It was something thought to have been eradicated over thirty years ago, but now fears are growing that the drum solo is set to make a return to live gigs throughout Britain just as we are about to enter the busy and popular ‘festival season’.
Former Motorhead roadie, Jim Lockhart, cites terrifying anecdotal evidence seeming to back up a rising tide of worrying rumours. ‘I was at the O2 watching a recent gig by the reformed Matching Mole and it was all going very well. But then suddenly without warning and right in the middle of one song in particular a bank of lights swung in on the riser and highlighted the drummer. I felt sick to the pit of my stomach as the other band members dropped out but he continued to play on all on his own. There was even a two minute cymbals and tuned percussion section. Suddenly I was back in ’78 and it was awful!’
Organisers of The Reading & Leeds Festivals are understood to be on ‘red alert’ and a spokesman for the twinned events commented, ‘Obviously this is very concerning and rest assured we are contacting bands’ managements and trying to thrash out an agreement to ensure none of the acts appearing will incorporate a drum solo into their performances. So far we are making good progress and although we can’t give categorical assurances at this stage, it is hoped that common sense will prevail.’
Bill Bruford was unavailable for comment amidst unconfirmed reports that Phil Collins has commissioned a new 40 foot pantechnicon for delivery in early July. Meanwhile Whispering Bob Harris has appealed to all festival goers to remain calm. Looking pale and badly shaken he told Sky News, ‘I believe in the power of prayer and please God it won’t happen. We’ve beaten this evil once already and we’ll do it again if necessary.’