I am still shocked after only hearing about Mel's illness a couple of days ago. He really was my hero as a teenager. The terrible news brought back so many memories.
As a 17 year old, me and a friend once got up at 6.30am and travelled 150 miles to see MGM in concert (for the 4th time). Mel thought we were mad, but was friendly as always. I remember he signed my 'Way back to the Bone' compilation album and was excited as he hadn't even see it himself. (even Bernie Marsden signed it as he was feeling left out). So I now have the first ever signed copy and I will treasure it forever.
I have wanted to do something as my own personal tribute, so have created a Mel Galley: Guitar Great, Facebook Group. I have put a few pics up there and when hopefully I get plenty of members I will eBay a signed copy of 'You are the Music' and the first 'Phenomena album' and give the proceeds to cancer research.
Part of me wonders if now is the time to do this. I hope no one is offended and that it wont cause any more distress to Mel and the family, but I really want to show my appreciation.
I would like to share this track from the unreleased Trapeze demos that eventually turned into 'Gambler' on the Whitesnake Slide it in album. Sorry about the quality, its been taped to taped many times.
But you can still recognise another great guitar riff and vocal.
Here are some of the pics in case you are not on Facebook
A wonderful story and a wonderful gesture. I don't use Facebook so can't get on to your page - will check it out via my son's page later.
I forget not everyone is a facebook addict. Here are some more photos. My I was so young then.
just joined your facebook group! Love the page, a great tribute.
please read the Private Message i sent you!