Liverpool Echo Interview

A little while back I spoke to The Liverpool Echo about the time I stood in for Syd Barrett at a Pink Floyd show in Liverpool. A brief snippet of the interview can be found below, or you can read the full thing on the Liverpool Echo website.

Imagine if your favourite band’s frontman disappeared – so one of his friends had to put on a hat, go on stage and pretend to be him.

It sounds impossible, but that’s what happened at the Liverpool Empire in 1967 when Pink Floyd’s troubled frontman Syd Barrett failed to turn up to a gig and fellow guitarist Davy O’List had to stand in for him.

Syd Barrett – who was born 70 years ago today on January 6, 1946 – led Pink Floyd to early success but left in 1968 amid reports of drug use, erratic behaviour and mental illness. He never released another record after 1970 album Barrett and died in 2006.

Davy O’List, then guitarist with The Nice, has just released a new album after an 18-year break – and spoke to the ECHO about his memories of that bizarre 1967 show.

The Liverpool gig was part of a package tour boasting an astonishing line-up of The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Move, Pink Floyd – then known as “The” Pink Floyd – as well as The Nice, The Outer Limits, The Eire Apparent and The Amen Corner.

There were two shows every night: at The Empire there was one at 6.15 and another at 8.35.

Pioneering prog rock band The Nice had recently released their first album, The Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack, and jumped at the chance to join such a star-studded tour.