather. In the picture you can see him wearing a pair trousers that was made for just one of the many tours that the band embarked upon. One memorable item was a pair of real python skin trousers. We had many good times together, a lovely guy.
In 2006 is was asked by David Gilmour to make a leather guitar strap for his friend and band member, former Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera. The strap featured the name EL MAGNIFICO written in silver studs down the back of the strap. Phil used this strap on the 2006/7 of Davids world tour and also in 2015.
Guy Pratt, one of the worlds finest bass players. Here you can see Guy wearing one of the rollneck leather guitar straps that I made for him. Five others followed in different colours and inlays.
Bob Daisley, bass player for Ozzy Osbourne, Rainbow, Gary More....and many others. I first met Bob in 72 when he came over to the UK and joined blues outfit Chicken Shack. In later years when Bob joined Ozzy, he introduced me to his band mate, guitarist Randy Rhoads. In the photo you can see Bob with one of my copies of the Pythonskin guitar strap that the late Randy Rhoads used.
Myself and Bootsy Collins, the greatest funk bass player, at the Music Messe, Frankfurt with one of my Rollneck Leather Guitar Straps
Duff McKagan from Guns and Roses and me at the Birmingham Guitar Show with one of my Rollneck Guitar Straps
Pete Overend Watts
Me and Pete Watts after show at The Mott The Hoople reunion shows, Hammersmith.
Mick Ralphs from Bad Company and Mott The Hoople
Luther Grosvenor AK Ariel Bender from Spooky Tooth and Mott The Hoople
Marcus Mendoza, form Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, Ted Nudgent etc with one of my plain Rollneck Leather Guitar Straps at the Music Messe, Frankfurt
Now a short film of the Prologue has completed filming, starring Paul McGann and Tim McInnerny, and was released to the Moguls that funded it on February 14th at 7pm with a worldwide online Premier party.