24th May, 2022

MUSIC MATTERS by Pete Chambers BEM: No Lord Mayor has rocked like councillor Tony Skipper

Goodbye Lord Mayor Tony Skipper

There’s a month or so to go yet of course, but I want to thank our Lord Mayor and good friend Councillor Tony Skipper for all his help in making this city rock a little better during his time as Lord Mayor.

Tony is a great music lover and despite coming from Norwich, his love and passion for Coventry is second to none.

I was so glad that we won the City of Culture bid on his watch.

So many people have said: “Why can’t we keep Tony as the permanent Coventry Lord Mayor?”

That has to be the biggest compliment Coventry folk could ever give their civic figurehead. Yes, there has been some amazing Lord Mayors in this city over the last few years, but none of them rock like councillor Tony Skipper.

I for one will miss him when his mayoral year is over.


Elk are a new local band formed earlier this year and as the band put it themselves, four lads with the same love for music.

Coming from different universes of music, they now have landed on the same planet. Well, I’m glad they have landed on our particular planet.

Sample track ‘This Time Next Year’ sets out their musical intent perfectly.

A cleverly constructed song with Reid’s spot-on vocals all over it, oh, don’t forget the great harmony vocals in there too. It’s a great teaser, leaving you eager to hear more from this.

Elk are Reid Currie – vocals guitars, Maxime Picquart – guitars, Paul Hartry – bass vocals and Nick Jones – drums.

These guys have had thousands of gigs between them spanning many different countries, have shared amazing stages with bands such as Kasabian, Libertines, The Kills, Metronomy, The Rifles, The Enemy, Republica and The Datsuns.

I have followed Reid’s career for many years, and it’s true, he always commits to any musical project one hundred percent.

He has a truly incredible vision as a musician, with tons of stage presence all driving by his incredible vocals.

This band say they are influenced by the likes of Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, Ryan Adams, Oasis and Kings Of Leon through to Alabama Shakes, Band Of Horses and Fleetwood Mac. To me, they are their own men, and I for one look forward to hearing more from them.

Speaking of which, the band will be taking part in the Lord Mayor’s Tony Skipper fundraiser “Rock The Vaults” on April 21 at The Tin.

Also on the bill are Mara Falls, Black Spaghetti, Simon Davies & Lizzy Coughlan, Brixton Alley and more to be added.

Auto Pilot

Auto Pilot, who made a massive impact at last year’s Godiva Festival, are asking fans to like their new Facebook page after some silly sausage (their words) deleted their original page.

Just search for ‘AutoPilot-UK’ and like the page, and help the guys get back to where they were, and beyond!

The band who are now a three piece promise more gigs very soon.

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