Third up on the bill were local lads The Dead Can Wait.
I have been waiting a very, very long time to meet Mick Hare.
Mick had been in two bands in the Reading area, the legendary After Dark and later Iron Heart. To me as a very young man, Mick was an icon and I remember reading reviews of both bands at the time, going to listen records in Reading to get tickets for gigs. Also witnessing both amazing bands in concert I could never of dreamed I would be standing on the stage with him.
I have to admit there were tears as fatigue and the sheer emotion of the moment hit me as I introduced them.
Well they blew all of us away
The most incredible set unfolded and the voice of Ashley Stone was totally unbelievable !
Myself and many others, were stunned and I'm not saying this lightly
Combined with the rest of the band including guitarist Steve McLoughlin, I have not enjoyed a set like that for many years and I go to all sorts of gigs at all levels.
The Saxon track 'Wheels of Steel' was pure fun and really sealed what was a tremendous achievement.
I knew then and there that Mearfest had come of age.
The Dead can Wait were amazing
Eleven out of Ten just like their amps
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